Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe is a great meal that the whole family will enjoy. They can be put together in just minutes and use basic ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge.

This Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe is a great meal that the whole family will enjoy. They can be put together in just minutes and uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge. #chickenenchiladas #recipes #dinnerrecipes #quickdinner

Chicken Enchiladas

Looking for a very simple recipe that your family can enjoy for dinner tonight? This recipe only needs a few ingredients and can be very frugal to make. Our family loves to make Mexican inspired dishes because many of them can be very frugal.

This recipe uses shredded chicken but you could always change it up by adding Refried Beans or even Refried Black Beans as well. Either way, this delicious meal can easily be made and put on the table in about 30 minutes.

—Learn to Can Pinto Beans here.

I usually have shredded chicken on hand from cooking it in the slow cooker, I store extras in my fridge or freezer depending on how much extra I have. You could also use shredded chicken from Home Canned Chicken if you have it!

If you don’t have any salsa from the store on hand, you could always make your own Homemade Salsa, or you could make Homemade Enchilada Sauce to put over the top as well.

Of course, you can make this meal even more frugal by making your own tortillas to use in it. I have recipes for Homemade Flour Tortillas, Homemade Gluten-Free Tortillas, and Homemade Corn Tortillas. All are delicious and would work great in this meal!

If you like having quick and easy recipes on hand, be sure and save this canned chicken enchilada recipe for later. I also have several other easy chicken dinner recipes listed on this blog post.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Chicken Enchiladas Recipe


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lb. shredded chicken I used leftovers from a whole chicken that I cooked in the crockpot
  • 1 c. salsa divided
  • 8 oz. cream cheese cubed
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 8 small/medium flour tortillas can you corn tortillas also


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Fry the onion and garlic together for about 2 minutes. Add chicken, 1/4 c. salsa, and cream cheese. Cook until heated through and then add 1/2 c. cheese.

  2. Divide mixture into flour tortillas. Roll up and place into a greased 9x13. Top with remaining salsa and cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is slightly brown on top.

Tip….Add some olives or jalapenos on top for some extra flavor!

–Looking for more yummy Mexican dishes? This 7 Layer Taco Dip is one of our favorites!

A note on the cheese….The price of cheese has gone up exponentially in the past several years. I’ve found that the best way to save money on cheese is to buy it in bulk (by the block) and to shred it yourself. Yes, this takes a bit of extra time and prep but it can be a big money saver. If it’s possible, shred all the cheese that you bought on the day that you buy it and place it in zippered bags in the freezer. This way you only have to shred it up once and none will go to waste since the majority of it will go in the freezer until you need it. Not everyone in our household is able to eat cheese, but I buy cheese in bulk blocks from Sam’s Club, Costco, or Azure Standard, depending on the kind that I currently need.

Looking for more simple recipes that your family can enjoy for dinner tonight? Check these out

Quick and Simple 3 Ingredient Recipes From Scratch
The 30 Minute Pizza Recipe 
Quick Spaghetti Sauce Recipe You Can Make With 5 Ingredients

 Does your family enjoy Mexican food? Will you give these Chicken Enchiladas a try?

This Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2009. It has been updated as of August 2019.

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