Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with.

But Mexican food is not the only cuisine to feature a warm use of spice. Thai and Indian cooks, among others, know how to kick it up a notch. There’s a whole world of flavors out there!

I’ll never forget our first pediatrician who recommended that we feed our baby salsa! My husband loved that! (FishPapa loves spicy foods as well.) She reasoned that children need to be raised with the flavors and intensities that their parents liked.

Unfortunately, not all our children have adopted our flavor preferences. We’re working on it. The following is a favorite of FishPapa and mine. This is one of my sister Jamie’s wonderful dinners. You can adjust the heat based on how much jalapeno you use. When I use serranos, it’s got an extra kick. (I know it’s not “authentic,” but we love it anyway.)

What’s a hot and spicy dish that you make? 

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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. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says

    I realized I still haven’t posted my favorite green chile chicken enchiladas. I’ll have to make those soon because I’ve never photographed them before.

    I posted a salsa recipe I made last year when tomatoes were on sale. Hope I can get enough garden tomatoes this year. You can add as much or little spice as you want. Mine can out a little warmer than mild. Next time I’d do it slightly hotter.

  2. Kate @ A Simple Walk says

    That sounds so good. That would be a nice twist on our usual. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  3. HappyHermit says

    My little boy loves spicy food.

  4. Phoebe says

    Mmm. That sounds really good!

    My kiddos are slowly eating hotter and hotter foods. Especially our 8 year old. Wonder if that has anything to do with him and his father having hot sauce drinking contests?!

  5. Snow White says

    That sounds delicious. I love that it doesn’t use canned enchilada sauce! You can get much better flavor that way!

  6. Jenna says

    a commenter on my blog said recently, “in the end, most kids eat what their parents eat.” there’s a lot of truth in that. if you offer spicy food, most will learn to appreciate it. eventually. and it helps to start slow. let them experiment with milder spicy foods, and work them up to the heat level of your preference. i posted about spicy popcorn. with this wholesome snack you can gradually increase the amount of spice over time.

    great topic for URS!

  7. How would you adapt this recipe to become freezer friendly? I made it for the first time the other night and it was such a hit with my family that I’d like to use it for my MOMS Club freezer meal swap next month. Thanks!

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