One of my family’s favorite cusines is Mexican food, and we really enjoy a good enchilada. The corn tortillas, the spicy sauce, the melty cheese… what’s not to love? Well, sometimes it’s the assembly of the enchiladas that I’d like to pass on. Most of the time I don’t mind it, but if I’m in a hurry I surely don’t want to fuss with dipping, filling, and rolling tortillas. That’s where these stacked chicken enchiladas come in. To make these, I simply layer the ingredients in a baking dish, bake, and serve. Easy peasy!
Now I know it may sound like I’m contradicting myself here, since I just wrote about how these stacked enchiladas save you time and effort, but I’m going to highly recommend that you make your own enchilada sauce when you make these. It will take you 10 minutes, tops. Never made enchilada sauce before? If you can chop onions and stir, then you can make this sauce. I’ve linked to my favorite recipe in the ingredient list below.
One last note- as is the case with many casseroles, these stacked chicken enchiladas taste even better the second day so be sure to plan those leftovers into your menu.
Stacked Chicken Enchiladas
Makes 8 servings
- 1 ½ cups lowfat Greek yogurt (plus more for serving)
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ½ tsp. cumin
- 5 green onions, white and light green parts, sliced thin (plus more for serving)
- 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 ½ cups grated monterey jack cheese
- 2 cups red enchilada sauce
- 10 corn tortillas
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped small
- For serving: Greek yogurt, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, avocado
- Preheat oven to 375. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, chili powder, cumin and green onions.
- In another bowl, toss together the grated cheddar and jack cheeses.
- Place a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce in the baking dish and spread to evenly cover the bottom of the dish. Lay 3 tortillas over the sauce, cutting them in half as needed to make them fit evenly. Spread 1/3 of the yogurt mixture over the tortillas, followed by half of the chicken, 1/3 of the remaining sauce, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with another layer of 3 tortillas, half of the remaining yogurt, the remaining chicken, and half of the remaining sauce and cheese. For the top layer, use the last 4 tortillas and the rest of the yogurt, sauce, and cheese.
- Cover with foil that is lightly greased with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 5-8 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and cheese just begins to brown. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Serve topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt, chopped tomatoes, green onions, and avocado, if desired.
Source: Kristine’s Kitchen.