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23 October 2019

This classic chicken enchilada casserole recipe is made with seasoned chicken, black beans, tomatillo salsa and plenty of poblano peppers.

Chicken enchilada casserole is an outstanding one-pot meal that cooks up quickly and satisfies a group. I will often make a huge batch of Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde) so that I can keep some in the fridge and use for recipes like this.

It makes dinnertime options VERY easy and quick. Sort of no-fuss. Isn’t that nice? Great comfort food.

This is the verde, or green, version of the recipe. I made a Red version – One-Pot Meatless Enchilada Stew – without the chicken, though you can easily add chicken to both dishes, or exclude it for a vegetarian dish. I like it better with chicken, thank you very much, though pork would be a nice option.

What makes this particular recipe special and flavorful are two things – the salsa verde and the poblano peppers. Poblanos have a rich, earthy flavor that is unlike any other chili pepper. So unique, and a must for this dish. Time to get cooking!

Let’s talk about how we to make chicken enchilada casserole, shall we? The verde version!

Ingredients Needed

  • The Chicken. I’m using 12 ounces of  chicken for this recipe. Chicken breast or chicken thighs are great for this.
  • Olive Oil. 3-4 tablespoons for cooking the chicken.
  • Seasonings. 1 tablespoon taco seasoning for seasoning the chicken, though you can also use your favorite chili powder blend. Then, you’ll need the following to cook up the veggies: 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Beer or Broth. 6 ounces Mexican style beer – OR! Use some chicken broth instead. This is for simmering everything to build flavor.
  • The Peppers and Veggies. 1 small chopped onion, 2 chopped oblano pepper, 1-2 chopped jalapeno peppers (optional for more heat), and 4 cloves minced garlic.
  • Tomatillo Salsa. This is your “verde” component of the dish. It is SO good. Use 2-3 cups of your favorite brand, or make your own with my Salsa Verde recipe.
  • Beans. I’m using one 15-ounce can black beans, but you can use other beans as well, like pinto or kidney beans.
  • Tortillas. 8 corn tortillas are needed, or you CAN use flour tortillas as well.
  • Cheese. 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese, or use Monterrey Jack or Pepper Jack, or a combination. As long as it is nice and melty.
  • For Serving. Fresh chopped cilantro adds a nice visual and fresh flavor pop. Use spicy chili flake to add a touch of heat.

How to Make Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde – Recipe Directions

For the chicken, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the taco seasonings and salt and pepper.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet or pan to medium heat. Add the chicken and sear each side about 2 minutes each. Add beer or chicken broth and reduce heat. Simmer about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and you can shred it with a fork. Remove from heat and add to a mixing bowl. Shred the chicken up with a couple forks!

Shredded chicken for my Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde

Add oil to the same skillet and heat.

Add onions and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.

Add garlic and stir. Cook 1 more minute.

Add salt and pepper to taste, cumin and oregano. Stir.

Add the cooked seasoned vegetables to the mixing bowl with the cooked chicken, then add the tomatillo salsa and black beans. Stir to incorporate.

Cooking down the enchilada casserole filling ingredients

In the same pan, spoon some of the chicken mixture onto the bottom of the pan. Or, you can use a baking dish instead.

Layer on half of the tortillas, then half of the shredded cheese.

Top the casserole filling with shredded cheese

Repeat with the remaining enchilada sauce and chicken mixture, then tortillas, then the remaining cheese.

Topping the casserole with extra filling and shredded cheese

Set oven to broil.

Set the skillet in the middle of the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted. You can also bake it at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, if preferred.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde in a hot pan, ready to serve

BOOM! Looks delicious, doesn’t it? I want to dig right in! Mexican food at its finest! It’s such an easy recipe. I love it.

What to Serve with Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I like to serve my chicken enchilada casserole with a variety of hot sauce to spice things up. I also enjoy topping it with spicy chili flakes, jalapeno slices (either fresh or roasted), and fresh herbs. Serve it up with a bit of sour cream or Mexican crema for some creaminess. It’s an incredible one-pot meal with everything included, so you really don’t need a side dish to go with it.

Recipe Notes

  • Rotisserie Chicken. To save time, you can use store bought rotisserie chicken instead of making your own shredded chicken.
  • Cheese Choices. Instead of cheddar cheese, try it with Monterrey Jack cheese. YUM! You can also try it with flour tortillas instead of corn, though they won’t break down quite as much. 
  • Slow Cooker Version. You can make this recipe in a slow cooker. The only issue you’ll run into is that the tortillas break apart much more. However, it is still quite delicious. Slow cook for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat Factor. If you feel the dish it too spicy, serve it with a dollop of Mexican crema or sour cream to combat the spiciness. Or, skip the jalapeno peppers and use extra poblanos. You can also make this recipe with bell peppers included, but I feel it is important to use poblano peppers for the resulting flavor. Bell peppers just aren’t the same.
  • Beans. I’m using black beans for this recipe, but try it out with refried beans. It’s a great variation with big flavor.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde just out of the oven

Patty’s Perspective

These flavors are so authentic Mexican. And it has all my favorite flavors wrapped up in one beautiful package. Tomatillo salsa is my absolute favorite type of salsa. And poblanos, oh don’t even get me started on the amazing taste of a poblano. And awesome seasoned shredded chicken. Oh man, this is a must have and needs to go into our regular rotation.

A scoop of my Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde Recipe

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde Recipe

This classic chicken enchilada casserole recipe is made with seasoned chicken, black beans, tomatillo salsa and plenty of poblano peppers.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: casserole, dinner, enchilada, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 607kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces chicken
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning – I like to use a chili powder blend!
  • 6 ounces Mexican style beer – OR! Use some chicken broth instead
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers chopped (optional for more heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 cups Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 can black beans 15 ounces
  • 8 corn tortillas You can use flour tortillas as well
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (or use Monterrey Jack or Pepper Jack)
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for serving

Instructions

  • For the chicken, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the taco seasonings and salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large oven-safe skillet or pan to medium heat. Add the chicken and sear each side about 2 minutes each. Add beer or chicken broth and reduce heat. Simmer about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and you can shred it with a fork. Remove from heat and add to a mixing bowl. Shred the chicken up with a couple forks!
  • Add oil to the same skillet and heat.
  • Add onions and peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add garlic and stir. Cook 1 more minute.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, cumin and oregano. Stir.
  • Add the cooked seasoned vegetables to the mixing bowl
    with the cooked chicken, then add the tomatillo salsa and black beans. Stir to
    incorporate.
  • In the same pan, spoon some of the chicken mixture onto
    the bottom of the pan.
  • Layer on half of the tortillas, then half of the shredded
    cheese. Repeat with the remaining chicken mixture, then tortillas, then the
    remaining cheese.
  • Set oven to broil.
  • Set the skillet in the middle of the oven and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted. You can also bake it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, if preferred.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve!

Notes

NOTE: This is AWESOME served with some crumbled tortilla chips over the top. Added crunch factor!

Nutrition

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1129mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 2mg

NOTE: This post was updated on 10/23/19 to include new photos and information. It was originally written on 9/28/15.

 

Chicken Enchilada Casserole Verde

5 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner and was great. Used peppers from
    the garden to make Salsa Verde. YUM!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, B! Perfect! I love it when you can grab peppers and ingredients straight from the garden. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Vicky Jones

    5 stars
    I am looking forward to making this recipe. We had a large crop of peppers this year and I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes, all with a great turn out and rave reviews. Thank you.

  3. Charles P.

    5 stars
    This was quite excellent, layered with very much flavor. Glad to have this one in our collection. Thank you very much.






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