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Cheap Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Recipe – Easy and Delicious!!!

I love budget dinner ideas! These cheap and easy chicken enchiladas are so yummy and so frugal. Plus, they don't take very long and you can probably make them with groceries that you already have. This recipe is one of my go-to's now for a quick weeknight dinner that I can make using things in my pantry. Kids and husbands love it, too! You can even pre-make them so they are a freezer meal, ready for the oven after soccer practice.

When Funny about Money guest posted her Frugal Potato Salad Recipe, I asked for other easy recipe suggestions for a non-cook like me. I like easy recipes hence why we get our weekly organic meal delivery with easy recipes.  I received several great suggestions, which I am looking into now, but I started by making Holly’s Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas.  Man, they were good!  They were so good (and inexpensive) that this really needed to be passed on in detail, so here we go with pictures, prices, and detailed yumminess!  🙂

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2 or more pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts – thawed ($3.94 from Sam’s Club)
  • 8 oz. sour cream ($0.50 since we got 16 oz. from Kroger for $1)
  • 4-6 oz. picante sauce ($0.50 estimate since we bought the huge container for $5 from Walmart)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup ($0.79 from Kroger)
  • 8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese or mild cheddar – we used Monterey Jack ($2.00 from Kroger)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder ($0.10 estimate since I bought the whole container for $1 from Kroger)
  • salt and pepper to taste ($0.10 estimate since we buy in bulk and didn’t use much at all)
  • 6 large flour tortillas – I used the same size we use for soft tacos ($0.45 since we bought 20 from Kroger for $1.50)
  • Our Total Cost for 2 meals: $8.38 or about $2.10 per person per meal!!!

1.  Cook chicken for about 10 minutes in boiling water. The chicken does not need to be fully cooked as it will be baked. Cut into bite-sized chunks and place in a large bowl.

2.  Mix sour cream, picante sauce, chili powder, soup, salt and pepper, and ONLY HALF of the cheese in a bowl. Take half of the mixture and mix with the chicken. Reserve the other half of the mixture and the cheese for topping.

3.  Fill 6 flour tortillas with chicken mixture and roll. Place rolled tortillas seam-side up in a 9″ x 13″ pan sprayed with Pam. I spread the mixture over the whole tortilla and then pushed the contents to one side and rolled – this helped the tortillas stay closed.

4.  Top each with remaining mixture.  Try to cover most of the tortillas with some to keep them from drying out. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  We baked at 355 degrees since our electric oven seems to run cool.

5.  Uncover and top with remaining cheese. Bake another 10 minutes. Serve with toppings of your choice – hot sauce, sour cream, etc.  We didn’t use any other toppings, but we did serve it with refried beans – $1 for a can that covered 2 meals.  🙂  YUMMY!

My husband REALLY loved this and is waiting hungrily for me to test out one of your next cheap, easy, and tasty ideas!  Do you have any other ideas for me to try?  I’d appreciate it!

17 thoughts on “Cheap Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Recipe – Easy and Delicious!!!”

  1. everyday tips

    We have made this recipe before and it is delicious. Now my stomach is growling!!!

  2. BFS

    everyday tips, try putting a recipe post together…I was hungry for enchiladas at 11:30pm Monday night…it’s torture. 🙂

  3. Holly

    HI, Crystal–

    I made these again over the weekend for relatives…two batches this time… and they went over great and we were all fighting over who was going to get the leftovers.

  4. Money Reasons

    Looks great! I’ll have to try it out!

    I’ve got 2 left hands when it comes to cooking. 🙂

  5. Financial Bondage

    looks good and the price is right. I can’t cook much but my brothers wife can, I may pass it along to her. They usually share with me. 🙂

  6. BFS

    Holly, my husband says “*bleep* your family, give me the leftovers.” 🙂 I think he likes it!

    Money Reasons, if I can cook it, I swear almost anybody can cook it. Promise. I suck. 🙂

    Financial Bondage, the only thing better than cooking this yourself is getting someone else to do it and eating it anyway, lol. Woot for thinking ahead!

  7. Rebecca The Greeniac

    OMG… first of all I’m a vegetarian, secondly I can’t eat most Mexican food anymore because I’m allergic to the spices (cumin and cilantro). But you’re STILL succeeded in making me really hungry!

  8. BFS

    Rebecca the Greeniac, I think that is the best compliment that this recipe could ever get! If a vegetarian that doesn’t eat Mexican can still say “yummy”, I think it’s a complete winner! Thanks!

  9. James

    Hi everyone, I just created a small list of my favorite easy cooking recipes and would love it if you would like to contribute a favorite recipe.

  10. Barb Friedberg

    I’m starving, can you fax me some sour cream so I can make it for dinner? It looks so good and I’m in the mood for Mexican 🙂

  11. BFS

    Sure Barb! If you do try this recipe, please tell us how you liked it. Thanks!

  12. Helen

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  13. MeatHub Inc.

    These enchiladas look and sound delicious! 😀

  14. becca

    Thanks for this great recipe! Looking forward to trying it. A cheap meal that we make is chicken & dumplins, usually $5 for a big batch. We stock up on chicken breasts when they are $1.99/lb and make the dumplins from scratch. Just boil your chicken until tender, mix up your flour/water/milk/shortening for the dumplins and drop them in. Very simple, very delicious, and very cheap!

  15. Jasmine

    Made a few alterations to the recipe. Boiled my chicken in red enchilada sauce and added just a touch a cinnamon to the sauce mix, DELISH!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. her

    Can I use anchiliadas squash on the top instead of the chicken?

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