Life is real, and that’s why 5-ingredient meals are a thing. This cheesy layered chicken enchilada casserole is a real-life dinnertime wonder: just chicken, beans, sauce, cheese, and tortillas.
This is a Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and it’s sososososo delicious.
It’s like taking all the goodness of an enchilada, but making it easier by stacking it up, and making it all even more cozy, if that is possible, baking it under a layer of cheese. It’s also incredibly easy.
Hello, did you see that there are only FIVE ingredients here? As I was writing the recipe out I kinda couldn’t believe it. This enchilada casserole presents like something that took a really long time to make. It’s like free work or something.
In This Post: Everything You Need For Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Ingredients To Make This Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe
We’re working with a short ingredient list here, which is honestly one of our favorite ways to work with food.
Cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works)
Mexican-style cheese (Monterey Jack cheese would also be delicious)
Tortillas (flour or corn tortillas, whichever you prefer)
How To Make a Yummy Enchilada Casserole
Here’s whatcher gonna do.
Put some sauce down. Now layer away. We’ve got tortillas, beans, chicken, cheese, and sauce all up in there. Go for it.
Now let’s top it all off with ze cheese. You pick! I used Mozzarella because I had it on hand – as one does.
But, more normally for an enchilada casserole, you could use Monterey Jack or Provolone or Colby Jack or Mexican flavored cheese or anything you want. It’s a baked Tex Mex situation, okay? Lots of cheese is necessary.
Let’s Talk Enchilada Sauce Options
Make your own enchilada sauce! I might recommend this blender enchilada sauce for something homemade, yummy, extremely easy, and ready in approximately five minutes. I also like Cookie and Kate’s enchilada sauce which is also delicious – it’s just a bit more involved.
If you are BUYING enchilada sauce, that’s cool, too. I really like the Frontera brand for all things pre-made Mexican and Tex-Mex, including enchilada sauce.
Yummy Variations For Your Enchilada Casserole
Use green enchilada sauce instead of red enchilada sauce.
Use ground beef instead of chicken.
Use vegetarian taco meat or veggies like sautéed mushrooms, peppers, or onions instead of meat (veg lovers unite!)
Use vegan cheese and aforementioned veggie filling to make this a vegan enchilada bake.
Use corn tortillas instead of flour (they’ll be softer and more melty / mushy – personal preference).
You know what else would be extra delicious? A thwap of guacamole right on top. YES!
If I’m being honest, I ate this enchilada casserole goodness at 9am on a Sunday morning while Bjork was still asleep.
And that, my friends, is the definition of food blogging.
A 5-ingredient stacked enchilada casserole layered with tortillas, beans, and chicken and covered with cheese and enchilada sauce.
2–3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 ½ cupsenchilada sauce (store bought or homemade)
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
6–8 small flour tortillas (corn works too)
1 can refried beans
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Place a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a glass square baking dish (mine was 9×9) to prevent sticking.
Place 2 tortillas in the bottom of the dish, overlapping to cover the entire surface.
Layer the beans, chicken, cheese, sauce, and tortillas; repeat once to make a total of 2 layers. (For me this was about 1/3 cup refried beans, 1 cup of the chicken, ½ cup cheese, and about 3/4 cup enchilada sauce in each layer.)
Cover the top with the remaining enchilada sauce and 1 cup cheese. Cover the baking dish with well-oiled aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is starting to brown and sauce is bubbling.
Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes so it can firm up a bit before cutting and serving. Top with cilantro, lime, sour cream, or avocado.
To get each layer completely covered with tortillas, I cut 2 additional tortillas into fourths and used them to cover the corners. This is not necessary but it helps when you layer your ingredients.
My favorite refried beans are Amy’s Refried Black Beans!