Cheesy Baked Chicken Enchilada Meatballs are perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner at home. Served in homemade authentic-style red enchilada sauce all cooked together with plenty of cheese and loaded with fresh toppings. Crunchy lettuce, onions, cilantro, avocado and crispy tortillas make for a super tasty Mexican inspired meal.
This dish is super saucy and it’s got a bit of a kick from the dried chiles but it’s super delicious and well balanced from the cheese and toppings and the addition of tomatoes into the sauce. Inspired as a fun way to switch up meatballs and pasta, it’s super filling on it’s own with the addition of some fresh crusty bread to soak up that sauce, you really don’t need a side. It makes roughly 14-15 minutes meatballs so it doesn’t serve a lot of people if portions are 5 meatballs per person for a complete meal. For larger families or groups, we definitely recommend adding an extra pound of ground chicken.
I always try and make sauces from scratch or at least almost and somewhat homemade. I aimed for as authentic as I could with the ingredients I had on hand and taking cooking time into consideration. I typically buy the dried chiles from Amazon and they delivery within a few days. There’s enough for quite a few recipes and they aren’t too expensive. For anyone who cooks a lot from scratch and loves Mexican foods these are worth the buy and come in handy a lot. From doing research and watching tons of Tik Tok videos, I see a lot of people use what I find is an outrageous amount of chiles in their sauces. Like 6-8 Guajillos and a few Ancho or Pasilla chiles. I tend to be more on the conservative side and just use 1-3 so that the batches I order last me quite a while and I find the flavors are enough and it’s pretty spicy with just a small Amount. I’ve tested the sauce with and without the tomatoes, it isn’t as traditional but it definitely helps to round out the flavors and brings a nice balance plus helps to thicken the sauce a little bit better. I’ve left some notes in the bottom of the instructions if you can’t source some chiles or prefer to use store bought as a quicker alternative.
I always love a lot of toppings to boost freshness and flavor and create a well rounded dish. It’s pretty boring with just sauce and cheese and the toppings make it look so fun and pretty and more whole. I stuck to authentic toppings such as crispy romaine lettuce, onions, cilantro, avocado and added the tortilla strips to mimic the corn shell and give it some crunch. The toppings can be added overtop and then served divided into portions or they could easily be served family style/ built your own where each can grab the toppings they like if your sitting around the table.
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