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Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

These green chicken enchiladas are so simple to make. With salsa verde, chicken, sour cream, cheese, and cilantro, they are a tasty, quick, and easy dinner. Jump to the Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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How to Make the Easiest Salsa Verde Enchiladas

I love enchiladas with red sauce, but my favorite way to make chicken enchiladas is with salsa verde. Salsa verde is a green salsa made from tomatillos, garlic, onion, and peppers. It’s absolutely delicious. You can make salsa verde yourself (here’s our easy recipe) or you buy it at the grocery store. I especially love using the Hatch brand when I don’t have homemade on hand. If you’re in the mood for red chicken enchiladas, use our homemade enchilada sauce instead. Here’s our recipe for red chili chicken enchiladas.

Creamy green enchiladas

What you’ll need:

These simple enchiladas are spicy, creamy, and cheesy. Our recipe below serves 4, but you can easily double or even triple it for a crowd. I do this when attending family potlucks all the time. These are always a hit.

  • Salsa verde which is also called tomatillo salsa. As I mentioned above, you can buy this at the store or make your own.
  • Cooked and shredded chicken. Store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken works perfectly. I also love making big batches of shredded chicken for dinners throughout the week. Here’s our recipe for tender shredded chicken if you want to do the same.
  • Garlic adds extra flavor and spice.
  • Sour cream and shredded cheese. The sour cream makes the green sauce for the enchiladas extra creamy and the cheese melts in the oven.
  • Fresh cilantro adds an extra pop of color and freshness.
  • Corn or flour tortillas. Corn are more traditional, but flour works, too. We used flour tortillas in the video. Here’s our recipe for corn tortillas as well as our recipe for flour tortillas.

Making salsa verde enchilada sauce

This creamy green enchilada sauce could not be simpler. Here’s the simple steps I follow to make it:

Step 1: Warm garlic in a little oil and stir in salsa verde. The salsa already has garlic added, but I love the extra spice from the extra garlic.

Step 2: Stir in sour cream and fresh cilantro to the salsa. It’s the sour cream that makes the sauce so creamy.

Step 3: Stir in shredded chicken and a handful of cheese. By adding the chicken to the warm sauce, it gets a head start on warming up. The chicken absorbs so much flavor. I could just stop here and eat the whole skillet!

Creamy green enchilada sauce with chicken and cheese
Sour cream makes the green enchilada sauce creamy. The shredded chicken absorbs so much flavor!

Step 4: Fill tortillas with the chicken and sauce and roll up. So the sauce stays inside the tortillas, place the enchiladas seam-side down into a baking dish.

Step 5: Spread the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with cheese. I bake them in the oven until the cheese has melted and the sauce is nice and bubbly.

Assembling the enchiladas
After spreading extra sauce over the top of the enchiladas, I bake until the sauce is hot and bubbly.

One note about the tortillas

As I mentioned above, you can use flour or corn tortillas to make these enchiladas. Corn are the more traditional choice, but it depends on what you have on hand and the texture you’d like.

Flour tortillas soften in the oven, while corn tortillas will hold up a bit better. If you use corn tortillas, look for thicker tortillas since they hold up a bit better than thin.

You will need to soften the corn tortillas up a bit before filling and rolling them. Frying them in a little oil softens them and enhances the corn flavor of the tortillas.

More recipes using salsa verde

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

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These green chicken enchiladas with salsa verde, chicken, sour cream, cheese and cilantro are simple to make. Salsa verde is a green tomatillo salsa made with garlic, onion and peppers. You can make it yourself (see our homemade salsa verde recipe) or buy it from the store. There are some great options. Look for a salsa with medium heat.

Makes 4 Servings

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You Will Need

1 teaspoon neutral flavored oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups (16 ounces) salsa verde, store-bought or try our roasted salsa verde recipe

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped, plus more for serving

2 cups shredded cooked chicken, see how we make shredded chicken

1 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese blend

6 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas, see notes


  • Make Sauce
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat then cook garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the salsa verde and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove skillet from the heat then stir in the sour cream and cilantro. Taste for seasoning, adjusting with salt, pepper or more sour cream if the sauce it too spicy. Set aside about 1 cup of the sauce for assembling the enchiladas.

    • Make Chicken Filling
    • Stir the shredded chicken and half of the cheese into the sauce that has not been set aside.

      • To Finish
      • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and spread a little reserved sauce on the bottom. Add about 1/3 cup of the chicken filling to the middle of each tortilla and roll into a cylinder. Repeat, lining up tortillas, seam-side down, tightly in the dish. Spread the reserved sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

        Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer, until the cheese is melted. Serve with cilantro on top.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Meatless Version: Swap the chicken for vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onion, and winter squash. Add them to the creamy sauce cooked, but still with some crunch since they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • Tortillas: Both flour and corn tortillas can be used. Flour tortillas soften much more than corn so it depends on what you have on hand and the final result you are looking for. If you use corn tortillas, look for thicker tortillas since they hold up a bit better than thin. You will need to soften the corn tortillas up a bit before filling and rolling them. Frying them in a little oil softens them and enhances the corn flavor of the tortillas.
  • Make-ahead: As the enchiladas sit, they absorb more and more of the sauce, which can make them softer and a little soggy. I prefer making these the day of and don’t recommend making them ahead of time or freezing them. (That said, I’ve been known to chow down on the leftovers the next day without complaint.)
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 460 / Protein 33 g / Carbohydrate 31 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 7 g / Total Fat 23 g / Saturated Fat 11 g / Cholesterol 113 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

More Enchilada Recipes:

Easy Veggie Enchiladas Recipe
Easy Veggie Enchiladas
Red Chicken Enchiladas
Red Chicken Enchiladas
Breakfast Enchiladas
Breakfast Enchiladas

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307 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jess Lahti January 30, 2023, 12:47 pm

    These were very yummy! I used canned enchilada sauce because I can’t read but it had a lot of flavor. I used taco sized flour tortillas, rotisserie chicken, 1/4 t of salt, 1/8 t of pepper to finished sauce. Made two different batches, it makes 9 enchiladas at least it did for me, bonus! This will be on rotation due to being super easy and comforting.

    • Joanne January 31, 2023, 1:27 pm

      That’s great, Jess!

  • Silverlakevegan January 3, 2023, 12:30 am

    Thanks for Sharing this Awesome recipe. great and good recipe you have shared.

  • MaryKay December 6, 2022, 6:35 pm

    The first time I made these, used fresh green salsa from Whole Foods, and low carb flour tortillas. They were so delicious. Today I made a variation, using shredded pork tenderloin sauteed with red onions, a jarred salsa verde, and fresh blue corn tortillas. I have to say the Whole Foods fresh salsa was better, and the corn tortillas mushed up a bit. Both versions were pretty tasty, though!

  • Helen G September 25, 2022, 10:25 pm

    Just made these for dinner. They are a crowd pleaser. Delicious. Thank you.

  • Sandy Larson August 22, 2022, 9:10 pm

    This is delish, I did sauté onions and added corn off the cob, decided to layer the filling into a casserole with halved corn tortillas . It took a little more cheese but we all love cheese!! THANK YOU for the recipe!

  • Blitzo August 18, 2022, 8:53 pm

    Fantastic! These were 5 star because they deserve. The recipe was easy to follow, simple to make and absolutely yummy. I will make these a staple from now on.

  • Heather August 12, 2022, 5:10 pm

    This is a great versatile recipe and I’ve made it about a dozen times. The leftovers are even better! To help ease the soggy factor, I no longer put a layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan – it seems unnecessary as long as the pan is lightly greased. I add black beans, corn and sauteed zuchinni or squash to the filling along with the chicken. I could eat this dish every day!

  • Nancy August 8, 2022, 12:18 pm

    Since the recipe calls for 6 tortillas and makes 4 servings, is each serving 1-1/2 enchiladas?

    • Joanne December 14, 2022, 6:06 pm

      Hi Nancy, That’s correct (our family usually has more than one enchilada, but an extra half does the trick most times).

  • Kim Francois-Bouton July 21, 2022, 5:42 pm

    I found this recipe at the start of Covid lockdown and made it over and over again. I’d saved it on my phone but it was somehow deleted. My family and I loved it so much that I searched and searched for it. Lots of recipes for green enchiladas popped up but none as good as this one. Earlier this week it magically appeared and I couldn’t be happier! I was beginning to wonder if I should just toss all of the ingredients that I’d stocked up on during Covid but they’re still here and I can’t wait to make this tonight….thank you!

  • Some Guy June 12, 2022, 2:32 pm

    My go to salsa verde enchiladas, perfection right here


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