Fiesta Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

Everyone been watching the Olympics? I am loving the diving and gymnastics, well actually all of it. Isn’t it crazy how young the gymnastic girls from China look!? Everyone is so talented, go USA!

Ok, get out your maracas and sombreros, it’s time to make some finger licking good enchiladas. I can’t remember the last time I made a big dish of enchiladas, but after tonight, I think I’ll be making them more often. My husband’s comment was, “Now why can’t we have this at least once a week?!” My boys loved them too, no complaints tonight and they had no idea there was loads of healthy spinach inside. This recipe feeds at least 10 adults, so half it according to the size of your family. I know I’ll get some boo’s for the soup in the sauce, but I must say it’s quick, easy and makes a really tasty sauce! Hope you’ll all enjoy!

Fiesta Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 fresh cloves garlic, minced
10 oz bag baby spinach leaves, chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cumin
1 10 oz can Mild Rotel diced tomatoes with Green Chilies

1 lb (Lg family size can) cream of chicken soup
1 Cup red enchilada sauce
8 oz sour cream
1/2 Cup milk
Pinch of salt

Corn Tortillas
2 Cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oil into a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and jalaepeno until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add chopped spinach and cook until wilted down. Stir in chicken, salt, pepper, garlic salt, cumin and diced tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer.

2. Place soup, enchilada sauce, sour cream, milk and salt into a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until warmed though.

3. Ladle a small amount of sauce into the bottom of a large 9×13 inch baking dish (or bigger if you have one), just enough to cover the bottom. Place a spoonful of chicken mixture inside of corn tortillas, roll and place seam side down. Fill tortillas until chicken filling is used up. Top evenly with sauce and shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

10-12 servings

Thank you and Work it, Mom for featuring my spaghetti cups on your great websites! Thanks for everyone’s nice comments on that post, I read them all. Thank you also to Jenn from the Leftover Queen for putting me on her Finest Foodies Friday list. Be sure to join the Foodie Blogroll if you haven’t yet!!

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65 Responses
  1. Brandy

    Made these the other week,they were super tasty! I actually had a good bit of the chicken filling leftover and found that it makes a really tasty burrito/taco… whatever you want to call it. I just put the filling into a flour tortilla with some cheese…. was super tasty like that as well.

  2. Here’s a question on an old post: I made these enchiladas and they’re great – everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My question is about the corn tortillas. Another recipe I made called for frying the tortillas first in oil. Time consuming and adds too many extra fat calories. I was happy to see that your recipe didn’t call for this, but I found that after I rolled the tortillas and put them in the dish, they broke and the tops flipped up. The sauce and cheese totally disguised this, but was wondering if you had any tips. Tried passing them through a flame on my gas stove, but this didn’t change the outcome. Thanks, Lisa

  3. kamailesfood

    I made these for dinner yesterday. My picky husband loved them. He especially enjoyed the sauce. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. The Lowry's

    These were Delish! I made them into 2 pans since it is just us and our 2 kids. I have made enchiladas over the years, decided to try yours and I’m throwing away the other recipe. Definitely a keeper. Anyways if you read this comment before tonight I froze the other pan and was wondering if you knew if I should cook it from frozen or let them defrost and then stick it in the oven. Thanks again!

  5. Adrienne

    One thing I love when making enchiladas is to use one of those roasted chickens from the grocery store, as it has a nice flavor.

  6. Cara

    Yummy! I love all things enchilada! We’ve been watching the Olympics too…even the weird things like dressage (with the horses).

  7. Jenny

    Satisfying my sweettooth,
    Hope you’ll enjoy!!

    Of course I’d read your blog, let me know when I can read some in English, otherwise I’ll still drool over your pictures!!

    Hi Crabbymom
    I’d say it’s between 3-4 small cans of soup. You might have some left over, but it’d be no big deal. Enjoy!

    Hi Steph,
    Bet the kids would like them!!

    Hi Marie,
    You saw the show?!! That was such a shock to see. I had no idea my chicken wasn’t cooked through until I watched the show 6 months later. Crazy. I had fun anyway. I’d have to do some major culinary school before I’d give FNS a shot!!

    Hope you enjoy Kenzie!

    Thanks for the comment Christina! I am so glad to hear they were a hit with your family! I probably would have added more enchilada sauce too, but mine was “medium” and my husband would have had a fit. He can’t handle anything spicy! Thanks for such a great compliment!

  8. Christina

    I made these enchiladas for dinner tonight and everyone loved them. I don’t even like spinach but likes been said you can’t even taste it. The only changes I made was leaving out the jalapeno pepper and I also used the whole can of enchilada sauce which ended up being 2 1/4 cups just because I knew I wouldn’t have anything else to use it in for awhile and I didn’t want it to go to waste. This was probably the best mexican recipe I’ve made ever and I will definitely be making them again.

  9. Proud Italian Cook

    Jenny,I just know you’re going to be the next Food Network star!! I happen to turn it on the other day and I said, Hay, thats Jenny I know her!! You have a great TV presence, very composed and comfortable with the camera. One look at all these comments, and I know these enchiladas are a hit!

  10. Steph

    You are so popular Jenny! I’m so jealous! The enchilada’s look so yummy! I’m sure my family would dive into those!!

  11. CrabbyMom

    Any idea how many ounces the can of chicken soup was? I’d like to use reduced fat cream of chicken and I doubt that comes in a big can. Or do you know how many regular cans this would be? It looks delicious. Thanks!

  12. michela

    Hi jenny!!!!!! don’t worry for the language,I will start write english in my blog. will you read me?
    I hope…

  13. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth

    I have totally been on an enchiladas kick lately. Can’t wait to try your recipe, they look so good!

  14. Jenny

    Thanks for all the nice comments!

    Kimberly and Brad,
    Your comment seriously made my day. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me that cool story! What an honor. I think you told me once, but who’s your friend that I know again?

    Thanks again!!

  15. Pam

    We are big Olymics fans too. I think the enchiladas look delicous! I have never made mine with soup but I may have to try after seeing your pictures. Nice job.

  16. Brad and Kimberly

    Hi Jenny, I’ve only posted a comment one time before. I’m a gilbert girl and you are in one of my friends ward…but just 1 1/2 weeks ago we moved to Utah for employment. So anyway…. I wanted you to know that I made these enchiladas last night and my family loved them…just like yours did. But what I thought you mind find interesting, is the two cute young guys I had working on the basement of this new home so we can move in all the way…. they loved them! Matt said, “kimberly, I am so serious when I say this…these enchiladas are better than my mom’s, better than my wife’s…ssshhhh.” I thought that was so awesome. I told him your story and that this was your recipe and offered to give him a copy to take home to his wife. He had the recipe safely tucked in his pocket as he left our house last night. So cute ands such a big hit here! I love looking at your blog and watching out for you on Food Network. You are such a cutie and we always root for the Gilbert girl!

  17. hot garlic

    Yeah, I saw you on FFF, congrats! The enchiladas look great and I love sneaking spinach into anything.

    How on Earth are you cooking these things in the hot summer heat?!

    I always wince a little at putting soup in my recipes. I try to keep it at a minimum but sometimes it just works best and it DOES make them tasty.

  18. Lore

    Jenny please tell me teleporting will be available in the next 45 seconds or so…if you still have some enchiladas left that is 😀

  19. HoneyB

    I was here yesterday then was distracted and didn’t get to leave a comment! This looks really delish and I would love to have some, but my Grumpy hubby would be not so happy with dinner that evening. I don’t know why I can’t seem to get him to enjoy mexican style food! sigh. Congrats on making the Friday Foodie on Leftover Queen!

  20. Emiline

    These look good…I love enchiladas. I like how these look like they’re hiding in a bed of cilantro.

    I won’t boo you for the soup. My parents make some Mexican casserole with soup in it, and it’s really good.

  21. Bunny

    Your boys liked it huh? well I’m hoping mine will to. I’ve never made this before, it really looks good!

  22. Bridgett

    These look delicious! Your photo looks great! I usually have a hard time getting a good pic of enchiladas or stuffed pastas.

  23. Sharon

    I’ve been loving the olympics too, but uh, I don’t think 16 year olds are supposed to weigh 75 pounds! I seriously hope those girls are 14 though I suppose that’s breaking the rules.

    On to enchiladas…you’re amazing. I concluded that it was impossible to photograph enchiladas without them looking goopy, but you’ve proved me wrong. These look great!

  24. Alicia

    These do look tasty. Thought I’d let you know that last week on the day before school started my 3 girls and I made your cinnamon-swirl chocolate chip bread pudding. It was not only totally delish (try it if you haven’t already!!), but was a great chance to spend time together before the old routine kicks into gear again. Thanks for your ideas…

  25. Sara

    I would love to break out the maracas and sombrero’s for these! I love Enchiladas and love trying different variations. Yours look great!

  26. Noor

    I think this looks so good. I want some so as usual you have made me hungry Jenny, lol.

    I love how you get these healthy things into everything and I will have to start taking some pointers now that my son is 1. It seems like the only thing I can get him to eat anymore is mashed potatoes, ugh any pointers?

  27. Jeena

    These are so yummy! I love all of the ingredients it is such a Mexican treat. I know what I will be making next time I get a taste for some yummy Mexican food. 😀

  28. Deborah

    I used to make enchiladas all of the time, but I haven’t made them for awhile. I think this sounds delicious! (And isn’t it funny how food bloggers get about certain ingredients? I say use whatever you want and whatever is good to you – they don’t have to eat it if they are going to complain!)

  29. Tena

    I am so adding this to the menu this week, looks so good my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures!
    I am glued to the Olympics! Love them! I have a small crush on Michael Phleps! The girls gymnastics team had a rough start yesterday, huh?

  30. Sadie

    Yum! I love enchiladas and was just thinking I needed to make some. Can’t wait to make yours!
    I make my own enchilada sauce and find that it tastes so much better than the canned kind. Check out my blog for the recipe.

  31. Mama Bear

    Yum – that looks great.

    And an easy way to get spinach into my diet – my husband loves it cooked but I much prefer it raw.

  32. Sara

    The girls from China look like they are 8 years old!! It’s so crazy. They make the US girls look giant! 🙂

    Your enchiladas look delicious! My hubby will love them.

  33. Aggie

    I really really want to make these. I love enchiladas and these look awesome!

    My husband and I were going crazy over the men’s swimming relay late last night…I think we scared our dog!

    I caught a glimpse of you on Food Network last night! That is too cool! I dvr’d it so I’m going to watch it later…you are making me want to start entering cooking contests!

  34. Leslie

    Those are amazing and sooo cheesy! Too bad my kids wouldnt touch them! I cant wait for the day they branch out in the food department!
    Oh and those itty bitty China girls are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not 16! I think they are how ever old their government wants them to be!!

  35. Katrina

    It was fun to see the Chicken competition you were in on Food Network last night. I’ve seen the burger one a few times, but hadn’t seen that one yet, well, I think I’ve seen the end of it before as I knew it was the lady from Idaho who was going to win–maybe because I’m from Idaho and had heard that. Your chicken and corn pancakes looked great!
    These enchiladas look so yummy. I make chicken enchiladas quite a bit, but never thought of adding the spinach for nutrition. Gonna have to try this one. Thanks.

  36. michela

    hi, i’m Michela from Rome, Italy. sorry but i speak english not very well…
    compliments for your dish, spaghetti!!!!!!! wonderful. visit my blog. kiss

  37. Amy

    So glad I checked your blog before the trip to the grocery store! I am going to add these to the menu for this week! They look and sound so yummy!


    Those look SO good! We don’t eat meat but occasionally I’ll buy frozen “veggie” chicken. It’s one of our few processed food indulgences and I save it for really awesome recipes. I think I’m going to have to bust out a bag for this once. It’s SO up my husband’s alley. Just readying the ingredient list made me hungry! Great job as always!

  39. Clumbsy Cookie

    Oh yes yes, I see your point, they would be great with some oreos tossed in! Lol!
    If your husband would like to have it everyweek they must have been really delicious!

  40. Jenny

    Hi Kameron,
    The soup can is a giant family size can that actually says 1 lb at the bottom. I found it at Walmart, I’m assuming any grocery store sells the big cans. Let me know if you can’t and I’ll figure out how many little cans it is equal too. I’m assuming about 4 little ones.

    Hope you enjoy Maria!

    Hi Ali,
    You’ll have to let me know how you like these.

    Up early today huh Kimmy!?? Oh yah, E starts school this morning! Have a good day!

  41. Ali

    Yum! They look so yummy! I made an enchilada recipe from “My Kitchen Cafe” last night. It was so yummy! Now I am way excited to try these too! Thanks!

  42. Kameron

    These look so yummy! Question, though: you say 1 pound cream of chicken soup – is that 1 can?? Silly question, I know, but I wanted to be sure.

  43. Jenny

    Hi Snell Family,
    Glad you aren’t anti soup! I’m certainly not either. Hope you’ll enjoy!

    Hi Beth,
    For some reason the guys love enchiladas!

    Hi Katherine,
    It’s funny, with all of the other ingredients, you can’t taste the spinach at all. Either way, hope you’ll enjoy!

    Hi Emily,
    Yah, my hubby and I stayed up to watch the men’s relay until almost 11:00pm, way too late when the little ones are up at 6am!

    Hi Mary Ann,
    Hope you and the family enjoys!

    Hi Prudy,
    Great idea for the soup substitute!

    Hi Lori,
    It’s funny, I was thinking during the photo shoot, that these are sooo not photogenic. This was the best I could get. At least they taste good!

  44. RecipeGirl

    Sounds terrific! I’m impressed that you were able to get good pictures of your enchiladas. Mine squish all up and are impossible to photograph well!

  45. Prudy

    They look absolutely delicious! The filling sounds heavenly. I’m not a big user of the canned soups, but I always just make a homemade version with chicken broth, flour, and milk when I see a recipe that I like that calls for it.

  46. Mary Ann

    Those look amazingly delicious and I, for one, would never give you a hard time about the soup. You gotta use it once in awhile. This also solves one of my main complaints about enchiladas- no veggies. Great recipe, I really think my hubby and kids will love this one!

  47. Emily

    We are going crazy over the Olympics at our house too! The Mens swimming relay was something else!

    This recipe came at the perfect time! I have a bag of spinach that needs to be used! Looks Yum-E!

  48. Katherine Aucoin

    I think your spinach enchiladas sound fabulous. But I’m the only one in my family who adores spinach. Maybe I’ll get independent and try this one and tell the homegirlz and their dad to try fast food for a change – that will keep us all happy 😉

  49. The Snell Family

    No boo’s from over here about the soup in the sauce…these look delicious!! I think I will be making these this week!! Fantastic recipe…

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