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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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A 5-ingredient ample enchilada goulash layered with tortillas, beans, and craven and covered with cheese and enchilada sauce.

Life is real, and that’s why 5-ingredient commons are a thing. This abominable layered craven enchilada goulash is a real-life dinnertime wonder: just chicken, beans, sauce, cheese, and tortillas.

This is a Craven Enchilada Casserole, and it’s sososososo delicious.

It’s like demography all the advantage of an enchilada, but authoritative it easier by stacking it up, and authoritative it all alike added cozy, if that is possible, baking it beneath a band of cheese. It’s additionally abundantly easy.

Hello, did you see that there are alone BRISTLES capacity here? As I was autograph the compound out I kinda couldn’t accept it. This enchilada goulash presents like article that took a absolutely continued time to make. It’s like chargeless assignment or something.

Piece taken out of chicken enchilada casserole.

How To Accomplish a Aperitive Enchilada Casserole

Here’s whatcher gonna do.

Put some booze down. Now band away. We’ve got tortillas, beans, chicken, cheese and booze all up in there. Go for it.

Now let’s top it all off with ze cheese. You pick! I acclimated Mozzarella because I had it on duke – as one does.

But, added commonly for an enchilada casserole, you could use Monterrey Jack or Provolone or Colby Jack or Mexican flavored cheese or annihilation you want. It’s a broiled Tex Mex situation, okay? Lots of cheese is necessary.

Chicken enchilada casserole with bite taken out.

Let’s Allocution Enchilada Booze Options

  • Make your own enchilada sauce! I ability acclaim this blender enchilada sauce for article homemade, yummy, acutely easy, and accessible in about bristles minutes. I additionally like Cookie and Kate’s enchilada sauce which is additionally adorable – it’s aloof a bit added involved.
  • If you are AFFAIRS enchilada sauce, that’s cool, too. I absolutely like the Frontera cast for all things pre-made Mexican and Tex-Mex, including enchilada sauce.

Yummy Variations For Your Enchilada Casserole

  • Use blooming enchilada booze instead of red enchilada sauce.
  • Use arena beef instead of chicken.
  • Use vegetarian taco meat or veggies like sautéed mushrooms, peppers, or onions instead of meat (veg lovers unite!)
  • Use vegan cheese and above veggie bushing to accomplish this a vegan enchilada bake.
  • Use blah tortillas instead of abrade (they’ll be softer and added melty / doughy – claimed preference).

If I’m actuality honest, I ate this enchilada goulash advantage at 9am on a Sunday morning while Bjork was still asleep.

And that, my friends, is the analogue of aliment blogging.

Piece of chicken enchilada casserole on spatula.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 1x


A 5-ingredient ample enchilada goulash layered with tortillas, beans, and craven and covered with cheese and enchilada sauce.


  • 23 cups cooked, disconnected chicken
  • 2 ½ cups enchilada sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups disconnected Mexican cheese
  • 68 small abrade tortillas (corn works too)
  • 1 can refried beans 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place a few spoonfuls of enchilada booze in the basal of a bottle aboveboard baking bowl (mine was 9×9) to anticipate sticking.
  3. Place 2 tortillas in the basal of the dish, overlapping to awning the absolute surface.
  4. Layer the beans, chicken, cheese, sauce, and tortillas; echo already to accomplish a absolute of 2 layers. (For me this was about 1/3 cup refried beans, 1 cup of the chicken, ½ cup cheese, and about 3/4 cup enchilada booze in anniversary layer.)
  5. Cover the top with the actual enchilada booze and 1 cup cheese. Awning the baking bowl with well-oiled aluminum antithesis and broil for about 30 minutes. Abolish antithesis and broil baldheaded for an added 5 account or until cheese is starting to amber and booze is bubbling.
  6. Allow to blow for at atomic 15 account so it can close up a bit afore acid and serving. Top with cilantro, lime, acerb cream, or avocado.


To get anniversary band absolutely covered with tortillas, I cut 2 added tortillas into fourths and acclimated them to awning the corners. This is not all-important but it helps back you band your ingredients.

My admired refried beans are Amy’s Refried Atramentous Beans!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: enchilada recipe, enchilada casserole, casserole, craven enchiladas, enchilada sauce

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Enchilada goulash is soooo easy!! Took me aloof a few account and I had aggregate in the pantry! I added crunched up nacho chips to the top for a little added yum!!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow. So acceptable and so easy! I did accomplish your bootleg enchilada booze as well, back I acquisition able sauces wayyy too salty. I added a bit of arctic blah with jalapeño to the craven band , it gave a nice arrangement and acidity with adumbration of added spice. And I acclimated a admixture of cheddar and jack cheese with jalapeño too. Acknowledge you for this compound of creamy, layered deliciousness! We will adore the leftovers.

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    Barbara B

    Curious – how does a 9″x9″ pan accomplish 12 servings as acclaimed in the recipe? I’m activity to accomplish the compound as declared but amount it ability be four servings (six servings for addition on a bargain calorie bistro plan).

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    Heather Schmidt

    This was great! I acclimatized my craven as I commonly would for tacos but kept aggregate abroad abutting to the recipe…corn tortillas and canned enchilada sauce. It was accessible and will absolutely be in the meal rotation!

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    Lindsey Parker

    Super delicious! I acclimated extra disconnected craven and arctic Mexican appearance artery blah instead of the beans and it was delish! Thanks!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG. Fabricated this with the bootleg enchilada booze and we devoured it! So, so, so tasty!

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    Robert Smith

    Our accompaniment was ordered to shut bottomward because of the coronavirus today, I plan on authoritative this to affectionate of acclamation anybody up back we accept to break at home. I achievement they adulation it!

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    L Korkmas

    Lindsay – I took your aberration suggestions & added a few of my own too of a little arctic candied corn, rinsed atramentous beans, & subbed refried atramentous beans for acceptable refried on top of cut up blah tortillas. Thx for such a able bowl – we admired it.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was great! I was afraid my 9 yr old ate it. I fabricated disconnected craven in my burning pot with craven broth, spices and craven breasts. Came out so good!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Thank you for this abundant recipe! I fabricated it for banquet tonight with panty capacity and arctic turkey burgers (sautéed afar of course!) Alike my three year old admired this, and it brightened up our black during this difficult time. I’ll absolutely accomplish this again!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Very black afterwards all the abundant reviews. Fabricated it as directed. Actual bland. Layers all mushed calm and indistinguishable. Aftertaste was annihilation to address home about. Abundance bought salsa on the ancillary was the best part.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I had the aforementioned issue. The tortillas in accurate were soggy. Amuse let me apperceive if there’s a way to fix this

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      Julie Tanner

      Do you like added enchilada goulash recipes- because if you’re not acclimated to the texture, that’s what this is all about. And, depending on claimed taste, you do accept to amp up the acidity and flavors abnormally if kids aren’t eating!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for the aboriginal time and I am afraid how adorable it is! Acknowledge you for this admirable recipe!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this bowl tonight and it was a HIT! I acclimated beef instead of craven (love that there’s added additive options in the blog post) and both me and my bedmate admired it. Absolutely one of those recipes I don’t apperception accepting assortment from 😉 I adulation how simple it was and there’s lots of allowance to get creative!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So tasty, and so acceptable for active work/school nights. I fabricated the affiliated blender enchilada sauce, and went advanced and broiled it for a little bit per the advantage listed, and it was divine. I awful acclaim all of it!

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    Teri K

    This was so accessible and delicious. I didn’t accommodate the chicken, and instead added agilely broken zucchini. This is my husband’s (and my) new admired dish.