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Chicken Enchilada Pie Is Comfort Food

At noon, when I wrote Chicken Barley Soup , I mentioned that I was going to take meals to my friend, the 82-year-old man I have adopted as my surrogate father. (Click on the link for that recipe.) I also mentioned that I was going to take a couple of other things over, as well.

This Chicken Enchilada Pie is something that reminds me of the casseroles of my youth. It is not restaurant-quality food, but one of those stick-to-the-ribs sort of meals that you can make with things you have on hand. Once cooked, it will serve six to eight people, with a large salad to round out the meal. I always like to let this cool to make it easier to cut in wedges, and then reheat briefly in the microwave.

Nothing was measured so I shall give you what I did to make this and the chicken enchilada soup I show below.


  • Meat from one cooked chicken, dark and white meat, & one large can of enchilada sauce (not tomato-based), 1/4 cup of dried, chopped onions--Simmer in a pan until the chicken can be shredded. (Any meat can be used. I have used ground beef in past.)
  • In pie plate, spread a tablespoon or so enchilada sauce in the bottom of the plate, and add 3 corn tortillas--I laid 2 to overlap, and cut the other in half to cover the open space.
  • Spread shredded chicken over the corn tortillas, sprinkle 1/4 cup corn on top, and then a generous amount of shredded Mexican cheese blend. Add a bit of enchilada sauce.
  • Add 3 more corn tortillas on top, and repeat chicken, corn, cheese, layer, and add a bit more enchilada sauce.
  • Add another 3 corn tortillas, and more enchilada sauce. Cover with shredded cheese.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake in 350F preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes to set to make it easier to cut into like a pie.


  • With the leftover chicken and enchilada sauce mixture, I added:
  • Can of diced tomatoes
  • Can of white kidney beans, drained
  • Frozen corn
  • Chopped green pepper
  • Chicken broth or water
  • Spices to taste (salt, pepper, chili powder, onion flakes, garlic powder, cumin, oregano)
  • Simmer until ready. I might serve this over corn bread, cooked macaroni, or rice.

This was the container I put together for my friend, before making my afternoon delivery.

Photograph is author owned.

Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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MegL wrote on July 7, 2015, 2:02 AM

Is the top photograph of your enchilada pie? It looks like pastry. This sounds rather like a version of lasagne but easier. It sounds ver interesting and I will have a go at it. Is enchilada spicy? My husband is not fond of very spicy food.

Last Edited: July 7, 2015, 2:03 AM

CoralLevang wrote on July 7, 2015, 9:50 AM

I made two of them. It doesn't have to be spicy. This one is rather mild because my friend doesn't tolerate spicy.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 7, 2015, 10:47 AM

Sounds interesting, I might try it one day. But to me the soup looks great

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 7, 2015, 11:44 AM

Right now I'm wishing I had all the ingredients on hand to make that Enchilada Pie. I am going to print out the recipe and pick up the necessary items next time I'm at the grocery store so I can make that for my wife next week. She will love it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on July 7, 2015, 3:52 PM

That sounds very tasty and it is always nice to make a lot or extra to share with neighbors, friends and nearby family members.

CoralLevang wrote on July 7, 2015, 11:11 PM

Thanks! I just throw sh** together. LOL Sometimes, it comes out, sometimes it's "okay." Rarely do I have the epic fails.
It's just back to my eat for survival roots. Definitely not gourmet anything. I want gourmet, I'll go to a gourmet restaurant.

CoralLevang wrote on July 7, 2015, 11:13 PM

DWDavisRSL It really is simple. Just make sure you have enough sauce. Mine soaked up, so I need to have a bit of salsa to pass over the top. That, and a salad, I'm good to go!

CoralLevang wrote on July 7, 2015, 11:14 PM

LeaPea2417 Thanks. This reminds me a bit of one of those church potluck type dishes I might have thrown together back when I attended those sorts of things.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 8, 2015, 10:24 AM

I showed your recipe to my wife and she was very excited about making it. I had planned to make it for her but after reading it, K decided she wanted to make it herself. She's already added the necessary items to our shopping list.

CoralLevang wrote on July 9, 2015, 7:58 AM

You going to do it with the chicken or the beef?
You really can do it with anything. I've done with shredded pork in past. Ground chicken, beef. I've added beans, corn, onions.
It's really just a casserole, but using corn tortillas as the "starch". If not in a pie plate, do it in a casserole dish and keep adding layers.

laurie123 wrote on July 9, 2015, 11:59 AM

Looks really good! My husband loves enchilada's so he would love this! Going to try it soon.

CoralLevang wrote on July 10, 2015, 2:11 PM

Thanks, laurie123 ... it's just such an easy, down-home casserole, but with corn tortillas instead of noodles. Enjoy!

lexiconlover wrote on July 10, 2015, 2:13 PM

Mmm. It looks delicious.

CoralLevang wrote on July 10, 2015, 2:40 PM

Thanks, lexiconlover . It's just simple, quick, and relatively inexpensive to make, depending on the ingredients one uses.

I've made the same thing with cooked beans, onion, and cheese.

lexiconlover wrote on July 10, 2015, 2:46 PM

I have some pie crusts in the fridge. I may make one tomorrow night. I think I'm going to make salmon patties and cheesey mashed potatoes tonight.

CoralLevang wrote on July 10, 2015, 2:57 PM

I don't use pie crust for this, but corn enchiladas.

I can think of a variation on a meat pie though that would make the both flavors.

lexiconlover wrote on July 10, 2015, 3:02 PM

I figured I could alter the recipe for what I had on I'm all about cooking with what I have on hand lol

CoralLevang wrote on July 10, 2015, 3:14 PM

Oh, I understand that. If you were to go through my 300+ you'll read a lot about Mystery Freezer Meals and more, where food is concerned. ROFLMAO