Corn Tortilla Quesadilla with Chicken and Cheese

Hand holding Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangle with melty cheese pulling. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea.
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This Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe is filled with hearty chicken and ooey gooey cheese!   These are baked in the oven to save time for 15 minutes, so they are a quick-cooking family dinner!

Hand holding Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangle with melty cheese pulling. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea.

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be this incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe!  To save time, they are all baked on a sheet pan in the oven for  crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor.  I filled corn tortillas with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious. 

The result?  An irresistible new dinner or appetizer idea…maybe breakfast, a mid-morning snack, dessert 🙄…I’m just sayin’. 

Corn Tortilla Quesadillas are so Easy to Make!  

CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS ARE GLUTEN FREE AND DELICIOUS!

Quesadillas are typically made with flour tortillas.  However, if you want a gluten free option or just love that corn flavor that tacos or enchiladas give you, then Corn Tortilla Quesadillas are the way to go!  Corn definitely has health benefits, including fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.  But, let’s be real here.  No one eats Quesadillas for the health benefits!  Not even if they are made with corn tortillas.

So, these guys are just darn good.  That’s why you should make them 🙂

If you’re like me, Mexican Food is a guilty pleasure and it’s hard to stop at just one dish.  So, if you now have a hankering for more, check out these recipes!  First, I give you easy Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowls that give everyone the opportunity to build their own bowl with what they love, so it’s great for kids!  Next, my Huevos Tostadas and if you like Huevos Rancheros, this one’s for you.  Sticking with the corn tortilla theme, try my Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with pickled onions on top, my healthy Ground Chicken and Black Beans Taco Casserole, or a White Enchilada Casserole with Chicken & Veggies.

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream.  They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor.  They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices.  Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious.  It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea.  #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

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Easy Ingredients to Make Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

  • Chicken Breast, skinless and boneless (or use leftover chicken or turkey)
  • Seasoning: Salt, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Garlic Powder (or use Taco seasoning)
  • 5-6″ Corn Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Jack Cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil spray or oil to brush on

Time Saving Prep-Ahead Steps for Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

To start, determine what you want to fill your corn tortilla quesadilla with.  My kids really love Chicken and Cheese, so I went basic.  However, you can get creative or healthier by adding grilled zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers, steak, the list goes on!  In a pinch, I’ve been known to add frozen-then-cooked chicken fingers!

You can also use pre-cooked chicken from your store, whether that is rotisserie, grilled, or roasted.  Which leads me to my TIP…

TIP: buy already grilled chicken from the deli counter or a rotisserie chicken for super easy prep.  I love to get most of the ingredients for this recipe including the already grilled chicken breasts, from Hungryroot!  It’s a subscription box service that sends you prepped fresh and healthy food products every week.  The products range from fresh produce to healthy proteins like cooked or raw chicken, organic beef, and meat alternatives, such as Beyond Burger, and other vegetarian and vegan products. For a limited time, Hungryroot is running an amazing  promotion!  New customers get $50 off their first 2 orders ($25 off each order)!  Just click here to check it out!

If you’re roasting the chicken yourself, up to 5 days in advance, you can roast or grill your chicken!

Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (Or Grill it for 5-6 minutes on each side) until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers. 

Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Add the shredded chicken to a bowl with the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and water. Mix to combine and coat the shredded chicken with the seasoning.

COOK YOUR CHICKEN CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLA RECIPE

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay out 8 tortillas on an oiled large sheet pan or split the tortillas 4 and 4 on two oiled sheet pans. Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of the shredded cheese. You can use shredded cheddar, pepper jack cheese, monterey jack cheese, or other cheese that you would use in tacos or quesadillas.  Then add shredded chicken and sprinkle more shredded cheese. Then top with the second tortilla and spray or brush with olive oil.

Bake the quesadillas in the oven for 10 minutes, then take the pans out and flip the quesadillas over with a large spatula. Bake for another 5 minutes.

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas cooked and cut on a sheet pan. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

Remove from the oven, cut them into four triangles each, serve with your favorite accompaniments (guac, sour cream, tomatoes, etc), and enjoy!

Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe FAQs

What other fillings could I use?

There are so many delicious options for filling these quesadillas.  From a meat perspective, and taco meat you would use, you can use here!  So, aside from shredded chicken, you could add chorizo, ground beef, shredded beef or pork, or even leftover Thanksgiving turkey!  If you want to add veggies, sauteed onions, green peppers, red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, or any other veggie that you can slice thin and then cook to soften.  To pre-cook the veggies, slice thin and then cook with a touch of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until glistening and slightly softened.

Are there other cheeses that would work?

Cheese options that melt the best in this recipe are shredded cheddar, monterey jack cheese, colbey, pepper jack cheese, or even mozzarella or Manchego.  

What can I serve with these?

On the side of these delicious quesadillas, you could make these delicious Refried Black Beans.  In fact, I make a ton of these, then portion them out and freeze them for dinners just like this!  Or how about Cilantro Lime Quinoa Side Dish.  For a veggie side, I love these Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Avocado Crema!

😍 Carrie

Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

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Baked Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be this incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe! To save time, they are all baked on a sheet pan in the oven for crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor. I filled corn tortillas with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner, enchiladas, gluten free, Quesadillas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Round Quesadillas
Calories 402 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 16 ounces Chicken Breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (divided – 1 tsp before roasting, 1 tsp after shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Water

All Other

  • 16 5-6" Corn Tortillas
  • 12 ounces Shredded Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Jack Cheese
  • 1 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil or spray

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil on the chicken and rub it all around. Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it with 2 forks or with fingers.

    Chicken cooked and shredded for Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadillas. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken
  3. Add the shredded chicken to a bowl with the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, and water. Mix to combine and coat the shredded chicken with the seasoning.

Assembly and Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Lay out 8 tortillas on an oiled large sheet pan or split the tortillas 4 and 4 on two oiled sheet pans. Over each of the 8 tortillas, sprinkle a layer of the shredded cheese.  Then add shredded chicken and sprinkle more shredded cheese. Then top with the second tortilla and spray or brush with olive oil.

  3. Bake the quesadillas in the oven for 10 minutes, then take the pans out and flip the quesadillas over with a large spatula. Bake for another 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven, cut them into four triangles each, serve with your favorite accompaniments (guac, sour cream, tomatoes, etc), and enjoy!  

    Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangles on platter with avocado, tomato, & sour cream. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

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Recipe Notes

  1. The recipe includes 8 round quesadillas, yielding 4 triangles each. As an appetizer, it has 16 servings of 2 triangles per serving.  As a main dish,  it can serve 4-6 people.  Nutritional Content and Calories based on 5 servings.
  2. What other fillings could I use?  Any taco meat you would use, you can use here! So, aside from shredded chicken, you could add chorizo, ground beef, shredded beef or pork, or even leftover Thanksgiving turkey! If you want to add veggies, sauteed onions, green peppers, red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, or any other veggie that you can slice thin and then cook to soften. To pre-cook the veggies, slice thin and then cook with a touch of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until glistening and slightly softened.
  3. Are there other cheeses that would work?  Cheese options that melt the best in this recipe are shredded cheddar, monterey jack cheese, colbey, pepper jack cheese, or even mozzarella or Manchego.

     

Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew Prepped Freezer Meal

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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.  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.