Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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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 use basic ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge.

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.

Tip: Learn to Can Pinto Beans here.

Salsa and Chips

How to Make Frugal Chicken Enchiladas

I usually have shredded chicken on hand from cooking it in the slow cooker. Depending on how much extra I have, I store extras in my fridge or freezer.

You could also use shredded chicken from Home Canned Chicken if you have it!

If you don’t have any salsa from the store, you could always make your own Homemade Salsa or 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:

All are delicious and would work great in this meal!

If you like having quick and easy recipes on hand, be sure to save this canned chicken enchilada recipe for later. Several other easy chicken dinner recipes are listed in this blog post.

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

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Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This Easy Chicken Enchiladas recipe is super frugal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 547 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 1 onion large, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lb. shredded chicken
  • 1 cup salsa divided
  • 8 oz. cream cheese cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese any kind will work
  • 8 small/medium flour tortillas can use 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.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1528mg66%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 578IU12%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 468mg47%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

How to Save Money on Cheese

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 shred it yourself.

Yes, this takes a bit of extra time and prep, but it can be a big money saver.

If possible, shred all the cheese you bought on the day you bought 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 can eat cheese, but I buy cheese in bulk blocks from Sam’s Club, Costco, or Azure Standard, depending on the kind I need.

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

Me and Kady

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

This Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2009. It has been updated as of August 2023.

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