Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

I’m not airing our dirty laundry but I will say that there’s ONE reoccurring “discussion” that my husband and I often have. It’s definitely a discussion not an argument; no one is raising their voices or getting their feelings hurt. Here we go:

I would give my right arm for a housecleaner whereas my husband disagrees and doesn’t think we should spend money on something we are capable of doing ourselves which I can understand. His theory is that if you need someone to clean your house, your house is too big for you.

It’s not that I’m lazy…there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When I only had two kids, I could still keep my house pretty clean. With three kids, it started to get sketchy; and now with four kids, it’s just not physically possible. And I figure if I’m going to pawn out either my motherly duties or cleaning, I’d rather pawn out the cleaning.

I do manage to always keep my kitchen clean because I can’t eat in a dirty kitchen and heaven knows I like to eat.

It’s not like I’m asking for a housecleaner to come once a week, not even once every two weeks. I would be absolutely happy with once a month to help get things deep cleaned. I’m willing to negiotate! I’m willing to give up the dollar bin at Target, Chick-Fil-a runs, and even a date night.

For Mother’s Day this year my husband bought me a groupon for housecleaning. Four extremely cheap housecleaning sessions – everybody wins! My first session was fabulous. But as I stepped into our double headed shower I noticed that she had meticulously lined up all 19 bottles of my shampoo and conditioner on the shower floor. I don’t know if she was trying to show me that I have a problem, but it was obvious that I have a problem. I’m sure it’s a sign of some underlying phsycological issue that I need to address. Most of them only have 2 inches of product left in them but I like to rotate so that my hair dosen’t get used to what I am currently using.

Regardless of all that, my husband and I absolutely both agreed that we loved these enchiladas from Kevin and Amanda“. They are ridicously easy and one of those meals that you probably already have the ingredients in your house. We love these Honey Lime Enchiladasbut these were also fantastic. I cut down the cream from the original recipe after trying it both ways and added some salsa verde one time for some extra kick if that’s what you’re into. These are rich and indulgent! We will be making these often.

You’ll love these.
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, cut up and softened
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (see Note)
  • 8 8 inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • optional 1/2 cup salsa verde for a spicier version
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9ร—13 baking dish with cooking spray. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add Rotel tomatoes and saute 1 min.
  2. Stir in cream cheese and chicken and cook, stirring constantly until cream cheese melts. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas and place seam side down in the baking dish. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack cheese. Drizzle with whipping cream and salsa verde if you like a spicier version.
  3. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min. Take off foil and cook for another 10-15 mins, or until top is golden brown.
  4. Serve with black beans, Cilantro Lime Rice, and pico de gallo.
Recipe Notes
Cook chicken however you desire. For me, the easiest way is to throw 2-3 chicken breasts in a crock pot on low for 3-4 hours. Sometimes I even put them in frozen. slightly adapted from Kevin and Amanda


  1. Get a house cleaner. Your house is not too big, you just have more important and/or fun things to do. If you want to spend your limited conscious hours cleaning your house with your family, then do so, but I’d rather spend mine in the yard or on an outing or playing a board game.

    I was the one that fought the idea but fortunately my husband said “look, it’s not getting done, I’m not going to do it but find someone who will”. Best money spent but I do feel weird about it sometimes. Like I SHOULD be able to do this.

  2. The enchiladas look so good! I am going to try them soon. I have three kids and understand how hard it is to get everything done. I always wanted someone to come in about once a month to do a real good cleaning and I would do the daily/weekly stuff. I could never get my husband to agree, and he never made a big deal if the house was a mess. Your children will remember the time you spend with them and not how clean their house was growing up. I still won’t give it up, maybe someday I will get that cleaning lady!

  3. Fight for the cleaning lady. I had one years ago when I used to travel every.single.week M-F and back then I only had the four dogs. I didn’t want to spent my wkends cleaning. She came every other wk and it did help me since my husband wasn’t going to clean.

    Enchilladas look amazing. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Do not feel in anyway bad about getting a house keeper. Times are different and people are busier than our parents and grandparents. I only work part-time, and my husband works from home and we still have a weekly house cleaner. Yes, it’s an expense we would cut should we get in a tight financial situation, but we can afford it, and it keeps me from killing my husband who does not only not clean, but does not notice when it’s not clean. He just doesn’t care. I do. Nuf said. Get a house keeper. Do it.

  5. I’m a sucker for any food and every food Mexican!!! Good luck with the housekeeper!

  6. First of all, the enchiladas look amazing and I’m making them immediately.

    Second, I’m one of four and we always had a housekeeper/maid/whatever growing up. She wouldn’t allow the housekeeper to clean our bedrooms (which is something I’m grateful for because to this day, at 25, I still make my bed every morning) but it definitely saved her time and allowed her to spend more time with us on the weekends instead of cleaning.

  7. Getting a cleaner is totally worth it. I work full time outside the home (which sounds like less work that staying at home with 4 kids, actually), and I have one kid (and one on the way). When we moved into our current (bigger) house with our daughter, who was 2 months old at the time, I was pretty insistent on the cleaner, while my husband was completely opposed. So we sat down and made a list of everything that had to get done: grocery shopping, lawn care, laundry, cooking, cleaning, ect. and allotted the time it takes to do those things and how often they need to be done. We divided the chores evenly and gave it a 2 month trial run. After 2 months, only one of the bathrooms had been cleaned, the lawn was a mess, and I discovered vacuuming stairs to be way more difficult than I thought. My husband finally gave in and we’ve had a cleaner for 2 years. He still complains (of course it doesn’t get done the way you would do it), but the house is clean. And we’re spending our weekends as a family rather than attacking chores. Just because you are at home does not mean you aren’t working full time (plus OT). See what your hubby thinks if he has to do half the cleaning…

    Love your blog!

  8. We have a lady that comes every other week. Every time we have the budget discussion I mention dropping her but my husband refuses. He says our marriage is better (which is a nice way of saying I’m less hateful) when she comes. Better than marriage counseling. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This made me smile because we have four kids as well and I feel the same. With one and two my house was still as clean as I like it to be, with three it was harder and four – even though the older two do their chores – it is too much! I secretly tell myself that if we could afford it I would have someone come and clean once…or twice, a month. I have never even broached the subject with my super frugal hubby though ๐Ÿ™‚ But he does help out a ton with the cleaning so that will have to do! Oh, and the enchiladas look amazing! Can’t wait to try.

  10. If you’re the one doing the majority of the cleaning, and you feel like you can’t do the job, or would rather actually spend time with your family, get a cleaning person! You can probably always find groupon offers enough to always have it done at a discount!

  11. If we could afford it, I would have someone clean my house in a heartbeat. No guilt. No second thoughts. Unfortunately, that is not our reality, but if it’s yours, go for it!!

  12. i got really excited at this recipe because your black bean chicken enchilada recipe is one of my staples and favorites. but then i realized i already make this exact recipe. (and i LOVE it). thanks for sharing your recipes. yours are easily now some of my favorite staples! – danielle

  13. Fight for the housekeeper! lol Oh how I would love to have someone come in every once in a while to deep clean. When I had a few kids I was able to keep up on things pretty well, but not with my 8, soon to be 9 kids now…19 bottles of shampoo and conditioner?! Totally made me giggle…Looking forward to trying this recipe also. Looks super yummy!

  14. Yum! I love Mexican!! So good and delish!! Your recipe sounds out of this world!

  15. Love your blog!

    I wanted to share that I am the same way with my shampoo and conditioner and most of them have barely anything left. I know I should throw them out but I just can’t. I think this is how a hoarder must feel.

  16. I want a housekeeper just because I hate the job so much!! HATE.
    Awesome story and recipe!

  17. My husband and I have the same “discussion”.
    I am so making these enchiladas!!

  18. says:

    Get a housecleaner. I used to work two jobs, and now that I only have one, I still work just as hard. I have no children, so my house stays relatively clean, HOWEVER, I make cuts everywhere else to afford to have someone come in ONCE a month to really scrub my place. It’s worth every penny. Tell your husband to remember the saying “a happy wife = a happy life….” it’s too stressful, and who wants that? DO IT.

    Btw, I love enchiladas and I can’t wait to try these! (I love the honey lime one’s as well). Thank you!

  19. A house cleaner is something I have always said I would splurge on if I had the extra money. I don’t care who you are, everyone desirers a little extra help around the house, especially if you have ‘others’ you have to pick up after (kids, husbands, or pets). Oh and I am totally the same way, I currently have 2 different body washes, 3 shampoos, and 1 conditioner in my shower because I like ‘variety’.

  20. Sister, I feel your pain. I have 4 kids aged 7,4,2 and 5 months. Phew. My house is messy at best. We can live, but forget organized. (My kitchen is always clean too). But seriously, I would rather love on my kids in a kinda clean house than ignore them in a meticulous house.

  21. I say if it is at possible financially, hire a house cleaner and enjoy the extra time with the kids. If I had it to do all over again, that is what I would do and I only had two kids!

    Nominated you for the One Very Lovely Blog and Inspiring Blogger Award. Stop by and check it out.

  22. I hear you on the house cleaning issue! With 5 in our home and 4 of those 5 being under 4. There is just no time in the day to stay on top of it all. No sooner do I get one area cleaned and another is dirty. You add in living in the country with dirt, mud, a dog, horses, cattle and a husband that believes he should not take off his shoes regardless of what he has on them..And well…You just plain give up. We only have a 2700 sqft house so were a bit tight with kids, toys and well life!

  23. With 5 kids and a dog my husband and I agree that our house cleaner is worth every penny! She comes once a week just to deep clean our 4 bathrooms . In addition she alternates every other week with dusting or mopping. We can do everything else but having our bathrooms clean all at the same time is a HUGE help. I look at having a house cleaner as a help to me and I’m able to help someone who needs the money ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. These look awesome! Care to enter them in our Food Blogger Recipe Contest? Details on our Facebook page:

  25. I agree if I could afford it a house cleaner would be top on my list. I would give up many things for one!

    I do have a question, if you can not eat the spicy jalapenos what can you use in place of the rotel andything?

  26. We have a housecleaner and it is one of the best decisions. Please don’t judge me, because we do not have any kids. It is my husband and I and our two dogs. We got a cleaning lady when I was working full time AND completing my master’s degree full time. I didnt want to spend what little free time I had cleaning our house. After I finished school and we moved, we went without a cleaning lady for about a year. It was actually my husband who wanted to start it back up again. We both work full time but now HE is the one working on a masters, and his job requires him to travel. His logic is that paying someone to clean our house gets it done in just a few hours. Whereas if he or I had to do it on the weekends, it’d be the whole day. Plus it probably wouldn’t get done. If it is important to you, fight for it! If you need to make a compromise, see what you can figure out. It is definitely a lot easier to keep a tidy and orderly home when someone else does most of the legwork. I’m sure my husband would tell you I’m a more pleasant person, haha

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  28. Wow, I can’t imagine having four kids and trying to keep a tidy house, I totally agree with you on this one. And the enchiladas look amazing, I wish I could make these, too bad my hubs is semi-lactos intolerent. Love your blog!

  29. I made these a few days ago and not only do I love them but my unadventurous/picky husband who doesn’t eat Mexican food loved them! I’m 11 weeks pregnant and can’t stand most food right now so these are a godsend!

  30. @Shannon,
    You can use just plain diced tomatoes, drained of course.

  31. You are too much, but I totally agree with you! ๐Ÿ™‚ These look and sound so good. When you throw the frozen/thawed chicken breasts in the crockpot, do you put any water or broth in there with them or just let them cook by themselves?

  32. @Cardioqueen,
    I usually put some water in there (broth would be good too) but last time I threw them in there frozen with no water and they came out perfectly moist!

  33. Ok so I have to know what are your favorite brands of shampoo and conditioner? I am always on the search for hair products that will change my life and it sounds like you might know a thing or two about this so tell me your favorites! Thanks!


  34. @Rachel,
    Haha! I have to admit that most of them are cheap shampoos and conditioners which is probably why I still have them lingering there. I love Pantene Pro-v as cheap options. I use Biolage smoothing shampoo and conditioner to help tame my frizzy hair. I also love Bumble and Bumble Coco but it’s really expensive…

  35. I made these enchiladas last night and they were delish! Since it’s just two of us we had plenty of leftovers (which we’ll eat again for dinner tonight!) I topped mine with hot salsa before baking and then served with sour cream on the side.

  36. what kind of black beans do you use? its hard finding one in a can with low sodium and healthy >_<