Keto Enchiladas with ground beef, melty cheese, and a mildly spicy, savory sauce will quickly become a family favorite meal.
Finish your low carb enchiladas with your favorite toppings for an authentic and delicious Mexican dinner.
These keto enchiladas are on regular rotation in our house, along with keto chicken fajitas.
KETO ENCHILADAS RECIPE
Make up a batch of my Keto Enchilada Sauce and get ready for a simple to follow recipe for low carb enchiladas that the whole family will love and ask you to make over and over again.
We love making a double batch and freezing the leftovers for lunches and busy weeknights, and serving it with avocado crema.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Classic Dinner Recipe: A few simple swaps make this a low-carb keto meal that doesn't feel like anything is missing. You still have tortillas, meat, cheese, and tons of amazing flavor. The only thing you don't have is unnecessary sugar or carbs.
You have Options: You can make your own tortillas, or buy your favorite low carb pre-made ones. This recipe calls for beef, but it's simple to swap it out for ground turkey or shredded chicken. Make your keto tortillas so that they work for you and your family using any adjustments that you want to.
Healthy and Delicious: If you're wondering what to eat on a low carb diet, you are in the right place. This recipe is not carb-free, but it is low-carb enough to be part of a Keto diet plan.
INGREDIENTS IN KETO ENCHILADAS
Ground Beef - I love ground beef in enchiladas. Substitute ground turkey or game meat to mix it up.
Green Bell Pepper- Diced small and cooked up with the meat, green pepper adds extra flavor to your filling.
Onion - Adds more flavor and bulk to your enchilada mix.
Taco Seasoning - Use your favorite low carb taco seasoning here, or make your own keto taco seasoning.
Water - Mix in water with the taco seasoning.
Shredded Mexican Cheese - Generally a blend of cheeses that melts perfectly for tacos or other Mexican dishes.
Low Carb Tortillas - Use a tortilla brand with a low net carb count.
Keto Enchilada Sauce - I've got you covered with a delicious Keto Enchilada Sauce Recipe. Make this ahead of time. I always try to have some stored in the freezer so I can make enchiladas whenever I want to.
Sour Cream, Diced Avocado, Guacamole, or Cilantro - All optional, but delicious for serving with your enchiladas.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.
HOW TO MAKE KETO ENCHILADAS
- Brown the ground beef, pepper, and onion in a skillet, breaking down large chunks into smaller ones.
- Add in the taco seasoning and water and stir to combine, then simmer until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
- Spread about ½ cup of enchilada sauce evenly on the bottom of prepared casserole dish.
- Add ⅓ cup of ground beef mixture in a straight line in the center of each tortilla. Top with cheese.
- Roll each tortilla up tightly.
- Place rolled tortillas seam side down in the casserole dish. Continue until all ingredients are used and the casserole dish is full.
- Spread the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas, making sure to coat each tortilla.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese all over the top and bake as directed.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
ARE ENCHILADAS KETO?
Traditionally, beef and cheese enchiladas have a filling that is low carb and keto, but the traditional flour tortillas add too many carbs for the whole recipe to fit into the Keto diet.
This keto enchilada recipe uses a low-carb tortilla to save on carbs. Low carb tortillas have come a long way and I find them to be totally delicious. When shopping for keto tortillas you'll notice that they may still have carbs in them, but the carbs are offset by high amounts of fiber, keeping the net carb count low.
Use your low carb tortillas to make Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas too!
If you're not looking for a full-on keto meal right now, you might like these Gluten Free Enchiladas made with corn tortillas.
CAN I MAKE KETO ENCHILADAS AHEAD OF TIME?
Putting together enchiladas does take a few minutes. You could assemble your enchiladas in the baking dish up to a day ahead and store them in the fridge.
When ready to bake, remove the enchiladas from the pan and assemble as directed with the sauce on the bottom and top of the tortillas. Add cheese and pop the pan in the oven.
I would avoid adding the sauce ahead of time because the enchiladas might soak up too much of it and get soggy.
HOW TO FREEZE KETO ENCHILADAS
Enchiladas can be frozen before or after baking. To freeze the recipe unbaked, assemble the enchiladas in the pan as directed. Instead of putting the pan in the oven, wrap it very well with plastic wrap and then foil and freeze for up to three months.
When you're ready to eat the enchiladas, Bake as directed in the recipe, directly from the freezer, adding about 15 extra minutes to the bake time.
Freeze leftover enchiladas in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. I like to freeze these in single serving sizes. Reheat by microwaving at half power until heated through, or allow to thaw overnight and then reheat any way that you prefer. Reheating in the oven or air fryer will make them nicely crispy.
HOW TO MAKE KETO CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Chicken is delicious in this recipe. Use already cooked chicken, like a rotisserie chicken or leftovers. You can also cook a pound of chicken in the skillet and then pull it out and cut it into cubes. Aside from that, follow the recipe as written. Chicken enchiladas will be amazing!
IS ENCHILADA SAUCE KETO?
Most canned or jarred enchilada sauce will have added sugar. It's just a fact of life now that many of the convenience foods we used to buy are not going to work with a keto diet. I'm not mad though, because now I have amazing homemade alternatives. Keep reading for more information about my delicious keto enchilada sauce.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE KETO ENCHILADA SAUCE?
I have a delicious recipe for a sugar free Keto Enchilada Sauce, and I highly recommend that you make it and enjoy it on your enchiladas. It's actually really simple to make and only takes a few minutes on the stove.
Get the recipe for Keto Salsa too. You can make low carb versions of all your favorite tasty Mexican meals.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH KETO ENCHILADAS?
For some reason eating enchiladas makes me want dessert though. Something light like Keto Lemon Bars would be a wonderful ending to this meal.
Be sure to add all of your favorite keto toppings to your enchiladas. Sour cream and avocado add amazing creaminess, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs makes the flavors pop.
KETO ENCHILADAS VARIATIONS
This recipe is a classic beef and cheese enchilada dish, but you can use this method to create different flavors and make this recipe your own.
- Try shredded chicken or roast pork instead of ground meat. Leftover Carne Asada makes delicious enchiladas too.
- Skip the meat altogether to make a vegetarian enchilada. Use lots of cheese for the filling.
- Use Colby jack cheese instead of cheddar, or even pepper jack for a little extra heat.
- Add extra low-carb veggies to your filling like bell peppers, mushrooms, or greens.
- Serve your enchiladas with low-carb toppings. I like sour cream and avocado. You could also use keto salsa, black olives, jalapeños, or diced red onion.
MORE AMAZING LOW CARB MEXICAN DISHES
Bring the Mexican restaurant home with these easy Keto Mexican meals
Skip the tortillas all together and make a Keto Taco Pie that is packed with meat and cheese. It's a filling family favorite!
HEALTHY RECIPES FOR DINNER
Here we believe in the 80/20 rule, meaning that we eat healthy the majority of the time, but leave some wiggle room. Not all of these recipes are keto, but they are all delicious and easy to make.
Instant Pot Pot Roast is much quicker to make than traditional methods. This meat will melt in your mouth!
Easy Marry Me Chicken is low carb as written. Creamy and rich, it's made in a skillet and completely amazing. Serve it with some cauliflower rice or traditional rice or pasta if you like.
Chicken and Brussel Sprouts is a sheet pan dinner featuring healthy veggies and an inexpensive cut of chicken. I love this dinner during the week.
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- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with oil and set aside.
- Brown the ground beef, pepper, and onion in a skillet over medium heat, breaking down large chunks into smaller ones. Add in the taco seasoning and water and stir to combine, then simmer until the water is absorbed into the ground beef. Remove from heat.
- Spread about ½ cup of the enchilada sauce evenly on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish.
- Add ⅓ cup of the ground beef mixture in a straight line to the center of each tortilla. Add about ¼ cup of the shredded cheese, then roll up tightly. Place the rolled tortilla seam side down in the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until the casserole dish is full.
- Spread the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas, making sure to coat each tortilla. Sprinkle the remaining cheese all over the top and bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is bubbly.
- Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
- Keto toppings for enchiladas include avocado, guacamole, cilantro, salsa, olives, or jalapenos. Feel free to add your favorites too.
- Plan ahead by making the Keto Enchilada sauce a few days in advance and storing it in the fridge.
- Enchiladas can be frozen before baking for up to 3 months. You can also freeze leftovers for the same amount of time.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1078mgCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 6gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g
The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands.