Chicken Enchilada Chili


Happy New Year!  It is 2012 and I am another year older.  I was very happy that the 1st fell on a Sunday this year.  Usually my birthday is spent with the guys in my life glued to the TV watching college bowl game, after college bowl game.  Instead, this year we got to go up into the mountains and enjoy a nice hike.  It was a beautiful day up there!

After more than a week of eating cookies, and candy, and way too much food I am ready to cut back!  I am looking forward to healthy meals and vegetables.  This chili is a perfect low calorie dinner.  It is hearty, and comforting, but still light and delicious.  I found a version of this years ago in a Betty Crocker flier, but have adapted it to make it healthier.  It comes together in minutes, which means you can have chili on Wednesday!

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Chicken Enchilada Chili

Yields 6

A favorite Mexican dish turned into a warm and comforting chili

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel)
  • 1 (14 oz) can enchilada sauce (whatever heat level you like)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded (optional garnish)
  • Chili Cheese Fritos (optional garnish)


  1. In a large pan brown chicken and onions together, until chicken is no longer pink. Add in frozen corn. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. To serve, top with cheddar cheese and crushed fritos.



  1. We LOVE enchiladas and I usually keep all of these ingredients on hand, sounds wonderful Erin! Happy new year!

  2. This dish looks delicious and healthy if you use low sodium canned options and omit the Fritos (substiite fajita shells brushed lightly with EVOO and sprinkled with cumin, smoked paprika and sea salt, cut into strips and bake until crispy). Sounds perfect after a day of hiking in the mountains.

  3. This sounds delicious. Happy New Year, Erin!! Good luck to your Badgers….I guess. 😉 😉

  4. Happy Belated Birthday!!!! You had me at chili cheese fritos they are my secret obsession I love them but can’t buy them as I will eat them all. So a healthy chili that sounds amazing and I need them for garnish. Sounds perfect!

  5. Very delicious and comforting chili! Love your recipe and photos too!!!!
    I wish you and yours very Happy 2012!!!

  6. What a great recipe, this sounds amazing!! Enchiladas are our favorite! :)

  7. Happy Belated Birthday!! Yes, I agree.. it’s time for some healthy food after all the indulging. This looks like a delicious chili. All the best for 2012! ~ Ramona

  8. Happy Birthday Erin! Cool day to have your b-day I must say. Yes, Jan 1st wasn’t on a saturday but there was still plenty of football on Sunday with NFL!!! The guys are not NFL fans as much as college? My poor wife had to endure a full day of football yesterday. She was a good sport though :)
    Great looking chili!!

    • Steve – My husband is die hard Packer’s fan, but now that we live in CO we don’t get to see them as much. So he was good with only watching 1 football game yesterday, well I guess 2 – he watched the night game :)

  9. Erin, we didn’t get the Packers, either, but hubby has subscribed to listen to the game on the computer…sheesh. Glad you had a fun birthday! And this chili recipe will have to make our menu soon…it sounds delish!

  10. This sounds fantastic! I’ve made a taco chili that was a big hit with my family, and I can only imagine this being more of the same :)

  11. This looks delicious! And I love how there are no beans in it, my favorite kind of chilli!

  12. Hi Erin,
    This recipe sounds and looks fantastic! I have to give this one a shot.

  13. Great minds think alike. I have a similar post for Mexican Taco Stew. My husband likes the ground beef in mine but I am thinking that your chicken enchilada chili sounds delicious! I have a deep found love of enchilada sauce!

  14. Happy Birthday!! This chili would make anyone happy on their special day! This is truly a one that would make my husband happy!!!

  15. This looks easy and tasty! Happy Birthday and many happy returns!

  16. Happy birthday and New Year! This soup looks great, we love enchaladas and having the same flavor with just a little effort sounds good to me!

  17. Belated Happy Birthday! This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  18. This looks and sounds wonderful. It’s FINALLY getting cold here in TN and this is what I am craving for dinner tonight. I can’t wait!!

  19. Sounds perfect! We just got back from a freezing cold trip to the beach! Hope your new year is off to a great start and that you’re starting to settle into your new home. And Happy Birthday!!

  20. Enchiladas are one of my favorites, great idea to make it into a soup!

  21. I love enchiladas and I love chili so I know I would really love this special chili you have made! Happy Belated Birthday!

  22. If I wasn’t working tonight I would be making this for dinner. Guess I will have to wait until tomorrow :/….looks delish!

  23. I loved your article post. Really Cool.

  24. I found you through Soupapalozza and love your chili/soup! It will definitely warm up a cold winter day like today! I pinned it and cant wait to give it a try!

  25. Sounds delicious! What size can of enchilada sauce do you use? I usually use the bigger 20 oz (?) cans when making enchiladas…or do you use the 14 oz size?

  26. Just made this for lunch and the husband LOVED it! I “made it my own” by cooking some Spanish rice and adding some of it to the chili to make it a little less soupy. Excellent! I think next time I will add a dollop of sour cream on top too! Thanks for this simple meal!


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