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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with an Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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I recently learned that National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the United States each year from September 15th to October 15th to recognize the histories, cultures and contributions of Latino and Hispanic Americans to the United States. This group’s heritage and culture has enhanced our country and shaped our national character with their ethnic traditions, especially their food!

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with fun recipes from Hormel

Hormel Foods is made up of many different Hispanic and Latino inspired ethnic brands including CHI-CHI’s® salsa, Herdez®, La Victoria®, Wholly Guacamole®, Don Miguel® Mexican Foods and more.

Appetizers:

  • Black Bean Soup: This soup is a tantalizing combination of CHI-CHI’S® Picante Sauce and Hormel® Black Label® bacon. Serve to guests to whet their appetite or create larger portions for the main course!
  • HERDEZ® Creamy Tomatillo Avocado Salsa: Simply combine HERDEZ® Tomatillo Verde Mexican Cooking Sauce, a ripe avocado, non-fat Greek yogurt and cilantro leaves to create a delicious twist on traditional tomatillo salsa. Perfect as an appetizer or as a topping to grilled fish tacos.

Main Courses:

  • Shredded Beef Enchiladas: Create homemade enchiladas that will impress your guests by topping them with a combination of beef and LA VICTORIA® Red Enchilada Sauce. You’ll look like a professional when these come out of the oven!

  • Chicken with Tomato Mango Relish: This dish is an irresistible mix of sweet fruit and spicy salsa together in one amazing recipe. Use CHI-CHI’S® Thick & Chunky Salsa to marinate your chicken. Substitute for a spicier sauce if desired.

Desserts:

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole – Slow Cooker Meal!

I decided to try my hand at my own dish and use some ingredients we had on hand, as well as some ingredients provided to me by Hormel. I found a great recipe at parents.com and adapted it to fit my needs (and the ingredients I had available). What makes this meal so great is that it is easy….slow cooker easy!

Ingredients:

Here are most of the ingredients used in this dish. You simply need corn, chicken, onions, salsa, shredded cheese, enchilada sauce, and tortillas.

I didn’t have any fresh chicken breast at the time so I used canned and the recipe still turned out great. I also didn’t have any green onions so I just used what I had (white). The original recipe did call for salsa verde, but since I didn’t have any the Herdez Salsa provided by Hormel seemed like a great substitution. Taco sauce was my substitution for the enchilada sauce, and flour tortillas were used in place of corn tortillas.

hormel enchiladas

You simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl (except for the tortillas and taco sauce) and mix.

hormel enchilada mix

Spoon a few tablespoons of the taco sauce on the bottom of your crock, then start layering starting with the tortillas, the mixture, tortillas, etc.

hormel enchilada tortillas

End with the chicken mixture and pour the remaining sauce over everything. I also added some extra shredded cheese on the top since I like things cheesy.

hormel enchiladas layer

Cover and cook on high for about 2 hours. When finished you should end up with some cheesy enchilada goodness like this! (add extra cheese as desired)

hormel casserole

The only thing I will caution about this recipe is that it does pack some heat. I didn’t realize how spicy it was going to be since the taco sauce says it is mild, and the salsa doesn’t really say. I had made this meal to be ready when I got home from work, but it was a little too hot for the kids to eat so I ended up giving them something else. My 6yr old was pretty brave though and tried to eat as much as he could. The taste is definitely good…just hot!

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
 
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An easy slow cooker chicken enchilada casserole that is great for a quick fix meal!
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Hispanic
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken breast (or canned works well too)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend works well but use what you have on hand)
  • ½ cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 10 ounce can mild enchilada sauce (I used taco sauce)
  • 6 6inch tortillas torn into quarters (you can use corn or flour)
  • extra shredded cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, onions, salsa, ½ cup cheese, and corn.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Spoon two tablespoons of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 3 -1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker.
  4. Arrange 8 of the tortilla pieces in the bottom of the cooker over the sauce, overlapping as necessary.
  5. Spoon ⅓ of the chicken mixture over tortillas in the cooker.
  6. Repeat layering until ingredients are used. End with the chicken mixture.
  7. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over all.
  8. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 hours.
  9. Top with additional cheese if desired.

 

So tell us…

What is your favorite Hispanic style dish? 

 

 

 

I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in The Mommy Bunch are my own.

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16 Responses to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with an Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  1. Crista Hebel October 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Did someone say easy chicken recipe? I am SO THERE! I may give this a few “paleo” tweaks and make it this weekend! thanks!
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  2. Helga October 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I love mexican food and this looks delicious!

  3. Malia October 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I love crockpot meals! I want to try this, looks good!
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  4. Megan October 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    YUM! My mouth is watering!
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  5. Rebecca Parsons October 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    We have a latin dinner night and always looking for new recipes to add to our arsenal. This one looks delicious.

  6. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) October 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    YUM! Looks like a delicious recipe!!! Thanks!
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  7. Heidi October 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe and pictures! It doesn’t look too hard to make!

  8. Dawn October 3, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    That chicken enchilada casserole looks really good. I would also love to try the Wholly Guacamole chocolate chip cookies. That sounds interesting.
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  9. Jennifer Young October 3, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Wow, these all look so good! I’d love to try the avacodo chocolate chip cookies, that’s different, lol!

  10. Natasha October 3, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    These all sound great! Im tempted to try those cookies!

  11. sharon October 3, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I’m stuck back on those avocado chocolate cookies! I’ve never thought about that combination! Yum Yum!
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  12. meredith October 5, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Wow looks delish! Will have to try one night..I like that ithas mild sauce, I love mexican but cant handle spicy

  13. Alyssa McVey October 6, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    I absolutely love REAL Mexican food! A lot of people have not idea what they are missing. If it’s authentic it can’t be beat. I love Flautas. They are to. die. for. I grew up eating Mexican and I miss having it at my grandma’s.
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