Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

¡Hola, Readers!

It's Mexican night here at Vintage Victuals!
So, what's on the menu, you ask?

This is one of our favorite meals - it's a fabulous fiesta! These enchiladas are so easy, but full of flavor. The perfect balance of spices and cheese, they are perfect for a weeknight meal or for a festive cinco de mayo party.

Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded (roasted chicken is the best, but boiled breast meat works, too)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Mexican cheese dip (see photo below)
1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 3.5 ounce can green chilies
1 1/2 teaspoons fajita seasoning
Half a pinch of red pepper flake
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 shakes Tabasco hot sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 soft-taco-sized tortillas (I like flour, but corn tortillas are more *authentic*)
1/2 cup enchilada sauce ((recommended: Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup more shredded Mexican cheese blend

Grease a 9x13 -inch baking dish, and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, sour cream, cheese dip, shredded cheese, green chilies, fajita seasoning, red pepper flake, pepper, Tabasco, and cilantro - until thoroughly mixed. Take tortillas, one at a time, and fill with about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture. Roll the tortilla up, and place the enchilada, seam-side-down, in the prepared baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top, like so . . .

Bake for 20 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and tortillas begin to turn golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the second 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Return to the oven for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melty and caramelized. Serve with your favorite Mexican sides, and perhaps a margarita! Enjoy!


Stephanie said...

I may be stupid, but what is fajita seasoning? Is it out of a packet like taco seasoning?

These look delicious. Can't wait to try them!

Anonymous said...

You know we have a fantastic Mexican restaurant just up the road from us, so I almost never make anything Mexican at home -- not likely to be better than theirs.
But THIS!! This looks incredible. We'll definitely be trying this!

Ellie said...

Stephanie - no worries, it's just a seasoning mix that you can find with the other spices in the baking aisle or in the international food aisle. It comes in a jar just like cinnamon, ginger, oregano, etc. :-) It's a great shortcut, but if you want to make your own, there are recipes out there. It usually includes chili powder, salt, paprika, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm I love homemade enchiladas!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Your Mexican meal looks awesome! You could even submit it to the Foodie Films event I'm hosting this month!

Colleen said...

Enchiladas are one of my favorite quick meals. And the rest of the menu looks fabulous as well!

cate said...

These enchiladas are amazing! Best mexican I have ever cooked at home!!!!


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