Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole Recipe

crockpot enchilada casserole Day 9.

woo hooo!

Thank you so much to Today's Creative Blog for the love and new readers! It is thrilling to know that people other than my family (hi, grandma!) are reading my posts and recipes.

I was glued to the New Hampshire coverage yesterday and was happy to spend very little time in the kitchen. We eat a lot of Mexican food, because I've found that the kids will eat pretty much anything with cheese, olives and sour cream. This dish was both no and the exception.


Allow me to explain...

After slaving all of 15 minutes to assemble this wonderfully delicious dish in order for it to cook unattended for 6 hours, I was told it looked like vomit.

I then listened to vomit noises (does charm school still exist?) for twenty minutes before storming from the table and vowing to never cook again.

I may have stuck my tongue out.

Then I came back to this:
a pretty much empty plate.

I think this qualifies as a successful meal in our house.

The Ingredients:

--leftover cooked chicken (about 2 cups)
--28 oz can of enchilada sauce (check ingredients for possible family allergens!)
--1 orange pepper

--1 yellow pepper
--1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
--1 can olives (I wish we had sliced, I sliced the whole ones)
--6 corn tortillas
--2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
--sour cream (optional)

The Directions:

--combine chopped or shredded chicken with the enchilada sauce
--Starting with 2 corn tortillas, layer ingredients into stoneware insert. I happened to go in this order:
--chicken mixed with sauce
--chopped pepper
--black beans
Repeat layers. Finish with a handful of cheese and 1 tablespoon of water that you swirl around in the bowl that had the enchilada sauce and chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. This is a no-peeking recipe. A lot of times it's okay to peek and to stir, but for this one it's best left alone for the flavors to meld properly and for the edges to get that yummy crispy cheese texture.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream. 

other slow cooked dishes you might like:
easy slow cooker taco night
taco soup
salsa chicken
taco dip
rotel, sausage, and cream cheese dip

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at January 09, 2008

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  1. I'm TOTALLY printing this one and trying it. Living in TX, Mexican flavors are a staple for us. In fact, we had taco salads on Monday and a pseudo-chicken tortilla soup (from the slow cooker -- I'll send the recipe if you like!) last night.

    Do you think this recipe would work with raw chicken? I hardly ever have leftover cooked chicken. I could plan ahead and make some if necessary, but I thought I'd ask.

  2. I would love the tortilla soup recipe, thanks! When we go to restaurants I pretend that I'm eating "light" by ordering the tortilla soup so then I can eat 3 chip baskets and have 2 margaritas. lol.

    I don't really know for sure, but I think putting raw chicken in would be a bad idea. There might not be enough moisture for the chicken to cook properly. I think that you are mostly heating through and mixing flavors in this one. BUT! if you try it and don't wither away with salmonella, let me know!


  3. This one looks great, my kids love enchiladas. I've got some chicken in the crockpot this morning, a "fusion" recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out. xo, suzy

  4. this sounds so wonderful!! i've been crockpotting my little heart out lately, too, and it was so wonderful to run across your blog the other day!! you've got some great recipes here! :)

  5. Anonymous1/09/2008

    Found you through Today's Creative Blog. What a FANTASTIC idea for a blog you have here. Love it! I'll definitely be back. Love crockpot meals. :)

  6. I have a crockpot and love to use it. But most of the recipes I have require initial cooking to boiling point on the hob, and then transfer to the crockpot. I'll be watching your blog carefuly in future and copying some of your recipes. I'll pass on any good ones I have to you as well. Lovely blog. By the way found you through Creative Blog. Well done on featuring there.

  7. Great site. I have you bookmarked and shared with my scrapbooking forum! We all love to cook and eat and most of us are working Moms, so this rocks... plus I love the diversity!

    I have a question... the tortillas? Did they get real crispie? Im afraid my old crockpot would burn them??? Thanks!!! Keep up the good work!

  8. jinxi, the tortillas were kind of soggy and enchilada-like everywhere except for the very edges where they were a bit crispy. The cheese was, too.

    Thanks for sharing me with your scrapbooking buddies!


  9. I LOVE your blog! You crack me up! I get all your jokes. LOL I'll be here every day... :)

  10. Love your blog! Found you via Creative Blog. Oh my gosh! I LOVE my crockpot and am always looking for great recipes. Will look forward to seeing what ya do. Have you ever seen a recipe for, well, it's like a chicken pot pie, with out the crust and then it is served over biscuits? I had it a company function once, but the caterer would not give it out.
    Glad to find ya.

  11. I also found you thru Today's Creative Blog... You are my HERO! I absolutely love to CROCK! Keep them coming, and don't let the vomit noises get to you. You just have to worry when you hear something hitting the floor!
    Smiles from Texas! Michelle

  12. Cooking is NOT my favorite thing to do - I'd rather be quilting or making hooked rugs - but I CAN handle crock pot meals so I'm going to enjoy your blog. Found you at Todays Creative Blog!

  13. Hmmmm? I wonder if this would work with flour tortillas? Or maybe tortilla chips? I only have flour tortillas.....I may have to throw caution to the wind and try it out.
    People are loving your post at TBC!

  14. Anonymous1/09/2008

    Found you from Today's Creative Blog, and seeing as I have at least 3 of the crockpots in your header and the very same hand blender, I think we should be friends. Not internet-stalker-y type friends, just like the kind who leave nice blog comments. K? K!

    So, I will be back for your recipes and your witty writing and while you're being my friend and all, could you find some nice healthy low-fat, low-cal crockpot recipes? Please? Because this girlfriend seriously needs to take some el-bee's OFF!
    Take care!

  15. jenni--I will try. I promise. I don't use cream of soups so that already cuts a lot of the fat out of a lot of recipes that are normally listed in crockpot compilations.

    I am trying to figure out how to roast veggies with it.

    you didn't sign in, so I can't stalk you efficiently...


  16. This one looks good to me! Of course, I need to go to the store. And who wants to go there with two kids who like to play ring around the rosy in the produce aisle? NOT ME, I say. I need a maid. And a personal shopper. And a new crock pot. And a brand new car would be fun. OH, and one of those back scratcher devices... you know the ones, oh what are those called? RIGHT, a hot young man!

    I hope my husband doesn't read blogs about crock pots.

  17. Sounds pretty tasty-even if it isn't that pretty-crockpot cooking usually isn't pretty though! Thanks for the comment on my blog-that was a fun surprise-check back next week, I have a yummy recipe (it's my turn) to post-you will have to try out!

  18. Hello,
    I found you via "todays creative blog" : )
    I absolutely love your post! As Mom's (or whomever is the cook in the family) we do not get much in the way of thanks for the delicious meals that we slave away on (crock pot time counts in my book=AAA+++ for being smart!). I do enjoy the creative way they expressed themselves , as well as your response. we have all been there and some of you younger Moms will be. Really you will.
    Thank YOU for making your blog!!!
    With Kindness,

  19. Interesting. I think that would go over big at my house.

    I'm new to crockpotting and am trying to fall in love with mine. It's a long road, though, full of unrequited effort. Perhaps I'll post today's modest success, though. Between it and this recipe we just might make a go of it, my slow cooker and I.

  20. Anonymous1/12/2008

    Found you today(can't remember how!) but really glad i did! I bought a crock pot for christmas and am looking forward to trying out recipes that other people have tried! Yuo made me laugh about storming from the dining table threatening never to cook again...that sounds like me! i think my kids have been to charm school and 'gross' seems to be the word of the moment. Oh the joy of feeding little people!
    now, what's for tea....

  21. So I gave this a go tonight and while I thought it was brilliant, the kids wouldn't eat it. They ended up with a plate full of ref beans and a couple tortillas. Whatever.

    Of course, I switched it up a bit. I sautéed up onion, kale, and the peppers in some coconut oil and threw those in for the veg layer. And I had no olives. Pooh.

    But seriously, I thought it was yummy. I just wish my kids would bc I have a whole lot left over.

  22. Made this one today, two thumbs up!! My kids loved it! Putting this one into the rotation. xo, suzy

  23. Anonymous1/17/2008

    Whoever said, can I try flour tortillas - DON'T! It was like soggy crap! I used whole wheat flax ones and we ended up taking apart the layers and not eating the tortilla part. The rest was super! Although I do have a problem with substituting, thus the reason I screwed it up likely- had no enchilada sauce so just used salsa and the flavor was amazing! I just got my crock pot yesterday!!

  24. oh no, Lindylou! I'm sorry! lol, I have a terrible time sticking to recipes, also.
    congratulations on your new family member!

  25. Anonymous1/31/2008

    I am so excited! I had some leftover chicken in the fridge and I was dying to make something besides soup with it, so I just put this recipe together in my favorite kitchen small appliance!!! :) I love your blog!!

  26. I am going to try this, but I think I will cook it like a filling and serve flour tortillas and taco shells on the side.

  27. Love Love Love this. I am making it for my 3rd time in just over a month. Great to use when company are coming.

  28. Anonymous7/10/2008

    I watched you on the Rachael Ray show yesterday and heard you talking about this recipe. I am working mother with 2 small children and attend college full-time, I am definately going to try this.

  29. I saw you on the Rachel Ray show and was happy to learn this blog exists. The Enchilada Casserole looks great. I will definitely make it for my family of six.

  30. I really liked this recipe. I used flour tortillas(because I had some in the frige they turned out to be mushy but I was able to just pick'em out.) Anyway I would strongly suggest for no one to use them. I think next time I'm just going to leave them out all together. My kids pop the left over flour tortillas in the microwave for a min. and fill them full of this casserole and they loved it. I will make it again I forgot how easy it is to using the crockpot I just LOVE THI SITE! I hope you decide to do it for another Thanks You for another great recipe! ;)

  31. Anonymous7/19/2008

    You've made me feel brave enough to attempt all sorts of culinary mayhem. Because of your blog, I've made feta and hard cheese (not in a crockpot, but because you've introduced your friend who makes feta,) I've reintroduced curry to my five year olds (who, by the way, snarfled curried couscous salad like it was going out of style), and just recently have brushed off my crockpot.

    I'd been pretty disappointed with what I've cooked in the crockpot before "meeting" you-- everything was too bland, or relied too heavily on creamed-gunk soup to be either appetizing, vegetarian, or tasty at the end. We've enjoyed success with a curried chickpea and black bean dish, however, so, boldly, I've started enchilada casserole this morning (substituting like crazy, because we're vegetarians, and I made! hard cheese three weeks ago that I really, really wanted to try.)

    So, in a pot of sauce (made from last summer's tomatoes!), I mixed together onion, beans, olives, left-over rice, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and bell peppers. And layered that mix with tortillas and the cheese. And it's happily cooking away without my input.... and smells really good. I would never have made the attempt, however, without your blog. Thank you, even if my kids won't eat this. Because they love the cheese, and I am not currently rolling the enchiladas I'm craving!

  32. anon, thank you so much for this comment; you totally made my day. What a wonderful email to open and read--I'm so glad that you have been able to get some new ideas and recipes for your family.

  33. Anonymous7/26/2008

    I am bringing something very similar to this recipe tomorrow to our after church meal. I'm, like, quadrupling it. Maybe even quintupling it; it's hard to say.

    Thanks for reminding me that this kind of thing is totally doable in the crockpot. I've always only done it in the oven.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I never buy can of sliced olives, only the whole ones. And I don't slice them, either. Instead, I take handfuls of whole olives from the can, let the liquid drain between my fingers, and squoosh them until they break into fragments. Then I sprinkle them wherever they need to be.

    Just a tip from a lazy mom with lots of mouths to feed. :)

    And! I am so completely jazzed that one of your readers is making cheese because of me! How cool is that?!

  34. This is wicked good. I used flour tortillas instead of corn and added canned corn and this is my husband's new favorite meal. You so rock, Stephanie!

  35. This was very yummy! Thanks! I was distracted ( strange!) when I was making this and forgot to layer it a couple of times. I am embarrassed to say that I just sort of dumped it all in, in order. You know what? It still turned out awesome! Great for leftovers.

  36. I forgot to mention that I made homemade enchilada sauce for it and that really gave it some zing!

  37. I just smoked some chicken breast in the crock and since I felt it had dried out a bit I saved it by making this enchilada...DELISH!!! Can't wait till hubby comes home to try it. I didn't have the sauce so I found a recipe and made a batch. NEVER BUY IT...making it is toooooooo easy. and I had some munster and a little shredded cheddar and that seemed to work fine. Thanks alot.

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 cup tomato sauce
    2 cups water
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    Heat oil in large 2-quart saucepan; stir in flour and chili powder cook for 1 minute.
    Add remaining ingredients bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  38. This sounds sooooooooooooooo yummy!

    I've never really cooked in a crockpot! I'm thinking I need to start! =)



  39. I used this recipe as a basis for our dinner tonight. I didn't have most of the ingredients you put in yours, so I got creative. But I still give credit for our dinner tonight entirely to you and this wonderful recipe! I plan to make a variety of enchilada casseroles in the future, because it's such an awesome dinner idea!

  40. Anonymous8/27/2008

    Can I use ingredients to another enchilada receipt and it work like this one?

    I'm making white chicken enchiladas and it's quite a process. But when your eating the pretty carefully made rolled enchiladas, aren't really what matter, the taste does, right?

    So here are my ingredients;

    cream of mushroom soup
    green enchilada sauce
    sour cream
    shredding chicken breast
    can of green chili's
    jack cheese, save some to top with at the end.
    Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly.

    What do you think?

    thanks for your help.


  41. Hi Deanne--it should work just fine! I'd layer in the ingredients (do you mix the cream of mushroom with the chili sauce, or is that mix with the chicken?) and the pour the sauce on top. I made a green chili enchilada casserole a few weeks ago, and I added too much sauce. I'd stick with no more than 2 cups of liquid to pour over the top, so you won't get a soggy mess.


  42. Anonymous8/27/2008

    The soup is part of the filling, to thicken it mostly. I'll try it and get back to you. I'm a crock pot addict now. I spend more time with the kids and less time cooking ;-).


  43. Anonymous8/28/2008

    It worked and the best part was that this receipt was half the fat as the other. How did I cut the fat in half? I cut some of the soup, cheese and used corn tortillas. Usually when I do it in the oven it dries out and I had to add all of that other stuff. It was amazing. My husband love it and said it was better this way. Thanks again,

    DeAnne ;-)

  44. eeek! I'm so glad that it worked well for you!
    thank you so much for reporting back. yay for supportive hubbies!

  45. Holy cow this was yummy! Even my 19 month old son, who wont eat anything (his current phase), ate this. I think my crockpot runs super hot though, cause it was done after 1.5-2 hours.

    I've used my crockpot everyday for over 2 weeks now cooking your recipes, and I look forward each day coming to your blog to see what you have cooked up (no pun intended...well maybe a little lol)!

    Thank you so much for all the recipes and work you put into your blog!

  46. Made this one last night! It was awesome! I think I might have accidently picked up an Enchilada sauce with a bit of a kick to it, but it was still good. The kids didn't care for it, but David liked it. Sometimes, he's pickier than the kids anyway!

    I also found that if I left the lid off for about 30 minutes or so before I served it it wasn't as mushy!

    I will definitely make this one again!

  47. To drain the black beans or not to drain the black beans? I've made this once before, but can't remember what I did!! Thanks!!

  48. Drain and rinse. I'll fix the ingredient list, thank you!

  49. I love love love this recipe! my favorite so far. well, except maybe the lasagna. or the cranberry meatballs. or maybe the corn's really hard to pick a favorite!! : )

  50. When I make my crock pot enchiladas, I use 12 corn tortillas cut into strips and I also add a layer of cottage cheese. Last time I didn't have black beans or pintos but I did have pinquintos (s&w brand) that have a nice sauce. I used them sauce and all. That one was the best yet!

    I layer like this:

    little sauce
    1/4 of tortillas
    1/2 of meat with sauce
    1/3 of cheese
    1/4 of tortillas
    pinquintos with sauce
    1/3 of cheese
    1/4 of tortillas
    cottage cheese
    last 1/4 tortillas
    last 1/2 of meat with sauce
    Last 1/3 of cheese

    You can assemble a second one in a round container (like an ice cream bucket or Tupperware-like item) and freeze it. Just make sure the container fits inside your crock. [you won't be cooking in this, just freezing!! but, if it fits in the crock, you know the frozen chunk that comes out of it will fit too].

    When you want to have it, just pop it out of the freezer container and put it right in your crock. I usually let it sit out overnight to thaw (it will only thaw part way) and then start the crock pot in the morning. It doesn't hardly get any easier that that!

  51. Anonymous12/01/2008

    could this be made with left over ground beef? thanks,


  52. I made this again last night for dinner, and I am currently watching my son, in awe, eating it! He's not just eating it, he's scarfing it down! He wouldn't touch it yesterday, but I guess that comes with the territory of having a 2 year old. Yaay! Thank you!

  53. How many does this serve? Can I double the recipe and have it still fit into the Crock pot?
    I'm Stationed in Okinawa, Japan and have since started a blog for my Family, which lead to blog surfing and that is how I ran into your blog..I LOVE it and will definitely use my crock pot more.

  54. Hi Delene, if you use a 4 quart crockpot and fill it to the top, I'd say it would feed 6 people. If you have a larger crockpot, go ahead and layer in the ingredients until you run out of space---and I'd guess you'd easily feed 8 or so.


  55. Well, I learned it is NOT okay to use wheat tortillas instead of corn tortillas. It's hard to describe the slimy, gooey constancy they acquire. (Ate them anyway -- taste is fine; texture is... odd.)

    I confess to using ground beef instead of chicken. And mistakenly using non-corn tortillas.

    But my real question is, had I used corn tortillas and/or chicken instead of beef, would this be less... soupy? I thought it would be very dry, but somehow it picked up so much moisture!

    As for taste, it was good, but mine was a tad too tame. I used a blend of Mexican cheeses; I think a sharp cheddar would have been better. I used mild enchilada sauce, but should have mixed in some hot. (I can't find "medium" enchilada sauce, for some reason.) And I missed the taste of green chilies, so I think I will add them next time.

    And there's more likely to be a next time if somebody can reassure me that corn tortillas will fix the texture and soupiness.


    I love this blog.

  56. had this last night and it was awesome... a note here is that sour cream does really boost this up to another level. i would go a step further and say that it needed it. most definitely going into my dinner book.

  57. Made this for dinner today. It was super delicious, but also super soupy. Not sure why it was so "wet" - followed the recipe exactly...

  58. I know this is super late, but I did try this with raw chicken. I put in all the ingredients except the tortillas, cheese, and sour cream, and cooked it on high for 4 hours first. Then put in the tortillas and cheese for another couple hours on low. It was less of a casserole, but still VERY delicious. Also I used half the enchilada sauce and it was still very moist, verging on soupy.

  59. This did not work for me. Maybe I was a little overzealous with tortillas? It came out a total mush mess and we took one bite and threw it out. First fail in the crock I've ever had. I cried... boyfriend proceeded to order me chinese food so I guess it was a win in the end.

  60. I'm going to have to try this! Thinking I'll skip putting the tortillas IN the crockpot, and serve the casserole IN the tortillas when it's done! =)

  61. I had flour tortillas and after reading reviews decided not to layer them in with everything. I also didn't use olives (yuck!) but added corn. It ended up being pretty runny (could have avoided that extra water) but even without the water I think it's extra runny because of not having the tortillas in there to soak up the juice.

    So, my idea of eating it like a burrito in the tortilla didn't work. However, breaking the tortilla into pieces on the plate with the "stuff" on top worked. Was definitely yummy despite the Will probably make again some time but I'll have to adjust the juice a little maybe. Thanks! :)

  62. Do you have one of those egg slicer thingies? The ones that have wires and fold to slice? They slice more than just eggs, you know. You can use them to slice anything that will fit and is fairly soft like cheese, mushrooms or...OLIVES!