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14 January 2019

This chicken enchilada casserole recipe is cheesy, saucy, and easy to make with just the right amount of chipotle and spices.

I made Chicken Tinga the other day and talk about delicious. Chicken Tinga is basically shredded chipotle chicken, and it is incredibly versatile.

You can serve it on corn or flour tortillas as tacos, on larger tortillas with fixins as a chipotle burrito, on buns as your favorite torta, even over crispy corn tortillas for enchilada stacks.

Or more! So many ways to serve your chipotle chicken tinga!

Particularly, this way. We’re talking Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and as a spicy food lover, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole in a pan, ready to eat

As far as this chicken enchilada casserole goes,  it’s nice and cheesy with 2 cups of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese melted over the top, though you can accommodate more if you’d like EXTRA cheese.

Nothing wrong with that!

It’s also nice and saucy with a combination of tomato sauce and chipotles in adobo sauce. Talk about great flavor.

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole in a pan, ready to eat

It’s a nice dinner option for my spicy food loving friends, though it isn’t overly spicy or hot, just perfectly balanced with flavor.

It’s also great for serving up for your game day party. Game Day Food!

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

How to Make Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole – the Recipe Method

First, cook down some onions and jalapeno peppers in a large pan with a bit of oil, about 5 minutes, until they are softened.

Season your chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then add them to the pan. Give them a nice sear on each side, a couple minute each.

Chicken thighs searing in a pan to make our chicken tinga

Process the tomato cause and chipotles in adobo sauce in a food processor.

Tomato-chipotle sauce for chicken tinga

Pour the mixture into the pan, covering the chicken.

Stir in the seasonings.

Chicken thighs simmering in our tomato-chipotle sauce for chicken tinga

Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and easily pulls apart.

Remove the chicken and shred it with a couple of forks.

Return the chicken to the pan and simmer in the sauce another 5 minutes.

Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Spoon some of the sauce from the chipotle chicken into a 10-inch baking dish or pan.

Lay half of the tortillas into to the dish, then spread half of the chipotle chicken over them.

Adding chipotle chicken to the Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Top with half of the shredded cheese.

Adding cheese to the Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Repeat with the remaining tortillas, chipotle chicken and cheese. Make it nice and cheesy, my friends!

Lots of cheese layered over corn tortillas and chipotle chicken in a pan

Bake the layered enchilada dish for 20 minutes, until the cheese is nice and melty.

Remove, garnish and serve!

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole in a pan

It looks so AWESOME, doesn’t it? Because it is!

I love this dish. Crazy tasty.

Recipe Notes and Variations

You can very easily add in other ingredients and keep the spirit of the Mexican chicken enchilada casserole.

Some other ingredients would be black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, roasted corn, even chorizo. Feel free to include extra jalapeno peppers, or spicier peppers, like the serrano or a habanero pepper or two.

Top it up with avocado or like me, with chopped or diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeno peppers, crumbly white cheese and chopped green onion.

Don’t forget the spicy chili flakes! Or your favorite hot sauce! You can’t go wrong with a bit of extra spice!

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy my Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe! It’s a new favorite!

Be sure to check out my Chicken Tinga Recipe.

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Serving a slice of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Grab yourself a slice!

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.

5 from 5 votes
Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Recipe
Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This chicken enchilada casserole recipe is cheesy, saucy, and easy to make with just the right amount of chipotle and spices.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: casserole, chipotle
Servings: 6
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
FOR THE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs chicken breast is good, too
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 7 ounce can chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE CASSEROLE
  • 10 street corn tortillas or use 6 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • FOR GARNISH: Fresh chopped cilantro chopped green onion, queso fresco, spicy chili flakes, hot sauce
Instructions
FOR THE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN (CHICKEN TINGA)
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the onions and jalapeno peppers. Cook them down about 5 minutes.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then add them to the pan. Give them a nice sear on each side, a couple minute each.
  3. Process the tomato cause and chipotles in adobo sauce in a food processor, then pour the mixture into the pan, covering the chicken.
  4. Stir in the seasonings.
  5. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and easily pulls apart.
  6. Remove the chicken and shred it with a couple of forks.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer in the sauce another 5 minutes.
FOR THE ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spoon some of the sauce from the chipotle chicken into a 10-inch baking dish or pan.
  3. Lay half of the tortillas into to the dish, then spread half of the chipotle chicken over them.
  4. Top with half of the shredded cheese.
  5. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, chipotle chicken and cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove, garnish and serve!
Recipe Notes

Serves: 6-8

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. But it's big on flavor and zing.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 741mg31%
Potassium 699mg20%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 352mg35%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole - This chicken enchilada casserole recipe is cheesy, saucy, and easy to make with just the right amount of chipotle and spices.  #Dinner #Chipotle #Enchiladas

12 comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am loving this. What a great way to put together a meal in one pan. Definitely going to serve this up soon. My family will love!

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t yet tried an enchilada that I truly loved, and your version is made with all the ingredients that I love. I need to give this a try!

      1. Barbara Raber

        Is this made with soft corn tortillas or “crispy” corn tortillas, like the ones used for nacho chips?

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Barbara, this recipe uses soft corn tortillas. Let me know how you like it. Enjoy.

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