Why Enchiladas are the best:
Who doesn’t love enchiladas, especially chicken enchiladas! They are the best. This will soon become your go to recipe when someone has a baby, moves into a new place, for thanking someone or to just to feed a ton of family or friends. It also will easily become your all-time favorite entertaining recipe because you can make it a bunch of different ways. Enchiladas freeze well and can feed 6 to 12 people with one pan if need be (if you include sides and dessert). This is the recipe I get asked to make the most. This dish has evolved over the years and surprisingly, it’s origins did not come from my Latin based parents! I know shocker. It came from a friend’s mother…
My Enchilada Story:
In my early twenties, I had a friend coming into town and request all of his friends come over to his mother’s house for enchilada night. It’s all my friends talked about for weeks leading up to the dinner. Finally, the day came when I got to try these AMAZING enchiladas and I can tell you these lived up to the hype. Not only was the food great but my friends mother was so welcoming and really enjoyed making this dish for her son’s friends. The experience for me was not just about the food, but about the experience for me, the togetherness, and the laughter….so much laughter! From that moment, I knew I wanted to share this experience and thus started my journey into entertaining and my small obsession with perfecting my enchiladas. Thanks Michelle!!
I learned a valuable lesson that day…enchiladas = togetherness 🙂
Enough talk! Let’s get cooking….
I find this chicken enchilada recipe super easy. Set the crock-pot on high and leave the top off while it heats up. Then add the oil, onion, garlic and cilantro, while you cut up the chicken into cubes for faster cooking (Quick-tip, if you’re in a pinch but still want quick chicken enchiladas, grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store-add fresh ingredients and continue from the post crock-pot phase). I also like to put the chili powder directly on the chicken just before I add them to the crock-pot. Then I stir all of the ingredients and it should look like the picture below.
It’s all about the Sauce:
You can find cans of enchilada sauce at your local grocery store or attempt to make it homemade, I enjoy doing both depending on how much time I have. However, my go to is always Frontera, not only is Rick Bayless one of my favorite chef’s, I’ve come to grow fond of all of his products and brand. Not to mention he lives in Chicago!
Once the chicken is cooked (2 hours on high), it should be easily shredded with a fork (extra tip-if you are short for time, a food processor will shred the chicken with just a few pulses). Once the chicken is shredded, add the cheese to the crock-pot, and leave for 20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and there are some juices showing. At this time, I usually pre-heat the oven to 375.
Roll them up!
Grab your large tortillas one by one and I usually grab a huge spoon and fill each one with two to three big scoops. Once filled, I grab one side and slightly tuck it under the chicken and roll the rest of the filled tortilla into place. Continue until the pan is full and then you can add the second bag of Frontera (can’t find the sauce in the grocery store? Click on the bold lettering to purchase from Amazon) sauce on top. I usually grab the back of a spoon and glide the sauce in between and on the top of the enchilada until it looks similar to the picture below.
After you have the sauce in place, add the second portion of cheese and your favorite toppings. I usually go for fresh cilantro and jalapeno.
Pop the dish in the oven and cook for the final 20 minutes, or cook until cheese is fully melted and slightly golden like a pizza, then serve. So yummy!
So easy you can make them for dinner tonight!
- Total Time: 3 hours
- Yield: 6 1x
Easy Chicken Enchiladas made with Frontera’s Roasted Tomatillo Sauce and any toppings you choose.
- 6 10-inch flour tortillas
- 16 oz Sargento pepper jack cheese shredded
- 3 pounds of chicken breast
- 1 white onion
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 packages of Frontera roasted tomatillo sauce
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil-You can also use olive oil if you have it.
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder for the meat.
- While chopping ingredients, turn the crock-pot on high and leave the top off
- Add the avocado oil, onion, minced garlic and cilantro
- Cut up chicken into large cubes or leave whole (cubes will cook faster)
- Stir onion, cilantro in the crock-pot
- Add chili powder to chicken and put into crock-pot and cover
- Add 1 package of Frontera enchilada sauce
- Let cook 2 hours
- Shred the chicken
- Put chicken back into crock-pot, add 8 oz of cheese, cook for additional 20 min.
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
- Add filling to tortillas and wrap tightly like a burrito into 9×13 inch pan
- pour second package of enchilada sauce on top
- Grab a spoon to spread the sauce evenly between each tortilla
- Spread the extra 8 oz of shredded cheese evenly over the top of the enchiladas
- Add toppings of choice
- Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and serve
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 2 hours 40 mins
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Mexican-American
I love this! I wanted to take the whole dish home with me.
I got to have this recipe last night with a large group and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!! Still dreaming about it today…wishing I had leftovers ? lol Thanks Elena for such a great recipe!!! ❤
Amy Magana says
Excellent dish! Creamy and rich! A great balance of spices. I want some now!
So glad that my mom, could inspire you. She loves to cook for everyone, even for the VFW and EAGLES lodge here in town. Cooking has always brought our family together as I hope your recipe will inspire others to do as well.
Your mom is amazing! So sweet.I had no idea she also cooked at the Eagles! I will have to go next time she’s there.
My husband and I love these enchiladas that Elena makes! You will not be disappointed!
Thanks Monica! Can’t wait for us to get together this Christmas for a cooking session!
Hmmm…interesting…I’ve had Michelle’s but have not had the honor, or privilege of tasting yours…maybe next time I’m home, until then I may just have to try making them to satisfy the craving as I’m sure they’re amazing!
Yes,let me know next time your home! I will be glad to make them for you
I loved the flavor and creaminess of these enchiladas. There is a really nice kick at the end of each bite. Perfection! The best I’ve ever had!
These are the BEST enchiladas hands down! No one will leave hungry if you give this recipe a try.
Thanks April, I have to agree 🙂
I, personally, have tasted Elena’s Chicken Enchiladas. I can truthfully say that they are exquisite. You WILL want to go back for 2nds and 3rds. Loved it.
Thanks Andy! I enjoyed making them for everyone.