Welcome to another Freezer Meal Friday! Back in March, Zach and I did a whole month of freezer meals. Some were duds and others were amazing. Today is an incredibly easy budget friendly freezer meal and probably my second favorite–chicken enchiladas.
These enchiladas were so flavorful. Bonus: they’re easy to make and budget-friendly! (In fact, once I get done sharing the recipes I tried for this series…I’ll tell you how much my whole grocery bill was. You won’t believe it!)
Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1 can enchilada sauce
- 1/2 enchilada seasoning packet
- 1/2 fajita seasoning packet
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- diced onions, peppers, etc. (optional)
- tortillas, sour cream, and other toppings
Step 01: Add all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken registers at 165°F. There is no need to cut up the chicken or anything, just let it cook in breast form.
Step 02: Use two forks to pull the chicken apart. Leave it in the sauce, and serve it on warm tortillas.
The only problem I had with this was that it came out runny. After a day, it got thicker. I’ve adjusted the recipe to remove some of the extra liquid. However, if you run into this problem, you can add a thickening agent to it while looking (like flour or cornstarch). Or you can serve it in a bowl with tortilla chips and pretend it’s a stew. Either way.
Freezer Friendly Tips
- This is probably OK to put in the freezer after cooking, but it will hold its flavor and texture better if you just freeze the raw ingredients before cooking and pull it out when you’re ready to cook and serve.
- You do not have to completely let this thaw before cooking. Just thaw it enough that it comes out of the bag easily.
- Can be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months.
Budget Friendly Tips
- Make this meal cheaper by making the seasonings and enchilada sauce yourself. Budget Bytes has a great enchilada sauce recipe.
- Chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts. Make sure to get the boneless kind if you wish the substitute.