Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Recipe
This chicken enchilada casserole recipe is cheesy, saucy, and easy to make with just the right amount of chipotle and spices.
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
FOR THE CHIPOTLE CHICKEN (CHICKEN TINGA)
Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat and add the onions and jalapeno peppers. Cook them down about 5 minutes.
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.
Process the tomato cause and chipotles in adobo sauce in a food processor, then pour the mixture into the pan, covering the chicken.
Stir in the seasonings.
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.
FOR THE ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
Preheat 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.
Top with half of the shredded cheese.
Repeat with the remaining tortillas, chipotle chicken and cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove, garnish and serve!
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. But it's big on flavor and zing.
Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 3mg