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Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas

Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas

This vegetarian enchilada recipe is weeknight-fast when you skip the step of filling and rolling the enchiladas and make a stacked enchilada casserole instead. Just layer the tortillas, sauce and cheesy spinach filling the way you would lasagna and have the casserole in the oven in 20 minutes.


4 servings

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes


  • 114-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1small onion, chopped
  • 3teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles, divided
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2cups low-fat, reduced-sodium cottage cheese
  • 110-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1bunch scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2teaspoon garlic powder
  • 86-inch corn tortillas


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place tomatoes, onion, 2 teaspoons chipotle and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Mash cottage cheese in a medium bowl; stir in spinach, 1/2 cup cheese, scallion whites, garlic powder and the remaining 1 teaspoon chipotle.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce in the prepared baking dish. Cover with 4 tortillas (they will overlap). Spread on 1/2 cup sauce, then all the spinach filling. Top with another 1/4 cup sauce. Layer on the remaining 4 tortillas and the remaining 1 cup sauce. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top.
  4. Bake the casserole until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the reserved scallion greens.


Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful, spicy sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they’ll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 326kcal
Carbohydrate Total 35g
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 7g
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 6g
Mono Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 29mg
Sodium 551mg
Protein 24g
Potassium 709mg
Calcium 444mg
Folate 146mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 5mg
Zinc 2mg
Vitamin B3 2mg

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