Cheesy layers of rice, chicken and black beans in between tortillas stuffed with green chile and tomatoes. This was a hit with the whole family. For an authentic (in our family at least!) NM meal, serve with plenty of tortilla chips and scoop up bites that way. Adjust the heat to your preference, simply by purchasing chile with mild, medium or hot spice level.
I could have also called this “leftover last-minute chicken and rice enchiladas”, but I think “cheesy enchiladas” sound much more appetizing. If you happen to find yourself with leftover chicken and rice on your hands, this meal is a great use for it. Because the chicken and rice are already cooked in this dish, the enchiladas come together very quickly. The whole prep time was less than 15 minutes before the enchiladas were cooking in the oven.
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 3 cups diced cooked chicken I used a combination of dark and white meat
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 28 ounces petite diced tomatoes
- Optional: 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 14 ounce can, drained
- 3 tablespoons Mexican spice mix taco seasoning can be substituted
- 1 cup roasted and peeled finely chopped green chile (substitute frozen or canned if fresh is unavailable)
- 18 white corn tortillas cut into wedges (as pictured below)
- 2 cups green chile sauce
- 2 cups additional green or red chile sauce
- 6 cups shredded cheese mix of your choice pepper-jack, Monterrey jack and cheddar all work well
- Optional: sour cream and tortilla chips for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, chicken, beans, tomatoes, green chile and spices. Pour 1 cup of the green chile into the bottom of a deep 9x13 dish (or 2 smaller dishes). Layer the tortilla wedges across it and then spread 1/3 of the chicken and rice mixture on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle generously with cheese. Layer more tortillas across the top and pour 1 cup of red or green sauce across the tortillas.
- Repeat the layering two more times and then top the final layer generously with the last of the green chile sauce and more cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve with sour cream and tortilla chips. Enjoy!
- MEAL: Layer everything into the pan and when it has cooled completely, cover
- with foil or lids and freeze. 1-2 days before you plan to eat this, take it out
- of the freezer and place it in the fridge. Once thawed, bake as noted above.