Money Matters: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Last week, the weather in Ohio was…terrible. It was damp and wet, and no where near summer temperatures. I was craving comfort food, and this came to mind, as I had just organized my recipe binder of tear-outs from the many food magazines I peruse each month.

I was especially intrigued by the amount of onion in this recipe, which I consider to be a very good thing. Onion is a relatively cheap, very flavorful, and versatile ingredient. I’m not sure the dish would be the same without it.

Comfort food in June…at its finest. Healthy, at least!

I wouldn’t say this dish was “easy” to make – but not difficult, either. The hands-on time is about 35-40 minutes, which I still find to be reasonable…even for a work night. The portion is plentiful and the dish reheats beautifully.

Luckily, the weather has warmed up since this dish was made last week. But I’m not one to shun comfort food at any point in the calendar year, no matter what the weather!

Question: Are casseroles a fall/winter only item in your kitchen?

Bring on summer,

Comments

  1. I saw this recipe and have been meaning to make it! The cost per serving is pretty good too!

  2. I don’t think of casseroles as fall/winter items. Even the hefty ones can be modified slightly to become a great lighter dish for a summer evening.

  3. casseroles are typoically something I only think of in the fall/winter, usually I make lots of salads and sandiwches in the summer bc it’s easy and I don’t want to turn on the oven! I have made this dish before though and it was a hit! I love cooking light!

  4. I love casseroles all year long. My parents have a lot of parties in the summer, and people always bring casseroles, so I think they can be summer appropriate too.

  5. Hey…great minds! I posted an echilada dish today too!
    Boy, you are not kidding about last week’s weather. NOT really typical of Ohio though…I think one of my fb statuses was…( I think it might snow today…haha) yes, it was awful.

    I would definitely make this dish. My family loves mexican. It would be an easy sell. Although, I do reserve casserole type dishes for cooler weather…probably why I made the enchiladas last week too! lol

  6. It sounds delicious. I love onion in anything :) We eat a lot less meat now because it’s so much cheaper to go without it. Or I’ll just use a little less and make it stretch further by bulking it up with veggies :)

  7. Oh no! Casseroles are never a “Winter Only” item in my kitchen! I love them so much that I make (and eat!) them year-round!

  8. Sounds and looks yummy! Casseroles are an all year round thing in my house. They are so convenient!

  9. I am looking away from all those onions – ew! :D Meatloaf and beef stew are pretty much fall/winter only items – but I can have soup and casseroles all year long – this one looks delicious, sans the onions!

  10. So excited to see this, Nicole! I have a HUGE pack of corn tortillas that I’ve been wondering what to do with…and I love onion! ;)

  11. That chicken enchilada looks divine! I love all the melty cheese yumm :D

  12. Casseroles are definitely not a fall/winter meal for me – although, with the 80s and 90s we’ve been having here in CT lately, I think I’ll save this dish for cooler weather :) In the meantime, I’ll be craving that gooey cheese, mmm …

    Have a lovely week, Nicole!

  13. This is a must try, and definitely worth the extra effort. I like that it can I can make a vegetarian version for my daughter too!

  14. wow so we’ve been getting ripped off at restaurants?! :P haha. I like that you put up the price for it! I think casseroles are good annnyyy day no matter what

  15. Love enchiladas! Casserole is a great idea!

  16. made this last night – it was delish! thanks for sharing! and i love casseroles all year long as they are usually simple & quick! plus, so cal doesnt gets the heat/humidity like the east coast does … =)

  17. Hi! I am loving your recipes! I have two questions about this casserole. Do you think it would freeze well, and if so, should I assemble and cook after freezing, or cook then freeze? I would also like to use a disposable 13×9 pan-would you make any adjustments if doing that (maybe double the recipe??) Thank you so much!!

    • Thanks, Tiffany! Hm. I am surely not an expert here, but I would double the recipe, add a few minutes of cooking time, and freeze after being baked. When you heat it, defrost overnight in the fridge and bake through until hot – if thawed completely, I would think 350F for 20-25 minutes would work well (covered with foil). I hope that helps!

  18. I made this last week and my husband and I loved it!!! It is described perfectly as “comfort food”. It was great leftover too. I think next time I will add black beans.

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