Keto Chicken Enchilada Skillet
Hey party people, it’s time for a little fiesta!
Enchiladas are a well loved Mexican dish but those carb-filled tortillas don’t do us any favors. But with this chicken enchilada skillet recipe, you get all the flavors you love, with a tiny fraction of the carbs. Seriously, this easy keto dinner has only 2.5g net carbs per serving.
This fun and easy meal is one of our favourites out of my popular cookbook, Easy Keto Dinners. Pair with your favorite cauliflower rice recipe. Or try my Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice for even more great flavor.
Are enchiladas keto friendly?
Well, that all depends on how you make them. With regular flour tortillas, they aren’t very keto at all. And even many of the “low carb” tortillas have too many carbs for those of us on a keto diet.
What is a Mexican food lover to do?
You could go to the trouble of making your own low carb tortillas or wraps. If you happen to have my cookbook, I have a delicious recipe for wraps made with pork rinds. And there are any number of other great-looking keto tortilla recipes.
But making your own tortillas just so you can make your own enchiladas isn’t my idea of easy cooking. You’re not about to come home from a hard day of work, roll out the tortillas, fill them, cover them with sauce and cheese, and then finally bake them. You’d be eating dinner at about 10:30pm.
However, if you skip the wraps all together, and focus just on the fillings, the sauce, and the cheese, it suddenly becomes a lot easier.
Watch our Chicken Enchilada Skillet Video!
I had tons of fun shooting this instructional video with my daughter. I hope you will watch us cooking together, because we had a blast. (Watch her at the end… this kid is such a ham!).
Tips for Keto Chicken Enchilada Skillet
A few quick pointers on how to get the most out of your keto enchiladas:
Don’t buy store-bought enchilada sauce. It usually has added sugars and the carbs add up quickly. In this skillet enchilada recipe, you will notice that I don’t use any pre-made sauce at all. Instead, I add some tomato paste right into the pan, along with some spices. Voila, I’ve got my sauce right there.
You can adjust the heat to your liking. Add more chili powder and cayenne if you prefer it spicy. Or maybe some chopped jalapeños.
Using pre-cooked chicken makes your life easy! Rotisserie chicken is great, or if you happen to have some leftover grilled chicken, that works too.
If you only have uncooked chicken, then simmer it in the pan first with 1 cup of broth for about 15 minutes. Then remove the chicken and let it cool while preparing the sauce. You can shred the chicken easily and add it back to the pan.
Spread the chicken around the pan before sprinkling with the cheese. You want a nice even layer so that the cheese melts quickly and easily.
Use whatever shredded cheese you like best. Cheddar is great, and Monterey or pepper jack would be delicious too. You can shred your own, or you can buy pre-purchased cheese. I know the purists will prefer to shred their own.
Top with any of your favorite enchilada toppings: salsa, guacamole, chopped avocado, jalapeños, cilantro. So many delicious ways to serve it!
See how easy that was? Now go grab a copy of my book, Easy Keto Dinners. You won’t regret it!
Mexican Food goes keto!
Mexican food is so beloved in the Western world, and it’s some of the easiest to keto-fy. In fact, some of my most popular keto recipes are Mexican food inspired.
I won’t even pretend that they are authentic because I don’t want to cross that line – I know I am a hack when it comes to world cuisines. I like my dinner recipes to be easy and flavorful, as well as healthy, and Mexican food lends itself so well to that.
It really is fun to play with those strong spices and flavors. Think lots of chili powder, or maybe some chipotle powder for a smoky heat. Cumin is one of my favorite spices and it has a strong role in Mexican food. And plenty of garlic too!
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
Whisk in the tomato paste, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne until smooth.
Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the sour cream until well combined. Stir in the chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and cover the skillet until melted, about 4 minutes.