Cilantro Lime Chicken Enchiladas – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 21, 2012

Chicken Guacamole Enchiladas.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Avocado Enchiladas.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Guacamole Enchiladas.

CLCG Enchies. For short.

I really don’t care what we call these, because it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that they are packed with flavor. And they are the perfect summer enchilada.

Sales for avocados have started, you can pinch cilantro from the plant in your garden, and you can usually get a fresh lime for less than a quarter. Add some shredded chicken you’ve got on hand in the freezer, roll it all up, pour the sauce and cheese on top and bake. Sure, you might heat up your kitchen for 20 minutes….but it will be so so worth it!

If you absolutely do not want to heat up your kitchen, you could probably put the enchiladas in a metal baking dish and cook them on the grill. Just cover with foil and heat them up for 20 minutes or so in a 300-400 degree grill. I only recommend this with a gas grill. Use hot pads, obviously.

Other Enchilada Recipes

Here’s how these cilantro-lime-chicken-avocado enchiladas, or whatever you wanna call these beauties, work…

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken ($1.50)
  • 2 avocados, diced ($1.98)
  • couple cilantro leaves, chopped (free from garden)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream ($.20)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice ($.20)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 flour tortillas ($1.29)
  • 1 10 oz. can green chile enchilada sauce ($.79)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded queso quesadilla or Mexican blend cheese ($1)
  • Fresh fruit, carrots or corn cobs, as side dish ($1)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, diced avocado, cilantro, sour cream, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly onto the 12 tortillas. Roll, place seam side down, and fit snugly into the baking dish.
  • Pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbly.
  • Prepare a side dish.
  • Serve Cilantro Lime Chicken Enchiladas with side dish.

Cost $7.96, but so worth the splurge!

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Stacy T May 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

Any idea on how leftovers do? I’m always wary of things with avocado in them…

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Malisa June 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Do you think this recipe would work if I did the tortillas as layers instead of rolls? Would you suggest any modifications?

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Linda October 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

We love these, although after the first time making them, we thought they could use a little kick, so we add jalapeños and chopped tomatoes, or the can Mexican tomatoes, we also used an additional can of the sauce, the last time I used salsa verde with a little sour cream mixed in ……delish!!!

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Odin's Mama September 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We did not enjoy these. Followed the recipe exactly, and found them to be fairly bland and dry.
The Blue Cheese Buffalo enchiladas were a HUGE success, and we will stick with those.

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Ashley March 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Sadly not a $5 dinner in west Texas. The tortillas were $3.29, enchilada sauce $2.99 and $3 for the avocados…not to mention the other ingredients that I already had on hand…hope they are good!

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Jessica October 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

$3.29 for tortillas?! What kind did you buy? I can get a pack for 99¢ at Aldis.

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