Hatch enchilada sauce medium-red-NEWUPDATE: When you crave Mexican food but want to scale down the saturated fat and bump up the veggies for the day, try a tofu enchurrito! What’s an enchurrito? It’s a savory burrito enveloped in chili pepper sauce. They’re easy to assemble with your protein and veggies all rolled up into one.

Tofu is made from soybeans and is rich in protein. Watch my video on how I made tofu from scratch! 😀 Studies have shown soy help slow aging. See why soy is a prime longevity food. Why Soy Slows Aging

Try some Hatch enchilada sauce made by third-generation chile farmers and now available at Whole Foods Market. It boasts real authentic flavor and contains less salt than other brands. FYI: The city of Hatch in New Mexico has a reputation for growing the best chili peppers in the world!

What’s In It…

  • 16 oz. firm tofu, cut into small 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz. button mushrooms, sliced about 1/4″ thick 
  • 12 oz. of fresh bagged spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin (heaping)
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1-1/2 cans (14-oz. can) Organic Hatch® red enchilada sauce, medium heat (or your favorite sauce)
  • Optional: 11 oz. organic finely shredded cheese, Mexican Blend or Cheddar cheese/Jack cheese combination (see note below on plant-based ‘cheese’ products)
  • 8 Food for Life® large New Mexico style sprouted grain tortillas (Can be found in the refrigerated or freezer section of the grocery store; 6 per package. You can find them at Sprouts Farmers Market in the refrigerated section.) 
  • GARNISH: Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, chopped

NOTE: I’ve only been able to find the Ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas at Sprouts (refrigerated section). NobHill used to carry them in their freezer section, but I haven’t seen them lately. Also, this is not a “cheesy” dish. There’s less than 1.4 oz of cheese per enchurrito and the cheese is optional. Tastes great without the cheese!

*A word about plant-based ‘cheese’: Vegan cheese alternatives are a highly processed food and contain a considerable amount of sodium (190-460 mg per 1/4 cup serving; 90-100 calories). They contain little (1 gram) or no protein, no calcium or at most 2% of the daily requirement, and about 6-7 grams of fat. Vegan cheeses provide little nutrition, but are basically providing that melty, stretchy feel that you get from ‘real’ cheese.

How It’s Made…

1.  Open the tofu and place them on a plate and allow the liquid to drain.

2.  Preheat oven to 350°F.

3.  Heat olive oil in a large pot or wok over medium heat.

4.  Add onion and garlic to the pot, and sauté until onions are transparent.

5.  Add mushrooms to the pot and sauté for a few minutes.

6.  Add spinach, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika to the pot and sauté until spinach is wilted.

7. Add tofu to spinach mixture when spinach is starting to soften and gently combine all ingredients.

8.  When spinach is fully wilted and ingredients are mixed together, drain liquid in a colander (so you don’t end up with watery enchurritos).

9. Set up an ‘assembly station’ with enchilada sauce, cheese, spinach mixture, and tortillas.

10.  Spread each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce.

11.  Lightly fill and roll each tortilla with 1/3 cup cheese (add cheese first), then 3/4 cup spinach mixture. Do not “pack” the cheese in the cup.

12. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the entire top of the enchurritos.

13. Top with remaining cheese. (Add 1/2 of the second can of sauce to fully “wet down” your enchurritos. Save the extra sauce for warming up leftovers, if desired.)

14.  Bake UNCOVERED in a rectangular baking dish for 20-30 minutes or until it’s completely heated through (bubbling).

15. Garnish with parsley.

Makes 8 servings.


Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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