Slow cooker Chicken Enchilladas

  Impatient cooks, today’s recipe comes with a disclaimer.  This one takes some prep work.  Use shortcuts or your children are liable to be learning words they oughtn’t when it’s 4 pm and you’re just getting everything into the slow cooker.

  Here’s what we’re making:
  Here’s what you need:
2 c. cooked chicken, shredded
28 oz can of enchilada sauce
1 orange pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can olives
6 corn tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream (optional) 

  First things first, notice that the chicken in that list is cooked.  AND shredded.  Oy.

  The original recipe calls for “leftover” chicken, but I was all “oh, how long can it take to cook up a couple chicken breasts on the stove top?”  …the answer is “a very, very long time”.

  The amount of time it took me to cook and shred the chicken very nearly killed this recipe from ever happening again.  Chopping peppers, olives and shredding cheese on top of that?  It’s a damn good thing this was delicious.

  Do yourself a favor, if you don’t have leftover chicken, buy a roasted chicken…get the sliced olives, or at the very least, buy pre-shredded cheese.  Slow cooker meals aren’t supposed to take hours of prep time.

  Once all your ingredients are prepped, mix your chicken and enchilada sauce together in a large bowl.  Layer your ingredients, starting with tortillas on the bottom and ending with cheese on top.

Chicken with sauce
Peppers and olives
Black beans

  Finish the whole thing with cheese on top.  The original recipe says to swirl a tablespoon of water in the enchilada sauce/chicken bowl and pour it over top.  I did it, but I’m not sure what exactly it did.

  Turn the whole thing on to low for 4-6 hours and (here’s the hard part) DON’T STIR IT.

  I am an incurable slow cooker stirrer.  If you stir this, it will wind up looking like…well, like something  you definitely don’t want to eat.

  Use a ladle to serve and top with sour cream or plain yogurt.  We also served ours with extra tortillas. 

  The Mr. and I really liked this.  G wouldn’t try it, so I’m not sure if he’d have liked it or not.  He’s 2 tomorrow and has decided it’s about time he gets “terrible” all up in here.  Hooray?

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