chicken enchilada casserole

this is a favorite around here. it's easy, fast and very versitile! some days we make it with just cheese, other days with chicken or ground beef. i can throw in jalepenos, green chiles or onions. the prep time is less than 5 minutes, the cooking time less than 20. that's dinner on the table in less than a half hour! 

chicken enchilada casserole

2 T vegetable oil
2 T taco seasoning
(alton brown's is my favorite. i lessened the salt a bit, tripled the recipe & keep it in a small jar)
1 chicken breast
(because we're cleaning out our freezer for the move & it's all i had. 2 would be more filling)
1 can enchilada sauce
(we use La Victoria. it has an authentic flavor, is inexpensive & gluten free!)
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese
(or less if you like your arteries. we like cheese)

season chicken with taco seasoning & saute in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil. 
once the chicken is cooked through, shred it.
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
spread a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce in the bottom of your dish. cover with tortillas: two whole & one ripped in half will cover my whole dish. experiment to see what covers yours.
 begin layering ingredients: cheese, chicken, cheese, tortillas, enchilada sauce. repeat. 

i didn't have enough chicken for all the layers so i kept going with just cheese. 
after your final layer, pour on the last of the enchilada sauce and top with cheese one more time. 

when you zoom out a little you see what was really happening while i took pictures...

cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 
remove foil and return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. 


  1. Are you guys gluten free Jacqui? We just started, so I'm still getting the hang of it ;) Recipe looks delicious though...thanks!!

  2. we're not, but my best friend is so i try to be conscious of it & have learned a lot since she was diagnosed w/celiac 3 years ago!

  3. i am sooo hungry right now!! wow, this looks great!!! even your puppy is hungry!! ;)

  4. That looks good and your dog is adorable!
    I hopped over here from Etsypreneur! :D
    ~TattingChic ♥

  5. Wow...I so added your Etsy store to my faves...love your work.
    Kristina J.

  6. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! Wow, this recipe looks fantastic. Then again, anything with cheese is irresistible to me.
    So glad to "meet" you!


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