Chicken Enchilada Bean Dip | Ambitious Kitchen


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Fall is here, which means it’s the start of football season (lucky for Tony) and the start of game day snack season (lucky for the rest of us!) Earlier this year I shared this incredible vegetarian white bean buffalo dip and AK readers fell in LOVE with it just like we did.

We’re taking a little break from buffalo flavors and mixing in something near and dear to my heart: enchiladas. That’s right, I bring you an enchilada bean dip that’s bubbly, hot, cheesy, and packed with out-of-this-world flavor. I mixed in some shredded chicken for good measure and because the crowd loves chicken dip, but you can easily leave it out.

Basically, if you’re a fan of any of my enchilada recipes you’re going to absolutely crave this chicken enchilada dip. I’ve included ways to make it spicy (you know how I do) and even ways to serve it so that you can eat it for dinner. Meal prep enchilada bean dip? Yes, please.

chicken enchilada dip in a skillet with a spoon

What you’ll need to make this enchilada bean dip

This wonderful chicken bean enchilada dip is, of course, made with plenty of cheesy goodness, but it’s also filled with protein thanks to two types of beans, chicken and yogurt. So delicious and satisfying. Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:

  • For the dip: the base of the dip is made with black beans, cream cheese, whole milk yogurt and red enchilada sauce. Try my homemade enchilada sauce recipe!
  • For the mix-ins: you’ll also be stirring in pinto beans, cooked, shredded chicken, corn, green onion, a jalapeño, and some shredded Mexican cheese.
  • To garnish: top the dip off with fresh cilantro and some more green onion.
  • For serving: gotta serve this dip up with your fav tortilla chips! See below for even more delicious ways to enjoy the dip.

ingredients for enchilada bean dip in a food processor

Customize this chicken enchilada dip

There are plenty of ways to customize this delicious enchilada dip to make it your own. Here’s what we can suggest for ingredients swaps:

  • Choose the beans. Feel free to use two cans of black beans instead of pinto beans.
  • Swap the yogurt. You can also use sour cream to get that creamy consistency.
  • Add a kick of heat. Try a spicy red enchilada sauce, your fav spicy cheese, or even leave the seeds in your jalapeño!
  • Keep it grain free. Simply leave out the corn.

the base of enchilada bean dip in a food processor with a spoon

The best ways to shred chicken

Don’t worry, we’ve made it super easy for you to add shredded chicken to this chicken bean enchilada dip. Start by using one of these methods for cooking perfect chicken, then try any of these methods for shredding it! You’ll stir the chicken right into the dip.

Can I make it vegetarian?

Absolutely! Simply omit the chicken and you’ll have an incredible, vegetarian enchilada bean dip. You can also try our famous Vegetarian Three Cheese White Bean Buffalo Dip. SO GOOD.

ingredients for chicken enchilada dip in a skillet

Bubbly hot chicken enchilada dip in 4 steps

  1. Prep your pan. Start by greasing a 9 inch skillet or 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Blend the base. Add black beans, cream cheese, yogurt and enchilada to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour this into your pan.
  3. Add the mix-ins. Evenly stir in the pinto beans, shredded chicken, corn, about half of the cheese, green onions & jalapeño. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake it up.
  4. Serve & devour. Once the cheese is bubbling and slightly golden on the edges, remove the dip from the oven, garnish with greens, serve and devour!

cheesy chicken enchilada dip in a skillet

Make it ahead of time

Planning for a potluck or party? You can easily make this cheesy chicken bean enchilada dip ahead of time!

  1. Mix all ingredients together in the pan as directed and cover with cheese.
  2. Place foil over the top of the pan, then place in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.
  3. Bake when you’re ready! You may need to add 5-10 extra minutes of baking time, but the enchilada bean dip will still be delicious! This dip can be prepared up to 2-3 days ahead of time. Perfect for game day!

cheesy enchilada bean dip in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Delicious ways to serve this dip

This enchilada bean dip is, of course, incredible with your fav tortilla chips, but we LOVE serving it with:

dipping a chip into chicken enchilada bean dip

More dips you’ll love

Get all of our delicious dips & salsas here!

I hope you love this incredible chicken enchilada bean dip recipe! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Bubbly Hot Chicken Enchilada Bean Dip

Bubbly hot, cheesy enchilada bean dip made with two types of beans, shredded chicken and your fav enchilada sauce for an amazing appetizer. This easy chicken enchilada dip is packed with protein and delicious with tortilla chips, on burritos, or even served over rice! Easily customize it to add a kick of heat or make it vegetarian.

  • For the dip:
  • 1
    (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4
    cream cheese
  • ½
    plain whole milk yogurt (or sub sour cream)
  • 1
    (15 ounce) can red enchilada sauce (mild or medium)
  • For the mix-ins:
  • 1
    (15 ounce) can pinto bean (or black beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½
    shredded chicken
  • ¾
    corn (canned or thawed is fine!)
  • 1/3
    diced green onion
  • 1
    jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 ¾
    shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • To garnish:
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Extra green onion
  • For serving:
  • Tortilla chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 inch oven safe skillet or 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender, add in 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans, cream cheese, greek yogurt and enchilada sauce; process/blend until smooth. Pour it into the prepared skillet or pan.

  3. Gently stir in the remaining can of rinsed and drained pinto (or black) beans, shredded chicken, corn, ¾ cup shredded cheese (reserve remaining 1 cup for topping), green onions and diced jalapeno; spread evenly. Add remaining 1 cup shredded cheese on top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and slightly golden brown along the edges. Garnish with cilantro and extra green onion. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, pita chips, or tortillas for an easy DIY burrito night! Can also serve over rice, cauliflower rice or even quinoa. Enjoy.

To make vegetarian: simply leave out the shredded chicken.

For a spicy version: use your favorite spicy shredded cheese or a HOT enchilada sauce.


Servings: 10 people

Serving size: 1 serving (based on 10)

Calories: 268kcal

Fat: 13.7g

Saturated fat: 6.8g

Carbohydrates: 21.5g

Fiber: 5.8g

Sugar: 3.1g

Protein: 15.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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