Chicken Enchiladas are a very popular dish both at home and in the restaurant. But finding a tortilla that is low carb, easy and actually tastes better than cardboard is no easy task. So, let’s just skip the tortillas and make a Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Taking care to not dry out the chicken and making a great enchilada sauce ensures that you won’t even miss the tortillas!Jump to Recipe Print Recipe
Low Carb Enchilada Sauces
There is a huge array of enchilada sauces, ranging from shelf stable sauces at the grocery store, to scrumptious, home-made sauces.
The enchilada sauces from the grocery store that are typically canned and premade are extremely watery and don’t have a lot of flavor. Homemade enchilada sauces are typically packed with flavor, but can be time consuming to make from scratch.
Easiest Way to Make a Great Sauce
I’ve tried to find the “goldilocks” solution that gives you a robust flavored sauce but doesn’t require roasting and peeling or reconstituting the peppers. I believe I have found it using peppers that have already been ground and then adding the ground peppers to the broth or water.
On our farm we grow a wide range of chile peppers and smoke a great deal of them the week after they are harvested. After smoking, we finish drying them, and then grind them into a chile powder that is full of the smoky freshness you rarely find with peppers that you purchase.
It’s difficult to tell just how long chile pepper powders from a store have been sitting in a warehouse or the grocery store shelf. Because I am such a small farmer, I have the luxury of closely tending to our peppers. That means the spice blends I put together are freshly harvested, freshly smoked and freshly packaged.
The sauce for the Low Carb Chicken Enchilada recipe below is made with HeathGlen’s Enchilada Spice blend. However, you can use any sauce- purchased or home-made with this recipe.
Other uses for Enchilada Sauce
Want more Enchilada sauce ideas? Try these recipes:
- Low Carb Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Enchilada Sauce
- Chile Colorado with Cactus and Pork
- Chilaquiles with refried black beans
- Mexican-style braised short ribs
Additional Garnishes for a Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Our family is always happy with pickled jalapenos and some extra cheese or sour cream. But, if that won’t satisfy your family, here are some other great ideas to top off your casserole:
- Sliced avocados
- Chopped green chiles
- Hot sauce or salsa, or more enchilada sauce
Really, the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!
Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 med. onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely or mashed
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 4 Tbsp Enchilada spice blend
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2-1 tsp salt
- 2-3 large chicken breasts rotisserie chicken or home-made slow cooked chicken
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2-3 med pickled jalapenos, chopped
- sour cream optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for about 5 minutes (or until translucent). Add garlic for 30-60 seconds
- Add the next 5 ingredients (bell pepper through salt) to skillet and boil gently over med-high until slightly thickened (about 10-15 minutes). Remove from burner and let cool slightly.
- While enchilada sauce is cooling, shred chicken and place in bottom of 9 x 11 baking dish. Your can use store-bought rotisserie chicken or you can slow cook raw chicken breasts ahead of time. I cooked raw chicken breasts in an instapot with some broth for 30 minutes.
- Pour sauce from skillet into a blender and puree a few minutes until smooth. Pour over shredded chicken and bake until heated through (about 10 minutes).
- Pull casserole out of oven and sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Place back in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Garnish with chopped pickled jalapenos and sour cream and serve.
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