Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole


Dive into the world of Mexican cuisine with our enticing Chicken Enchilada Casserole. This flavorful dish is a delightful twist on traditional enchiladas, bringing together layers of tortillas, succulent chicken, and a medley of spices in a baked-to-perfection casserole.

How to Make Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Crafting this culinary masterpiece is a straightforward process that promises to fill your kitchen with the irresistible aroma of Mexican spices. While the specific recipe details are left to your culinary adventure, a general guide ensures success:


  1. Prepare the Chicken: Cook and shred boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Season with a blend of cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder for that authentic Mexican flavor.
  2. Layering Magic: Assemble the casserole by layering tortillas, seasoned chicken, shredded cheese, and a zesty enchilada sauce. Repeat the layers to create a savory stack of goodness.
  3. Baking Brilliance: Pop the casserole into the oven until the cheese is gooey and golden brown, and the flavors meld into a harmonious fiesta.

Beth’s Recipe Tips

Our resident chef, Beth, offers some invaluable tips to elevate your Chicken Enchilada Casserole to the next level:

  • Cheese Variety: Experiment with different cheeses like Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, or Cotija to add depth to the flavor profile.
  • Tortilla Choices: Opt for corn tortillas for an authentic touch, or try flour tortillas for a softer texture.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly: Prepare the casserole in advance and refrigerate it, allowing the flavors to intensify. Bake when ready to serve.

What to Serve with Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Enhance your dining experience by pairing this casserole with complementary sides. Classic options include:

  • Mexican Rice: Infused with tomatoes, onions, and spices, it’s a perfect accompaniment.
  • Refried Beans: Creamy and seasoned, they add a satisfying element to the meal.
  • Guacamole: The freshness of avocados and a burst of lime elevate the dish.

What to Top the Enchilada Casserole With

Customize your casserole by adding a variety of toppings to suit your taste:

  • Fresh Cilantro: Chopped cilantro brings a burst of freshness.
  • Sour Cream: A dollop of cool sour cream balances the heat.
  • Sliced Jalapeños: For those who crave an extra kick.

Storage and Reheat

If you manage to have leftovers, fear not – the Chicken Enchilada Casserole is an excellent candidate for reheating:

  • Refrigeration: Store any remaining casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the casserole (minus toppings) in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Whether from the fridge or freezer, reheat the casserole in the oven until warmed through, ensuring the flavors remain intact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought enchilada sauce?

Absolutely! Choose your favorite brand or go for a green or red sauce, depending on your preference.

Is this dish spicy?

You can control the spice level by adjusting the amount of chili powder and opting for mild enchilada sauce.

Can I make it vegetarian?

Certainly! Substitute the chicken with black beans, corn, and additional veggies for a delightful vegetarian version.

How do I prevent the tortillas from getting soggy?
Lightly toast the tortillas before layering to maintain their structure and prevent sogginess.
Can I add more vegetables?

Absolutely! Bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes make fantastic additions for added flavor and color.

A Festive Feast for All

Our Chicken Enchilada Casserole promises a culinary journey filled with savory layers, vibrant spices, and a touch of personalization. Gather your ingredients, follow our guide, and relish in the joy of creating a Mexican-inspired masterpiece that’s sure to be a hit at your dinner table. ¡Buen provecho!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe! Layers of seasoned chicken, tortillas, and gooey cheese unite in a fiesta of taste.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 391 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1.5 pounds cooked shredded chicken breasts
  • 8 large 8" flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 batch homemade enchilada sauce or 1 10oz container
  • 1 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper.


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and stir over heat for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the garlic in and cook while mixing for a minute or until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper to taste then add the shredded chicken along with 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce. Mix over heat for 2-3 minutes then set aside.
  • Spoon a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce over a tortilla then add a generous amount (1/8 the total) of the chicken mixture and top with cheese. Roll and place in your casserole dish. Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
  • Spoon the enchilada sauce over the tortillas then top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350F or until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with optional cilantro as well as whichever garnishes you enjoy.


  • Don't forget to follow my recipe for homemade enchilada sauce it really takes this recipe to a whole other level and can be made in advance and frozen!
  • To make this meal super quick use rotisserie chicken or leftover shredded chicken.
  • If cooking the chicken yourself make sure not to overcook it or your filling will seem too dry.
  • Be sure to not overfill your tortillas so they are easy to roll.
  • Garnish ideas: fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, sour cream, or diced red onion.
  • How to cook chicken breasts: Rub the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a large skillet or pan and fry on one side for 4 minutes, flip over and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Alternatively, you can follow my
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