Chicken Enchiladas

 

I love Mexican food, but even I get tired of tacos every Tuesday! Chicken enchiladas are an easy and highly customizable option for even your pickiest eaters.

Chicken Enchiladas

StaceyRD
My all-time favorite chicken enchilada recipe! And a delicious alternative on Taco Tuesday
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 small white or yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chiles
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 c Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 15-oz can red enchilada sauce

Optional toppings

  • fresh cilantro, chopped red onions, diced avocado, sour cream, and/or crumbled cotija cheese

Instructions
 

  • Prep oven and enchilada sauce. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Sauté the filling mixture. In large sauté pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add diced chicken and green chiles, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.  Sauté the mixture for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chicken is cooked through.  Add in the beans and stir until evenly combined.  Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  • Assemble the enchiladas. To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including: tortillas, enchilada sauce, chicken mixture, and cheese. Lay out a tortilla, and spread two tablespoons of sauce over the surface of the tortilla.  Add a generous spoonful of the chicken mixture in a line down the center of the tortilla, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Assemble the remaining enchiladas.  Then spread any remaining sauce evenly over the top of the enchiladas, followed by any extra cheese.
  • Bake. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, until the enchiladas are cooked through and the tortillas are slightly crispy on the outside. 
  • Make ahead instructions. If you would like to make a pan of enchiladas in advance, follow the recipe instructions through step 3 (assembling the enchiladas). Wrap the pan tightly with foil. Then you can either refrigerate the enchiladas for up to 3 days, then bake as directed. Or you can freeze the enchiladas for up to 3 months, then let them thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then bake as directed
Keyword enchiladas from scratch, main meal, taco tuesday, taco tuesday alternative
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