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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

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These Cheesy Homemade Chicken Enchiladas are an Indianapolis favorite. Shared in our Junior League cookbook, Winners, they’re always a hit!

Overhead view of Chicken Enchiladas in a white casserole


Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

We love anything Mexican or Tex-Mex at our house!  From Smothered Burritos to Tacos and Enchiladas, the family is happy when any of these are on the menu.

Slightly spicy and super cheesy. Hands down, these are our favorite enchiladas.  Yes, your kitchen may look like a disaster area after you’re through making the enchilada and smothering sauces and filling and rolling your tortillas, but the taste is definitely worth the effort.  Just ignore the dirty pots, empty cans, and tomato splatters on your countertops and savor the deliciousness of these super cheesy chicken enchiladas.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas on a plate with a casserole dish in the background
Chicken enchiladas in a white casserole dish
Photo Circa 2011

Tips for Making Chicken Enchiladas:

  • I can usually eek out a few extra enchiladas, making closer to 14 than 10. 
  • Since they freeze well, I just put half in another baking dish, cover well, and store in the freezer for a quick meal on a busy night.
  • I typically grate my own cheese but found pre-shredded cheddar Jack which streamlined the preparation a bit. Unfortunately, I left 2 of the 4 packages in the fridge, so these weren’t ultra cheesy, but still super tasty (actually, nobody noticed)!  So if you’re watching fat and calories, you may elect to do the same. But it may be the two pounds of cheese that make this such a winning dish!
Chicken Enchiladas | Spicy, cheesy chicken enchiladas

Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

Super Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas from the Junior League cookbook , Winners

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings


Enchilada Sauce:

  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Smothering Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green chiles, chopped, drained

Chicken Filling:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup green chiles,chopped, drained
  • 3/4 cup sliced black olives, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10-14 flour tortillas
  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 pound Monterey jack cheese, grated
  • Sour cream and guacamole, to serve


  1. To make enchilada sauce, combine tomato sauce, oil, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a medium-size saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, tomatoes and chilies to make smothering sauce.
  3. Combine chicken, onion, tomatoes, chilies, olives , chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Assemble by brushing inside of tortillas with 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce. Top each tortilla with 3-4 tablespoons of chicken mixture.
  5. Mix grated cheeses. Place 2-3 tablespoons cheese on each tortilla and roll.
  6. Place rolls, seam down, in 9x13-inch baking dish. Add any remaining enchilada sauce to smothering sauce and pour over enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve with sour cream and guacamole as toppings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1276Total Fat: 74gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 7382mgCarbohydrates: 89gFiber: 9gSugar: 14gProtein: 66g


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60 comments on “Homemade Chicken Enchiladas”

  1. Looks like a great easy recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. They must be your Baked Donuts…

  3. Another great recipe from you,i bet guacamole adding great taste to it,,,YummY.

  4. Was hoping to catch your post before leaving for the week for Retail Christmas meetings… Boy am I glad I did! I love Mexican food, this one is a great recipe, bookmarked to try! thanks

  5. The photos and the colors are enough to say – gimme.

  6. I love enchiladas and this looks like a yummy recipe! Might try tonight!

  7. Perfect Lizzy, more spicy and plenty of cheese on top will be all better for me, tempting enough.

  8. You know, I’ve often found that the Junior League cookbooks — from anywhere — have some of THE very best recipes. I’ll tolerate a dirty kitchen for these!

  9. Yum. These look so delicious that I immediately had to pin and stumble them. I love the freezing idea too. I never think to do that.

  10. Yum, yum, yum! We just made red lentil enchiladas last night so I had enchiladas on the brain. Good to know that they freeze well. These sound great!

  11. Lizzy,
    Your enchiladas look fantastic, with all the cheesy, saucy goodness. We make a similar recipe, and they do freeze well.

  12. Beautiful pictures! It makes me crave Mexican food immediately πŸ™‚

  13. Nice, never made this before. I didn’t realise Enchilada Sauce was that easy to make.

  14. You know, I just had breakfast and now I’m CRAVING these for lunch! With how much I love cheese, I probably would be covering with a full 2 lbs, but yours look plenty cheesy…

  15. I am watching weight. I want the cheese. These beautiful enchiladas would be a big hit here – bookmarked.

  16. Great Enchiladas! I love Mexican, and enchiladas are one of our favorites. I have never made my own sauce though (gasp!). I will have to try next time though!

  17. Thanks for this recipe – I’ve never actually made enchiladas cause I wasn’t sure how – just had a blank about it – your recipe is bookmarked – thanks for making it straighforward and totally delicious!
    Mary x

  18. what? no brownies today?!

    good thing i love mexican food too πŸ™‚

  19. oh Lizzy Look delicious and here’s time lunch soon!!! xxxgloria

  20. This post just reminded me it is lunch time…and now I want mexican. This looks so good!

  21. First of all, congratulations on being nominated for *Most Valuable Foodie* for Foodbuzz 2011 Blog Awards! Very well deserved, best wishes.

    Secondly, your enchiladas look great!

  22. My biggest pet peeve about enchiladas is that they are too runny. Bravo for making enchiladas that can be scooped out of the pan without losing all their filling!
    These are perfect and no doubt delicious- I have saved this recipe. Glad you posted this!

  23. Lizzy, your enchiladas look so delicious and perfect for the more brisk fall months! What a great recipe. I’ll be sure to try it soon! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Lizzy, I saw this on Facebook and RUSHED right over! I’m looking forward to trying the enchilada sauce in a presentation like what you’ve shared with us here. Your description of the preparation aftermath in the kitchen brought visual splendor, but no more splendid than the flavor these bad boys must have…you’re right, kitchen cleanup can come later!

  25. These sound awesome, and look perfect! I haven’t made any for a long time, but I always had a hard time keeping them from getting mushy in the oven.

    You obviously know what you’re doing!

  26. Your sauce sounds great. I much prefer homemade to store-bought. These look delicious!

  27. Love the cumin in there! This looks like a great dish and great for making ahead and freezing when you live alone. Now all I need is a dishwasher or a dish washer πŸ˜‰

  28. This looks really good.

    Wouldn’t be too hard to have a vegetarian option either, just leave the meat out.

  29. These look and sound fantastic Lizzy. Drool worthy photos!

  30. Enchiladas are by far, my favorite Mexican dish! These enchiladas look fantastic, Lizzy!

  31. Your enchiladas look delicious! I like how your recipe has a no-fuss sauce.

  32. Another great recipe. Love enchiladas. Mexican food is great. Love it

  33. Enchiladas are my favorite! These look super yummy!

  34. I had to come back for another look at your blog, Lizzie. Mmmm, these look good!

  35. Yummy I love chicken enchiladas! Lizzy yours look fantastic! Great recipe! πŸ™‚

  36. those look really really delicious… great pictures

  37. delicious looking enchiladas looks wonderful

  38. I love enchiladas but oddly, have never made them for myself! These look so cheesy and good..and that side of guac is just perfect. And what dirty dishes, pots and pans??? ;- )

  39. Hot stuff! Those are my kind of enchiladas…the kind that leave a big mess in the kitchen for hubby πŸ™‚

  40. Absolutely delicious! When I make enchiladas, my kitchen is a disaster, but I’m thrilled…because they are SO good!

  41. These look delicious, Lizzy! We love enchiladas. (And those brownies?! Those are evil. I dare not even read the full recipe!)

  42. Whoa! New theme on your blog! I absolutely love it! So cute and very easy to read. I love enchiladas and I hope to make it one day using your recipe! I used to eat every Thursday lunch because work cafeteria used to have Thruway Enchilada… I miss it very much. πŸ™‚

  43. A smothering sauce and an enchilada sauce is a great combo. Woulld love to have an extra pkg or two of these stashed away. Good one Lizzy!

  44. Great blog! You should definitely keep up the work because you’re excellent at it!

  45. Thanks for posting this. Looks so good. I’m always looking for meals I can freeze, to take them to work, or heat them up as a snack. What else could I Serve it with? besides guacamole? :)Any other suggestions? Rochelle xx

  46. Lizzy…..I can finally comment on your Blog, love your new look.

    This recipe looks like a keeper, I’m going to make this after I feel better after my surgery. Thansk for sharing. :-)))

  47. I could never resist the amazing magic power of the enchilada. These look super yummy.

  48. Rochelle, I’d serve these with a simple rice pilaf and a green veggie. I hope you try these πŸ™‚

    Thanks, everyone for all your wonderful comments! xo

  49. Absolutely one of my family’s favorite dinners. Love your take on it.
    Like the new look of your “space too”

  50. Looks delicious! Thanks – now, I’m hungry πŸ™‚

  51. Your chicken enchiladas look so delicious. You captured the beautiful colors of the dish. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  52. These are beautiful! Mine tend to look a bit more messy.

  53. I can never turn down a tasty enchilada like this!

  54. Those Junior League cookbooks are the BEST! I have a few of those from different states, myself.
    Lizzy, that’s what I respect about you…your honesty about sharing the sources, and making them your own!
    When I made my chicken enchiladas, I just happened to remember the basic ingredients, without checking any source…but now, I will follow the recipe you adapted. Perfect, cheesy, and super delicious. Love the spices!

  55. I cannot say no to Mexican food! All I need to go with these enchiladas is a nice cold margarita! Love your new blog look πŸ™‚

  56. Didn’t read your blog just for a few days… how have I missed so many absolutely delicious looking recipes?! These look gorgeous. Going shopping today so I’m going to buy the ingredients and make them later on in the week πŸ™‚ I love Mexican flavours!

  57. I make chicken enchiladas often, but usually with the green sauce. I will have to try your recipe as they look delicious.

  58. Mexican food is the best! (:

  59. I chuckled at your comment saying you make extra to freeze…I would do the same, except I would no will power to actually freeze them for later and probably eat them as a midnight snack!

  60. Ideal Lizzy, more hot and a lot of mozzarella dairy product on top will be all better for me, appealing enough.

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