Do you love enchiladas but can't find a healthy, plant-based, and diet-friendly option? The search is over! Here at Foodciously, we have designed the ultimate vegan and low-carb alternative to this classic Mexican comfort food. So, let us show you how to make these delicious zucchini enchiladas stuffed with shredded jackfruit and topped with spicy sauce — simply divine!
Enchiladas are a beloved Mexican dish consisting of corn tortillas wrapped around a filling of meat or beans, then topped with a chilli-based sauce and plenty of cheese. There are countless variations with different toppings, stuffings, and even shapes. Unfortunately, the classic recipe is not suitable for folks on a plant-based or low-carb diet. But, don't worry, we sorted it!
First, we made a tasty vegan filling packed with Mexican flavour. Beans are usually our best choice for healthy vegan meat swaps, but they're still relatively high in carbs for this recipe. So, we turned to super-versatile green jackfruit. Weight by weight, this tropical fruit has 80% fewer net carbs than beans. For example, a serving of 100g (3.5 oz) of black beans has 6g of net carbs, while the same amount of canned jackfruit comes with just 1g of net carbs.
Jackfruit also has a fantastic "meaty" texture, and it can be easily shredded into chicken-like strips after cooking for a while. Exactly what we needed for these meatless enchiladas! To add more flavour to the filling, we paired jackfruit with a low-carb combo of mixed peppers and shallots, plus fresh cilantro and spicy tomato sauce.
After sorting the vegan filling, we tackled the wraps. The classic corn tortillas are a no-go in low carb diets. So we thought we could peel the zucchini into ribbons and use them to wrap the filling. It worked perfectly! And it's so easy to do: just overlap three or four zucchini slices lengthwise and then roll them around the jackfruit mix.
Finally, we assembled the enchiladas in a casserole, covered them with smoky sauce and baked them to perfection. We skipped the cheese topping to keep fats low, but we'll give you the option to use vegan cheese if you like. Alternatively, you can drizzle the zucchini wraps with homemade vegan sour cream. All is left to do is to enjoy them with your loved ones!