Growing up, sitting down to a family dinner was a rule that my mom enforced a lot. It was the only time that we (my parents, my brother and I) had together as a family to discuss our days and what was going on with school, work or life in general. Our family dinners were usually easy recipes, as both my parents worked out of the home, things that could be prepped and ready in less than an hour.
My favorite family meal was a Tex-Mex dish called Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, that my mom made once or twice a month. From start to finish this dish, paired with rice and re-fried beans, is ready in about an hour. It’s a meal that my brother and I still come home for as often as my mom will make it.
Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
- 12 – small/medium tortillas
- 2 – pounds boneless/skinless chicken breast
- 1 – 10 oz. cans of enchilada sauce
- 1 – packet of taco seasoning
- 1 – package of shredded Mexican Style cheese
- 1/2 – small onion, diced
- 1/4 cup water
- sour cream (optional)
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut chicken breast into 1 inch pieces
- Add butter/margarine (enough to grease the bottom) to frying pan and then add the chicken pieces. Cook over medium/high heat until no longer pink
- Add 1/4 cup water to pan of chicken and then add the taco seasoning packet.
- Mix well and let simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.
- Remove from heat and add onions to chicken mixture.
- Spray bottom of baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spoon chicken mixture into tortilla, fill with as much chicken as desired.
- Roll tortilla and place in baking pan seam side down.
- Continue process until entire chicken mixture is used.
- Pour entire can of enchilada sauce evenly over enchiladas.
- Spread entire package of shredded cheese over top of enchiladas.
- Cover pan with foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven, top with sour cream and serve.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Number of servings: 12
This dish can be made healthy by substituting wheat tortillas and low-fat/no-fat sauces and cheeses.
Did you have a favorite meal growing up?
Greis (pronounced Grace) is a single, 30 something, Texas girl with an iPhone addiction. She loves her hometown Houston sports teams, Astros Baseball & Texans Football! When she’s not working as an inside sales analyst for a local manufacturing company, you can usually find her on the internet, watching trashy reality television or snuggling her niece, Audrey. In her spare time she enjoys a good chick flick, reading teenage vampire books (the sparkly kind) and dreaming about what life will be like when she finally wins the lottery. You can read more from Greis on her blog, Amazing Greis.