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Chicken and Cheese Enchilada Casserole

Updated on February 29, 2012
Served as part of a complete meal when added to my Spanish rice and Refried beans.(see my hub for the recipe).
Served as part of a complete meal when added to my Spanish rice and Refried beans.(see my hub for the recipe).
The chicken and cheese filling done and ready to place in 9x13x2in casserole dish.
The chicken and cheese filling done and ready to place in 9x13x2in casserole dish.
The bottom layer of tortillas are placed in a butter sprayed dish like this.
The bottom layer of tortillas are placed in a butter sprayed dish like this.
A seventh tortilla in quartered and fills in the gaps. Same way for the top layer
A seventh tortilla in quartered and fills in the gaps. Same way for the top layer
After top layer is in place over the filling the tomato puree & salsa mixture is spread, and covered with cheese.
After top layer is in place over the filling the tomato puree & salsa mixture is spread, and covered with cheese.
After about 20 minutes in the oven and cheese is well melted, let rest five minutes and add 1/3 cup fresh chopped shallots.
After about 20 minutes in the oven and cheese is well melted, let rest five minutes and add 1/3 cup fresh chopped shallots.

Tastes Better Than Regular Enchiladas With Less Calories

Why a Casserole instead of regular Enchiladas? Aside being faster and cheaper (less tortillas) you cut down the calorie count by at least 500 calories for the entire dish (about 10 tortillas). Served with Spanish rice and refried beans takes it to the next level!

Ingredients

1-9x13x2 in. casserole dish

About 14 regular size corn tortillas

Filling

1 medium onion diced

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 a tablespoon minced garlic

3- 12.5 oz. cans chicken breast

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup tomato puree & 1/2 cup salsa

6 oz. of Monterey Jack and Cheddar blend cheese

Topping

1/2 cup tomato puree & 1/2 cup salsa

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

Dash of salt

11/2 cup of Monterey Jack & Cheddar blend

1/3 cup of fresh chopped shallots

Directions

Sautee a medium diced onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the onion becomes transparent, add 1/2 a tablespoon of minced garlic. Then add 3 drained cans of chicken after the chicken cooked a bit, (drain any excess water out of the pan into the sink) add 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt and add 1 tablespoon chili powder. Next add in 1/2 a cup of tomato puree and 1/2 cup of salsa, followed by the 6 oz. of Monterey Jack and cheddar blend cheese. Mix together well over medium heat until the cheese is melted completely. Next spray your casserole dish with butter flavor cooking spray, and arrange the tortillas like in the first picture. Now like in the second tortilla picture quarter a seventh tortilla and fill in any gaps. Pour the filling mixture on top of the layer of tortillas, and level it with a spoon. Next assemble the top layer of tortillas just as you did the first layer. Mix together in a bowl 1/2 cup of tomato puree, 1/2 cup salsa,1/2 tablespoon chili powder and a dash of salt. Take the mixture and spread it thinly over the top layer of tortillas with the back of a spoon.( if you come up short just add in a little more salsa and blend it in). Now sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of Monterey Jack & Cheddar blend cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until it bubbles slightly and the top cheese is well melted. Allow to cool 5 minutes add fresh chopped shallots and then serve.

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    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      This Is the quick way to make Mexican food for up to nine people in a flash! Thanks tonymac04 for kind words & post!

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Looks stunningly scrumptious. Thanks for the ideas. Bookmarked as usual!

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Peggy W for your post! Fresh is always best, turkey or ground beef works well also!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Could use cooked chicken instead of canned also, I would imagine. Even cooked turkey? We love Mexican food and this sounds easy and good. Thanks for the recipe.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      7 years ago

      Thanks cblack for your post! This recipe is quick and easy and the filling is the same as my quesadillas which are even faster to make!

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      cblack 

      7 years ago from a beach somewhere

      This sounds delicious and much better than the frozen ones I usually cook. I will have to give this a try. Thanks!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Fresh cilantro sounds good to me too, thanks for posting billyaustindillon! If you're watching your waist line I suggest Greek yogurt ( much less calories than sour cream yet much tastier than low fat sour cream!)

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Great recipe - a little cilantro with that sour cream perhaps?

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      It is very tasty! And has the texture almost of a lasagna. Thanks for your interest Leslie Jo Barra!

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      Leslie Jo Barra 

      8 years ago

      Sounds good. I make a super simple casserole for enchiladas because my family doesn't like soggy tortillas. Yours sounds much thinker and tastier.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      And it beats rolling all those tortillas! It is definitely quicker & easier! Thanks for your post oceansnsunsets!

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Tastes better, and less calories? I am there! Sounds so good too.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      I enjoy cooking, especially on the weekends when I have more time to cook more comprehensive dishes. Thanks for your post!

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      montecristodog 

      8 years ago

      Bueno. Now that I am retired, I might cook this dish myself. Thanks.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      It tastes even better the next day! And with a little sour cream on the casserole should be outlawed! Thanks for posting!

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      trose 

      8 years ago

      This looks absolutely wonderful. Yum!

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