These crock pot chicken enchiladas are amazing! Southwest spices and vegetables slow cook with chicken all day. Once it's done you turn all the liquid into a savory enchilada sauce. Plus the elote corn cooks up in minutes.
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas With Mexican Street Corn
Making enchiladas at home should be so easy! And making crockpot chicken enchiladas is going to be the easiest of all. Once you start messing with too many steps than it's just too tedious. The elote on top is such a special treat. Elote is a mexican street corn, it's creamy, savory and a bit zesty. You could eat it plain, that's how yummy it is! Don't be fooled by the fancy name either, it's way easy to make.
So we have easy crock pot chicken, easy elote corn the last thing is enchilada sauce! To get the chicken tasting amazing, it cooks with some southwest seasonings, onion, cilantro and a serrano pepper.
Instead of tossing all of that, you literally take the entire contents (minus the chicken), dump it in a blender and voila - your enchilada sauce!! And it's sooo good.
Roll the chicken up in corn tortillas with jack cheese, everything goes in a baking dish. Top it with the enchilada sauce, more jack cheese and bake. Once it's out of the oven you toss on your special elote corn!
How To Make Elote Corn
Elote is made with just a handful of ingredients. You can use frozen corn or fresh corn, but charring it on the stove is a crucial step. Everything cooks up together in a hot skillet to make for a yummy, savory Mexican street corn!
- Frozen corn - if you have a fresh ear of corn go ahead and use it but frozen is usually on hand and easier
- Lime juice - for all that zippy citrus flavor
- Mayo - makes it nice and creamy
- Sour Cream - additional creaminess
- Cotija Cheese (or feta in a bind) - ooey gooey goodness
- Chili Powder - for a bit of spice
- Salt - to help enhance the flavor
- Chicken Broth - this is optional, if it gets too thick or you make it ahead of time you can use chicken broth to thin it up
What Goes Inside The Crock Pot For The Enchiladas?
Here's what goes inside your crock pot. Remember, after the chicken cooks and you take it out, you'll dump all the ingredients in to a blender to make the scrumptious enchilada sauce!
- Chicken breast
- Cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper
- Serrano pepper
- Garlic cloves
- Chicken broth
How to Roll up an Enchilada
If you've never made enchiladas before I could see how it could be a bit intimidating. But really it's not! I promise. Here are some quick steps and tips to making chicken enchiladas.
- Lay a tortilla flat > fill it > roll it > place it in a baking pan with the seem side down
- Always start with warmed corn tortillas (if not they will crack) - here are two of my favorite methods to heat them
- stack some tortillas on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave until they are warm and steamy
- heat a skillet to high heat, add a tortilla, flip when it start to char on the first side - transfer these tortillas to a clean kitchen towel, making sure to cover.
- Don't overstuff the tortilla, it will break or ooze all over
- Pour a bit of enchilada sauce into the baking pan before you start putting them in, this helps to get more flavor on to the enchiladas
See, it's pretty easy! Anyone can be an enchilada making master in their own home.
Not only are crock pot chicken enchiladas awesome for dinner but they are even better for lunch the next day!! Serve them up with my famous frozen strawberry margaritas.
Check out these crock pot dinners
- Slow Cooker Buttery Steak Bites
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Short Rib Enchiladas
- Chicken Pho Soup
- Tender Pot Roast French Onion Soup
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Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas With Elote Corn
These crock pot chicken enchiladas are amazing! Southwest spices and vegetables slow cook with chicken all day. Once it's done you turn the liquid into a savory enchilada sauce. Plus the elote corn cooks up in minutes.
- 1 lb chicken breast, cut each breast in half so you have 4 pieces total
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ c onion, chopped
- 1 serrano pepper, insides removed
- ½ c chicken broth
- Cilantro, a handful
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp flour
- corn tortillas, warmed in the microwave with a wet paper towel over top
- 8 oz jack cheese, grated
- 1 package frozen corn, thawed
- ½ Lime juiced + more if you like
- 3 tbsp Mayo
- 2 tbsp Sour cream
- ¼ c cotija or feta cheese
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- Pinch of salt
- Season the chicken with 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt and pepper
- Sear the chicken in a pan with some olive oil
- Transfer the chicken, onion, serrano pepper, cilantro, garlic and chicken broth to a small crockpot on low heat for 8 hours
- Remove the chicken from the crockpot
- Preheat oven to 350
- Dump everything else from the crockpot in to a blender
- To the blender also add 2 tbsp tomato paste and 1 tbsp flour
- Blend until smooth, it may look a bit thin, don’t panic it will thicken up in the oven
- Pour half of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish
- Shred the chicken and add to warm tortillas with some jack cheese inside
- Roll the tortillas up and line them up in the pan
- Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over top of the enchiladas
- Sprinkle with remaining jack cheese
- Bake for 20 min (finish at 400 if you want some crispness)
- Cook the elote corn while the enchiladas bake
- Heat a sauce pan to med/hot heat
- Add the corn and char it
- Turn the heat down to low and add the mayo, sour cream, lime juice, cotija cheese, chili powder and salt
- Stir until combined and melty
- Pull the enchiladas from the oven and top with the elote corn
- Top with some fresh cilantro and serve!
You can use chicken broth to thin the elote corn if it gets too thick
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
These look absolutely delicious, thank you so much for sharing!!!
Thanks so much Michiel!