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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole


Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I have never made any secret of my affection for Tex Mex kind of foods. Todd not quite so sure.  He tolerates the soft things, but doesn't like hard things at all, like nachos and the like.  He likes Enchiladas and Chili, especially if they are spicy.  He likes a bit of heat in his food.



Supposedly they are opening a Taco Bell in Chester soon.  I am really looking forward to that. Our Spanish friends have been to the one in Liverpool and quite liked it. We used to have a Taco Bell back home and I always enjoyed eating there myself.  I hope that when the branch in Chester opens it is as good as I remember it being! 



I had some leftover cooked chicken to use today and so I decided to make an Enchilada casserole.  I used to make chicken and sometimes turkey enchiladas all the time for my family when they were growing up. They were a real family favourite, especially after the holidays when we had a lot of turkey to use up!



I know my oldest son still makes them for his family. I am not sure about the others.  In any case today I made a chicken enchilada casserole using leftover cooked chicken from the weekend. 



It is a simple and quick recipe to make, which involves layering chicken, cheese, and enchilada sauce between layers of corn tortillas, along with some onion and green chilies. 


I like to make my own enchilada sauce, but feel free to use tinned or bottled. 



You can use a ready made four cheese blend, or you can make your own four cheese.  I like to mix mild and strong cheddar, some Gruyere and if I have it a Jack. If you really like it spicy you can use a spicy Mexican cheese.  I think (personally) there is enough spice in the sauce, etc.


We like ours topped with sour cream, lettuce and some chopped spring onions and tomatoes  . . .  and black olives.  You can top it with whatever you like or with nothing. Its your choice. 



The leftovers freeze beautifully, if you have any, and I am predicting you won't! 



This casserole is perfect for using up rotisserie chicken or leftover roast chicken.  You can also use leftover roast beef or pork if you like.  All go well.



I have used fresh jalapeno peppers because we can't get the roasted ones in tins over here.  You can roast your own of course, which I often do and then freeze, or you can also just mince fresh ones, but don't use the seeds if you don't want too much heat! 


Yield: 4

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

prep time: 10 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 50 mins
A very family friendly delicious casserole that is very easy to make.  A great mid-week dinner idea!

ingredients:

9 (6-inch) corn tortillas
240g Enchilada sauce (1 cup)
(See recipe below)
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken diced
1 small red onion, peeled and finely minced
2 TBS chopped green jalapeno chili peppers
240g four blend cheese mix (2 cups)

To garnish:
shredded lettuce, sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes
sliced spring onions, sour cream (any or all, optional)

instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F gas mark 4.  Butter a shallow rectangular casserole dish. (Mine is 7 by 11 inches)

Place
 3 tortillas in the baking dish, overlapping them to cover the bottom.
Cover with 1/3th of the enchilada sauce.  Sprinkle on half the chicken,
half the onion and 1 TBS of the chopped jalapeno pepper.  Top with 1/3
of the cheese blend.  Top with another 3 tortillas as before.  Spoon
over another 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, the remaining chicken, onion
and jalapeno pepper.  Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese blend.  Top with
the remaining 3 tortillas as before.  Spoon over the remaining enchilada
 sauce and sprinkle evenly with the remaining cheese.

Bake
 in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until well heated through.
 Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  Garnish with the
optional ingredients if desired.
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Yield: Makes 480ml (2 cups)

Enchilada Sauce

prep time: 5 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 20 mins
This is a delicious enchilada sauce. You will never want to use store bought again. You can double the recipe and freeze it for future use if you wish. Make sure you have all the ingredients assembled prior to making and it goes together really quickly.

ingredients:

3 TBS light olive oil
3 TBS flour (whole wheat works well, as does a gluten free flour blend)
1 TBS ground mild chili powder (North American style)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano, rubbed
1/4 tsp salt
pinch ground cinnamon
2 TBS tomato puree (tomato paste)
480ml hot vegetable stock
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
freshly ground black pepper to taste

instructions:

Whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined.  Heat the olive
oil in a saucepan.  Whisk in the dry ingredients. Cook, stirring, for
several minutes, until quite fragrant and deep in colour.  Whisk in the
tomato puree and then slowly whisk in the vegetable stock.  Bring to the
 boil, whisking constantly.  Reduce to low and simmer for about 7 or 8
minutes, whisking occasionally. Whisk in the vinegar.  Taste and adjust
seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
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I really hope you will want to make your own sauce for these.  It doesn't take long and I swear by its deliciousness.  You will never want to use jarred sauce again!  Bon Appetit! 



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  1. This looks really delish, Marie. I'm copying both the recipes. It feels like good fall-and-winter food, when it's cold and wet outside and looks pretty darned easy. Thanks for sharing both.

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    1. You're very welcome Jeanie! I hope you enjoy this! Its perfect for cold days and yes, it is quick, easy and delicious! xo

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  2. My littles would like this I think..Thank you!

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    1. Oh, that is such a blessing being able to feed your grands! You are so lucky that way! xo

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  3. I have a lovely American friend here in Sweden who is married to an Englishman and they share the same views on Tex Mex as you and Todd. He'll eat it, but he'd prefer something else, whereas she, brought up in New Mexico just loves the flavours.

    It was you who first introduced me to this style of cooking and I really love it. This sounds like a great dish, though our left over chicken generally goes to a certain small furry family member. I suppose I'll just have to cook up extra :-)

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    1. Our furry family member also gets some of our leftover chicken Marie! Her feelings would be very hurt if she didn't! Extra is the way to go! xo

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