Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

I may have mentioned here before, a time or five, that I love college football. And I’d be lying if I said a small part of that wasn’t because of Saturdays spent watching games on TV while munching on a menu of scrumptious, tailgate-friendly foods.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}Why yes, I think this dip falls quite nicely into the tailgate-friendly category, wouldn’t you agree?

A couple weekends ago, on the first Saturday of college football, my boys were up and at ’em early, excited to watch our favorite team play at noon. We may or may not have allowed them to have a blanket picnic breakfast in front of the TV to watch the start of this season’s first College Game Day on ESPN. And then, by the time our Aggies played, it was lunchtime, so our whole family may have eaten in front of the TV yet again.

FootballBoys_450pxHaving the television on during meals is not a common occurrence around here. But in Texas, where football is king, many of us view the first Saturday of college football as a special occasion. My boys are already totally into football season, but we have yet to see if our daughter will share the same enthusiasm. I’m thinking she’s got potential though…

FootballGirl_450pxNow I realize that not all of y’all love football like we do at my house. But I think we can all agree that this Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip makes a fabulous appetizer or munchy, whether you’re tailgating, hosting a party, or contributing to a potluck.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}This dip is creamy and cheesy and just plain good. As the name implies, it’s like enchiladas in appetizer form. The chicken makes it hearty, the cream cheese gives it a bit of decadence, and while it has a little zing from the green chiles, it’s in no way spicy. Of course, if you want to kick up the spice factor, you could always throw in some diced jalapeรฑos as well.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}Yum, yum, yum. Given its nod to Mexican cuisine, this enchilada dip obviously goes great with tortilla chips, but it’s also good with crackers (think Wheat Thins), or — if you’re looking to balance out the cheese — you could even use raw veggies as dippers. And if you did, you would be a better influence than I.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}I discovered this recipe about ten years ago and used to make it all the time, but I’d actually forgotten about it until last weekend when I was looking for appetizer inspiration for college football Saturday. I opened the fridge to some leftover shredded chicken and half a block of cream cheese and, like a bolt from the blue, I remembered this recipe. Due to my cream cheese shortage, I decided to make a half recipe. I figured that would be enough anyway, between my husband and I and our young children. Ummm…wrong. We scarfed it down in no time. At least I got a head start on the rest of my family, taking a “sample bite” for my blog photos before I let everyone else loose on it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}So save yourself an enchilada dip deficit and take my word for it…you’ll want to make a full recipe. And one more thing…you’ll want to make it soon. This dip is a little bit different and a whole lot delicious, and in all the times I’ve made it, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it and/or request the recipe.

Happy football season, y’all!

(Oh, and gig ’em, Aggies!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

This creamy, cheesy dip is reminiscent of chicken enchiladas, with a bit of zing from the green chiles.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican, Colby Jack, or cheddar), divided
  • 7 ounce can chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken, finely diced (equivalent to approximately 1 chicken breast)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in 1 cup of the shredded cheese, green chiles, seasonings, and chicken. Beat until well blended. Spread into a 9-inch pie plate. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Check after 20 minutes and, if top is browning too quickly, cover with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking time.
  4. Serve hot with tortilla chips, crackers, or raw veggies.


Feel free to use leftover chicken in this recipe -- chopped rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken from tacos both work great.

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Be sure to check out another one of our favorite, tried & true tailgating snacks…fresh Texas Salsa!

Texas Salsa | {Five Heart Home}And for even more amazing football-watching grub, check out this post!

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  1. Sounds good! I love a good dip for game day:)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Me too, Shannon! I’ve always believed that watching football and munching on good food go hand-in-hand… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh our teens in our youth group would love this! Pinning!

  3. I’m SO happy FB season is back!! This dip looks like the perfect thing to snack on while cheering for the IRISH! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for coming by Wake up Wednesdays!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Meghan…I’ve always liked the Irish! I’ll even cheer for them as long as they’re not playing my Aggies… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy football season! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. football food is the BEST! thanks for linking to wake up wednesdays

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Isn’t it?! So many munchies to make, so little time… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the comment, Heather!

  5. Hi Samantha! Oh my gosh this dip looks soooooo delicious! I love dips and haven’t tried one like this. I can see this being such a hit with everyone. I’ve pinned and thank you for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you very much for the sweet comment and the pin, Helen! I hope you love this dip if you end up trying it! I’m so glad you stopped by… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Okay, I hate to admit that I am not a football fan but hopefully I can redeem myself by saying that I flat out ADORE tailgating food! I think it’s because one of the requirements seems to be “Smother In Cheese,” which I can totally get behind ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Believe me, Amy…I totally get it. For some reason, I love football, but I can’t really get into watching baseball, basketball, etc. But you’re so right about the universal appeal of tailgating food! Maybe if basketball viewing went hand-in-hand with eating cheesy dip, I might enjoy it more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This looks amazing! Our family is more into the NFL, but this dip will be great for our all day football Sundays!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Katrina! NFL or college football, this dip is totally nondiscriminatory and would be delicious watching either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope your family enjoys it…I appreciate you stopping by!

  8. Debbie Caraballo says:

    Hiya Samantha!
    So glad to find your blog :). This dip is right up my tree…just signed up to follow you by email, and will definitely like you on FB too….and from one Texan to another…GIG ‘EM!!!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Debbie…I am excited to have you as a subscriber and FB friend! And I very much appreciate your Gig ‘Em…I think the Aggies can use every little bit of extra support tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend…hopefully Texas cools down for us sooner than later!

  9. Looks great! I was just invited to a party and asked to bring an appetizer…this looks like it will do just fine ๐Ÿ™‚ Stopping by from the I should be mopping the floor link party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Kimberly…I hope it’s a hit at your party! I appreciate you stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This sounds delicious! I have pinned it and don’t think I am even going to wait for the next party to try it. Next time we have left over chicken, we can have this:)


    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Nicole! You are so right…leftover chicken is a perfect reason to celebrate with this dip! Hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This looks amazing!! I love it!!
    I would love to invite you to link it up at our new party Lovely Ladies Linky where you link up once and get seen on 6 blogs!!
    Link up starts Wednesdays!
    Hope to see you there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Parrish @ Life With The Crust Cut Off

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for the invite, Parrish! I’ve added it to my link party list to check out next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. What a delicious dip…..and adorable kids! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend. I am pinning to our party board, and we hope to see you again on Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Lisa! I really appreciate your sweet comment and the pin. I’ll definitely be back on Friday!

  13. Congrats! This yummy recipe is being featured at Weekend Potluck’s party this week. Thanks so much for sharing. Please come back soon….and come on over and check out your feature and the party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I really appreciate you coming over and letting me know…what an honor! I’ve already linked up to this week’s party. Thanks for hosting every week…happy Friday!

  14. Wow, this looks REALLY good! I love a good dip! Pinned to my Sat. Dishes board.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Paula…it’s one of our favorites! I appreciate you stopping by and pinning. Have a great weekend!


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