What is it about Mexican food that just feels so right?! I could eat tacos, taco bowls, enchilada soup, this Paleo enchilada casserole or really any other variety of Mexican flavored food every day of the week. I mean, it’s good to live it up on Taco Tuesday each week, but I could really go for it Every. Single Day. Are you that way, too?
Is that a thing? I used to love enchiladas pre-Paleo life, but have yet to re-create a Paleo-fied version. But….we did create this Paleo enchilada casserole, which is pretty much the next best thing. It combines two of my favorite things – Mexican flavors and cornbread (but without the corn)! Wait. What?! You read that right! This casserole has a layer of Paleo cornbread on top, and it is dang good!
The Inspiration For This Recipe
Well, our friend Jessica over at Jay’s Baking Me Crazy made this to-die-for Paleo cornbread chili pie, and both Justin and I couldn’t get enough. We’ve made it several times, and it never gets old! We apparently just couldn’t get over how great of an idea it was. Then, a little later last year we made our crockpot/instant pot chicken enchilada soup, which gave us all the warm and fuzzies Mexican foods tends to do, and I thought huh – how about making that a casserole with a cornbread topping, kind of like Jessica’s Paleo cornbread chili pie? And that is how this delicious Paleo enchilada casserole was born. We made it several times last year and decided we just had to finally post it this year!
Crockpot Or Instant Pot For The Chicken
To make the enchilada chicken, you can use either your Crockpot or Instant Pot. We like to use the Instant Pot for this recipe because once the chicken is done you have to transfer to a baking dish and spread the cornbread topping over it to then bake in the oven. Using the Instant Pot just cuts out time and makes the whole process quicker to throw together if you’re doing it all in one night. You could also make the chicken separately and just refrigerate and then do the baking part the night you want to enjoy it. Either way, get this Paleo enchilada casserole on your radar! It will be a new favorite!
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Your Turn To Try Our Paleo Enchilada Casserole With Cornbread Topping
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Paleo Enchilada Casserole with Cornbread Topping (GF + Dairy-Free)
For the crockpot or instant pot:
- 1.5 lbs chicken breast or thighs
- 2 cans fire roasted crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz cans)
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- About 45 minutes before you're ready to eat, preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and grease a casserole dish.
- Place all of the cornbread topping ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix and combine the ingredients.
- When the crockpot or instant pot is done, remove the lid and use two forks to shred the chicken. Scoop everything into a casserole dish. Spread out the cornbread topping over the chicken mixture. Use the back of a spoon or your hands to spread the mixture out evenly over the chicken. It doesn't have to cover every bit as the dough will expand when it bakes.
- Place in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes until the cornbread topping starts to brown. Once done, remove from the oven and serve.