Slow Cooker Green Chicken Enchiladas

But with ranch. Ranch! Ranch dressing and seasoning. Yes.

And it’s slow cooker. Which you might be thinking, “Why the wonk is she using a slow cooker in MAY?” Because hi, it emits no heat. It’s a secret weapon for me when it comes to warmer-weather grub. However, I use it year round and need zero excuses to do so. But if you need one, there it is.

Let’s peep this chicken biz before I show you the rest, okay?

We’re going with thighs, some corn, red onion, a little ranch seasoning and cumin. And salt. And your blistered soul. I didn’t put any liquid in this because the chicken releases a little and really, that’s all you need. Sound like a plan? Low for eight hours, or high for four. It’s your game!

Then it’s enchilada time.

Oh! To that shredded chicken mix I added chopped cilantro and a good squeeze of fresh lime juice. Nooooow we’re talking.

You’ve all made enchiladas before so I’ll spare you the hand holding. Chicken mix goes in the tortillas and face down in the pan. But here’s where it gets saucy! (ha! oh.) Take those two cans of green enchilada sauce and mix in 1/3 cup of ranch dressing. Your favorite kind. Some good stuff. (I used Litehouse and have always digged it. Dug it? Dugged it?) Now pour a little along the bottom of that casserole dish before you snuggle in the enchis. ‘Atta goil.

Grated Pepperjack goes on top. Lots of it. These are the good things in life.

Heeeeello, lovah.

How you garnish is up to you. I chopped some fresh tomato because I’m obsessed. Some pretty fanned out avocado? Well yes, perfect. Torn cilantro to finish? Absolutely. One more hit of lime over the top to ZING IT UP? You know the answer to this.

The ranch seasoning and dressing won’t wildly change this whole thing. So don’t worry about it being too ranchy. Your inner sorority girl shall remain tamed.

But! It truly does give it all a slight tang that’s just . . . what do the kids say these days? Chef’s slobber? Kiss? Chef’s kiss? Chef’s kiss!

Really though.

You can add some cheese to the innards of the enchiladas of course. Or just top! Either way. Fly, little bird.

Deliciously simple, absurdly tasty, and comforting with a hit of fresh. Just like we like it.

Tell me the last time you had enchiladas. I dare you.

This weeeeek! It’s a must.

Slow Cooker Green Chicken Enchiladas
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  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion
  • 15 oz canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ranch dressing seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 lime
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 (10 oz) cans green enchilada sauce
  • 1/3 cup ranch dressing
  • 8 oz grated pepperjack cheese
  • Chopped tomato, for garnish
  • Avocado slices, for garnish


  1. In a slow cooker, combine the chicken, red onion, corn, cumin, ranch seasoning and a pinch of salt. Flip this on high for four hours, or low for eight. Whatever the day looks like for you. You won’t need liquid (although if adding a splash of chicken stock helps your anxiety, go for it.) as the chicken will release juices. Once it’s cooked, shred it with two forks and add the chopped cilantro and a good squeeze of lime juice. Taste it. Need anything? If you need to add a pinch of salt, totally okay.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375.
  3. Mix the green enchilada sauce with the ranch dressing and pour about a half cup along the bottom of an 8x13 casserole dish. Evenly divide the chicken mix among the tortillas and place them in the pan seam side down. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with grated pepperjack cheese. Slide this into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese and starting to brown and bubble.
  4. Garnish with chopped tomato, avocado, cilantro and extra lime!
  5. Serve immediately. So, so good.
  6. Serves four. (Makes eight enchiladas)

I mean yum.

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8 Responses to Slow Cooker Green Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Kristy May 17, 2022 at 11:10 am #
    Wow!! I love the idea of using ranch dressing and ranch seasoning! So often I see recipes that call for cream of chicken soup and sour cream and I feel that makes the enchilada really heavy. I have been in a cooking rut and I have not gotten excited over recipes until this one popped up on your Instagram feed so I can't wait to try it. My family loves ranch dressing so I know they will love this plus I'm not a fan of the red enchilada sauce so this will be perfect thanks again for your creativity
    • Bev Weidner May 17, 2022 at 1:25 pm #
      Ahhhh you've made my day! I do hope you enjoy it. :)
  2. Liz May 17, 2022 at 12:21 pm #
    Looks amazing!!! Will be slow-cookin this for sure!
  3. Tracy May 17, 2022 at 4:47 pm #
    Perfect for my ranch-loving family! Thx!!
  4. Sabrina May 17, 2022 at 9:40 pm #
    so ranch? got it, nice tweak to my chicken enchiladas, which is just sour cream, by default, so thank you for this version!
  5. Debbie AmysMom Mitchell May 18, 2022 at 1:16 am #
    Replying to your dare: I had enchiladas verdes last night. My FAV. but I would like some tomatillo sauce that’s mild. Any suggestion? And then I will try your mouth-watering recipe!
  6. bell May 21, 2022 at 12:39 pm #
    Such a lovely idea and helping this information thanks sharing this article

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