Chile And Cheese Enchilada Casserole

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Looking for a quick alternative to traditional, rolled enchiladas, something perfect for meatless Mondays? This Chile and Cheese Enchilada Casserole comes together simply for a quick and delicious meal.

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Poblano Chile Enchildas are one of our favorite meals. Spicy, roasted poblano chiles, wrapped in homemade corn tortillas and topped with a luscious salsa verde crema? What’s not to love?!

Sometimes one just doesn’t have the time to futz in the kitchen, and poblano chile enchiladas are a little time intensive. Lucky for you and me, there’s an easy cheat that just as tasty. This Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole alternative is the result of a batch of beautiful, roasted poblano chiles but no mojo to make the enchiladas. So, I cheated.

Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole

I chopped the chiles, chopped some corn tortillas, and mixed those up with the shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa verde that I usually use. I topped it all off with some paprika and a fresh herb garnish. Result? Delicious dinner in a fraction of the time.

While it doesn’t have all the visual appeal of a rolled enchilada, it certainly carried the tummy appeal. Yes, yes, it did. Make this Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole next time you’re looking for an awesome dinner with minimal work.

pan of chili cheese bake with a spoon in it

Are Enchiladas Made With Corn Or Flour Tortillas?

Traditionally, enchiladas are made with corn tortillas. So that’s what we are using for this recipe! But hey, if you have flour tortillas on hand they work as well.

If you are using large flour tortillas, you will less than the number of tortillas called for in the recipe.

Can I Make Enchiladas Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! That’s what I love about this recipe. Once you have assembled the recipe, cover the pan well and pop it in the freezer.

Then when ready to bake, simply thaw in the refrigerator and proceed with the rest of the recipe. Easy peasy.

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on the poblano chiles is key. My husband will randomly text me pictures from the produce department when he finds a good batch at a great price. Look for shiny, blemish-free chiles and load up when you see them.
  • Roast and freeze your chiles in advance. This dish comes together quickly if you have this step already taken care of.

Tools I use to make it EASY:

Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole is a quick alternative to traditional, rolled enchiladas — and perfect for meatless Mondays. This chile and cheese enchilada casserole comes together simply for a quick and delicious meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: casseroles, enchilada casserole, mexican
Servings: 8
Calories: 283 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 12 ounces salsa verde
  • 10 to 12 corn tortillas cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese about 2 cups
  • 3 roasted poblano chiles peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream and salsa verde. Add the tortillas, cheese, and chiles. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the paprika over the top.
  3. At this point the dish can be covered well and frozen. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before proceeding with the recipe.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.4g 30%
Saturated Fat 11.8g 59%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 457mg 19%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 17.6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%
Sugars 1.2g
Protein 10.7g 21%
Calcium 285%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. that sounds amazing!!!

  2. I love fast and easy dinners!

  3. Thank you for hosting. This week I shared my pepperoni pizza puffs. I’m making them again this weekend but using bacon instead.

  4. Thanks for hosting – I’m always a fan of increasing efficiency! I’m linking up with some Carrot Craisin Salad. Hope you enjoy!

  5. Michelle says:

    Love this idea! Would it be a good freezer meal?

    • Jessica says:

      @Michelle, I tested it once with black beans and it was a fail. I need to try it again w/o the beans to see if the beans were the problem.

  6. Becky says:

    I’ve never worked with poblano chiles before. Is there another kind of pepper that you think would work well with this in terms of heat/flavor, or do I just need to learn the ways of the poblano? 🙂

  7. I’m linking up for the first time this week. Glad to have found this community and can’t wait to browse the other good eats. I’m sharing my easy and delicious BBQ Ribs recipe. Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Mary says:

    Would this be ok to freeze with the sour cream in it?

    • Jessica says:

      @Mary, I tested it once with black beans and it was a fail. I need to try it again w/o the beans to see if the beans were the problem.

  9. Sara says:

    This was a big hit tonight! Super easy, tasty, and it worked out well for making a version with corn tortillas for myself and one with crumbled up rice chips for my husband (who can’t have corn). Brown rice tortillas are horrendous to roll, so having a different way to approach this recipe is awesome!

    • Jessica says:

      @Sara, so glad you liked it! I love the modifications you used! It would be good with brown rice instead of chips or tortillas, too.

  10. Riann says:

    Did anyone end up trying this as a freezer meal and have it turn out? It looks AMAZING!

  11. Karen says:

    Can you substitute the poblano chilies with anything else?

  12. Esther says:

    Can I add chicken or ground beef to this. If so does it change the cooking times? Not looking to sub, we love chilies

    • I often add chicken. I’ve never done ground beef, but I’d be interested to hear how it goes. You shouldn’t have to adjust the baking time. As long as it’s hot and bubbly, you’re good to go.


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