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Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This recipe is so quick and easy, and I always receive a ton of compliments. It quickly becomes a favorite of friends whenever I share the recipe. Modify the spiciness with the intensity of the salsa and the green chilis to suit your taste. —Kristi Black, Harrison Township, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 10 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sour cream and sliced ripe olives, optional


  • 1. Spoon 1/2 cup enchilada sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large saucepan, cook and stir the cream cheese and salsa over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until blended. Stir in the chicken, beans and chilies.
  • 2. Place about 1/3 cup of chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down over sauce. Top with remaining enchilada sauce; sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and olives if desired. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 468 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1394mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 8g fiber), 34g protein.

Reviews for Simple Chicken Enchiladas

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Erica User ID: 5606269 265678
Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"these were really good i used refried beans instead of pinto beans"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 263343
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"These were really good. Kids ate them without complaining so that's a win!"

Smo66Keyy99 User ID: 5266363 260300
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"what if you do not have pinto beans but refried beans can they sub for the pinto beans?"

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 256718
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"Yum! Glad I made a double batch right away so I have one for the freezer!"

bulmercarol User ID: 2651259 252792
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"Good recipe. We'll definitely have this again!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 251878
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2016

"This is a very tasty recipe. I used mostly low fat ingredients and low carb tortillas. The taste was very, very good * A real Keeper in my books. One that I would highly endorse.

Taste Of Home Volunteer Field Editor"

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 247387
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"Wonderful flavors and easy to make! This dish will become one of our weeknight staples!"

rednibs44 User ID: 5119051 230009
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"We have made this many times and it is delish! It is actually tastier than many enchiladas I've had in restaurants. I always make a double-batch because my busy family demands leftovers of this great meal to have handy!"

pottaway User ID: 3077832 228894
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"I doubled the recipe for my family of 5 and didn't have any left they enjoyed it so much! Very easy to make as well."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 226792
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"This recipe comes together quickly with leftover chicken. The salsa and cream cheese makes an interesting base. You can kick it up with pepper jack cheese and fresh peppers. I really enjoyed chopped fresh tomatoes and green onions on top."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 222874
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015


changde User ID: 7168013 220629
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"Didn't care for the flour tortillas. Corn tortillas would have been better, I think. Filling was just okay."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 216957
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"This was really good! I divided it up between two 8x8 pans so I could freeze one and I used turkey instead of chicken and a little extra enchilada sauce because I had some. I love that this used ingredients that I had on hand so I didn't have to buy a whole bunch of extra stuff."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 88811
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"This is home idea flavor, not restaurant. But very tasty anyway."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 84681
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Very tasty, filling and makes you want more!"

KatyH3 User ID: 7354323 83440
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"So delicious and easy. Will definitely make this a regular!"

edwina70 User ID: 3933119 207842
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"This is very tasty and truly simple. Used leftover roasted chicken, tomatillo salsa and about double the amt of enchilada sauce. This is a keeper."

desertrose62802 User ID: 5118048 69273
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"The whole family loved this recipe!!!"

FLZephyr User ID: 728094 109227
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"My family did not particularly care for the consistency of these enchiladas. We found the chicken mixture rather soupy and actually used a slotted spoon to dip the mixture onto the tortillas. The flavors are good, but we will most likely not make this recipe again."

handybecky User ID: 7476115 207841
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"So delicious!!! I also used a cheater chicken that I shredded and it turned out amazing!! This recipe is a keeper."

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 83439
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"VERY easy to make; great taste! I used shredded rotisserie chicken and I spread refried beans on the burrito style shells rather than using pinto beans. I think that chopped onion would be good in the chicken mixture as well."

Patricia Lewis User ID: 1577446 138387
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"We love this easy to make recipe. I have had many compliments for it. I use left over rotisserie chicken (shredded) and use the big flour tortillas because it is easier to roll and fold them on the ends."

A2GirlMom User ID: 7323533 109225
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"This was easy to make and my family loved it, even the picky 6 year old!! I substituted black beans for pinto and Queso Fresco for cream cheese (had on hand). It was just delicious. A definite repeater and company worthy!"

chattypc User ID: 7250715 88784
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"easy to make ahead of time and pop them into the oven when needed. Also, easily modifiable to your personal likes/dislikes."

bseegar User ID: 6844570 158082
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"These enchiladas are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious! My husband LOVES these and I've now had to make them 3 weeks in a row! I follow the recipe, except that I use pulled chicken from a Rotisserie chicken, and I use 10 inch tortillas rather than 6 inch. My 3 year old even likes these! I serve with spanish rice, and a side salad of lettuce, tomato, avacado and sour cream. Yum!"

raina2002 User ID: 5173501 157799
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"This recipe was absolutely amazing! My husband is a huge mexican food fan and he was ranting and raving about it all night."

jknight0012 User ID: 2594888 83438
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Just tried it tonight and loved it! Like one reviewer said, depending on the salsa you might not even need to add the green chili, unless you like it hot. I think next time I will half the cream cheese because that made it a little too rich for us. This would make an easy and popular potluck dish."

3peeps User ID: 6764466 69268
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Very good enchilada recipe, I was looking for something better than past recipes & this will the one I use from now on."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 158081
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"These were really good, simple and fast. I served them with my new favorite rice; Viggo Mexican Rice."

markjanelle User ID: 168677 109221
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"Yummy recipe we all love! I blend the salsa (no onion chunks for my kids) and sometimes omit the green chilis for a less spicy enchilada but it's all around one of my favorites."

Luomala User ID: 6608150 207840
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"Delicious and makes plenty. Yes, I agree. It makes GREAT leftovers! My husband has asked for me to make again!"

bouleyr User ID: 5244065 88782
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"I didn't add the pinto beans or chilis for personal taste and they turned out great. This is not one of my regular recipes!"

bfify80 User ID: 3007375 84674
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This was very good! I used black beans instead of pinto and the johnny cake made it all a great combo!!"

angiemoves User ID: 6175010 88781
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"This recipe was so easy to make using the $6 rotisserie chicken from Costco and some impromptu home made salsa made from stewed tomatoes, onions, lemon juice and 2 canned chipotle adobo chiles for spice/flavor. Made a full 9 x 12 tray which took longer to warm 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Tastes even better the second day! A WINNER."

kpeown User ID: 4421873 63416
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Super easy, fast and delicious!"

pbetty2 User ID: 5725910 158077
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"Love these!!!"

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 63414
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This recipe was super easy and a huge hit with my husband!! He didn't even know I substituted lower fat cream cheese! I love these and will definitely make them again!!"

kaismia User ID: 5467893 77102
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"I forgot to add my children LOVED this I havent seen them eat so much at on sitting. they eat more than me."

kaismia User ID: 5467893 162480
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This reciepe was okay I had to add lots of different ingedience to make it have good flavor. It was easy and a good base to make my own."

emfranklin User ID: 4296846 77097
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"These are yummy! I agree w/ teadrinkinlady and will use more enchilada sauce next time. Definately going to make for friends and family if I am able to share ;0)"

mama2many User ID: 4799504 158075
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"Awesome recipe!! Relatively nutritious and all my kids loved it - even my picky eaters. This has become a regular at our house."

jadedraven User ID: 2665649 84673
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"super easy and really good...i use 1/3 fat cream cheese, black beans, fresh chopped jalepeno peppers, whole wheat tortillas and pepper jack cheese (everything else i left the same). I serve with light sour cream and some jasmine rice and my hubby and i love it"

hollyhobbym User ID: 1285712 84545
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I have passed this on to many family members"

Danollie User ID: 3072565 138377
Reviewed May. 19, 2009 Edited Jan. 26, 2017

"With very picky eaters in the family, I am often searching for something to please everyone. I thought this recipe was a long shot, but everyone loved it. Now I get requests for it all the time. I actually cook the chicken on my Foreman grill and then shred it with a couple forks and it really soaks up the flavor. Thanks for the great recipe!"

shawninger User ID: 4002394 154826
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

"I had left over chicken so this seemed a good way to use it. we loved this recipe. I would make it for company. It is very pretty when it comes out of the oven.

Shawn from Manchester,Mi"

glitter18k User ID: 1863150 157794
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

"I tried this recipe the other night since I had all the ingredients on hand. My family just raved about the flavor and it looked pretty too..My husband said it was absolutely delicious. It was easy to prepare and will definitely make it again. Thanks Taste of Home!"

jomoslomo User ID: 1756499 154825
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"I have taken this recipe to a few gatherings and have had rave reviews. Everyone wants the recipe and can't believe how easy it is. I used black beans because we like those better, but otherwise it is Excellent!!!"

October13 User ID: 3434485 162475
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"My family loved these! easy to make too.


teadrinkinlady User ID: 3712154 162473
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"This is a yummie recipe and very easy to make. I think the only change I would make is to use a bit more enchilada sauce. Black beans are good in this too!"

layla noel User ID: 2242695 69267
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2009

"This is by far and away my favorite chicken enchilada recipe. It's also one of the least fattening that I've seen. My husband is always begging me to make this recipe. Since there is only two of us in the home, we eat on this for several days. You can't go wrong with this recipe! It's great!"

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