Who doesn’t love Mexican Food?!
Okay, well I know of one person but I’m pretty sure he’s just confused.
Mexican food has always been one of my favorite cuisines. Those cravings get even stronger with pregnancy, let me tell you.
I’m due in just a few weeks (hooray!) so now my focus if shifting to meals that can be prepared a couple different easy ways and frozen.
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I made this Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl on the stove top, but it can easily be made in a slow cooker or an Instant Pot by adding the chicken, enchilada sauce, chiles and onions together and letting them cook on low heat all day.
The chicken and sauce mixture can ALSO be prepared ahead of time and frozen so when it’s time to reheat ( I would probably let it thaw and then heat in a pot on the stove top) you can just add a steamer bag of cauliflower rice and your fresh toppings. Pretty simple!
Another option would be to make the cauliflower yourself. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it’s pretty simple…just grated cauliflower that you can prepare yourself with a fresh head and a food processor. My new favorite way to prepare it is found in my Keto Mexican Cauliflower Rice recipe. Delicious!
You can also make your own enchilada sauce or buy some in the store. Here’s a low carb enchilada sauce recipe if you’d like to make your own.
Here’s a breakdown on the nutrition. The recipe has been updated, to make the complete recipe more clear.
For 1/4 of this recipe we’re looking at:
Calories: 568 Calories
Total Carbs: 10.41g
Net Carbs: 6.14g
Remember: every body is different and everyone’s specific macronutrient goals are different. Keto is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet, and often followers of the keto diet will strive to hit their goals throughout a day’s worth of eating, rather than trying to hit certain percentages for each meal.
Low carb meals can often be customized to meet your macro and flavor preferences. You can add more fat to this recipe by changing the amounts of ingredients such as cheese, avocado, or sour cream. If you had a fatty coffee this morning and don’t want to exceed your fat for the day, you might try swapping out the chicken thigh for a leaner chicken breast. Adjust for what works for you, and be sure to share your best ideas below!
Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl
This Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl is a low carb twist on a Mexican favorite! It’s SO easy to make, totally filling and ridiculously yummy!
- Prep Time:20 minutes
- Cook Time:30 minutes
- Total Time:50 minutes
- Yield:4 servings
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (for searing chicken)
- 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 3/4 cup red enchilada sauce ( recipe from Low Carb Maven )
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1- 4 oz can diced green chiles
Toppings (feel free to customize)
- 1 whole avocado, diced
- 1 cup shredded cheese (I used mild cheddar)
- 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 roma tomato, chopped
Optional: serve over plain cauliflower rice (or mexican cauliflower rice ) for a more complete meal!
In a pot or dutch oven over medium heat melt the coconut oil. Once hot, sear chicken thighs until lightly brown.
Pour in enchilada sauce and water then add onion and green chiles. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook chicken for 17-25 minutes or until chicken is tender and fully cooked through to at least 165 degrees internal temperature.
Careully remove the chicken and place onto a work surface. Chop or shred chicken (your preference) then add it back into the pot. Let the chicken simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes to absorb flavor and allow the sauce to reduce a little.
To Serve, top with avocado, cheese, jalapeno, sour cream, tomato, and any other desired toppings. Feel free to customize these to your preference. Serve alone or over cauliflower rice if desired just be sure to update your personal nutrition info as needed.