Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever!

This is my all-time favorite chicken enchiladas recipe, made with a simple homemade red enchilada sauce that my friends all love!

The Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever

I know that food bloggers are never prone to hyperbole.  😉 But with these enchiladas, I stand by the title that I gave to this recipe in my very first year of food blogging.

These truly are the best chicken enchiladas ever!!


Actually, I can brag on these ones because my friend, Liisa, was the one who taught me how to make them.  She was my roommate for a few years back in my early twenties when I was learning how to cook.  And let’s just say that I won the foodie roommate jackpot getting to live with a friend like her.  She not only cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for herself almost every day, but she equally as obsessed with Mexican food as I was.  And these chicken enchiladas were her specialty.

Years later, they have now become one of my specialties and all-time favorites as well.  They are my go-to dish to bring to potlucks or to friends who have just come home from the hospital, they are my favorite freezer meal, they are a must every Cinco De Mayo, and they are always, always a hit at a dinner party.  Case in point — just last night, I made a batch to take to a World Series watch party.  And when I went back for seconds, the pan was already empty.  Annnnd washed and dried for me, because my friends are awesome and know how much I hate doing dishes, ha.

Everyone loves these enchiladas!

So since this recipe has been buried in the archives for years, I thought I would pull it back up today to share the enchilada love with you.  Hope you all enjoy these as much as I have!

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Chicken Enchilada Ingredients:

This chicken enchilada recipe is super-flexible and easy to customize with any of your favorite add-ins.  But to begin, you will need:

  • Chicken: I like sautéing chicken with onion and green chiles for extra flavor in this recipe.  But if you’d like a shortcut, feel free to shred a rotisserie chicken, or use any leftover cooked chicken you might have on hand.  (Here’s my favorite recipe for baked chicken breasts, that I recommend baking, shredding and freezing for recipes such as this.)
  • Tortillas: I usually use flour tortillas for this recipe, since they are so much more forgiving and easy to work with when rolling enchiladas.  But you’re totally welcome to use corn tortillas if you prefer.
  • Cheese: Feel free to use any favorite shredded cheese blend in this recipe!  I’m partial to Mexican cheese blends and pepper jack cheese for enchiladas.
  • Fillings: Beyond the chicken, the fillings in these enchiladas are totally up to you!  For this base recipe, I have kept things simple with just chicken, black beans and cheese (plus onions and green chiles for seasoning).  But other options could include:
    • Any other varieties of beans or cheeses
    • Roasted vegetables
    • Tomatoes
    • Avocado
    • Additional chiles/peppers
    • Rice
    • …or whatever else sounds delicious!
  • Toppings: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of toppings when it comes to Mexican food, and highly recommend piling these high with any of the following:
    • Chopped fresh cilantro
    • Sour cream
    • Diced onions (red, white or green onions)
    • Avocado
    • Corn tortilla strips
    • …you name it!

All of that said, there is one other special ingredient in this easy chicken enchilada recipe that you must, must use, though.  (I insist…)  

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

The Best Enchilada Sauce:

This homemade enchilada sauce recipe.

It is my all-time favorite, and tastes a million times better than anything you can buy in the can.  Plus, it only takes a few minutes to whisk together, and then it can simmer and cook on the stove while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.

Trust me (and the thousands of readers who have also now made and loved this one).  It’s the secret to this recipe and it’s amazing!!

How To Make Chicken Enchiladas

How To Make Enchiladas:

Alright next, let’s talk about how to make enchiladas!  Once you have your sauce, filling and tortillas all prepped and ready to go…

  1. Assemble your enchiladas.  Lay a single tortilla on a flat surface.  Spread a generous spoonful of enchilada sauce over the surface of the tortilla.  Then layer your fillings in a line down the middle of the tortilla, roll it up, and…
  2. Arrange the enchiladas in a baking dish. You can either place them seam-side-up or seam-side-down, your pick.  Then once all of the enchiladas are in the pan, pour any of the extra enchilada sauce on top and spread it around evenly.  Sprinkle with some extra cheese.
  3. Bake the enchiladas. Then pop the pan in the oven and bake until the enchiladas are cooked through, and the tortillas are slightly crispy and the cheese completely melted.  Transfer the pan to a cooling rack.
  4. Sprinkle on toppings.  Then sprinkle with any of your desired toppings and…
  5. Serve!  Preferably with even more toppings. 😉

Chicken Enchiladas with Cheese and Black Beans

Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe

How to make the BEST Chicken Enchiladas!

What To Serve With Chicken Enchiladas:

If you’re looking for serving suggestions, feel free to check out my full selection of Mexican Recipes here on the site for a long list of ideas.  But I would especially recommend serving these with:

Chicken Enchilada

¡Buen provecho, everyone!  

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Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever!

No kidding. These seriously are the best enchiladas ever, and it’s all due to a special (and easy) homemade enchilada sauce that will rock your socks off.


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or any mild oil)
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into small 1/2-inch pieces (*or see substitution below for using pre-cooked shredded chicken)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican-blend shredded cheese
  • 1 batch red enchilada sauce, or 1 can store-bought enchilada sauce
  • optional toppings: fresh cilantro, diced red onions, avocado, sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare your enchilada sauce, if making homemade.
  2. In large saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add diced chicken and green chiles, and season with salt and pepper.  Sauté for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. To assemble the enchiladas, set up an assembly line including: tortillas, enchilada sauce, beans, chicken mixture, and cheese. Lay out a tortilla, and spread two tablespoons of sauce over the surface of the tortilla.  Add beans in a line down the middle of the tortilla, then add in a spoonful of the chicken mixture, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.  Then spread the remaining enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas, and sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese.
  4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve immediately, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

*If you are using pre-cooked chicken, just leave it out of the saute and cook the onion and green chiles for 1 additional minute (instead of 6-8).  Once you remove the onion and green chiles from the heat, stir in the chicken (which should be shredded or chopped into bite-sized pieces).

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  1. I made these this past weekend, Wow! They are so good and it really was pretty easy to make. I want to make them for an upcoming family get together but I need to know how to make them ahead of time and freeze them so all they have to do is cook or warm up the day of. HOW?

  2. This was easy and delicious! I had all of the ingredients in the house for the sauce and I can’t believe I made it from scratch–definitely a five star recipe! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  3. Sweet lord you’re a goddess! Thank you for posting this recipe and a thousand blessings on your college roommate for passing it on to you. I made it last weekend to rave reviews and even our young teenage son’s friend who likes nothing, loved it. Family coming in for this weekend and it’s on the menu – by request. Many thanks again! BTW – I made the red enchilada sauce as well; so easy and so delicious…

    Rating: 5
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  5. Love the sauce. It makes the recipe.

    Rating: 5
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  7. Wow! These look delicious! How can I freeze them ahead of time?

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  10. Question – if you freeze this do you do it after you bake it or make it all the way until the baking step and then freeze. If so do you need to thaw it before you bake or just increase baking time?

  11. Your suppose to cook the “corn” tortillas in oil first then full and pour sauce over.

  12. These are amazing!! My husband tells everyone about them and always asks me to make them when we have people over for dinner. I usually change recipes up a bit, but with this one I make them exactly as is with no changes and they are perfect!

    Rating: 5
  13. Bravo Ali!

    Clever and and well-thought-out recipe. I used canned Enchilada sauce as I also made Mexican rice and guacamole. It was delicious, like eating at a Mexican restaurant.

    I used organic corn and flour tortillas from Trader Joe’s and that kicked it up another notch.

    Rating: 5

  15. These turned out delicious! I followed the recipe almost exactly. I only had 1lb of chicken so I decided to add 1 cup of cooked white rice to make up for it. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe collection.

    Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  16. I love this recipe!! Ok,I am lazy so I always use left over chicken,usually smoked in fruit wood and umm,lazy again I mix the chicken beans,throw in some corn, again left over from grilled on the cob. Then I add the sautéed onions and Hatch chilis. Yummy goodness. The sauce is truly the secret and I make it all the time to use with tamales as well. Thank you Sooooo much. Now there’s a noodle recipe to try……

    Rating: 5
  17. Really nice… stayed with recipe , well almost . I added a tsp of Spanish smoked paprika with sauce.
    Also added sweet red pepper with the filling. Yum!
    Thanks for sharing a recipe that if followed correctly turns out great first time.

    Rating: 5
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  19. We LOVE these enchiladas. My son requests them almost daily for dinner, he’s a HUGE FAN. We always make it with your homemade enchilada sauce and Mexican rice too. YUM. I was just wondering how you would freeze this? We are having Mexican food for our small wedding this summer and everyone wants this to be on the buffet table. But I’m the bride and I don’t want to be doing a bunch of prep the day of the wedding!

    Rating: 5
  20. Corn>flour

  21. Awesome! I used corn tortillas instead of flour, and boiled and shredded the chicken instead of cooking it with the onions and peppers. The only thing I would have done differently is make more sauce. Super easy recipe, and will definitely make again!

    Rating: 5
  22. This is a HIGHLY requested recipe in our household, even with the pickiest members! The sauce is everything and the last time I made it with ground turkey instead of chicken and corn tortillas instead of flour. It was just as delicious!

    Rating: 5
  23. These are the best enchiladas ever! You have to make your own enchilada sauce, this recipe is so much better than store bought and so easy to make! One is my husband’s favourites meals!

    Rating: 5
  24. I made this today! My Hubby said it was a Top 10!! Squee!!!! I made mine sweet potato, black bean, chicken onion & yellow bell pepper with a flour tortilla & your amazing enchilada sauce! High 5!!! It was delish!

    Rating: 5
  25. A family favorite!!!

    Rating: 5
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  27. I made these with ground beef instead of chicken. Yum! It was easy and delicious. My family placed dibs on leftovers, a sure sign of a meal that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

    Rating: 5
  28. Amazing and easy to make. I put chicken with salsa in the crockpot. I’ve made these a few times!

    Rating: 5
  29. These are seriously the best enchiladas! Super easy to make, including the sauce! Hate to admit it but these are made almost once a week in our house!

    Rating: 5
  30. We made this tonight and it was great! We made the enchilada sauce, too. Easy peasy and worth the effort all around. My husband was very happy with it.

    Rating: 5
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  33. My family loves this! Totally worth making the homemade enchilda sauce. Super easy and delicious!

    Rating: 5
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  35. Yum! Everyone had seconds! Thank you! The only thing we added was a bag a chopped spinach when we sautéed the chicken. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  36. Obsessed with this recipe! Your homemade sauce is the best. ❤️❤️❤️

    Rating: 5
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  38. All I can say is Wow! Hands down it completely lives up to its title as the BEST chicken enchiladas. That sauce! Come on! That is the piece de resistance😋
    Thank you for the amazing recipes!

    Rating: 5
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  40. Can you freeze this sauce? Do you put in a ziplock baggie?

    Rating: 5
  41. First off, I never write reviews so that’s a very good sign! Lol I live in California where we eat authentic Mexican food all the time, so our standards for Mexican food is high. I’ve made enchiladas before and they never came out as good as I’d hoped (my sister is the enchilada queen). I made this recipe as written and made my own sauce with the sauce recipe (I used my homemade frozen chicken broth). These came out so fucking delicious. My boyfriend who loves Mexican food was impressed and delighted and we ate them with sour cream, cilantro, and some homemade salsa. Great recipe. Definitely a keeper!

    Rating: 5
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  43. So easy and delicious. My very picky husband even liked it. THANK YOU!!!!

    Rating: 5
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  45. I made these this weekend and they are SO delicious!! Do you know what the approx calorie content of a portion would be?
    Thanks So Much!

    Rating: 5
  46. WOW! These are real good, nothing to add, really good! I lived in the southwest for many years and this is as good as it gets, fresh, tasty, just plain good! I will make these again and again, thank you.

    Rating: 5
  47. Too all of you that say these are the best enchiladas obviously know nothing about enchiladas. I wouldn’t eat a baked enchilada ever! Enchiladas are pan fried and you never use flower tortillas. I eat authentic Mexican food and my mother in law could teach you something about enchiladas.

  48. I’ve made these at least 5 times. They are so delicious and easy. I use the smaller flour tortillas so they fit a little better in the pan, and I use green enchilada sauce (store bought) because I’m not a fan of the red sauce. These are always a hit!

    Rating: 5