Friday, March 30, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

I found this recipe on a cool blog

1-1/2 oz. pkg. dried jumbo shell macaroni ( I use elbows, 1/2 a box)

3 large green or red peppers ( I used 1 green pepper)

1-1/2 cups chopped red onion ( used regular yellow onion)

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped ( used 2 peppers plus added some seeds)

2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups chopped chicken

1 16 oz can refried beans

3 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix *

2 10oz can enchilada sauce **

1 8oz Mexican style four cheese blend shredded

1 cup sliced green onion

2 cups nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips crushed ( didn't use)

my addition was Chili Garlic Sauce to taste***

Oven 350 degrees

cook pasta, drain, set aside

Cook peppers, onion, jalapeno in hot oil over med. heat for about 5 min. or until tender.Stir in Chicken, beans, taco seasoning , 1/2 cup enchilada sauce. Cook and stir 5 min. Add cheese and green onion

Mix the pasta (or fill the shells) spread 1 cup of the remaining enchilada sauce in a 3 quart rectangular baking dish. If using shells arrange shells atop sauce. Drizzle with remaining enchilada sauce.

Bake covered for 30 min. ( I baked for 45 min uncovered) Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese ( I added additional 4 oz of cheese). Bake 5 min more or until cheese is melted.. Sprinkle with chips and remaining green onion. Serve with avocado dip or soup cream.
Makes 8 to 10 servings
*recipe for Taco seasoning mix

Mix all together and store in a airtight container
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
**Target has the best price for enchilada sauce. Their own brand was about 79 cents a can


Taste great reheated! 


  1. This sounds delicious. Tom likes anything with jalapenos.
    I finally was able to get in here.


  2. This looks yummy..going to copy this one to try.....

  3. My Gabe chose your chicken enchilada pasta as one of his features this week.
    By the way, I'm making your Zucchini casserole to go with our BBQ on Monday!