Chicken Enchiladas Suiza

Enchiladas Suizas with red sauce, rice and beans
Enchilada Suizas.

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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings

Enjoy the flavors of green chiles and the texture of shredded chicken in these Enchiladas Suiza. Melted cheese and sauteed spinach and onion only add to the unique taste. And if that weren't enough, these enchiladas are a snap to make, but they taste like you've spent hours in the kitchen. "Suiza" is "Switzerland" in Spanish, named for the creamy white sauce that tops them.


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 6 oz. chopped, roasted and skinned green chiles (fresh is best, but you can use canned in a pinch)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup crema or sour cream
  • 4 oz. cotija (crumbled) and an additional 2 oz reserved
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 15 oz green or red chile sauce
  • Warm oil for dipping tortillas

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the onions for about 1 minute.

  3. Add the spinach and cook it for about 5 minutes until leaves are wilted.

  4. Fold in the chicken and green chiles. Set aside.

  5. In a saucepan, heat crema, evaporated milk, 4 oz of cotija and half of the chile sauce over low heat until sauce is smooth.

  6. Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish by coating the bottom with a thin layer of sauce.

  7. Dip a tortilla into the warm oil to soften it and place it into the pan.

  8. Place about 1/4 cup filling down the center of the tortilla and sprinkle with a tablespoon of Asadero or Queso Quesadilla cheese.

  9. Roll the tortilla up and place seam side down in dish. Repeat until all tortillas are used.

  10. Pour remaining cream sauce over the top, then top off by drizzling the remaining green chile sauce over the top and then sprinkle with the 2 oz of crumbled cotija.

  11. Bake dish for 15 minutes to melt the cheese.