Best Ever Chicken Enchiladas {Appreciation Post}

This is the best post I have ever written. My husband just told me to say that because this post is about him. And the best ever chicken enchiladas. These are the enchiladas:

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And here is the husband, best husband ever, picture taken at our wedding.

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The idea for this appreciation post came from Amanda of i am baker blog (amazing cakes by the way) and she decided to ask a bunch of food/recipe bloggers if we all wanted to do an appreciation post of our significant others with a few questions for them that we will all include plus his or her favorite recipe. I was all for it. Its about time I posted about my appreciation for my #1 fan/supporter/taste tester/prop builder/dish washer/ husband.


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My husband, Bob, is really an amazing man and I am so lucky to have him. No really, I am. He is the biggest supporter of my blog, always encouraging me when I am discouraged, helps me in any way he can from taking the kids on a bike ride so I can get pictures done, to washing dishes, to helping build props ( really any excuse to use power tools he is all for) and to taste test everything. I think he was a goat in a past life, there really isn’t any food he wont eat. At least not so far.


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Here he is: my crab fisherman after a trip to the Oregon coast when we lived there (the crab was amazing and he also went clam digging for cockles, a type of clam, that I made some pretty killer chowder with), sifting flour to make my birthday cupcakes. We always make each others birthday cakes and he is actually a really good baker. Except for that one time he filled the pan up way too full. Oops.  He is also my own personal dishwasher and our girls love to help. “Help” I should say. And he is also an amazing father. I mean look how well he pays attention to our chicks…

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He also would sit and watch cooking shows with me when we used to have TV service. One of which was Top Chef Master’s where we discovered Rick Bayless and his amazing Mexican cuisine recipes. We immediately bought several of his cookbooks and this recipe I am sharing today is slightly adapted from one in his book, “Mexican Everyday”. It is a well loved book in our house. So many favorite recipes.

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Here we are all dolled up for a date night and we never take anything in life too serious so this pretty much sums us up

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So now for the question and answer portion of the post.

Significant other’s name? Bob

What is your significant other’s favorite blog called?  Pineapple and Coconut (If he hadn’t said this the rest of the questions would have been blank…..  ha ha)

What is their favorite prop?  The wood boards he glues/nails/screws together for me ( he made the one I used in this post. He cut and sanded, I painted and he made them into a single solid board. He wanted to make sure I mentioned that he made it)

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Here he is securing boards to our car from Lowes to take home to cut into sections, sand and make blog ready.

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What is the weirdest thing you have seen your spouse do for a blog post? Standing on the kitchen sink and window ledge to get good overhead shots since the best light was next to the sink

If you could have your own blog what would you call it? Bob’s Epic Blog (figures. ha ha)

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What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?
Cat Scan Tech aspiring to be a Physician’s Assistant. Hobbies include deadlifting, building blog props for wifey, cabinet building ( see kitchen remodel posts), gardening, grilling, drinking beer and whiskey, snowboarding, working on cars and playing with our kids.

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Who does the dishes?

Favorite thing to cook? Steak, pork chops. On the grill of course.

I really do appreciate my husband so much, he’s the best. Plus…he eats all the food I cook and bake and looks like this

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Jerk. I mean HOT right??  Mine all mine.

Best Ever Chicken Enchiladas {Appreciation Post}
Recipe type: Mexican, Chicken, Dinner
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Serves: 10-12
Best Ever Chicken Enchiladas Adapted from Rick Bayless Makes 20 enchiladas
For the Enchilada Sauce
  • 10 dried Guajillo pepper pods
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 28oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ⅓ c tomato paste
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I used gluten free) More to thin sauce if needed
For the Enchiladas
  • Olive oil
  • 20 – 6” organic corn tortillas (gluten free)
  • 3 generous cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken (Either grilled, poached or rotisserie)
  • 1½ cups shredded jack cheese
  • 1 small white onion cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup loosely packed cilantro
  • ⅔ c queso fresco
  • 1-2 avocados sliced
  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chiles. Heat up a skillet over medium heat and roast the garlic cloves a few minutes each side until soft. Set aside until cool enough to handle and peel. Using the same skillet toast the chiles, pressing flat with a spatula about 5-8 seconds a side. Once all the chiles are toasted place them in a blender with the fire roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, salt, ancho chili powder, cumin and pepper. Blend until it’s a fine puree. If you have a vitamix or blendtech you can puree super fine, if not you will want to strain the mixture since not all of the chile pods will be pureed fine enough to not notice them. To strain the mixture the best set a strainer over a bowl and pour in the sauce into the strainer scraping with a spatula until all the sauce is in and the chile pod pieces remain in the strainer in a thick paste ( If any is left). Make sure to scrape the outside of the strainer to get all of the sauce.
  2. Heat one TBSP of the olive oil in a stock pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Discard the remaining chile skins. Cook stirring until sauce thickens 10 min or so being careful as it will bubble up and spurt out of the pot. Add the chicken broth and tomato paste and stir well to combine. Reduce heat to medium low, place a lid on the pot leaving it slightly cracked and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. While the sauce is simmering preheat your oven to 350 deg.
  4. Lay out tortillas on a baking sheets, brush both sides with olive oil. Place in oven for about 1-2 minutes. Flip carefully and heat another minute until very pliable. Remove from the oven and keep warm stacked on a plate covered with a towel. Repeat with all the tortillas.
  5. Taste the sauce and season with salt to your liking. Stir in more broth if the sauce has thickened again, up to ½ cup. Place the shredded chicken into a bowl and add ½-2/3 cups sauce and mix well to coat. Add in 1 cup of the shredded cheese and stir again. Add more sauce if all the chicken is coated.
  6. Spread about ½ cup sauce over bottom of a 13X9 baking pan. Working with one tortilla at a time, keeping the others under the towel to stay hot, Spoon about 2-3 tbsp of the chicken mixture towards one edge of the tortilla and roll up gently. Place seam side down in pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Once all the enchiladas are in the pan cover with the rest of the sauce and top with the remaining ½ cup of jack cheese. Bake for 10-15 min until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve hot and top the enchiladas with the thinly sliced onion, chopped cilantro, crumbled cotija cheese and avocado slices.
You can find packs of the chile pods in any Mexican grocery store or Mexican section of a traditional grocery store.

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These really are the best enchiladas ever. Making the enchilada sauce from scratch doesn’t take that long and makes it so worth it, it has amazing flavor.

Here is the list of all the other bloggers participating in this significant other appreciation post. Such a fun group post to be a part of!!

Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts made M&M Kit Kat Cake

Rachel from Rachel Cooks made Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie made Homemade SpaghettiOs

Amy from Very Culinary shared a Fabulous Video!

Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeehas)

Cassie from Bake Your Day made Something Fabulous

Erin from The Law Students Wife made Chicken Stir Fry with Thai Peanut Sauce

Heather from Sugar Dish Me made Bourbon Apple Shortcakes

Dorothy from Crazy For Crust made Pretzel Toffee Peanut Butter Cookies

Lauren from Climbing Grier Mountain shared At the Table with Mr. B

Tanya from Lemons for Lulu made Something Fabulous

Erin from Texanerin Baking made Healthier New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jen from Jens Favorite Cookies made Chocolate Pudding

Jamie from Thrifty Veggie Mama made Something Fabulous

Diane from Created By Diane made Rocky Road Cookie

Nikki from Seeded at the Table made Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Meagan fron A Zesty Bite shared The Guy Across The Table

Taylor from Greens & Chocolate made Something Fabulous

Amanda from i am baker made Classic Cheesecake with Double Crust

Kristy from Sweet Treats & More made Something Fabulous

Lauren from Healthy. Delicious. made Something Fabulous

Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts shared a Round up of Hubbies Favorites

Rachel from Set the Table made Mexican Chocolate Shake

Julie from Julie’s Eats and Treats made Something Fabulous

Stefani from Cupcake Project made Graham Cracker Waffle Cones

Katerina from Diethood made Something Fabulous

Betsy from Java Cupcake made Something Fabulous

Kimberly from The Daring Gourmet made French Almond Cake


Thank you Amanda for organizing this group post!


AND thank you to my awesome hubby for whom I couldn’t live this life without and being my 100% unconditional support system and for always believing in me. And thanks for your abs too. I mean great smile. Kidding I meant abs.

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  1. Damn husbands and their awesome metabolisms… definitely not fair lol. Love this! Those enchiladas look delicious, too:-)

  2. Ah, standing on the kitchen sink ledge…what we won’t do for a good picture! Loving that picture of him with the kids <3 Fun fun fun.
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  3. *blog crush* What a fantastic and adorable hubby!!! I love the candid wedding shot… and the one of him getting boards to make your backgrounds. Cant wait to make these enchilada’s… they look amazing!

  4. Geez, now I wanna marry Bob so we can share these enchiladas! Sounds like a cool guy though :)
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  5. You guys are SO cute! Also– your photos are GORGEOUS!! I want enchiladas now. At 9:30 in the morning…
    Good job board building, Bob!!
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  6. Holy Abs!! You are one lucky lady!! hehe GREAT post!! And your hubby was right… BEST EVER!! hahahah :)

  7. Love all the photos! And.. how you called your hubby a goat. Mine’s like that too.. he’ll eat anything. I don’t know what I’d do if I had a husband who wouldn’t try my food. That would be sad.
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  8. I love this! He sounds like he’d get along great with my hubby… they seem to have a similar sense of humor.

    He did a very nice job on those background boards, btw. They look great! (So do the enchiladas – gorgeous!)
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    • Right? It sounds like a lot of our hubbies have similar senses of humor. I think they have to so they can put up with our blogging antics and er um mood swings. ha ha!!! Thank you so much!

  9. He sounds like a great guy! Love the photo of the two of you — so dang cute. :) And these enchiladas?! Oh my. YUM!

  10. What a sweet hubby building all your props and dish washing. I might have to borrow him if you will let him go for a little bit :) Awesome enchiladas! The pics are BEAUTIFUL!
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  11. I love that your hubby’s name is Bob. That name always gets me…love it…have no idea why. haha! It’s so wonderful he’s handy and makes blog props for you! What a great husband and father you got there!!

    • He just doesn’t look like a typical Bob, to me at least. He is Jr and grew up with tons of Roberts so he always went by Bob. He has some friends and family that call him Bobby and that kills me I am always like ” what are you 12??” ha ha And thank you – we all have awesome husbands!

  12. You’ve been waiting to show off that picture of him haven’t you? Well my husband has really nice hands because he plays guitar. :-) ha ha! Also I love that Bob calls you wifey because Braden calls me that!
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    • I showed it off a while ago on my FB page and I put it as his profile pic in summer and then change it to one with a shirt on for the rest of the year. ha ha ha. I am wifey and he is actually Husbin since I had a patient at work once right that on her intake form and she pronounced it Hus-been. So its been a joke ever since!

  13. First, I love that your hubby bakes and does the dishes! Can I borrow him for a weekend? Second, these enchiladas look amazing!! Such a great post, Shanna!

    • Thank you so much!! He actually only bakes once a year. My birthday cake. ha ha We have a rule who ever cooks doesn’t have to do dishes. He also cooks dinner a lot when I am shooting pics of a different recipe in the evening to catch that golden hour light!!

  14. Fantastic post and fantastic dish! (The enchiladas I mean, wink wink.) I’m pretty sure my husband is going to go over to your house now. This is so up his alley!
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  15. What a sweet post! Love that you make each other birthday cakes.
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    • Thank you! We have been together 9 years now, married a little over 6 and we have been making each other’s birthday cakes since we first started dating, its our tradition!!

  16. What a guy Shanna!! I love that he builds your props and will take the kids out while take pictures! Man, we are lucky woman aren’t we? These enchiladas? AWESOME!
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  17. Beautiful photos! I love this. Also, that photo of your husband and girls doing dishes is priceless. Glad to have found your blog through this fun project!
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  18. Love this post! Bob sounds like one amazing father and husband!
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  19. LOVE you and Bob!!! And I want you to make me these enchiladas…NOW!

  20. What a great post, we’re fortunate to have great husbands aren’t we? 😉 A little embarrassed now that my husband have to hint me to make some enchiladas for him lol so now no more excuses! :)

  21. My hubs loves to grill and build things too. I think they would get along well. Great post, Shanna!!
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  22. I love that he makes you boards for shoots. I want my husband to do that!
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  23. You guys are the cutest couple on the planet! I love that he makes food props for you!! These photos are seriously stunning.
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  24. This was so adorable! Such a great idea. Your husband is a gem…and very cute! :) I can relate…I couldn’t write my blog without my husband’s support. Just being there to pick up the pieces when you’re trying to get a dish photographed, or a post written makes a world of difference. OH…and your enchiladas look so so good! I love that you make your own sauce. I’d love to make these this weekend!
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  25. I can honestly say your photos make me want to make these, I usually don’t like enchilada sauce, but these look amazing. I love getting your know your hubby, what a fun post. The abs… not fair at all!

  26. hubba, hubba! What a husband!

  27. Hey, you hotties! And, what the…look at that washboard stomach! He eats?!?! Lawwwwd! ;-D I love all the photos you shared and getting to know your other half!! The enchiladas are also SO beautiful!
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  28. Bahahaha. I can’t believe he agreed on you posting a shirtless picture! Not that I’m complaining. 😀

    Bob sounds fun! Bob’s Epic Blog. I’d read it.
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  29. According to what I see in your pictures, I am presuming you also put some sauce over the enchiladas before sprinkling them with jack cheese and baking them?

  30. Lovely post, Shanna and the enchiladas look so scrumptious! Yep, we got boards from Lowe’s too and they’re still sitting in the garage 3 months later still waiting for hubs to sand them! 😉
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  31. I was wondering about the recipe ‘best enchiladas’ recipe. When do you use the queso fresco? It’s listed but not mentioned in the instructions. Does it go in with the 1 cup of Jack or on top. I’ve never used this cheese before am not really sure.

  32. Making these for dinner tonight; can’t wait. Only question I have is regarding the 2 cups chicken broth, plus 1/2 cup under “For the Enchiladas”. I used the 3 cups of broth for the sauce but could find no instruction on what the the additional 2 cups is for. I see the additional 1/2 cup is to thin out the sauce if needed. I’m going to assume this is an error and omit this time but if there is a purpose of the extra 2 cups could you please advise. Thank you.

    • Oh my that was a typo thanks for catching that. Sorry I am just now seeing this. I deleted that from the recipe. The chicken broth was just for the sauce and not for the enchilada assembly. I hope it worked out for you!


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