"Why don't you come over for dinner with the kids tonight"! In my seemingly never ending attempt to always make Kenya and Chloe's dinner times fun, those words fly out of my mouth to my mom friends on a weekly basis. And, without fail, moments after asking I think to myself, "Who am I kidding? When am I going to have time to prepare dinner for 4 kids and 4 adults when I've already got a crazy day of work ahead of me?" As a result of my big mouth and boundless optimism, I've been forced to become the (self-proclaimed) queen of doubling recipes and freezing them for these types of occasions. And these enchiladas are a perfect candidate for doing just that. No matter if you're cooking for 2 or 12, there's nothing easier then pulling these out of the icebox, popping them into the oven and, 30 minutes later, enjoying warm tortillas filled with chicken, veggies and tons of gooey cheese.
At my last impromptu kids dinner, we were all sitting around, chowing down on this Mexican treat, and a mom friend leaned in to me to say, "I can't believe you had the time to make these!" When it's really that easy, why not have friends over every night?!
Mexican Enchiladas (Makes 8 Servings)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Red bell pepper, diced
- 1 Tsp ground cumin
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 2 Chicken Breasts or 2 Cups Chicken, cooked and shredded
- 1 Cup Frozen Corn, defrosted
- 1 1/2 Cups Mexican Cheese Blend
- 1 28 oz Can Enchilada Sauce (you can find this in the latin section of your grocery)
- 8 Flour Tortillas
Preparation1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook onions and salt for 3 minutes.
3. Add red bell pepper and sauté for another 2 minutes.
4. Add cumin and garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
5. Remove the mixture from the pan and place in a bowl. After the mixture has cooled, add the chicken, corn, and 1 cup cheese and mix to combine.
6. Pour half of the enchilada sauce in a 9 x 11 inch baking dish.
7. Divide the mixture (about 1/2 cup each), placing it in the middle of each tortilla and rolling it up like a wrap (burrito shape).
8. Place the rolled enchiladas close together, seam side down in the sauced baking dish. Continue to roll the rest of the filled enchiladas.
9. Once you have finished making the stuffed enchiladas, pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over them and top with 1/2 cup cheese. *If you’re planning on making this dish another day, cover it and freeze at this point.
10. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes (30 minutes if you are starting with frozen enchiladas.
*Enchiladas will stay in the freezer for up to 4 months. For best results, prepare enchiladas then freeze. Do not bake.