These Air Fryer Enchiladas are so good and so easy to make for your family. Quick and easy mexican food for Taco Tuesday!
These Air Fryer Enchiladas are bursting with flavor. The air fryer gives them a little crunch on the outside and they’re really tender and gooey with cheese on the inside. They’re covered in a spicy-sweet sauce that just melts in your mouth. These are definitely one for the favorites file! You are going to love that there are flexible options on how to make these customized to your liking.
The ingredients in this recipe are pretty simple and straightforward. There isn’t anything that is hard to work with either, so it helps these enchiladas come together in a breeze. Let’s talk about the main ingredients a little bit:
Rotisserie Chicken – Without a doubt, the star of the show is the cooked rotisserie chicken. Buying pre-cooked chicken will save you loads of work and time. You simply remove the meat from the bones and start using it. We make our own Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken for so many dishes because it’s absolutely delicious and easy to work with.
Soft Flour Tortillas – I know there are many recipes that call for corn shells. We simply prefer the flavor of flour shells. The combination of the sauce with the chicken and flour tortillas is undoubtedly one of my favorite things ever.
Enchilada Sauce – I prefer a mild enchilada sauce, especially if I am feeding people and don’t know their tolerance for spicy flavors. The mild heat is subtle and perfect for our taste buds and can easily be adjusted if needed.
These are some of the most delicious enchiladas I have ever sunk my teeth into. And the best part is that using rotisserie chicken makes them come together so quick. Let’s take a look at how simple they are to make:
Step One: Remove the cooked rotisserie chicken from the bones and put the meat in a bowl. Then, chop up the onion.
Step Two: Heat the enchilada sauce in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add in the brown sugar and bring it to a boil. Add the flour tortillas to a plate. Once the sauce is boiling, turn off the stove. Drizzle a little bit of the enchilada sauce on the insides of the tortilla shells. Sprinkle some chicken on the tortilla, add onion, cheese, and a little bit more sauce. Fold the enchiladas.
Step Three: Line the air fryer basket/tray with aluminum foil. Add the folded enchiladas, placing them in the center of the basket and working your way toward the edges as you add in more enchiladas. Make sure to put the enchiladas folded side down and try to prevent any filling from spilling out.
Step Four: After you have all the enchiladas in the air fryer, add more sauce on top of them. Sprinkle with more cheese. Then turn on the air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.
Step Five: After removing them from the air fryer, add green onions, sour cream, salsa, green onions, or any of your other favorite enchilada toppings. Enjoy!
⏲️ Meal Prep Instructions
You’ll love these air fryer rotisserie chicken enchiladas when it comes to meal prepping. There are several steps you can take to save you even more time later. Take a look:
Chop Onions – When you get home from the market, chop up the onions and put them in a plastic or glass storage container. Keep them in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the enchiladas. I go crazy a bit and measure them out in its own container so when it’s time to cook, I can pull them out and they are ready to go.
Prepare The Chicken – Take the chicken off of the bones and put it in a bowl in the fridge. Then you can quickly grab it and go when you are ready to cook.
Make The Sauce – You can actually heat up the sauce and the brown sugar ahead of time. Let it come to a boil, so the sugar and sauce combine properly. Then allow it to cool down all the way and put in a bowl in the fridge. Make sure to keep a tight-fitting lid on it.
These steps will make it even easier to assemble the enchiladas right before you are ready to cook. We make this meal for crazy busy weeknights when I don’t have much time to cook.
🍲 Freezer Friendly Instructions
These are some of my favorite freezer-friendly foods. They are so easy to store and give you wonderful lunch and dinner options at your fingertips anytime you want them.
To freeze, cook them as directed. Then wrap each enchilada individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. After they are covered, put them into an airtight container with a lid. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Take one out as needed and warm them up on a plate with a paper towel on top. They heat quickly. Sometimes the flour tortillas do get a little bit soggy. You can reheat them in the air fryer or in your oven to prevent that. **If you want to avoid too much sogginess, opt for the corn tortilla which stands up better to being frozen.**
Substitutions are a fantastic way to adjust the flavors to fit your family’s needs and wants. I also make these substitutions when these are the ingredients I already have (and don’t need to spend more money). Here are a few ideas that you may want to try out.
- Corn Tortillas – If you prefer the texture and flavor of traditional enchiladas, switch out the flour shells for corn. Yellow or white corn shells are both good.
- Chicken Breasts – Using rotisserie chicken is a great way to go, but if you don’t have any, you can always use chicken breasts. Grill them or bake. When I am meal prepping, I will prepare a bunch of chicken in my slow cooker to use in various meals. It’s a game-changer.
- Hot Enchilada Sauce – Adding some heat is super easy! Just use a hot or medium sauce that you enjoy.
- Homemade Sauce – If using canned enchilada sauce isn’t your thing, no problem! Simply use your favorite homemade sauce recipe instead.
I will share a handful of ideas to add some variations to these homemade enchiladas. They are all pretty good if you ask me. 🙂
- Ground Beef – Brown up some ground beef and use it instead of chicken.
- Green Chiles – Add some diced green chiles to the chicken and onion mixture. You could even add the chiles to the sauce if you wanted to.
- Cheddar Cheese – Either add some cheddar cheese in addition to the Colby Jack or swap it completely.
- Jalapeños – Dice up some fresh or pickled peppers and add them to the chicken. These are so good and give you some more spicy goodness.
- Air Fryer Pickles – These are so tasty, you won’t believe you made them yourself. They are a healthier option than traditional recipes too.
- Air Fryer Whole BBQ Chicken – Did you know you can make an entire whole chicken in your air fryer? Yes, you can, and it’s juicy, tender, and delicious every time.
- Cheesy Roasted Air Fryer Asparagus – This is by far one of my favorite ways to eat asparagus. It can be thrown together and made in just 10 minutes.
- Air Fryer Ravioli – This crispy ravioli is unforgettable, and the perfect Italian inspired dish. It’s incredible for those busy nights too.
Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas
- 20 Flour Tortillas
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken
- 1 Sweet Onion chopped
- 1 can Enchilada Sauce 28 ounce, mild
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 package Colby Jack Cheese shredded
- Green Onions chopped
- Cherry Tomatoes as a side
- Shred the meat from a whole rotisseries chicken and place it in a bowl. Chop the onion.
- In a medium sauce pan, heat the enchilada sauce on medium high heat. Add the brown sugar and heat well. Bring it to a boil, then turn off the stove.
- Place a tortilla on a plate and add a little bit of the sauce, some cheese, onion and then the chicken. Fold the tortilla and set aside.
- Line your Air Fryer Basket or Tray with foil. Place the enchiladas on the foil and drizzle some sauce over them.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Cook them for 15 minutes with the Air Fryer set to 350 degrees. Top with sour cream, green onions and black olives.