Easy Chicken Enchiladas – Smart & Final Simplifies Family Friendly Meals

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Are you looking for an easy chicken enchilada recipe that you can make ahead and then enjoy with your family during your busy week?

September is back to school time and we hit the ground running! After all, we are so darn busy. With kids practices, scheduling conflicts, and work obligations, many of us are are grabbing food on the go and eating in shifts. No one is unplugged and no one is communicating. It’s time to push back, do you agree? Smart & Final simplifies family friendly meals so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time connecting with each other.

I know when one of us is feeling down or has had a rough day, dinner time is often the best time to decompress and talk about our feelings. It’s important to model for our kids that maybe our day wasn’t perfect either but we overcame challenges and now we are here together as a family and it feels so good. It’s like they say, ” the days are long but the years are short.” Dinner time is worth fighting for. It knits the family together, it’s the place where memories are made and strong family bonds are formed.

The key to successful family dinners is in the planning. There are some strategies you can use to simplify the process and get good food on the table fast. One of my favorite tips is to use the days of the week to serve Italian food every Monday, Mexican food on Tuesday, American cuisine on Wednesday, Asian inspired food on Thursday, etc. Adopt this menu for your family’s tastes and repeat it. It makes buying the food easier. You can cook the protein you need in your dishes on the weekend and parcel it out as needed for your recipes.

Speaking of making things easier, your local Smart & Final has warehouse prices, market freshness, and a guarantee. Smart & Final private label products come with a “try it you’ll like it, or your money back” guarantee. You’ll find a wide variety of more than 2,000 products reaching across most categories throughout the store, from grocery items, frozen and dairy to packaging and cleaning products. They are high quality, competitively-priced national brand equivalents. We love them.

Here’s a little inspiration for your list of family friendly meals; Easy Chicken Enchiladas.

*Tip – You’ll want to heat the corn tortillas. If you omit this step, your tortillas will crack and break apart when you try to roll them.

Easy Chicken Enchilada recipe you can make ahead

Ingredients
  • 16 Montecito 6″ white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Sun Harvest organic diced tomatoes in juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup First Street Natural Fancy Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • First Street Sour Cream
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, for garnish

 

Easy Make-Ahead Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Directions:

In a bowl, combine tomatoes, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Start with 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and add more to taste. Set aside.

In a nonstick pan, spray cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add a corn tortilla to the pan, let heat for 5 seconds and lift up the tortilla and add another. Repeat, placing one tortilla under the next until all 16 tortillas are heated. Remove from heat and place onto a plate.

In a saucepan, combine cream cheese and chicken. Add 1/3 cup tomato mixture and heat on medium heat until melted and smooth. Stirring constantly.

Spoon chicken mixture lightly onto a tortilla and wrap it, seam side down, and place it into a pan coated with cooking spray. My square pan held 16 tortillas. Repeat until the pan is full.

Spread tomatoes on top of tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

How to make chicken enchiladas your family will love

 

 

Save and try our recipe for Easy Chicken Enchiladas:

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Smart and Final Chicken Enchiladas
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
 
With premium ingredients from Smart & Final, your family will enjoy this simple chicken enchilada dish.
Ingredients
  • 16 Montecito 6" white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Sun Harvest organic diced tomatoes in juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup First Street Natural Fancy Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • First Street Sour Cream
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and chili powder. Start with ¼ teaspoon chili powder and add more to taste. Set aside.
  2. In a nonstick pan, spray cooking spray and heat on medium high. Add a corn tortilla to the pan, let heat for 5 seconds and lift up the tortilla and add another. Repeat, placing one tortilla under the next, until all 16 tortillas are heated. Remove from heat and place onto a plate.
  3. In a saucepan, combine cream cheese and chicken. Add ⅓ cup tomato mixture and heat on medium heat until melted and smooth. Stirring constantly.
  4. Spoon chicken mixture lightly onto a tortilla and wrap it, seam side down, and place it into a pan coated with cooking spray. My square pan held 16 tortillas. Repeat until the pan is full.
  5. Spread tomatoes on top of tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through.
  7. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.

 

Smart & Final has everything you need for family friendly meals. You’ll enjoy high-quality produce, quality meat and the low prices of a traditional club store. You won’t need to buy in huge quantities to save money and there is no membership fee

Here are a few other reasons to love Smart & Final:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Clearly labeled wide aisles
  • Bins for bulk items
  • Well stocked shelves
  • Flowers, plants and even fresh herbs

Help Support Your Local Community With Your Purchases

Through your purchases at Smart & Final and the First Street First Percent program, you’ll help support health and wellness, education, hunger relief, team sports and youth development.

Local food pantries, Special Olympics, Olive Crest,  Little Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Heart Association and local schools are just some of the non-profits that benefit here in California, Arizona, and Nevada where the company has stores.

Find your closest store and follow Smart & Final on Twitter and Facebook and find more delicious family-friendly ideas on the Smart & Final recipe page.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for sharing this! I love enchiladas, but I’ve never tried my hand at making them. I’m so excited to give these a try.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Mmm, this looks incredible! Bookmarking for next week.

Claudia Krusch

Your recipe sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for sharing it!

Ricci

These are definitely going on my to make list for dinner next week! Um… Yum!

Rebecca Swenor

Smart and Final sounds like a great place to shop if you have one in your area. I love how they help the non-profit charities too. These chicken enchiladas look so delicious and I will have to make these for my family. We love Mexican food. Thanks for sharing this easy chicken enchilada recipe.

Sara-Jayne

I LOVE chicken enchiladas! I could eat them every week if my husband let me make them that often – yours look truly delicious!

Kathy

Those look great! I’ve been wanting to make enchiladas, but haven’t yet. I may have to give your recipe a try soon.

Chubskulit Rose

I make enchaladas once in a while sincemy husband likes it. This looks superdelicious!

Nicole Etolen

Wow, this is a must-try! I love chicken enchiladas and I want to cook one for myself!

Vera Sweeney

We love enchiladas!! These look so good, i know my whole family would love them, plus they look easy to make as well.

Vicky

I am always looking for easy recipes like this one that the whole family will enjoy. We are big fans of Mexican food so I know this would be a hit.

Ann Bacciaglia

I am always looking for new chicken recipes to try. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make this for dinner this week.

Jesica h

I am making this tomorrow but we have some puled pork to use up!! Thanks for the reminder and a great recipe!

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