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.
Are enchiladas made with corn or flour tortillas?
Traditionally, enchiladas are made with corn tortillas and are what I prefer.
I know lots of folks enjoy flour tortilla enchiladas. I’m not a fan of the gummy texture, but if that’s what you like, go for it! 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. It’s one of my strategies for making my favorite meals freezer friendly.
Then when ready to bake, simply thaw in the refrigerator and proceed with the rest of the recipe. Easy peasy. If you’re in a pinch, you can bake it from frozen, just cook it longer to avoid cold spots.
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. It’s a great way to save money on your groceries without clipping a single coupon. 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.
Remember you can freeze cheese that you won’t use right away. Package shredded or crumbled cheeses in portion sizes so you can whip up recipes in a matter of minutes.
Tools I use to make it EASY:
- plastic cutting boards – I have blue boards for veggies and white boards for meat.
- Ergo Chef chef’s knife – I’ve had my set for several years and they work well.
- stainless steel mixing bowl – I’m not sure you have too many of these.
- wire whisk – Be sure to get one with a closed barrel so dishwater doesn’t get stuck in its innards and drip into your food. Ask me how I know.
- rubber spatula – I have two of these; I love them so much.
- 9×13 baking dish or gratin dishes
- box grater or food processor for cheese
Chile Cheese Enchilada Casserole
- 1 ½ cup sour cream
- 12 oz salsa verde
- 10 to 12 corn tortillas cut into bite-sized pieces
- 8 oz cheddar cheese (shredded) (2 cups)
- 3 poblano chile roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- parsley (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 350 °. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- 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.
- At this point the dish can be covered well and frozen. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before proceeding with the recipe.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.