One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!How was your weekend? I tried to relax as much as possible. With work picking up, I’m not sure how many more weekends I will have free between now and May. I attended a few classes at the gym, watched the Olympics and organized all of my seasonal baking supplies. I also tried planning our weeknight meals for the next month. Do you meal plan in advance? It’s not easy, but I think it is essential when the weeks are so hectic. A few weeks ago I realized that I was stuck in a rut with preparing weeknight meals. I was bored with my typical winter favorites. So I decided that I needed to mix it up with a few new favorites. This One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta is my new favorite quick and easy weeknight meal.

Don’t wait, just make this dish for dinner tonight. You will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Even the pasta cooks in the pan so there is no need to prepare before hand.Β And you can use a shredded rotisserie chicken to make this dish even easier.

I’ve been making this pasta at least once a week. It lasts us for a few days as leftovers too. But I’m still searching for a few more weeknight meals to add to the menu. What are your favorite weeknight meals?

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta - have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

One Pot Chicken Enchilada Pasta
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  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1 can (10 ounce) diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 can (10 ounce) enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cilantro, chives, avocado and sour cream for topping, as desired


  1. In a large skillet over high heat, combine the pasta, tomatoes, enchilada sauce and water. Heat to a boil then reduce temperature to medium heat; add chicken, black beans, corn and taco seasoning. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender and cooked through.
  2. Stir in cheese and add additional toppings, as desired. Serve immediately.

Source: heavily adapted from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


  1. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Sounds like the perfect week night meal to me. Protein, pasta, veggies and flavor. Mmmm…

  2. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I am currently in a rot too with weekly dinners. This looks like just what I need to spice things up!! Love that is is one pot and have my favorite flavors. Great great pictures!!

  3. Sues

    I love this idea! One pot dishes are always a good idea (and make for good leftovers!) and this one looks especially flavorful πŸ™‚

  4. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    Super impressed with your one month meal plan!! I always have good intentions for plan for a week ahead, but it doesn’t always pan out….and by that I mean it lasted for one week πŸ™‚

    Always yes when it comes to quick one pot dinners!

    • Ashley

      It is hard to plan the month! I try to have a list of recipes to get me through and then I just pick and choose by the week. Its hard though because this time of the year I eat at least two meals a day at work so I eat a lot of precooked meals like salads and leftovers.

  5. Emanuelle

    YUM! I’d love to try this with earthiness of Spelt pasta! This looks so delicious!

    • Ashley

      That sounds great! I hope you try it, Emanuelle!

  6. Kelly

    Glad you had such a productive weekend and some “me” time as well especially with your busy work season coming up. This sounds like a wonderful weeknight meal for those busy evenings – love enchiladas and this one pot version looks amazing and perfect for leftovers πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great week Ashley!

  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I love how quick and delicious this pasta looks! Plus I’m totally in love with these pastel bowls…. too pretty!

  8. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    That settles it – I’m making this for dinner this week! I love quick meals (who doesn’t??) and we all love Mexican!!
    I have been working really hard at meal planning this year – it’s a 2014 resolution for me! – and you’re right, it is tough! I really enjoy having the plan in place. It takes the guesswork out of the 4pm “Mom, what’s for dinner?” inquiry. I post our menu on the fridge so everyone knows what to expect for dinner!
    Our standby … my 3-Ingredient Chicken Tacos (http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/?p=2879)! We eat those ALL the time! πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks for sharing your taco recipe, Gretchen! Quick and easy meals are always a winner. I hope you love the enchilada pasta. Have a great week!

  9. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    Ashley, this is the perfect dish for us! Going on my menu soon – I do try to plan ahead – usually on Sundays I go to the store and get what I need for the week. It does help! Pinning!

  10. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Wow! This looks amazing Ashley! Love having some new easy weeknight meals! They’re so essential at crunch time!

  11. Joelen

    This looks fantastic and I love how colorful it is!

  12. Joanne

    I need more quick easy meals like this for when life gets hectic! I could see this being a big favorite around here!

  13. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    I definitely meal plan weekly. More than that gets overwhelming. I definitely will have to try this pasta though! I love how easy it is! And it looks terrific!

  14. Cate O'Malley

    Forget the pasta, I love the crocks you’re serving it in!

  15. Jess

    Wow, this looks divine!

  16. marcie

    This is a great idea, making enchiladas into a pasta meal! I would love this, and using rotisserie chicken would make this so fast!

  17. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I suck at meal planning. Dinner is planned no sooner than 1 day in advance, but usually around lunch time. This pasta looks delicious!

  18. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    I try to meal plan, and then yeah, ten minutes before I change my mind! I like to have what I want when I want it! One day I will get better. This chicken enchilada pasta looks so delicious though! I could totally plan to have it.

    • Ashley

      Oh, I change my mind all the time! The hardest thing about meal planning is actually sticking to the plan!

  19. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    First of all this looks absolutely delicious and I love how simple this recipe is. Secondly, those are the cutest bowls ever! I love the color!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Cindy! You can never have too many cute bowls πŸ™‚

  20. Beth @ bethcakes

    I could probably eat this everyday. I love any kind of enchilada adaptation, especially pasta! Plus, it’s quick so I can eat it faster. πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Haha, I like the way you think!

  21. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Girl. This looks awesome! I saw your source and remember thinking the same thing when I added Chelsea’s recipe to my weekly meal plan. I love your version! And your cute little soup crocks!

  22. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I’ve been stuck in a rut lately with my meals, too! This looks like the perfect meal to switch things up with!

  23. Ashley

    I meal plan all the time! It seriously saves my sanity – no worrying about what to make each night, no standing around at the grocery store. Especially when life is busy! And I need this pasta in my life – one pot and it looks absolutely awesome. I mean, I can never ever have enough mexican dishes : ) Ever. lol

  24. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I should plan my dinners in advance as well, because since it’s finals week, I’ve been having egg whites + salad for dinner like two weeks in a row :–( I think this pasta would be better though. It looks terrific and I love how easy to make it is!

    • Ashley

      Yes, the rotisserie chicken makes it extra easy πŸ™‚

  25. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I just posted an easy one-pot sausage meal, Ashley (or rather one-baking-dish!) – they’re my absolute favourite kind of meal – easy peasy!! This pasta is a great idea – especially with all the lovely toppings!!

    • Ashley

      I just love one-pot meals! Heading over to check out your sausage meal!

  26. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Yesssssssss this is so my kind of meal!! I’m always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas. Will have to try this!

  27. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen

    I love easy weeknight meals and I’m a big fan of enchiladas! What a great idea to make it into a pasta!! πŸ™‚

  28. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    Ashley, I am usually not a big planner when it comes the every night meals. Just ask my local market. Sometimes, they see me twice a day… once for the sweet treat I’m going to go home and make, and the other time(s) is to get what I finally decided to make for dinner. (All in the same day!) I’m so bad.
    But, I’m definitely going to have to *plan* on making this delicious dish of pasta! So gorgeous!

  29. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Great weeknight meal idea!!

  30. Jennifer

    So good! I need these bowls to serve it in! What are they please?

    • Ashley

      I purchased the bowls from World Market.

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