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Sunday Dinner: Swiss Enchiladas

If you'd like to invite your vegetarian friends over for a nice hearty dinner, but are a little wary about what to cook, then I have a solution for you. A big serving of cheese enchiladas is hearty enough to feed a crowd and tasty enough for even the pickiest of eaters. This particular recipe is a Swiss-Mex take on the traditional recipe and uses Swiss cheese instead of Mexican or cheddar. It's delicious enough that your vegetarian pals will be thrilled and your meat loving ones probably won't even realize they're missing anything. To whip this up in time for your Sunday feast,


Swiss Enchiladas
From Cooking Light, May 2006

*To make this meal a vegetarian one, omit the chicken completely and replace with fake chicken strips or navy (white) beans.

Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
* 2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (4.5-ounce) cans diced green chiles, undrained
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken [if using], garlic, chiles, and tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Set aside.
  3. Combine milk and flour in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in salt.
  4. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture and about 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese down center of each tortilla; roll up. Arrange filled tortillas in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour milk mixture over tortillas, and top evenly with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven.
  5. Preheat broiler.
  6. Broil casserole for 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

6 servings (serving size: 1 enchilada and about 1/3 cup sauce)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 419(28% from fat); FAT 13.2g (sat 7.9g,mono 3.7g,poly 0.8g); PROTEIN 33.2g; CHOLESTEROL 79mg; CALCIUM 474mg; SODIUM 726mg; FIBER 4.3g; IRON 2.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 41.8g

Join The Conversation
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
interesting. i don't think i've ever had an enchilada in my life.
I can't stand cheese enchiladas. I don't like the mass amounts of cheese hiding inside. I prefer my mama's chicken enchiladas. It's from a recipe book that lists it as Bill Clinton's fave recipe. Delish!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
This looks yummy and Im not a veggie so thanks for leaving the chicken Yum ... I may try this one.
Food Food 9 years
oh oops you guys, so sorry I meant to omit the chicken from the recipe. Like sweetfirefly said, you can replace it with morningstar chicken strips. I'm making my changes now. RebeccaReed1 - You can get it pre-shredded in the deli area, but you can always get a block and shred it yourself verily - they've had a few other authentic recipes, I just thought this was interesting as it was definitely different than the standard fare, and worth mentioning.
RebeccaReed1 RebeccaReed1 9 years
So I don't cook much...but I've never seen shredded swiss cheese at the grocery store. Can you normally get the deli to shred it for you or do you have to shred it yourself?
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I don't know that I would groove on the Swiss cheese, but I would give it a try! Also would need plenty of 'gritas and hot sauce! WOOHOO!
verily verily 9 years
These are very confused enchiladas. The description makes them sound vegetarian. And enchiladas suizas have no swiss cheese in them's just chicken enchiladas with a green sauce and maybe a sprinkling of cheese on top. And egads, flour tortillas? Cooking Light would've better off providing their readers with a more authentic recipe.
SweetFirefly SweetFirefly 9 years
As a vegetarian, I would replace the chicken with white beans or Morningstar Farms faux chicken strips. They're pretty good!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
The recipe calls for chicken breast - so how is this vegetarian? I guess you could easily omit it.
aluapaluap aluapaluap 9 years
Also, those aren't Swiss enchiladas. Enchiladas Suizas are...related? I guess? To those. But they certainly don't use Swiss cheese. And I'm pretty sure they're not at all intended to be an actual mix of Swiss and Mexican food. Where's Diana Kennedy when you need her? Sigh.
emalove emalove 9 years
I would like this better without the chicken breast.
kitson1 kitson1 9 years
i thought this was vegetarian? Does that not say chicken breast? It does look tasty at least.
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