I know I know. I just talked about enchiladas five minutes ago.

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And now I rhyme. I’ll just shut up for all eternity.

But first, here’s ten reasons why you should scoot into the kitchen and get these enchiladas in your face. Pro tips? Not really.

1. They are more substantial than holiday mint m&m’s. BTW, I’m totally curious on what the difference is between holiday mint and peppermint and why our excessive world needs to have both out right now. Makes no sense. Eat enchis instead.

2. You can make this pan ahead of time and HAVE A LIFE. Dude. It’s the holiday season. I hope you are outside having fun and throwing snowballs and sliding across ice on a sparkly little pond and shopping your butt off and attending cocktail parties and spending time with friends and relishing in all the love that this month is really all about. I hope you’re roasting chestnuts or sitting by a fire or some kind of cliché stuff other than sitting on the internets or living in the kitchen. Seriously. Do it. Well, first, take like 20 minutes and do this. THEN do that.

3. BEER.

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4. You can’t fathom one more cinnamon roll, French toast slice or eggnog-stuffed thing. I get it. Make enchiladas, eat some chex mix. It sounds better for you. I want to make chex mix. Do you have a recipe? I asked for some on Facebook yesterday. I’m asking for some here. I’m in a chex mix state of mind.

5. I’ve heard that New Years Eve is lots more fun with a big, fat Mexican food feast. It sounds dreamy and food coma-ish all at the same time. Just don’t even show me an eggnog margarita. No. But enchiladas and chips and guac and tequila and queso and grilled corn on December 31st. Sign me up. Yes? Please. We will be fast friends.

6. Enchilada bar this holiday season. MAKE IT HAPPEN. Different enchis, toppings, beverages and what not. Fun party favors. Festive hats. Maybe I’ll see if I can find one on Pinterest to make us all feel inadequate.

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7. Santa likes cheese.

8. You might be covered in glitter from head to toe because you fell for gimmicky sparkly wrapping paper at Target because they are inside your brain and know exactly what you’d buy when you need nothing at all and unless you want to make a sparkly dinner, you can just pull your enchis from the fridge and warm them up. Take that Target.

9. Delicious tex-mex makes up for all of your run-on sentences.

10. It’s sweatpants season. If you disagree, put your enchilada on top of a salad.

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Spicy Beer Braised Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 1 hour


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons freshly grated lime zest
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces of your favorite beer
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1 lime, juiced
8 ounces monterey jack cheese, freshly grated
8 to 10 flour tortillas (I used whole wheat)

beer enchilada sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups your favorite beer
15 ounces tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, brown sugar, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix together well, then rub all over both sides of each chicken breast. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once it's hot, add the chicken and sear on both sides until deeply golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Pour in the beer, reduce the heat to medium, cover and let cook until the chicken is cooked and tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, use forks or tongs to shred the chicken and mix it in with the remaining beer in the skillet. Turn off the heat. Add in 1/3 cup of the enchilada sauce and about 1/2 cup of grated cheese along with the peppers and lime juice, mixing well.

Add another 1/3 cup of the sauce to the bottom of the baking dish and spread it out with a spoon. Add the chicken filling to the center of each tortilla and roll them tightly, placing them next to each other in the dish. When finished, cover the tortillas with the remaining sauce and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden and melted on top.

enchilada sauce
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Whisk in the flour and cook until it is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk together, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 more minutes before using.

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I hope that’s reason enough.

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87 Responses to “Spicy Beer Braised Lime Chicken Enchiladas.”

  1. #
    Afton — December 21, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    Definitely making this one. I like the way you write.


  2. #
    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — December 21, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    You’re officially my cheesy, boozy hero.


  3. #
    Diana — December 21, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    Sounds yummy! Can this be done in a crock pot?


  4. #
    Sufyan — December 22, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    hi hello i found this dish very tasty….


  5. #
    Sufyan — December 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — December 22, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    My husband is going to flip for these, and now I’m thinking I’m definitely going to do Mexican food for New Year’s Eve. You’re a genius.


  7. #
    cheyenne — December 22, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    ohmygosh, this looks delicious! i love enchiladas, definitely giving this recipe a try.
    xo, cheyenne


  8. #
    Monique — December 24, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I made these a couple days after you posted. They were AMAZING. My son can’t stand Mexican food and he gobbled them down.


  9. #
    Jillian Johnson — December 27, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    I tried these last week and they are oh-so-good! I will never use pre-made enchilada sauce again!


  10. #
    Candice — December 28, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Looks like another great recipe, Jessica. Can’t wait to try it out!!


  11. #
    Janine — July 21, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    I made this for my husband last night and it was a huge hit with us. We loved it. Thanks for such a great recipe. Also, I am not an expert cook so I love the detail in which you describe how to prepare the dish. I never had to second guess what I was supposed to do next.


  12. #
    Rachel — July 30, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    I’ve made these a couple times now for multiple people. Holy crap are they good. I used Corona for the beer, it seemed to be one of the most fitting beers, and if you can find the big bottles of it near the 40s in the grocery store that’s the perfect amount for the recipe and a few sips leftover.


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    Ashlie — August 18, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Hey Jessica! I realize that this is not a recent recipe but I just made it for the first time and have a question! I love the flavor of the chicken but my enchilada sauce came out VERY VERY spicy. I was wondering what brand chipotle chili powder you use? I had the McCormick brand one and on the website the recommended amount for a pound of meat is 1 teaspoon. Do you think it could be the difference in the brand of chipotle chili powder (I’ve routinely used 1 tablespoon of regular chili powder with a pinch of cayenne and not had a “heat” problem. Sorry for the random question! Love all of your recipes and I am anxiously awaiting my pre-ordered copy of your book! Congratulations also on your pregnancy!


    • Molly — May 4th, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

      I made these just now too and I agree! The sauce is super super spicy! I did not add the jalapeños to the chicken or I wouldn’t be able to eat these. I’m actually eating them right now as I’m typing this. My nose is running, mouth is burning lol. I’m dipping them in sour cream to ease the pain.


  14. #
    Charmaine — October 19, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    Do you think you can make the enchildada sauce and freeze it? Do you think the whole casserole would freeze well? It was delicious!


  15. #
    Marissa — January 18, 2015 @ 11:44 am

    Another wonderful recipe! Soooo delicious, I’m actually excited for left overs. Thank you!


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    Amanda — February 15, 2015 @ 6:21 am

    Mmmmm, I LOVE enchiladas and I especially love homemade sauce! I’ve never cooked with beer but I have to start somewhere, right? Do you think an apple cider beer would work with this? It’s the only kind we ever have in the house.



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