Millennial Grocery Guide 

Easy Chicken Enchiladas


How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (produce first, meat second, then dry goods and finally dairy). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

About Millennial Pantry Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!



From the Pantry

Here's what I'm assuming you have - grab it at the store if you don't!

  • Oil - vegetable, canola, or olive all work fine.
  • Flour - any type will do (all purpose, gluten free, whole wheat, etc.)
  • Salt & pepper


  • Cilantro $ [Optional] You don't necessarily NEED cilantro, but it does offer a nice, fragrant complement to the dish.
  • 1 yellow onion $ Millennial Pantry Staple


  • 3 chicken breasts, diced $$ Millennial Freezer Staple I usually buy a small pack chicken breasts and freeze them in individual portions (for me, that's one breast) with my FoodSaver. If there's a good sale, don't be afraid to buy a larger pack and freeze!

Dry Goods

  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, to taste - $ Found in the international foods aisle, these peppers are the prefect smoky addition to this dish. I store any extra peppers in a plastic baggie (1 per bag) in the freezer for use in future recipes! [Optional] I'm not a fan of spicy food, but these peppers have just the right amount of smokiness to bring the dish together.
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth - $ Millennial Pantry Staple Sometimes I make my own chicken broth (post coming soon!) but normally, I just go with a boxed broth from the store, which I store in the fridge if I don't use all of it. Substitute: Vegetable broth.
  • 1 can black beans - $ Millennial Pantry Staple I buy a standard can (15.5 oz) and vacuum seal the half that I don't use with my FoodSaver. I've yet to make the switch to buying dried beans and cooking them myself, but that would be a more budget-friendly option (1/2 a dollar sign!) Subscribe to the blog for a future post on dried beans and legumes.
  • 1 package tortillas - $ I buy medium-sized flour tortillas, but you can go with anything that will hold your enchiladas together, whether that's a larger tortilla or switching to a corn, whole wheat, or gluten-free tortilla.
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (purchase 1 can) - $ Millennial Pantry Staple Tomato paste freezes perfectly in little baggies!
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground chili powder - $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin - $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder - $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano - $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon - $ Millennial Pantry Staple













  • Sour Cream $ [Optional]
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese $ Millennial Fridge Staple Any kind of shredded cheese you have/like would work.