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Quick Fix: Paprika adds smoky flavor to these veggie enchiladas

by Tribune News Service | September 14, 2022 at 3:00 a.m.

I wanted to make this enchilada dinner in a hurry without having to wait for my oven to preheat or to cook the filling ingredients. The answer was my microwave. It cooked the filling ingredients, then warmed the tortillas and, finally, cooked the entire enchilada dish. Another plus: No pots to wash. When the meal was over, all the dishes went into the dishwasher.

Smoked paprika gives the enchiladas a smoky flavor. In case you don't have a microwave, I've given oven cooking information.

Helpful hints

• To cut preparation time, buy fresh diced onion and green bell pepper from the produce department, or use frozen diced onion and green pepper.

• Microwave ovens have different powers. You may need a few more minutes for each step.

• You can use any type of Mexican-style cheese.

• You can use any type of pasta sauce.


• Prepare ingredients.

• Complete the recipe.

Shopping list

To buy: one green bell pepper, one can reduced-sodium black beans, one jar ground cumin, one jar smoked paprika, one bottle pasta sauce, one container shredded Monterey Jack cheese, one package 8-inch light whole wheat flour tortillas and one bunch arugula.

Staples: onion, garlic, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, "The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook." Listen to Linda on and all major podcast sites. Email her at [email protected]



Makes: 2 servings

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced green bell pepper

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 cup canned reduced-sodium black beans, washed and drained

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2-cups pasta sauce, divided use

1 cup low-fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided use

1 cup fresh arugula leaves

4 8-inch light whole wheat flour tortillas

Add onion, green bell pepper and garlic to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 5 minutes. Remove and add black beans, ground cumin, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste to the bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup pasta sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 30 seconds to soften them. Place them on a countertop and divide the vegetable mixture into 4 parts. Add the mixture to the center of each tortilla. Top each mixture with 1/4 cup arugula leaves. Roll the tortillas up and place in a microwave-safe dish, seam side down. Spoon the remaining 1 cup sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce. Place the dish in the microwave for 3 minutes. The cheese will be melted, and the tortillas warmed through. Microwave another minute if needed. Serve two enchiladas per person.

Stovetop and oven method:

Saute onion and green bell pepper in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until they are softened and onions are golden. Complete assembling the recipe and place in a 350-degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.

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