Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Are you looking to spice up your meal plan with something full of flavor? Chicken Enchilada pasta may be just what you were thinking of, as it is rich in flavor, filling, and delicious. The enchilada sauce gives this pasta something unexpected, while the pasta absorbs the flavor and leaves your dinner guests wanting more. Here is a recipe for chicken enchilada pasta that is quick and easy to make that will help you add to your weekly recipe routine.

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Serving Information

  • This recipe serves approximately 6 people
  • The total preparation time is about 15 minutes
  • The total time it takes to cook Chicken Enchilada Pasta is 20 minutes
  • The total time to make this meal is about 35 minutes.

What You Will Need To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  • 3 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 lb. Chicken, boneless and skinless.
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream)
  • 1 box pasta, preferably penne, ziti, or rigatoni
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 3 medium sized green onions

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  1. Dice the yellow onion
  2. Dice the garlic cloves
  3. Slice the green onions
  4. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan over medium heat
  5. Add onion and garlic to the frying pan
  6. Cut chicken into thin slices.
  7. Cook the chicken in the frying pan for roughly 7 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  8. In a large bowl, add the can of enchilada sauce. Microwave sauce in the microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds to a minute. Once warm, remove from the microwave and add the sour cream to the sauce.
  9. Whisk the sour cream into the sauce and once it is fully mixed, set the sauce aside in the bowl.
  10. In a pot, cook the pasta according to the cooking instructions located on the back of the box. Cook until the pasta is at the desired consistency and then drain the pasta with a strainer.
  11. Add the sauce and chicken to the pasta in the large pot that you used to cook the chicken in. Add salt and pepper here, if you want more flavor.
  12. Add the green onions to the pot. Briefly mixing to scatter the green onions.
  13. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pasta.
  14. Turn heat on medium and add a lid to the pan to heat and melt the cheese, if needed.
  15. Serve hot and enjoy!

For those looking to add more heat to your chicken enchilada pasta, you can feel free to experiment with different spices and flavors. Some people choose to cook the chicken in enchilada or taco seasoning. Other people will add chili pepper to the sauce for a little extra heat. You add what you like to make this recipe unique and to accommodate your dinner guests’ likings.

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Enchilada Casseroles

Taco Casserole

Enchilada Casseroles are ideal for a family meal any day of the week. It satisfies our craving for spicy food, providing taste and comfort at the same time. This recipe serves 8 people, meaning it is a double batch. You can serve it to fewer people and freeze the rest for future use. It is an easy meal that you can make ahead of time in preparation for weeknight meals.

3 pounds ground beef
1/2  cup of olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cups sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
2 cups mild enchilada sauce
1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
6 tortillas
2 garlic cloves, diced

You can substitute different types of cheeses for the cheddar and Monterey Jack. A mixed cheese blend or muenster cheese will work. You can also substitute other meats for the beef, like chicken or chorizo. Keep in mind that this recipe is mild in terms of spice, so feel free to add more of your own hot sauce, salsa or peppers.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spread the olive oil around a skillet on medium heat. When the pan warms, place a tortilla on it and warm until it is crispy. Cook them one by one and place each on paper towel after cooking.

Next, add the diced garlic and onions to the pan. Once they've cooked, put them aside on a plate or in a bowl. Cook the ground beef in the pan until it is brown. Then remove the beef and drain the fat out of the pan. Return the beef, garlic and onions to the pan and stir them together.

Spray a cooking spray onto a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Then put the enchilada sauce (only ½ cup) into the dish and spread around the bottom. Put 3 tortillas over the sauce. Then add another half cup of enchilada sauce onto them. Put a layer of the onions, garlic and beef onto the sauce. Add a layer of sour cream, spreading it across the top, and sprinkle with cheese. Perform this same layering with 3 more tortillas and the rest of the ingredients for a second layer.

Cook for about 20 minutes or until you see that the cheese has fully melted. An enchilada casserole is something you can make ahead of time and freeze, as it tastes great after being warmed up.