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Skillet Enchilada Casserole

Skillet Enchilada CasseroleThis amazing casserole will warm your soul and fill your kitchen with amazing smells! This dish makes fantastic leftovers for the week.

Skillet Enchilada Casserole

Skillet Enchilada Casserole

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By: Maria Emmerich
Posted in: Fat Burning
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
55 min


  • 3 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil, divided
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder, divided
  • 3 tsp ground cumin, divided
  • 2 1/2 tsp fine sea salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 2 (28oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 10 slices deli chicken breast
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

For Garnish

  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped fresh cilantro and/or sprigs
  • Crumbled Cotija cheese
  • Lime wedges



  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the ghee in a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic, 1 tablespoon of the chili powder, 2 teaspoons of the cumin, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt. Sauté for 2 more minutes.

  2. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes and simmer for 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth, then set the sauce aside.

  3. Season the chicken thighs on all sides with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder, the remaining teaspoon of salt, the paprika, and the oregano. Add the remaining tablespoon of ghee to the skillet, still over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for a few minutes on each side until browned on both sides. Add the reserved sauce, cover, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the sauce and shred the meat with 2 forks. Set the shredded chicken and sauce aside.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  5. Place 5 slices of deli chicken in a 9-inc cast iron skillet or casserole dish. Top with half of the shredded chicken, half of the sauce, and half of the Monterey Jack cheese. top with the remaining deli chicken slices, shredded chicken, sauce, and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted.

  6. Garnish the casserole with slices of avocado, chopped cilantro, and crumbled Cotija cheese. Store extras in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 442

Fat: 30g

Protein 36g

Carbs: 6g

Fiber: 2g

Net Carbs: 4g

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