Spicy Verde Chicken Enchiladas

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Nothing says summer to me like sitting outside, sipping on a margarita and eating some good spicy Mexican food with excellent company. Enchiladas are easy to make and are packed with fresh flavors, grill your meat and vegetables and stuff them inside a tortilla smothered with cheese and homemade enchilada sauce.  California has some awesome Mexican food so I am always finding new recipe inspiration at every food truck and restaurant we visit. My Spicy Chicken Enchiladas are packed with shredded chicken, pinto beans, yellow onion, and jalapeños and are covered with a homemade verde enchilada sauce, its spicy but very enjoyable.

El Yucateco Hot Sauces


I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out El Yucateco brand hot sauces and use them to create these Spicy Chicken Enchiladas. I picked up three varieties of El Yucateco brand hot sauces to try; El Yucateco’s Green Habanero Hot Sauce, the Red Habanero Hot Sauce and Black Label Reverse Hot Sauce. All three sauces are delicious enough to use alone or can be added to recipes, sauces, or marinades to enhance the flavor of your food. Let me give you a run down of each sauce I tried.

El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce – Green Habanero peppers, garlic and spices come together to create this delicious sauce. It has a bite to it but it’s a really nice hot sauce that doesn’t have an overpowering vinegar flavor (I hate when hot sauce tastes too much like vinegar). This goes best on chicken, fish and veggies and course it’s one of the star ingredients in my verde enchilada sauce!

El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce – This hot sauce features red Habanero peppers, tomatoes and spices. It isn’t quite as hot as the green sauce and pairs well with seafood or wings and is very versatile.

El Yucateco Black Label Reverse Hot Sauce – Think dark and smoky when it comes to flavor, add this to chili, burgers, and chargrilled vegetables for a nice smoky flavor with a kick. I also included this in my enchilada sauce and am so glad I did!

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas with Verde Sauce


The nice thing about summer is meals can be enjoyed outside on the patio and you get to fire up the grill. You can grill up your chicken and onions for the filling (or use a skillet if grilling isn’t an option). But I find the grill always enhances the flavor and it’s a perfect way to enjoy these enchiladas.

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Verde Enchilada Sauce

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas
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Spicy chicken enchiladas topped with homemade enchilada verde sauce.
Serves: 8 enchiladas
For the Enchiladas:
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 small onion (2½ cups diced)
  • 2 cups pinto beans (or 1 15 ounce can)
  • ½ cup jalapeños in brine
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
  • * Cilantro, lime and avocado for garnish
For the Enchilada Verde Sauce:
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 15 fresh tomatillos (or 2 12 ounce cans)
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon epazote
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the enchilada filling:
  1. Fire up your grill or skillet and cook the chicken, while this is cooking dice up the onion and cook it on the grill over foil or toss it in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter and cook until translucent.
  2. Add the cooked chicken to a bowl, shred it with a fork and add in onion and pinto beans.
  3. Stir in jalapeños, cumin, ancho pepper and salt, set aside.
Prepare the enchilada sauce:
  1. Add broth, tomatillos, garlic cloves, Green Habanero Hot Sauce, Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce, ground cumin, and epazote to a blender and puree.
  2. Pour the sauce into a pot on the stove and add in flour, whisk and slowly bring to a boil. Boil for 30 seconds, reduce the heat and set aside.
Assemble the enchiladas:
  1. Evenly divide the filling 8 ways and spoon on the center of a flour tortilla. Sprinkle each with a little cheese (reserving some cheese for the top) and add two tablespoons of sauce to each tortilla.
  2. Fold the tops and roll, place the enchiladas in an oven safe dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with sauce. You might have some extra sauce, save it and use it for later.
  3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh cilantro and avocado pieces, I like to squeeze a little fresh lime on top of my enchiladas after they come out of the oven.
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Serving size: 1

Sit outside and enjoy! Sorry for the slightly overexposed photos, the sun was shining bright while Adam and I were enjoying these.

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You can find El Yucatec hot sauces at Lowes, Publix, or Walmart located in the hispanic aisle or the condiment aisle. I found mine in the hispanic aisle.

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Be sure to try out the rest of their sauces and other flavors. Want to try El Yucateco for yourself?  Enter to win a “Deluxe grilling package” including an incredible grill, cooler full of Yucateco and other awesome supplies.
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