Enchiladas Suizas are enchiladas made with chicken, onions, garlic, mild green chilies and sour cream rolled up in corn tortillas that are covered with a creamy white sauce and topped with grated Swiss cheese before baking.

I love Mexican food! Some of my friends refuse to eat Mexican food because they think it’s too spicy. I’ve tried explaining to no avail that some but certainly not all Mexican food is spicy. I need to make today’s recipe, Enchiladas Suizas, and serve it to them to demonstrate that not all Mexican food is spicy and hot!

The Recipe for Enchiladas Suizas

Enchiladas Suizas
Serves 6
Chicken enchiladas covered with a creamy sauce, topped with Swiss cheese and baked.
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 2-3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, chopped
  5. 1 (4 oz.) can diced mild green chilies
  6. 1/4 cup sour cream
  7. 12 corn tortillas, warmed in the microwave or in a dry skillet over moderate heat
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
  9. 2 tablespoons butter
  10. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  11. 2 cups milk
  12. 4 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  13. 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over moderate heat and saute the onion and garlic until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and saute until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chilies, sour cream, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture down the center of each tortilla, roll up and place seam side down in a greased baking dish.
  5. In the same skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat and stir in the flour. Cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the milk, salt and pepper; whisk until the sauce boils and thickens.
  7. Add the cream cheese, whisking until blended.
  8. Pour over the tortillas, top with grated cheese, and bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven until heated through and bubbly, 40 - 45 minutes.
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One skillet is the only cooking equipment needed to prepare Enchiladas Suizas to go into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish unless you want to warm the corn tortillas in a skillet over moderate heat. You may choose to warm the corn tortillas in the microwave between damp paper towels for 30 seconds or so.

Basically there are 3 steps to preparing Enchilada Suizas. First, prepare the filling by heating olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat. Sauté onion and garlic until tender but not brown. Add the chicken pieces and sauté until thoroughly cooked. Add the green chilies, sour cream, as well as salt and pepper to taste. I added 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak seasoning also, just because I like it! Remove the chicken mixture from the heat.

Secondly, spoon 1/4 cup of the chicken filling down the center of each warmed tortilla, roll it up and place seam side down in a greased baking dish.

Using the same skillet, the third step is to make a white sauce. Melt butter over medium heat, stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes. Add milk, salt and pepper to taste and stir until the sauce boils and thickens. Add the cream cheese and continue to stir until the cream cheese had melted and blended into the sauce. Pour the sauce over the tortillas in the baking dish and top with grated Swiss cheese.

Concluding Thoughts

This cheesy, creamy dish reportedly originated at a Sanborns Café in Mexico City in 1950. It’s name “Swiss Enchiladas” alludes to its use of many dairy products including Swiss cheese. Other versions of this recipe contain tomatillos, serrano chilies and poblano chilies, which would not result in a mild Mexican dish! (If you like spicy, you may wish to try that version!) I prefer Enchiladas Suizas without any chilies except the mild green chilies which produces a comforting, soothing, creamy, cheesy dish!

Try Enchiladas Suizas soon – you may just discover a new “comfort food” to add to your recipe files!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Delightful Enchiladas Suizas in 3 Steps — 26 Comments

  1. This looks delicious. I’m excited to try them, I’ve never used swiss cheese on a Mexican dish but it sounds great! Thanks for sharing at the family joy blog link party this week!

  2. Hi Melissa, I hope you enjoy the Enchiladas Suizas! Feel free to use any cheese you like in this recipe! This dish could definitely be “comfort food” because it’s so soothing. Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. I love enchiladas suizas! I’m of Indian descent and my husband of Mexican descent, some of the world’s best food. I make ethnic dishes milder for our kids when they are little and hubby and i add hot sauce to our plates. Eventually they want to try the spicier version. We’ve got 2 boys liking spicy food, one to go. Thankfully the dishes are still so flavorful even when you eliminate the really hot spice. I hope your friends give it another try.

    Anyway thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup, pinned to our Linkup board.

  4. Hi Tanya, Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to visit! Thanks for pinning this recipe. Thanks also for hosting Small Victories Sunday Link Up! I hope you’re having a good week! Blessings, Janet

  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you?ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. ?Like” someone in person today!

  6. I’ve never heard of this dish before, it looks great! Thank you for sharing it with everyone at Fiesta Friday ?

  7. Hi Marilyn, Thanks for your comments and for hosting Over the Moon Link Party! See you again soon! Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Elaine, Thanks for your nice comments and visit! (My middle name is Elaine, BTW!) Thanks for hosting Fiesta Friday! Blessings, Janet

  9. I love these flavors!
    I would definitely be adding the spice!?
    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday #142!

  10. We will just love your delicious Enchiladas Suizas! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Janet these look fabulous! Sorry it took so long to visit – I’m a tad behind!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

  12. I have some rotisserie chicken in the fridge and I think it needs to be turned into these enchiladas. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! Pinned and shared!

  13. Hi Quinn, I hope you and your family enjoy the Enchiladas Suizas! Thanks for hosting Throwback Thursday! Have a great week! Blessings, Janet

  14. Sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party – pinned – hope to see you Wednesday when the next party starts!

  15. I had never heard of the word Suizas. I love chicken enchiladas and can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Thanks for pinning this recipe and for hosting To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party! I’ll see you Wednesday! Blessings, Janet

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