Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew Prepped Freezer Meal

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish and slow cooker pot in background. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

This Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew is creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. This Stew is a Prepped Freezer Meal recipe, which means it’s a great option to prep ahead and easily make for dinner on a busy weeknight.  Ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It’s a stew because it’s thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for spice, cumin, garlic and lots of tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

 

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew cooked in a slow cooker pot. This is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with all Mexican Food!  So for this next Prepped Freezer Meal, I wanted to create something new and different. I took my all-time favorite dish, Chicken Enchiladas, added chipotle peppers in adobo for smokiness and turned them into a slow cooker stew!!!

Have you tried my other Prepped Freezer Meals yet?  Check them out!

Close up of spoon with a bite of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with bowls in background. This is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CHIPOTLE CHICKEN ENCHILADA STEW FREEZER MEAL

All Ingredients in bowls on counter for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Start with the chicken breasts.  Lately, I’ve been loving Katie’s Best Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Air-Chilled, Non-GMO, Raised w/o Antibiotics that I can get through Fresh Direct.  I have said it before, but Fresh Direct is a life saver for busy Moms and they source from sustainable local farms which I feel great about.  If you’re not a member, click this link for a discount to join! Get $25 Off Orders of $99 with code LEAF25 at FreshDirect!

Cut your chicken breasts into small bite-size pieces and add to the freezer bag.  Dice the onions or shallots and add to the bag.  Peel and dice the carrots and also add them to the bag.

Cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Add Onions to cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Diced onions and carrots in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

ECO-ALTERNATIVE:

Bags are of course easy and disposable, so less clean up.  However, if you want a more Eco-Friendly and Leak-Proof alternative to freezer bags, I recommend Pyrex Glass Containers.  I use them for all of my storage, whether it’s in the fridge or freezer, and even for cooking in the oven or warming in the microwave.  For this recipe, I recommend:  Pyrex Basics 2 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid – 7 inch x 11 Inch by Pyrex
Ok, getting back to the recipe!  Now, come the Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.  Do you ever cook with these?  They are smokey, spicy, and filled with flavor.  They can seriously change the entire flavor profile of your dish and take it to this wonderful smokey place!  A little goes a long way here, so I only put in only 2 whole peppers finely diced along with a tbls of the sauce from the can.  Add to the bag with the chicken, onions, and carrots.  See below for TIP on storing extra Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.

2 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on cutting board next to can for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on cutting board next to can for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Adobo Sauce added to chopped chipotle peppers in bowl for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce added to freezer bag with chicken, carrots, and onions for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

TIP:  If you don’t cook with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo every day or use only a small amount at a time, you can store the rest of the can in a freezer bag in the freezer labeled.  Then it’s ready for you for the next recipe and you don’t have to waste the rest!

Tip! If you have leftover Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, put them in a freezer bag and keep in the freezer for your next recipe!

Next up are the rest of the seasonings, the tortilla chips, and the broth.  The tortilla chips are first crushed and then added to the freezer bag.  Don’t worry about them getting soggy in the bag because they are supposed to!  Once you cook this meal, the tortilla chips will melt down and act as the thickener in this stew.

Crushed tortilla chips added to freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Chicken Broth pouring over crushed tortilla chips in a freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

That’s it for prepping your freezer bag (Or Glass Container). Seal the bag tight and then lightly press flat and store in freezer. You can freeze on a sheet pan and then once frozen store standing up vertically or horizontally. You can store it for up to 3 months in the freezer.

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

COOK YOUR CHIPOTLE CHICKEN ENCHILADA STEW!

The morning before you will eat this for dinner, pour the ingredients from the bag to the slow cooker. Mix and then cover and set timer for 4 hours high up to 8 hours low depending on your schedule. If you don’t have a Slow Cooker, click here to see the Crock-Pot that I have and love!

NOTE: If you would rather cook this in the oven, put it in 375 F degrees in a casserole dish for 1 hour or until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce is thickened.  Follow the same final steps for adding the cheese, scallions, and cilantro.

Once the slow cooker moves to the KEEP WARM setting, you can add in the scallions and cheese and mix in.  Next add the Fresh chopped Cilantro and mix in.

Shredded cheese and scallions added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Fresh Cilantro added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew cooked in a slow cooker pot. This is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

NOTE: If your stew has become too thick and you want to loosen it, just add a little bit of chicken broth and stir until you get your desired thickness. If you don’t have extra broth, you can add a little water with a pinch of salt to taste.

Serve in bowls and garnish with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and scallions.  Enjoy!

😍 Carrie

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew on red napkin with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

 

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew on red napkin with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
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Prepped Freezer Meals: Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew

This Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew is a Prepped Freezer Meal recipe and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for spice, cumin, garlic and lots of tortilla chips that melt down and thicken this delicious stew.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, chicken soup, chipotle, enchiladas, freezer meal, tortillas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Thaw overnight 8 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

For Freezer Bag

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Onion, diced You can use shallots as well
  • 1 cup Carrots, dices
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Whole
  • 1 tbls Adobo Sauce from the Chipotle Peppers
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbls Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Corn Tortilla Chips, crushed Save some in the pantry for garnish
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

Add to Slow Cooker while cooking

  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese for slow cooker + garnish
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced for slow cooker + garnish
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped for slow cooker
  • 1/4 cup Corn Tortilla Chips, crushed for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream for garnish

Instructions

Prepped Freezer Meal Bag or Glass Container

  1. Cut your chicken breasts into small bite-size pieces and add to the freezer bag.

    Cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  2. Peel and dice the onions or shallots and add to the bag.

    Add Onions to cut chicken in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  3. Peel and dice the carrots and add to the bag.

    Diced onions and carrots in freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  4. Remove 2 Chipotle Peppers from the Adobo sauce and dice into small pieces on cutting board.  Add to the freezer bag with the chicken.  Measure out a tablespoon of the Adobo Sauce from the can and add that to the freezer bag too.

    2 whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on cutting board next to can for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  5. Next add the cumin, salt, and minced garlic to the bag.  Then add the crushed tortilla chips.

    Crushed tortilla chips added to freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  6. Add broth to the freezer bag right over the chips.

    Chicken Broth pouring over crushed tortilla chips in a freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  7. Seal the bag tight and then lightly press flat and store in freezer.  You can freeze on a sheet pan and then once frozen store standing up vertically or horizontally.  You can store it for up to 3 months in the freezer.

    All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Thaw & Cook Your Freezer Meal

  1. The morning of the day before you are cooking your freezer meal, transfer the freezer bag from the freezer to the fridge.  That way, you have all day and night to thaw the ingredients safely.  I like to put the frozen bag on a towel on a sheet pan in the fridge for the thawing process to prevent any ice melting on shelves. 

  2. The morning before you will eat this for dinner, pour the ingredients from the bag to the slow cooker. Mix and then cover and set timer for 4 hours high up to 8 hours low depending on your schedule.  
  3. Once the slow cooker moves to the KEEP WARM setting, you can add in the scallions and cheese and mix in. 

    Shredded cheese and scallions added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  4. NOTE: If your stew has become too thick and you want to loosen it, just add a little bit of chicken broth and stir until you get your desired thickness.  If you don't have extra broth, you can add a little water with a pinch of salt to taste.

  5. Add the fresh cilantro to the slow cooker and stir in.

    Fresh Cilantro added to slow cooker to this Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.
  6. Serve in bowls and garnish with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, scallions, and more shredded cheese.  Enjoy!

    2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew on red napkin with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you would rather cook this on the stove, I would bring it to a boil and then bring down to a simmer for an hour in a soup pot.  You could also cook this in the oven 375 F in a casserole dish for 1 hour or until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce is thickened.

 

2 thoughts on “Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew Prepped Freezer Meal

  1. Whoa – I desperately need some of this stew. It warms me up inside just thinking about it. Your freezer meals make life so much easier. Thanks for all the good recipes and the tips. Love them!!

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