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the completed slow cooker chicken enchiladas in a white baking dish

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

This casserole is made with only 5 ingredients for a delicious make-ahead meal that beats the flavor of takeout every time.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 497kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) chicken breast boneless and skinless
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3 cups (750ml) enchilada sauce divided
  • 6 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups (125g) shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Place the chicken, taco seasoning and 2 cups of the enchilada sauce inside the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours
  • When done, roughly shred the chicken using 2 forks.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F / 204C.
  • To assemble, fill each tortilla with approximately ⅓ cup chicken and 2 tablespoons of cheese, then place in a baking dish. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Tips For Success

  • Don’t open the slow cooker. This releases a lot of heat and can affect cooking time. 
  • You can warm the tortillas in the microwave to make them easier to roll when filling. 
  • Double the recipe to make extra for freezing or use in other recipes. 

Variations

  • Make it Spicy - Make these enchiladas extra spicy by choosing a spicy enchiladas sauce or adding a teaspoon of crushed red pepper to the sauce in the slow cooker. Use pepper jack cheese. 
  • More Mexican Meals - Use the shredded chicken in rice bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and more. 
  • Italian Enchiladas - Swap the taco seasoning for Italian seasoning, the enchilada sauce for tomato sauce, the tortillas for cooked noodles, and use mozzarella cheese. 

Budget-Friendly Tips 

  • Buy Chicken In Bulk - Purchase chicken in bulk packages and freeze individual breasts for easy portioning later on. We stock up on chicken at the discount club stores or when it’s on sale. 
  • Taco Seasoning - Large jars of taco seasoning are less expensive than the individual packets. It’s also easy to make your own seasoning with spices you already have on hand. 
  • Use the Chicken In Other Ways - Add the enchilada chicken to tacos, rice bowls, taco soup, and quesadillas. The possibilities are endless. 
  • Block Cheese -  Many times, block cheese is less expensive than pre-shredded cheese, and it only takes a few moments to shred it yourself. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 2329mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1678IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 3mg