Monday, March 23, 2015

recipe: enchiladas

This is not a particularly complicated dish, but it was tasty, and a success (not a guarantee by any means when I cook) so I thought I would share it. Partly because it was simple, partly because I happened to have some pictures - albeit not the best food photography you will have ever seen, and partly because I had an urge to post something tonight and this was a title I had saved in my drafts folder as a prompt for just such an occasion.

Making this was actually borne out of an accidental opening of a tin of kidney beans (a case of mistaken identity, they were falsely accused of being chopped tomatoes). Not wanting to let them go to waste I found this recipe in one of the three Hairy Bikers books that live permanently on the stand next to my oven and adapted it as the kidney beans I had opened weren't in chilli sauce. Recipe located, I got the rest of the ingredients the following day (bar the lime) and this made a lovely Saturday night supper for The Husband and I. Rather than making the four portions the recipe calls for, I just did two, with added spiced potato wedges from a recipe in one of their other books for the ever-hungry husband. The rest of the mixture has gone in the freezer ready for another night - batch cooking always makes me happy.

My splodging of salsa and sour cream seemed somewhat lacking in the aesthetics department, but it was really tasty. In other news, and as part of my developing 30th birthday plans, I have just signed up for a 5k and a 10k run over the next 6 months - eek!


Serves 4, Prep Time 20 Minutes, Cooking Time 50 Minutes


450g beef mince (extra lean*)
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
400g can of kidney beans (drained)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato puree
1tsp dried chilli flakes
1tsp cayenne pepper
1tsp paprika
400ml beef stock (made with 1 beef stock cube)
8 tortilla wraps
50g cheddar cheese (half fat*)
150g creme fraiche (half fat*)
3 tbsp tomato salsa
fresh coriander
lime wedges (optional)

*reduced fat options included in original recipe as it is a healthy eating/calorie counting cook book - use whichever options suit you!


  • Chop onion and garlic. Fry in large non-stick pan with beef mince. Break up mince with a wooden spoon and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, chilli flakes, cayenne pepper, paprika and tomato puree and stir well. Pour over the beef stock, season well with salt and pepper, and mix. 
  • Heat until simmering, then reduce heat and leave to simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes, until mixture has reduced and thickened. While mixture is simmering preheat oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Spray/brush a small amount of oil into a large shallow ovenproof dish.
  • Place an 1/8th of the mixture in a tortilla wrap, top with an 1/8th of the cheese, and then fold the wrap up and place in dish. I tend to put the filling in the middle, fold up the bottom, fold over either side, leave the top open and place the wrap folded side down in the dish. Repeat until all 8 wraps are made and mixture is used up.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  • Before serving spoon over the creme fraiche, salsa, coriander, and lime wedges if using.
  • Season with black pepper and serve.


  1. yum! well done on the 5/10k sign ups !

    1. ah thanks Tess! We shall see how it goes, I'm quite nervous at the thought but it seems to be working as an incentive so far :) x

  2. Looks delicious. Well done for the 5 and 10 k sign-ups! I am hesitating over signing up for a 10k in May....... X

    1. thanks Penny! and glad to hear you are still keeping going with the running. the 10k feels incredibly ambitious in my current state, but I hope September is long enough a gap to be realistic! you will have to update us if you do go for it x

  3. I made Saturday enchiladas also! Great minds. :P These look so good. you are way better at rolling them than I am!

    1. thanks for visiting Joanne! I go for the fold and smoosh into the dish before it has a chance to unravel approach! x

  4. Looks lovely, Katie! I wonder it it would work with Quorn mince? Well done signing up for the runs, I am impressed! Hope you are having a good week so far? Jane xx

    1. I'm sure it would work, it cooks down for quite a while so it is quite a thick mixture. Let me know if you try it! I decided I would never take up running without an incentive so I thought this might help. It has been a good week, how about you? Hope you are well. xx

  5. I love enchiladas! Good luck with your run! xx

    1. thanks Amy! a while to get ready for it yet! x

  6. This sounds delicious and looks easy to make. I am definitely going to give it a try! Good luck with your run, that is one activity I stay away from! : )

    1. thanks for visiting Grace - let me know how it goes if you try the recipe! I have stayed away from running too - but I am determined to start fitting some more activity in :) x