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

Smothered Chicken Burritos with Green Chile Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keywords chicken burrito casserole, easy chicken burritos, smothered chicken burritos, smothered green chile chicken burritos
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 515 kcal
Author Linda Warren


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


Hatch (Green Chile) Sauce

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

Chicken Burritos

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 8x11-inch baking dish by spraying with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Add onion and minced garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add chopped rotisserie chicken and green enchilada sauce and simmer on low until chicken has absorbed some of the sauce.
  4. Warm tortillas by placing between 2 damp paper towels and heating for 1 minute on high in microwave.
  5. Lay out one tortilla. Spread with refried beans, spoon on some of chicken mixture and sprinkle on shredded cheese.
  6. 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.
  7. Pour Hatch Chile (Green Chile) Sauce over burritos then top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. To brown top, place under broiler for several minutes.
  9. Garnish with cilantro and serve with sides of sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa.

Recipe 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 Facts
Smothered Chicken Burritos with Green Chile Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1617mg67%
Potassium 456mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 654IU13%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 270mg27%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.