I’m a big fan of my slow cookers. I have three of them, although only two get used on a regular basis (the third doesn’t have a removable crock, so it’s a bigger hassle than it’s worth). I love being able to throw food together hours before dinner and have it be ready when we are ready. Some days we are busy and I prep my slow cooker in the morning and let it do it’s thing all day. Then, there are other days where I don’t really start thinking about dinner until after lunch. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. It only needs a few hours in the slow cooker. Which means you don’t have to remember to get it ready right after breakfast! I also love that it uses up leftover chicken. (I’ve also made it with turkey – or leave the meat out and make it meatless!)
I make this recipe in a smaller slow cooker (I think it’s 4 qt) and it makes about 4-6 servings. It can easily be doubled and cooked in a larger slow cooker! Sometimes I even triple it in my large slow cooker to bring to potlucks.
SLOW COOKER ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
12 corn tortillas
2 cans enchilada sauce (or make your own – here’s my recipe)
2 C cheddar cheese
1 bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans (or 2 Cups of these beans)
1-2 cups diced chicken
Sour Cream (optional)
Diced Olives (optional)
- In a mixing bowl, combine the diced bell pepper, black beans and chicken. Add 1/4 C of the enchilada sauce, mix well.
- In a slow cooker, spread 1/4 C of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the crock.
- Layer 3 tortillas on top of the sauce – breaking the tortillas in half as needed to get full coverage of the crock.
- Add 1/3 of the pepper/bean/chicken mixture and spread around on the tortillas.
- Top with 1/2 C of the cheese.
- Add another layer of tortillas followed by 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, 1/3 of the chicken mixture and 1/2 C of the cheese.
- Repeat the layers again.
- Top it with the last of the tortillas, pour over the rest of the enchilada sauce and top with the remaining 1/2 C of cheese.
- Place the lid on and cook on low for 3-5 hours (or on high for 2 hours). Serve with sour cream, olives and avocado.
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