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Chicken Enchiladas *My Way*

Chicken Enchiladas *My Way*

Definition of an enchilada

From the Webster's online dictionary

Pronunciation: en·chi·la·da

Usually a corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked.

Chicken Enchiladas My Way

The following recipe is something I threw together tonight due to one of those horrendous cravings. This is not an authentic recipe for chicken enchiladas but I made them as close as I could with what I had on hand.

Quite often I get this horrendous desire for Mexican food and if I don’t make it or find somewhere to go, to eat it, it drives me nuts. So you may ask why this Canadian woman like’s Mexican food since she lives up in the Great White North. How does she even know what Mexican food tastes like? Well, we do have Mexican restaurants way up here but that’s not how I have become to love this food so much.

When I was 14 years I moved with my family to California. The first time I saw a Taco Bell I remember saying or thinking what the hell is a taco? This was in the early 70’s and I don’t think too many people from where I was from knew what they were either. My stepmother insisted on me trying one. Well, I pouted and sighed because I had to try something different that sounded like something I wasn’t going to like at all!

After that first Taco, it was love at first bite. Later on, I became good friends with this girl in school who happened to be Mexican. Every day after school I’d go hang out at her house. When we’d get there, most days her mother would be in the kitchen at the stove flipping hot tortillas on a flat grill. I can taste them now, warm tortillas rolled up with a bit of butter. One time I was there for dinner and her mother had made tamales. Oh my goodness, I think they were the best things I’d ever tasted. What I’d give for one of Mrs. Tapia’s tamales now.

Even though we have Mexican restaurants up here in Canada they’re just not the same as eating authentic Mexican food. If anyone knows of a place in Ontario Canada to get a really good Mexican meal please leave a comment and let me know.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

8 chicken enchiladas - will serve 4 people 2 each

  • For the chicken, you can use white or dark meat. I precooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Normally I would use Monterrey Jack cheese but I only had Havarti on hand. It actually worked quite well.
  • To make the enchiladas spicier you may want to add slices of jalapenos either into the chicken mixture, on top of the rolled up enchiladas, or serve on the side.
  • I served the enchiladas all by themselves as you see in the picture but you can always serve with sour cream, extra salsa, and or guacamole.


  • 3 cups of cooked chicken, shredded or cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup of sweet onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup of black olives, sliced
  • 4-5 shakes of cumin powder
  • 1/3 cup of salsa, mild, medium, or hot
  • 2 cups of Havarti cheese with jalapenos, grated
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce, mild, medium, or hot
  • 3 green onions/scallions, chopped
  • 8 large tortilla shells

Preparing the Enchiladas



  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray an oven safe dish with vegetable oil. A lasagna pan or rectangle casserole dish works quite well as you can line up the rolled enchiladas and keep them tight together.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl combine chicken, diced sweet onions, sliced black olives, cumin powder, and salsa. Toss well.
  3. Coat the bottom of the baking dish with some of the enchilada sauce. About 4 tablespoons should do it. Set the dish aside.
  4. Down the center of each tortilla place 1/8th of the chicken mixture. Add a generous amount of the grated cheese. Roll each tortilla tightly and place in the baking pan side by side.
  5. Top all the tortillas with the remaining enchilada sauce. Top this with the remaining cheese. If you feel you want more cheese than what you have left add more. Top with the chopped green onions.
  6. Place the baking dish into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, serve and ENJOY!

Sound Good? Please rate accordingly

© 2012 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2014:

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Thanks so much Brenda

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 16, 2014:

Your chicken enchiladas look tasty. Nicely put together page!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 15, 2014:

Thanks so much 2besure!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 15, 2014:

PS It is so easy to make and I do hope you'll try the chicken enchiladas.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on August 11, 2014:

This looks simply delicious! I think this is something I can actually make! Beautifully done hub!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 11, 2014:

This looks so tempting...and it seems to be easy...what a great combination. It is being added to my recipe files to give a try very soon.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 10, 2013:

Hi Patsy, Nice to you meet you. I see you have a lot of gardening hubs and recipe hubs too that I look forward to reading. Thanks so much and I'm glad you liked my hub. Have a nice weekend.

Patsy Bell Hobson from zone 6a, Southeast Missouri, USA on November 09, 2013:

Voted 5 stars, up and useful. I love reading other peoples versions of my family favorites. Love your photo, too. Nice hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2013:

bac2basics, Thanks so much!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2013:

Thanks Pete, I hope you like them. Nice to see you.

Anne from United Kingdom on July 19, 2013:

Hi Susan.

mmm these do look yummy. I have had tortillas made at home but didn´t know what enchiladas were until now. I can see why you crave them at times.

Pete Fanning from Virginia on July 18, 2013:

Yum, going to give these a try for sure! Voted up and awesome...what the heck they're beautiful too!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 15, 2013:

I had to go and look at your recipe and oh my your enchiladas sound so good. I would love to have my girlfriends moms recipe for her tamales. They were so good.

Thanks for pointing me to your recipe, which I'll be trying really soon.

Have a good weekend.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 15, 2013:

These sound and look delicious! I grew up in El Paso, Texas and one of my best friends was a Mexican girl. Every Sunday afternoon I would eat lunch at her house and I remember her mom making flour tortillas and tamales. They were to die for! I published a recipe for green chili chicken enchiladas you might like. They are one of my favorite Mexican dishes. I am definitely trying these! Voting up, awesome and sharing. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

tip, I love it when I'm able to have authentic Mexican food, my favorite.

Tammy on March 04, 2013:

One can not beat the taste of authentic mexican food. I lived next to a mexican family that made some of the best foods I have ever eaten. I will have to try out your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Kim!

Aloe Kim on January 05, 2013:

Oh these look fabulous ^_^ I know what's for dinner tomorrow! Voting this a whole bunch!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2012:

Gypsy, Thank you and hope you enjoy!

Gypsy48 on December 02, 2012:

I can't wait to try this easy recipe. I love enchiladas and these look delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2012:

Life Iz, Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the enchilada recipe. Hope that you're having a nice weekend.

Salini from India on December 01, 2012:

I am drooling! it is awesome! going to make it soon... have to get few ingredients from the supermarket and I am ready to make this mouth watering dish.

Thanks for sharing.

voted useful.

Have a nice day.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 30, 2012:

Lilleyth, Thanks and have a nice weekend.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on November 29, 2012:

I like the addition of black olives, will have to try that next time!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 28, 2012:

Thanks newusedcar :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 28, 2012:

Sharon, Thanks and I hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 28, 2012:

Paula, Always nice to lure you in :) Was it the picture or the title that did it? Thanks and hope you enjoy these.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on November 28, 2012:

A must try for all...Yummy!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on November 27, 2012:

I recently bought the family-size Stouffer's Chicken Enchiladas. They were NOTHING like what I believe yours would taste like. Great recipe hub with great pics too! Pinning and sharing :)

Suzie from Carson City on November 27, 2012:

Susa...Be lured me into reading a RECIPE hub! Quite a feat. I absolutely love enchiladas......and will definitely give this a try!.UP+++

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 27, 2012:

PaisleeGal, I'll keep my eyes peeled for it :)

Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on November 26, 2012:

Susan .. afraid I don't have a hub with that recipe but think I'll do one soon. Good idea! thanks

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

ishwaryaa, Thank you so much!

Glimmer Twin, Turkey would be perfect for this recipe. Thanks for the votes and the pin too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

vespawoolf, I do hope that you will enjoy the recipe and thanks so much.

reigarcia, Thank you.

PaisleeGal, Do you happen to have a recipe hub on the Beefy Mexican Rice dish?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

drbj, No I hung out with her for her mothers food, not because I liked her :) Just kidding.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

Joan, Always nice to know that so many people have a love for Mexican food :)

Claudia Porter on November 26, 2012:

Awesome and voted up. Froze some turkey and I could use it for this recipe. thanks! Pinned too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

faythef and grumpiornot, Thank you both and I hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

Billi, Calabacitas sounds wonderful. I would love to try that.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

Snurre, Happy Birthday to your Dad and hope that he and you enjoy the enchiladas.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

writingowl, Wish I could tell you where you could purchase gluten free tortillas. I did find a recipe for some though and you can find it at

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

Hi Frank, Thanks :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2012:

GoodLady, I drool over your recipes and your comments have made me smile. Thanks so much and if you can't find all the ingredients I'm sure you'll be able to improvise. Have a great day!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 26, 2012:

A delicious recipe! The photos look drool-worthy. I am fond of Mexican food. I would like to try this recipe soon. Rated your recipe 5 stars. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & pinned

Pat Materna from Memphis, Tennessee, USA on November 25, 2012:

Liked your story about your discovery of Mexican food! My fav is enchiladas any way you make em .. I make chicken with a white sauce. Very good .. May just have to cook some up this week. You got my mouth to watering. I make a really good Beefy Mexican Rice dish that I created a few years ago. Had to make a batch of it a couple of weeks ago. Been ages since I did any enchiladas tho... overdue on that! Voted up!

reigarcia on November 25, 2012:

hmm this looks delicious. I hope I can try it out soon. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 25, 2012:

I love your passion for Mexican food and I enjoyed the story of your introduction to it. It's hard to live in a place where Mexican food is unknown. That motivated me to learn to make it, too. I think either Havarti or Monterrey Jack would be delicious in this recipe. I look forward to trying this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2012:

La Thing, Thanks so much!

Carol, Thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2012:

Debbie, Wish I'd of been with you :)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 25, 2012:

Tell the truth now, Susan. You hung out with that Mexican girl at school because you liked her ... and you loved her mother's enchiladas and tortillas and tamales and burritos and ...

Thanks for this simple recipe - my favorite kind.

Joan Whetzel on November 25, 2012:

This is an easy recipe. And I am with you when it comes to getting serious Mexican Food Cravings. YUM!!!!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2012:

xstatic, I used flour tortillas as sometime I have a hard time find the corn ones here. I should start making my own tortillas. I'll have to try the chicken tenders .... thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2012:

ma-life, Thanks so much.

Mhatter, I'm sure yours are really good too :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2012:

Dzy, I make enchilada's with leftover turkey all the time. I'd love to see your recipe for vegetarian enchiladas. I had a friend who used to make hers with cheese and beans that were really good. Thanks for being the first to comment, for the votes and for the shares too. Hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving.

grumpiornot on November 25, 2012:

Looks delicious, will try the recipe for dinner tomorrow night.

Faythe Payne from USA on November 25, 2012:

Mmm..going to try these..thanks for the recipe

Billi Grossman from Enchanted with New Mexico on November 25, 2012:

Yum! These look really good. I don't eat chicken, but often make cheese enchiladas with corn tortillas and cheese and veggies much the same way. The really great thing is you can use pretty much anything you want in them, top them with cheese and sauce and voila'...a wonderful meal. Turkey enchiladas are traditionally made in NM with green chili instead of red enchilada sauce. We have a veggie mixture called calabacitas (corn, green chili and zucchini) that is particularly good. Thanks for sharing.

Snurre on November 25, 2012:

Well, what can I say - wow, Wow, WOW!!! This sounds like an amazing recipe. Bookmarked and will make it for my Dad's birthday along with his favourite dishes. I'm sure he'll love it.

Mary Kelly Godley from Ireland on November 25, 2012:

That looks fab and I always loved enchillada's, but now that I am avoiding wheat I would need to get some Gluten free tortilla wraps from somewhere. If I find some I will definitely make this. Anyone got any suggestions, I have looked everywhere for GF tortilla wraps but so far have failed to find any. Must google it! Voted up.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 25, 2012:

you know me I love easy.. gave it a five justasksusan :)

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 25, 2012:

You're driving me mad!!!! I love Mexican food, search new Mexican (real, real Mexican) restaurants (by the side of the road in the Valley L A), all the time with a friend who's as crazy about it as I am.

I'm going to try to make this recipe of yours this winter if it kills me getting the ingredients here where I live in Europe!! FIVE stars, voting, sharing, pinning and FB'ing. Love it!

carol stanley from Arizona on November 25, 2012:

We love all Mexican food having lived in Arizona for many years. This looks easy and delicious. It is going into the bookmark group. Voted up and also sharing..Too good to not share.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on November 24, 2012:

Love enchiladas! Your recipe looks delicious, and quite simple. Thanks for Sharing.... Voting up and useful!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on November 24, 2012:

Susan.. I love Mexican too. and this looks wonderful.. let me tell you a story.. both of my sons married the prettiest Mexican woman and they can cook. I just returned from Texas and Mexico and MMMMM it was so good.. lol.. you would love it.

voted up and sharing


Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on November 24, 2012:

I grew up in Texas and California and share your love of Mexican food. Luckily, my wife does too. These chicken enchiladas sound great! I will try them on one of "my nights" to cook. I take it you are using flour tortillas? Either would work I guess. I like to use the frozen chicken tenders for this soer to thing. They sautee easily and are delicious.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 24, 2012:

Very close to mine, but I think yours is a little better. Thanks

Hina from IL on November 24, 2012:

I liked your whole article. Especially the story behind how you grew to like Mexican food-that was interesting to read.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 24, 2012: a California native, I grew up with a taste for Mexican food...and Italian...and Chinese... San Francisco is a true melting pot!

I bet, after T-day, you could just as well use leftover turkey, too, instead of chicken.. ;-)

I have a recipe for vegetarian enchiladas...but I'm not so sure I'm going to share's my secret weapon for pot-luck dinners, where I fool all the die-hard meat-eaters into liking a veggie dish...and not recognizing it as such. LOL

Voted up, useful, starred and shared!

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