Cat Cora's Healthy Version of Enchilada Pie

Cat Cora's Healthy Version of Enchilada Pie
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Cat and Mo's Enchilada Pie

Courtesy of Luca Trovato

Cat and Mo's Enchilada Pie

A few years ago, when I started calling myself Cat (short for Cathy), my mom began teasing me by calling herself Mo (short for Mom). Mo is a fantastic cook. This is my take on her enchilada pie. I've given it a dose of fresh cilantro, upped the spices, lowered the fat, and topped it with tortilla chips instead of corn chips. While it bakes, the lowest layers transform into a beefy enchilada-like base, while the top layers stay crisp.

Adapted from "Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist" by Cat Cora.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a 12-inch sauté pan cook the beef, onion, and garlic until the vegetables are soft and the beef is no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes. Lower the heat and add the enchilada sauce and black beans to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

While the meat is cooking, in a food processor or blender, blend the sour cream, green chilies, cilantro, salsa, chile powder, and cumin. Process until smooth.

Spoon half of the meat and bean mixture into the bottom of an 9-by-13-inch pan or a 3-quart casserole dish. Top with half of the crushed chips and cheese -- about 1 ½ cups of the crushed chips and 1 cup of the cheese.  Cover the chips and cheese with the rest of the meat and bean mixture. Spoon on the sour cream mixture and spread it lightly so it covers the meat in an even layer. Sprinkle on the scallions and the jalapeños (if using). Top with the remaining 1 ½ cups crushed chips and the remaining cup of cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve while still warm with lime wedges for extra flavor.


Calories per serving:

917 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 49g 75%
  • Carbs 71g 24%
  • Saturated 21g 105%
  • Fiber 15g 60%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 16g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 51g 101%
  • Cholesterol 151mg 50%
  • Sodium 2,939mg 122%
  • Calcium 624mg 62%
  • Magnesium 148mg 37%
  • Potassium 1,380mg 39%
  • Iron 7mg 39%
  • Zinc 10mg 67%
  • Phosphorus 770mg 110%
  • Vitamin A 322µg 36%
  • Vitamin C 23mg 38%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 44%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 51%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 135µg 34%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 54%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 24%
  • Vitamin K 56µg 70%
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