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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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white dish with a mexican casserole inside & a piece missing, topped with avocado, tomatoes, and shredded cheese

With Cinco de Mayo approaching I thought it would be fun to share a chicken enchilada casserole which would taste so yummy with a refreshing margarita. Ya feel me?

With wedding planning and all of the other duties life brings, I don’t have much time for elaborate or complicated dinners and I am sure you can somewhat relate.

That’s why here on Kroll’s Korner I love making realistic recipes that I actually make on a regular basis and we eat in our home too.

a casserole in a white casserole dish garnished with jalapenos, tomatoes and cilantro.

This chicken enchilada casserole is my go to when I want to make Mexican fare. Well, this and of course my taco skillet.

You’ll LOVE this Chicken Enchilada Casserole because it’s:

  • Easy to make
  • Less than 10 ingredients
  • Big on flavor!
  • Super satisfying
  • Pairs nicely with a side salad to complete dinner
  • and of course, incredibly delicious!

It’s super easy to make and has less than 10 ingredients, some of which you probably already have in your pantry!

What you’ll need (9 ingredients):

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

ingredients to make a chicken casserole.
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded (I use this for convenience, but you can also cook up 3 chicken breasts and shred that too).
  • Diced green chiles (4 oz. can)
  • Green enchilada sauce (28 oz. can)
  • Pinto beans (15 oz. can): You can swap these out for black beans.
  • Mexican Style Four Cheese Blend, shredded
  • Tortillas: I use the soft 8-inch flour tortillas. You can also use corn tortillas if you prefer.
  • Jalapeño: optional for a spicy kick!
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sour Cream

How to make it:

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. In a 9×13 inch pan, spread 1 cup of the enchilada sauce down in an even layer. Then, place a layer of tortillas over this. You will have to cut the tortillas in half so they fit nicely in the pan without any gaps. See photos below.
  2. In a bowl, mix 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce together. If you don’t like sour cream, simply layer more enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas and ditch the sour cream all together. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, make the chicken mixture. You will combine the shredded rotisserie chicken, diced green chiles, pinto beans (drained and rinsed), shredded cheese, diced jalapeño (optional) and garlic powder.
  4. Next, layer 1 cup of the sour cream/enchilada sauce mixture on top of the tortillas followed by 2 cups of the chicken mixture. Then continue to layer: tortillas, sauce and chicken mixture, tortillas.
  5. Finish the casserole with one last layer of tortillas (you will have 9 tortillas total in the casserole) on top, pour a little more sauce on top and a sprinkle of cheese.
  6. Loosely cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on and 10 minutes with the foil off. (In those last 10 minutes you can also broil on high for 3-5 minutes to get a nice brown color on top, be sure to watch it so it doesn’t burn!)
step by step photos of preparing a casserole.
chicken and beans in a white casserole dish.

Be sure to wait 20 minutes before cutting in to the casserole before eating. (If you can wait, haha!)

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white dish with a mexican casserole inside & a piece missing, topped with avocado, tomatoes, and shredded cheese
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Prep: 10 minutes
Resting time: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe the whole family will love. It's filled with shredded chicken, pinto beans, enchilada sauce and lots of cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 Rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 (4 oz.) can Diced green chiles
  • 1 (28 oz.) can Green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15. oz.) can Pinto beans*, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. Mexican Style Four Cheese Blend (shredded), divided
  • 9, 8-inch flour tortillas (corn tortillas work too)
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a 9×13 inch oven safe casserole dish, pour 1 cup of the enchilada sauce down in an even layer. Then, place a layer of tortillas over this. Cut the tortillas in half so they fit nicely in the pan without any gaps. (See video for guidance).
    1 (28 oz.) can Green enchilada sauce, 9, 8-inch flour tortillas (corn tortillas work too)
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of the enchilada sauce together. Set aside.
    1 cup sour cream, 1 (28 oz.) can Green enchilada sauce
  • In a large bowl, make the chicken mixture. Combine the shredded chicken, diced green chiles, pinto beans, 6 oz. shredded cheese, diced jalapeño (optional) and garlic powder. 
    1 Rotisserie chicken, shredded, 1 (4 oz.) can Diced green chiles, 1 (15. oz.) can Pinto beans*, drained and rinsed, 8 oz. Mexican Style Four Cheese Blend (shredded), divided, 1 jalapeño, diced, 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Next, layer 1 cup of the sour cream/enchilada sauce mixture on top of the tortillas followed by 2 cups of the chicken mixture. Then continue to layer: tortillas, sauce and chicken mixture, tortillas. 
  • Finish the casserole with one last layer of tortillas (you will have 9 tortillas total in the casserole) a little more sauce and a heavy sprinkle of cheese. Loosely cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes with the foil on and 10 minutes with the foil off. (In those last 10 minutes you can also broil on high for 3-5 minutes to get a nice brown color on top, be sure to watch it so it doesn't burn!)
  • Allow to cool, then slice and garnish with your favorite toppings (sour cream, green onions, tomatoes, hot sauce, avocado, etc.).

Equipment

Video

Notes

  • We’ve added in 2 (15 oz.) cans of pinto beans to make it a little more hearty. You can also switch up the beans and use black beans too!
  • If you want to use chicken breasts and shred them instead of the rotisserie chicken, 3 chicken breasts shredded is plenty. 
  • Corn tortillas may be substituted for flour. 
  • If you don’t like sour cream, replace sour cream with all enchilada sauce or Greek yogurt!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 264kcal (13%), Carbohydrates: 23g (8%), Protein: 21.1g (42%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Leigh Ann Hope

This recipe is easy and delicious! I pulled the jalapenos out and made them a garnish because of a sensitive to heat kiddo… It’s fantastic! I added more enchilada sauce to the sour cream mixture and just loved it! Kids loved it, husband loved it and I wasn’t going to have any but couldn’t resist… 10/10. EASY and yummy especially on day 2! I will say letting the cheese brown and get just a little crispy was the best part! Everyone ate the edges first!

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JO ANN

Hi!

I cut the casserole in half using 6 tortillas and a smaller dish. I still used the full amount of diced green chilis, pinto beans, sour cream, jalapeño and about 6 oz of cheese and most of a rotisserie chicken (all the white meat).

We all loved it! I forgot to pick up an avocado though for topping.

Thanks to you I have many new recipes we all love!

On a private note, I knew your parents. We lived in the Tamarack neighborhood.

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Colleen

This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it, Could it be made ahead of time, and left in the fridge until ready to bake?

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Leigh Ann Hope

Yes! I have made ahead… it takes on a chilaquiles vibe.. crisp up the edges on broil for a few minutes at the end and all good!

Dawn

So easy and so delicious! Will make this again, and again, and again!

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Teresa

Made this for today’s dinner and really enjoyed it. But it’s a lot for only two people. Can it be frozen?

Sherrilyn Baker

So, so good! Love the ease of this recipe and the flavor is just right. I saved a couple of servings for leftovers and found they heated up perfectly (in the microwave) without the soggy bottom mentioned in other reviews. I’m wondering if I might have used less sauce on the bottom? At any rate, I will definitely be making these again! Thank you!!

Keri Ortega

I made this tonight and it was amazing!

Mike

This is a great casserole! I used Mission brand Carb Balance tortillas to save a few carbs, and it was really good. I also had some freshly roasted Hatch green chilis in the freezer, so that was even better than canned! I love onions, so added that to the chicken mixture. I made fresh guacamole for a side and added lots of pickled jalapenos! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

Kathy

I loved this. Easy and delicious.
I had to substitute red sauce instead of the green enchilada sauce. Yummy.
Will make this again ….goes in my fave category

Kelee wolterman

Can you put this in a crockpot instead of the oven? I don’t like using the oven in our motorhome.