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Chicken Mole Enchiladas

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Chicken Mole Enchiladas are dinner dreams come true! This spin on traditional chicken enchiladas is made special with a rich, decadent mole sauce that smothers the enchiladas and gives them a fantastic flavor.

Using our homemade mole sauce recipe and cooked chicken, these chicken mole enchiladas are ready for the oven in only 20 minutes!

Mole enchiladas in a baking dish.

We use our authentic mole sauce, also called “mole poblano” or “mole Rojo,” which is incredibly delicious and versatile! It is worth making in large batches since you can freeze what you don’t need for later use.

Mole sauce goes with so many things, and these chicken mole enchiladas are one of our favorite ways to enjoy it! They are packed with seasoned chicken, black beans, and cheese. Mole sauce, avocado slices (or guacamole sauce), and fresh cilantro give the dish a spectacular finish.

Why this Chicken Mole Enchiladas Recipe Works

  • quick and easy to prepare (using pre-cooked chicken and already-made mole sauce)
  • simple to make gluten-free (swap the bread in the mole sauce recipe for gf bread)
  • packed with flavor
  • a comfort dish that everyone will gather around and enjoy

If you love this recipe, you will enjoy our tamales and steak ranchero.

A plate with four chicken mole enchiladas and a sliced avocado.

The Ingredients

For these yummy enchiladas, you will need the following ingredients:

  • mole sauce. Homemade or storebought
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • black beans. Use canned beans or cook dried black beans in the Instant Pot.
  • cumin powder and oregano
  • salt
  • cooked and chopped chicken
  • cheese. We used Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese.
  • flour or corn tortillas

You could substitute the black beans for pinto beans and if you feel inspired, try making homemade Kamut tortillas. You can even use our sweet potato flatbread for the tortilla shells which are also delicious in a tortilla casserole or shrimp tacos.

How to Make Chicken Mole Enchiladas

One of the best things about this chicken mole enchiladas recipe is that it comes together fairly easily and quickly when the chicken is already cooked and you have a batch of our mole sauce on hand.

It’s very similar to a traditional chicken enchiladas recipe, but instead of red or green sauce, we’re smothering these tasty enchiladas in authentic mole sauce!

Here is a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Prepare the filling. Place the filling close by so you can assemble the enchiladas quickly.
  2. Assemble the enchiladas: Add some mole sauce to a tortilla then add a scoop of filling. Roll it up and place in the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  3. Bake: Pour the rest of the mole enchiladas sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle them with cheese. Bake until the cheese is bubbly on top. Before serving, top with your favorite garnishes and toppings of choice, like fresh cilantro, avocado or cotija cheese.

Serve these mole enchiladas with a simple wedge salad and some Spanish rice or make some healthy sprouted brown rice. Finish the meal with a chocoflan cake or flan Napolitano.

? More Chicken Dinner Recipes

Chicken is always a great choice for dinner. Whether you’re looking for a classic roasted chicken with veggies or something more adventurous like Moroccan chicken stew, we’ve got you covered. From a comforting chicken tortilla casserole to a whole smoked chicken, these delicious dinners will satisfy everyone at the table.

A fork on a plate with chicken mole enchiladas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mole the same as enchilada sauce?

Mole sauce is an entirely different type of sauce, made with an assortment of ingredients! While enchilada sauce is usually made from tomato sauce or pepper varieties (or both), mole sauce has a deeply rich, nutty, chocolate-y, mildly spicy flavor that is truly unique.

What does mole enchilada sauce taste like?

Mole sauce is made with a combination of chiles, fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, spices, and even chocolate, and has a deep, earth-y, smoky flavor with hints of spice, chiles, and aromatics.

What goes well with mole sauce?

Everything! Enjoy it with vegetables, meat, seafood, eggs, etc. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, mole sauce is super versatile and can be enjoyed with any Mexican-inspired dish.

A baking dish filled with mole enchiladas.

Our chicken mole enchiladas recipe makes one epic meal! Prepare it for a special occasion family dinner or tuck into this dish any night of the week. It’s a delicious and easy way to enjoy authentic mole sauce. These enchiladas might just become your new favorite!

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A plate with four chicken mole enchiladas and a sliced avocado.

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

These chicken mole enchiladas are packed with seasoned chicken, black beans, and cheese. A rich, decadent mole sauce smothers them and gives the enchiladas a fantastic flavor.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 enchiladas
Calories: 679kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


  • 3 cups mole sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
  • 1-½ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 tortillas flour, or corn
  • 10 tortillas


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spread 1 cup of the mole sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 to 40 seconds..
  • Remove from the heat and add the black beans, cumin, oregano, and salt. Toss to combine then stir in the cooked chicken.
  • In a medium-size bowl combine the Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. Reserve one cup of shredded cheese and mix the remainder of the cheese into the chicken mixture. Toss to combine well.
  • Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of mole sauce on one side of each tortilla. Place 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place in the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. 
  • Pour the remainder of the mole sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. 
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly on top.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1130mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

This looks wonderful! Love chicken enchiladas, and I'll eat mole sauce on anything (ice cream, anyone? :-) Really delightful recipe -- thanks.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

LOL, thanks John

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