Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This slow-cooker pasta packed with Mexican-inspired flavors is cheesy, easy and sure to have everyone asking for seconds every time you make it.

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This slow-cooker pasta packed with Mexican-inspired flavors is cheesy, easy, and sure to have everyone asking for seconds every time you make it.

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

This slow-cooker pasta packed with Mexican-inspired flavors is cheesy, easy and sure to have everyone asking for seconds every time you make it.

  • 1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 package (0.85 oz) Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed, softened
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 8 oz cavatappi pasta, cooked and drained as directed on package (about 3 cups)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, if desired
  1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix enchilada sauce, taco seasoning mix and chicken until chicken is coated.

  2. Add onion, garlic, tomatoes and green chiles to slow cooker; mix well. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 3 1/2 hours or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165°F).

  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker, and transfer to cutting board; let stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, stir cream cheese and Cheddar cheese into slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir thoroughly to incorporate.

  4. Meanwhile, shred chicken with 2 forks; return to slow cooker, and stir in cooked pasta. Cover; cook on High heat setting 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Cavatappi pasta is available in the pasta aisle of the grocery store. For a similar substitute, try penne or rotini pasta, which also are great for soaking up that delicious enchilada-flavored sauce.
  • Old El Paso™ enchilada sauce also comes in a hot variety, for those who prefer more spicy heat.
     

 

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