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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This flavorful Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a healthy version of the ultimate comfort food. It combines peppers, onions, fajita sauce, Mexican cheese, and queso fresco to create an authentic-tasting Mexican dinner.

Looking for a flavorful and healthy version of the ultimate comfort food? Look no further than this delicious Chicken Enchilada Casserole!

This authentic Mexican dinner combines peppers, onions, fajita sauce, Mexican cheese, and queso fresco to give you a taste of Mexico in every bite. Perfect for a cozy dinner with family or friends, this no-fuss casserole is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table (and be the newest addition to your weekly recipe rotation!).

Top Tips for Prepping Ahead: (on your food prep day or the night before)

Pre-chopping, cutting, and cooking ingredients really helps to reduce stress and simplify dinner on busy weeknights. We know, we know, we’re always talking about meal prep, but it truly is the holy grail to healthy eating!

  • Cook your chicken in the slow cooker
  • Chop your peppers and onion
  • Wash and pick cilantro leaves from the stem

This dish can also be prepped the night before to save on time. Prepare as directed (stop just before pouring the fajita sauce over the tortillas and baking), cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, finish preparing as directed.

Pro tip: This Chop Wizard paired with its EZ Cleaning Lift Tab are kitchen essentials when it comes to slicing and dicing veggies. The Chop Wizard chops your produce into uniform pieces and cuts your prep time in half. The Cleaning Tab makes washing quick and easy.

How to Shop for the Best Ingredients:

  • Tortillas: Choose FfL-friendly tortillas, made with limited ingredients that you recognize such as corn, water, and salt. The refrigerator or freezer section of the supermarket is a great place to find these. You can also make your own!
  • Sauce: Check Fajita sauce for FfL-friendly ingredients; we use Simply Organic, Organic Simmer Sauce, Classic Fajita
  • Cheese: Choose a cheese that’s made with simple ingredients such as milk, cream, salt, enzymes and active cultures.

Can I roll my enchiladas, rather than make them casserole-style?

Yep, simply divvy the cheese, chicken, peppers, and onions. Place the filling in the center of each tortilla and roll from end to end. Turn the enchilada over, seam side down, so the tortilla stays closed, and place it in the baking dish. Repeat with each tortilla until you have filled the dish. Bake as directed.

Add a Sneaky Hidden Veggie

Adding pureed veggies is a great way to get even the pickiest of eaters to eat their veggies! They’ll get all the benefits of veggies without you receiving any pushback.

Simply head to the baby food aisle, choose a pureed veggie (carrots, squash, green beans), spoon some over the first layer of tortillas, or mix it into the enchilada sauce. Your family will never know that there are hidden veggies inside.

A cost-saving suggestion for you: Make your own puree!

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole


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This flavorful Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a healthy version of the ultimate comfort food. It combines peppers, onions, fajita sauce, Mexican cheese, and queso fresco to create an authentic-tasting Mexican dinner. This simple no-fuss meal is sure to be a family favorite (and the newest addition to your weekly recipe rotation!).


Ingredients

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • 2 & 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 pack taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz.) packet Fajita sauce
  • 6 ounces queso fresco (or Mexican cheese blend)

Optional Garnishes


Instructions

Simple Method (casserole style)

  1. In a slow cooker, mix taco seasoning with water, add chicken and cook until fall apart tender (approximately 3-4 hours on low). Remove cooked chicken from slow cooker and shred. Set aside.
  2. To prepare the baking pan, tear the tortillas into pieces that are around 2 to 3 inches in size. Place half of the tortilla pieces at the bottom of an 8×12 greased baking pan, positioning them to fit the bottom of the pan as needed. Layer 1/2 cup Mexican cheese, chicken, peppers, onions (and any additional ingredients you want, such as olives or jalapenos). Add 1/2 cup Mexican cheese and finish layering with the remaining tortillas. Pour the fajita sauce over the tortillas.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove casserole from oven, top with queso fresco cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes covered. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Garnish with desired toppings to serve.

Traditional Rolled Enchiladas (rather than casserole-style)

  1. Simply divvy the cheese, chicken, peppers, and onions. Place the filling in the center of each tortilla and roll from end to end. Turn the enchilada over, seam side down, so the tortilla stays closed, and place it in the baking dish. Repeat with each tortilla until you have filled the dish. Cover with enchilada sauce. Bake as directed above.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Always check for FfL-friendly ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: Recipes
  • Method: Prep Now, Cook Later

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  1. Cindy

    This Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a lifesaver for busy days! Quick to make, packed with flavors my family loves, and bonus – it’s a healthier version of comfort food that actually gets devoured by the kids. Total win!


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