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Enchilada Pasta

In the mood for enchiladas? Whip up this one pot chicken enchilada pasta with all your favorite Mexican flavors in less than half the time!

Close up of enchilada pasta

Enchilada Pasta

I am loving one-pot pasta meals!

Ever since I discovered I could cook my pasta right in the sauce it has been a game changer.

No more waiting forever for a pot of water to boil so I can cook the pasta (and then the rest of the dish too).

Plus, less pots means less clean up so it’s a win-win!

I’ve been taking all my favorite meals like queso fresco enchiladas and transforming them into a quick and easy pasta dinner.

I love transforming old favorites into new meals like green chile chicken enchilada hand pies!

Bowl of cheesy enchilada pasta

For this enchilada pasta you only need a few key ingredients:

  • Short shaped pasta
  • Meat (or go meatless!)
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Your favorite cheese

Any short style pasta will do. I used rotini but cellentani (corkscrew) or penne would be great choices as well.

Bowl of enchilada pasta

I was in the mood for chicken enchilada pasta so that’s what I used for my protein.

If you love beefy enchiladas, use ground beef instead.

If you haven’t got any meat on hand, go vegetarian!

Black beans or pinto beans would be fantastic additions along with some corn kernels.

You will also need a large can of your favorite enchilada sauce (or homemade).

Last but not least, don’t forget the cheese!

I used Monterrey Jack, but cheddar, queso fresco or cotija would be absolutely delicious.

Just imagine your favorite enchiladas and let your taste buds be your guide.

How to make enchilada pasta

To prepare, cook the chicken and onions until golden on all sides.

Sauteed cubes of chicken for enchilada pasta

Add all the seasonings at this time.

Next, stir in the pasta, enchilada sauce and some water.

Bring to a boil, then cover and lower to a simmer.

The pasta should take about 15 minutes to cook, but test a piece for tenderness to be sure.

If not give it a stir, cover again and cook for a few minutes longer.

Pasta and sauce in pan for chicken enchilada pasta

Stir in sour cream and cheese for a luscious sauce.

You can serve as is, or add your favorite enchilada toppings such as avocado, lettuce, cilantro or diced tomatoes!

This yummy enchilada pasta first appeared on Food Fanatic where I post all my favorite cheese recipes.

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Thursday 14th of April 2022

Made this, using Chicken, following the recipe exactly, the first time. While we thought it was good, we also thought it could be better. The second time I made it, I substituted Green Enchilada Sauce for the red. Much better, in our opinion. I've also made it using ground beef and the red sauce. In one form, or another this recipe is now in our Dinner rotation. GREAT recipe.