Easy Smothered Chicken Burritos with Green Chiles

These easy, baked, smothered chicken burritos are a comfort food dream.  A flavor-packed dinner filled with seasoned rotisserie chicken, refried beans, eooey gooey cheese, then smothered in plenty of green chile enchilada sauce. It’s a delicious way to satisfy your craving for Mexican food. Believe me, you need to make this ASAP!

Plated burritos on white plate and topped with sour cream.

Easy Chicken Burritos

I couldn’t make up my mind after the new year, whether to make something healthy or to satisfy my craving for comfort food. The cold spell pretty much decided it for me, hence these deliciously, ooey, gooey cheesy chicken burritos covered in a creamy green chile sauce.

It was the perfect flavor-packed dinner complete with a homemade Hatch green chile sauce. Of course, you can always take the shortcut and make it easier by subbing a canned green chile sauce for the homemade version.

Closeup look at cheesy goodness of baked burrito casserole.

This smothered chicken burrito casserole is a close cousin to the enchilada, just a bit meatier sure to satisfy the heartiest appetites.

Using rotisserie chicken and a canned enchilada sauce makes this a quick and easy dinner for busy weeknights or, go the homemade route, and take a little more time to make this delicious hatch chile enchilada sauce. You won’t be sorry!

Bite of chicken burrito.

These easy chicken burritos are stuffed full of refried beans, seasoned chicken, and cheese, then covered with a tasty green enchilada sauce.

It’s a complete dinner all in one casserole. I like to serve mine with a little mini-bar of all the family’s favorite toppings such as taco sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, chopped avocado, and extra cilantro. Believe me, you need to make this ASAP!

FAQs about Smothered Chicken Burrito Casserole

What is a smothered burrito?

A flour tortilla is stuffed with beans, seasoned chicken, cheese, and sometimes rice then rolled, covered with enchilada sauce, and baked.

What’s the difference between smothered burritos and enchiladas?

The biggest difference is that a burrito is made with flour tortillas while enchiladas are usually made with corn tortillas.

How do you fold a burrito?

I like to fold in two sides then roll tightly up from the bottom. That makes the tortilla into a little bundle that holds all the filling in. 

What to Serve with These Easy Chicken Burritos

I love to place different bowls of toppings and let the family serve themselves. Toppings such as cilantro, pico de gallo or salsa and sour cream. Then I serve the smothered burritos beside Spanish rice and sometimes a salad.

How to Make Smothered Green Chile Chicken Burritos

How to make green chile sauce steps 1-4.

  1. In a medium saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in oil for 5-6 minutes. (photo 1)
  2. Stir in flour and cook until nicely browned, about 2 minutes. (photo 2)
  3. Whisk in chicken broth. (photo 3)
  4. Stir until smooth. (photo 4)

Adding chile sauce to season chicken.

  1. Add hatch chiles, seasonings, and diced jalapeno pepper. (photo 5)
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Leave chunky or place in a blender for a smoother sauce. (photo 6)
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion and minced garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes. (photo 7)
  4. Add chopped rotisserie chicken. (photo 8)
  5. Sprinkle in seasoning. (photo 9)
  6. Stir in green enchilada sauce. (photo 10)

Easy to Assemble Baked Chicken Burrito Casserole

Assembling chicken burrito casserole steps.

  1. Lay out one warm tortilla. Spread with refried beans, spoon on some of the chicken mixture. (photo 1)
  2. Sprinkle on some shredded cheese. (photo 2)
  3. Fold top and bottom slightly over filling, turn and roll into a long cylinder shape. Place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas. (photo 3)
  4. Pour Hatch Chile (Green Chile) Sauce over burritos. (photo 4)
  5. Top with remaining cheese. (photo 5)
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. (photo 6)

Baked casserole right out of the oven on green mexican towel.

Place under broiler for a browner, crisper cheese topping. Before serving, sprinkle with some fresh cilantro.

Overhead of plated serving with smothered burrito casserole in background.

This delicious, warm comfort food is exactly what you need on a cold winter’s day. It’s a flavor-packed combo of spicy, cheesy goodness, seasoned rotisserie chicken, and refried beans for a dinner everyone will want again and again. Serve it with your family’s favorite sides and let the oohs and aahs begin.

More Mexican Recipes to Love

Breakfast Street Tacos with eggs, bacon, refried beans, and avocado.

Creamy Beef Enchiladas with green chiles and topped with Cheddar cheese.

Tequila Chicken Chili from The Food Blog

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with corn, black beans, and zucchini.

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole with flour tortillas and green chiles.

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overhead of smothered green chile chicken burritos on white plate with spanish rice.

Smothered Chicken Burritos with Green Chile Sauce

5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Green Chile Sauce (or use canned green enchilada sauce): 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

Chicken Burritos

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 10- oz can green enchilada sauce
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2-3 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Hatch (Green Chile) Sauce (or make it easier by using a can of green enchilada sauce)

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth more if like sauce a little thinner
  • 1/2 cup Hatch chiles roasted and chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded & diced
  • Garnish: Cilantro sour cream, pico de gallo

Instructions

Hatch (Green Chile) Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in oil for 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in flour and cook til nicely browned, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in chicken broth.
  • Add hatch chiles, seasonings and diced jalapeno pepper.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Leave chunky or place in blender for a smoother sauce.

Chicken Burritos

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 8x11-inch baking dish by spraying with nonstick spray.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Add onion and minced garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add chopped rotisserie chicken and green enchilada sauce and simmer on low until chicken has absorbed some of the sauce.
  • Warm tortillas by placing between 2 damp paper towels and heating for 1 minute on high in microwave.
  • Lay out one tortilla. Spread with refried beans, spoon on some of chicken mixture and sprinkle on shredded cheese.
  • Fold top and bottom slightly over filling, turn and roll into a long cylinder shape. In other words, a nice little burrito bundle. Place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  • Pour Hatch Chile (Green Chile) Sauce over burritos then top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. To brown top, place under broiler for several minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with sides of sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa.

Notes

FAQs about Smothered Chicken Burrito Casserole

What is a smothered burrito?

A flour tortilla is stuffed with beans, seasoned chicken, cheese and sometimes rice then rolled, covered with enchilada sauce and baked.

What's the difference between smothered burritos and enchiladas?

The biggest difference is that a burrito is made with flour tortillas while enchiladas are usually made with corn tortillas.

How do you fold a burrito?

I like to fold in two sides then roll tightly up from the bottom. That makes the tortilla into a little bundle that holds all the filling in. 

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1617mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 2mg

This post has been updated and was first published on January 5, 2020.

Easy Smothered Chicken Burritos with Green Chiles

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    01/06/2020 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    This is literally the best burrito ever! I’m in love.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/07/2020 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much! Sounds like Mexican is one of your favorites too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Cindy
    01/06/2020 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    Oh yes to this recipe!! Its a win with my family. We are always wanting easy family friendly meals and this hits the spot. My entire family loved it!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/07/2020 at 11:26 am

      Hard to go wrong with quick, easy and Mexican! So glad y’all enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Toni
    01/06/2020 at 10:24 am

    5 stars
    I loved it! Packed full of flavors and really delicious!

  • Reply
    Emmeline
    01/06/2020 at 10:14 am

    5 stars
    Ooh those smohered burritos made me DROOOL! I need to make these tonight!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/07/2020 at 11:28 am

      lol I’m drooling too just thinking about them. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Julie
    01/06/2020 at 9:48 am

    5 stars
    I love Mexican Food of any kind! This was so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/07/2020 at 11:28 am

      Me too! I think I could have Mexican every day of the week and still not get tired of it.

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