Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This Chicken Enchilada Pasta is quick, simple, and full of Mexican cuisine flavor. Whether you like Mexican food or not, you are going to love this pasta. All my picky eaters asked for seconds, so I consider this recipe a win.

We eat a lot of Mexican food around here, so I thought this would make a delicious alternative from our usual enchiladas or tacos.  We LOVED this.  The sauce is so flavorful. It also makes some fabulous leftovers.
My kids that are not Mexican food lovers even loved this one. It’s simple, quick, delicious, and the perfect meal for a busy night.

How to make chicken enchilada pasta

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. While it’s cooking, chop onions and red pepper – that’s probably the most time-consuming part of this whole recipe!
  2. Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet and cook onions for about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add cooked chicken (this is a great recipe for using shredded rotisserie chicken), green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, and enchilada sauces. Let sauce simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and heated through. Add the sour cream, but DO NOT bring to a boil! Cook on low heat or the sour cream will curdle. Stir until sour cream is well mixed and heated through.
  5. Drain pasta and return to pot. Pour sauce over pasta and mix well. Serve and garnish with your favorite toppings (these are our favorite pasta bowls). We love avocado, chopped olives, chopped cilantro, tomato, diced green onions, or a dollop of sour cream.

what could i replace the sour cream with?

You can’t really taste the sour cream in this recipe, but if you want to replace it, we would recommend using plain Greek yogurt. It is full of protein and fat free.

If you don’t want to use greek yogurt, you could also use buttermilk or heavy cream.

What to serve with enchilada pasta

This pasta tastes really great with a fresh green salad or a few of our other Mexican-inspired dishes.

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Serves: 6

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This Chicken Enchilada Pasta is quick, simple, and full of Mexican cuisine flavor. Whether you like Mexican food or not, you are going to love this pasta. All my picky eaters asked for seconds, so I consider this recipe a win.

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Penne pasta (4 cups cooked)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans green enchilada sauce
  • 2/3 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tomatoes (diced) - optional topping
  • 3 green onions (sliced) - optional topping
  • 1/2 cup sour cream - optional topping

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. While it's cooking, chop onions and red pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet and cook onions for about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add cooked chicken, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, and enchilada sauces. Let sauce simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and heated through. Add the sour cream, but DO NOT bring to a boil! Cook on low heat or the sour cream will curdle. Stir until sour cream is well mixed and heated through.
  5. Drain pasta and return to pot.  Pour sauce over pasta and mix well. 
  6. Serve and garnish with your favorite toppings.
  7. We love avocado, chopped cilantro, tomato, green onion, or a dollop of sour cream.

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Cuisines
Mexican
Courses
Main Course
Allergy
egg free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free
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12 Responses to “Chicken Enchilada Pasta”

    • Six Sisters
      Hi Stephanie!

      I have never tried it without sour cream. I couldn't really taste it in the sauce, but if you were to take it out I would replace it with some sort of cream so you end up with the right texture. You could even use a little milk so your sauce turns nice and creamy. Let us know how it goes!

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