Monday, October 22, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Pasta Bake

Mexican food and pasta I think so! When I could not decide what to make and was sick of the traditional pasta and tomato sauce, and wasn't in the mood for taco's I made this. You can make it in a skillet version or bake it off. I liked the baked version better. It was a hit. Usually when I make "nontraditional" things my family gives me the what the heck is this look. They are all such a meat and potatoes clan. So when  you are in the mood for a pasta with a twist give this a try!


2 cups cooked, diced chicken

1 packet of low sodium taco seasoning

salt and pepper

2 bell peppers , seeded and chopped

1 red onion, diced

2 cans red enchilada sauce

1 lb penne pasta, cooked

2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese

1 can 8oz petite diced tomatoes with jalapenos

1/4 cup green onions

olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and saute them in the olive oil until soft. Add in chicken, can of tomatoes, salt, pepper, and taco seasoning and heat through. Add in 1 can of enchilada sauce and 1 cup of cheese. Remove from heat. Stir in the cooked and drained pasta, toss to coat.

Spread 1/2 the can of the remaining enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Pour remaining 1/2 the can of enchilada sauce over top and bake covered with a sheet of foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes. Top with green onion, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional.

*Shared over at Love Bakes Good Cakes, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Nap Time Creations, Show me what you got Tuesdays, Weekend Potluck, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Foodie Friday


  1. This sounds fantastic! We love mexican pasta dishes at our house!

    1. Thanks Girl! Congrats's on being the TK featured member!!!

  2. Meat and potato clan - so funny! Beautiful recipe.

  3. Oh my goodness!! This pasta dish has my family name on it!! Every single ingredient, just perfect. Printed and ready for a busy weeknight, you will be making me a popular mom!

    1. Thanks so much Kim. I hope your family enjoys it.

  4. I saw this on FB when it was posted by @Liv Life. It looked so good I headed straight over here to check it out. I think my family would love this. Thanks!

  5. This looks good - I'm going to print it out and try it soon - thanks!

  6. I don't think anything could be more delicious than this....YUM

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  8. I was just thinking about how I would like to make a Mexican inspired pasta dish. I think I just found one to try. This looks delicious! I'm stopping by from Six Sisters Stuff and am now a follower via GFC. I'd love you to stop by my blog sometime and link up to my Monday Party.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. What a different take on pasta... really creative and something you might be able to throw together from pantry finds. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  10. I love this .... I know my whole family would love it! Pinning to try :) I'm stopping by to let you know that your project will be featured at this week's All my Bloggy Friends, which opens at 7am EST tomorrow. I can't wait to see what you share this week. :) Also, I'm now following you via GFC so I won't miss any more yummy recipes!