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The Best Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

This easy Instant Pot enchilada casserole is perfectly layered and feeds a family. Use shredded chicken or beef. This is one of those recipes that everyone will ask for again and again!

Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I can’t take all of the credit for this Instant Pot enchilada casserole recipe . . . actually I can’t take any of the credit.

These delicious Instant Pot enchiladas were a labor of love crafted by my mother and aunt as I watched in the kitchen.

They were determined to find that perfect enchilada recipe that could feed a large group of people AND was appropriately layered like an enchilada casserole you’d make in the oven. And they did it!

To back up a little bit, chicken enchiladas are my favorite dish of all time.

When we were young, we’d get to choose the meal that we wanted our mom to make for our birthday dinner – and I would always pick enchilada casserole.

Chicken enchilada casserole, to be exact. It really never varied. And my mom always obliged because enchiladas were one of those recipes that fed our whole family (7 people!) without complaint. Everyone liked them.

Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

With our acquisition of Instant Pot, we’ve been converting all of our favorite recipes so that they can be cooked in this amazing machine.

Instant Pot enchilada casserole was the first order of business, given that it’s a favorite of mine – and who doesn’t love enchilada casserole?

It’s still that one dish that everyone in our family loves. The night we made this casserole, it fed six people with a few of them going back for seconds – and there were leftovers still.

The secret to this recipe is making sure there is enough liquid at the bottom of your pressure cooker so you don’t get that fateful error message. That liquid is also the reason this recipe is just so dang good!

Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

Why Cook Enchilada Casserole in the Instant Pot

I think it’s important to mention this given that you can cook enchiladas in the oven (like you’ve probably done a million times before). So why do it in the Instant Pot? There are two big reasons.

First, I really prefer the shredded meat of this Instant Pot Enchilada casserole to the chunks that were in the recipe when I was a child.

It’s SO easy to shred meat with the Instant Pot, and then you’ll cook the enchilada casserole in the same vessel (no need to wash your pot unless you burned something).

Second, the real benefit of this Instant Pot enchilada casserole recipe is that the leftovers don’t dry up. The chicken (or beef) stays moist when you cook it initially, and the leftovers are that much more delicious because of it. In fact, I *may* like this recipe best the second time around. I’m still deciding!

Can I Use Chicken or Beef?

You can use either chicken or beef for this recipe. If you use chicken, you’ll want my Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe. This shredded chicken can be used for a variety of dishes; it’s one that you’re going to use again and again.

If you use beef, you’ll want to get a chuck roast. Any size will do; you’ll use about 1.25 lb of the meat and you can just save the leftovers. You’ll press “Sauté” and then brown the meat on both sides for about 3 – 4 minutes.

Drain any oil and place the meat back into your pressure cooker. Add 1 cup of water and press “Pressure Cook.” Leave for about 35 minutes for a 1.25 lb piece.

If the chuck roast is larger, you may go up in time. Two lb takes about 45 minutes to cook and 3 lb, 60 minutes.

Whether you use chicken or beef, remember that you’ll want to save the liquid that comes off of the meat for the recipe. Don’t toss it.

Now onto the Instant Pot enchilada recipe!

Layered Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb chicken breasts or chuck roast, shredded (here’s my Instant Pot shredded chicken recipe)
  • Reserve liquid from shredding your meat
  • 5 medium size corn tortillas, cut in half
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mixture
  • 1 10 oz can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 2 10 oz cans red enchilada sauce
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chiles
  • 1 large can sliced black olives (optional; delete if you don’t like olives)
  • Toppings as desired: sour cream, thinly sliced red radish, chopped cilantro, chopped green onion

Directions

Pour the can of Ro*tel into your pressure cooker. Add the saved reserve liquid (if needed) to cover the bottom of the pot to a depth of approximately 1/2”.

Add 1/4 of the shredded meat, spreading across the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Cover the meat with 1/3 of the sliced onion.

Pour 1/2 of one can of red enchilada sauce on top of the onions and meat.

Spread 1 can of the diced chiles and half of the sliced black olives on top (if desired).

Place 3 halves of tortillas on top to cover everything.

Repeat layering as above, ending with tortillas

Create one more layer with the last third of the meat, onion, enchilada sauce and 1 cup of shredded cheese.

Cover with remaining tortilla halves. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top followed by the remainder of the shredded cheese.

Close the lid and set to Rice (Auto) for 25 minutes.

Release the pressure (either quick or natural) and remove the lid. Let cool and dive in!

This is what you’ll find when the lid opens. YUM.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
Yield: 6 people

Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

Instant Pot Enchilada Casserole

This easy Instant Pot enchilada casserole is perfectly layered and feeds a family. Use shredded chicken or beef. This is one of those recipes that everyone will ask for again and again!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb chicken breasts or chuck roast, shredded
  • Reserve liquid from shredding your meat
  • 5 medium size corn tortillas, cut in half
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Style cheese
  • 1 10 oz can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 yellow onion, (thinly sliced)
  • 2 10 oz cans red enchilada sauce
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chiles
  • 1 can sliced black olives , optional
  • Toppings of your choice

Instructions

  1. Pour the can of Ro*tel into your pressure cooker. Add the saved reserve liquid (if needed) to cover the bottom of the pot to a depth of approximately 1/2”.
  2. Add 1/4 of the shredded meat, spreading across the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  3. Cover the meat with 1/3 of the sliced onion.
  4. Pour 1/2 of one can of red enchilada sauce on top of the onions and meat.
  5. Spread 1 can of the diced chiles and half of the sliced black olives on top (if desired).
  6. Place 3 halves of tortillas on top to cover everything.
  7. Repeat layering as above, ending with tortillas.
  8. Create one more layer with the last third of the meat, onion, enchilada sauce and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  9. Cover with remaining tortilla halves. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top followed by the remainder of the shredded cheese.
  10. Close the lid and set to Rice (Auto) for 25 minutes.
  11. Release the pressure (either quick or natural) and remove the lid. Let cool before serving.

Notes

Note: Nutrition facts calculated using chicken breast, which is what I used. If you use beef, you'll need to re-calculate your nutrition facts.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 1252mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 52g

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Have you ever tried pressure cooker enchiladas? If you try these in your Instant Pot, I’d love to know in the comments!

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Liz

Sunday 12th of May 2019

Good flavor, but mine came out soupy. I think doubling up on the corner tortillas would be good.

Chris

Monday 14th of January 2019

Is the rice setting high pressure or low. My ULTRA defaults for low for rice, but doesn't let me change the time.

Tiffany

Thursday 9th of August 2018

I am new to Instant Pot cooking. I can’t seem to change the cook time when it’s on “rice”! I only see 8, 12, and 15 minutes when I push the rice button. Any tips?

Beverly Boytim

Sunday 20th of January 2019

Mine too! I am worried about it but I’m guessing manual for 25 minutes.... but rice is also low pressure so I’ll do low pressure 25 minutes and see what happens!

Amy

Friday 31st of August 2018

Hi Tiffany! If you are unable to adjust, just go ahead and do the manual button and set the time. I think different units have different settings!

Susan

Thursday 21st of June 2018

Best recipe I've seen on Internet... many flavors. Because I was working off my phone, I missed the: add cheese to the last layer. I put it on top with cilantro and scallions. I think it will be ok. Let me know if you develop an Instant Pot version of nopales with tomatoes, onions, garlic, chiles and pork riblets.

Karen Howells

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

Such an easy one pot meal! I also tried it substituting refried beans for the tortillas, and then I heated the tortillas in the microwave and let guests put the mixture in the instant pot into the warm tortilla, like making a taco. Some of my guests liked putting the cooked mixture without the tortillas into a bowl and ate it with tortilla chips. It is super versatile for sure!