Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

If you’re short on time, but want to make a dish that your family will love—-and even think you’ve slaved over it—make this easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe. It only has five ingredients, corn tortillas, cooked and shredded chicken, shredded cheese, refried beans and enchilada sauce.

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I always store leftover chicken in one cup bags in the freezer. The frozen chicken slices can be grated easily or allowed to thaw and shredded. As far as the cheese goes, even though it’s more expensive, I buy and always have on hand shredded cheese in a bag.

I hate cleaning cheese off the grater, it sticks and requires far more effort than I care to expend, so I opt for the convenience over the few extra cents it costs. Both the enchilada sauce and refried beans are purchased. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever made my own refried beans….Let me think for a minute….Once I refried refried beans, but never made them from scratch.

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I’ve never tried to bake this one on the grill, with the lid down, but maybe I will this summer. I just haven’t had time to have a potential failure that requires me starting from scratch. Since most of these ingredients are already precooked, it’s more of a matter of heating them together to create the mixture of tastes, so I think it will be a success.

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The hardest part of this easy enchilada casserole is preventing your family from finding out it only takes a few minutes. I try to clear the house lest they find it’s so easy or make it before anyone gets home, then splash my forehead with water and act as though I’m working so hard I’ve worked up a sweat.

You spray the bottom of a baking dish to prevent sticking, preheat the oven, put some of the enchilada sauce on the bottom in a thin layer. Spread half the re-fried beans, top with more corn tortillas, add chicken and cheese then top with more sauce.

Add another layer of each and top with tortillas and then shredded cheese. Bake it for twenty minutes and serve with Mexican rice. It’s easy and delicious, the best combination I can imagine.

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

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Recipe by: Calleigh | TheForkBite.com
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican

If you're short on time, but want to make a dish that your family will love---make this easy dish. It only has five ingredients, corn tortillas, cooked and shredded chicken, shredded cheese, refried beans and enchilada sauce.



363.13 kcal
  1. 6 corn tortillas
  2. 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  3. 1 and ½ cups Colby Jack shredded cheese (or you can use any kind of cheese )
  4. 1 15oz. can refried beans
  5. 2 cups enchilada sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a baking dish with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Spoon about ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and spread around.
  4. Layer two of the corn tortillas on top.
  5. Spread half of the re-fried beans on top of the corn tortillas, followed by half of the chicken.
  6. Add ½ cup of the shredded cheese on top and then about ⅓ of the remaining enchilada sauce.
  7. Repeat layers one more time, then top with the two remaining tortillas, the rest of the enchilada sauce, and the last ½ cup of shredded cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.
  10. Serve warm.


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Nutrition Facts

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe


Amount Per Serving
Calories 363.13 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.69 g 28.8%
Saturated Fat 8.04 g 40.2%
Trans Fat 0.39 g
Cholesterol 63.81 mg 21.3%
Sodium 1181.23 mg 49.2%
Total Carbohydrate 27.36 g 9.1%
Dietary Fiber 5.49 g 22%
Sugars 6.01 g
Protein 21.7 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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abt me 150x150 Hi there, my name is Calleigh. Glad you’re here, you will find recipes that are easy to make and taste fantastic. You’ll also find some of my personal favorite foods, ones I’ve eaten in restaurants. Thank you for stopping by.

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