Quick and Easy Enchiladas (or Casserole)

These are /not/ traditional enchiladas.  They are, however, quick, easy, and delicious, and since you are not actually cooking the chicken in the oven, relatively foolproof.  I will admit to not actually measuring anything in this recipe!

The original recipe (that I have lost) is for enchiladas, but upon discovering some completely stuck together tortillas in the fridge that were perfectly edible – but not actually capable of rolling into enchiladas – the casserole was born.

Also – you can adjust the heat as you like it.  Use spicy salsa and enchilada sauce, or throw in a few jalapenos if you favor the flame, or use mild and it’ll be much tamer.

You need:

  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or a few cups of leftover cooked chicken)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or jack or whatever you like)
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 9×13 baking dish

Preheat oven to 375.

Pick all the meat off the rotisserie chicken and chop it into chunks.  Dice the onion. Place both the onion and the chicken in a large bowl with the sour cream and the salsa.  Stir well.

FOR ENCHILADAS:

Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray, and put about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce on a big plate (measurements don’t really matter at this point). Take a tortilla and dip it into the sauce on both sides, add a scoop of the chicken mixture, and roll.  Place it in the pan.

Repeat until the pan is full, then dump the rest of the enchilada sauce over the prepared enchiladas, top with cheese, and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until bubbly and gooey and delicious).

FOR CASSEROLE:

Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray, and put about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of the pan.

Tear up 2-3 tortillas and make a layer of tortilla goodness on top of the sauce.  Add approximately half of the chicken mixture, spread evenly, followed by another half cup or so of the enchilada sauce, and half of the cheese.

Repeat with more tortillas, chicken, and sauce – but hold off on the cheese.  Add another top layer of tortillas, the last dregs of the sauce, and the last half of the cheese.

Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and delicious.

Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers

My own take on the restaurant classic.  Serve with refried beans and sour cream.

  • 3 large or 4 medium poblano peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced tomato (fresh is better, canned will pass)
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • shredded monterrey jack or cheddar cheese
  • Spices – I use cumin and “Fajita Seasoning” (this has salt in it, if you want plain seasonings, add salt)
  • 2 qt casserole dish with lid

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Wearing gloves (really, trust me) wash the peppers, and then using a sharp paring knife, slice down one side and across the top part way to make a T shaped opening.  Pull out the white pith, and slice out the seeds, leaving the stem intact.

In a skillet over med-high heat, saute the chicken until it’s about half done, then add the onion and garlic. Season with Seasoning Salt and Cumin.  If you like spicier peppers, add some cayenne or red pepper flakes. When the chicken is cooked, add the tomatoes and mushrooms, cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

Put the peppers into a 2qt casserole or covered baking dish (I can baaarely fit three peppers in my standard 2qt). Sprinkle a little of the shredded cheese in the bottom of each, and then stuff with the chicken mixture. Fold the sides back up, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.  Dump the enchilada sauce in the pan, making sure to get a little over the openings in the pepper.

Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes.