Satisfying, comforting, and full of savory flavors, this Mexican chicken casserole is the quick and easy, family-friendly, one-pot meal you need for busy days. Layers of juicy shredded chicken, crunchy crushed tortilla chips, savory black beans, and rich roasted tomatoes, tied together with deliciously melty cheese. It’s a total crowd pleaser!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- 6 layers of delicious ingredients mean 6 layers of deliciousness. You’ve got crispy tortilla chips, juicy shredded chicken mixed with black beans and corn, and melty Mexican cheese, all packed together into an easy casserole that everyone at the table will enjoy.
- This is a great way to use up any leftover chicken, especially any leftover Mexican chicken. You could also ground beef instead of chicken for more of a taco casserole if you want. Either way, it’s a total meal in just one dish – protein, veggies, fats, carbs. You can even top it off with sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños, queso, or cilantro!
- A lot of Mexican casserole recipes call for rice, but we’re skipping it this time and opting for crispy, crunchy, crushed tortilla chips instead. I love the texture contrast between the chips and the chicken & bean mixture. It’s like nachos, but in casserole form. Use whatever tortilla chips you like – traditional, hint of lime, blue corn, tri-color, even nacho cheese or ranch Doritos would work.
- The chicken starts out already cooked and shredded, so you’ll need to prep that first. I mentioned before you can use leftover chicken from another recipe depending on the flavors. You can also pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred it yourself. If you want to cook chicken specifically for your Mexican chicken casserole, I highly recommend either this 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken or Cheryl’s best ever shredded chicken. You can also use chopped chicken instead of shredded if you prefer that texture.
- Let the casserole cool for at least 5 minutes (10 preferred) before serving it. With 6 layers of insulation, the heat from the oven will be really trapped in there. That means it’ll be inedibly hot straight out of the oven. Letting it rest will also give the filling time to set up so it won’t fall apart when you try to serve it.
- Meal preppers and expectant people rejoice – this Mexican chicken casserole is a great freezer-meal option. Just prepare the casserole as instructed, stopping right before you’re supposed to put the baking dish in the oven. Instead, cover the dish with a lid or with plastic wrap, then pop the casserole in the freezer. It’ll keep up to a month! Just let it defrost in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to eat it, then cook it at 350° Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes.
Other Delicious Casseroles You Should Try
- Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
- Easy, Cheesy Mexican Rice Casserole
- Cheesy Italian Sausage & Bell Pepper Casserole (Low Carb, Keto)
- Philly Cheesesteak Casserole
- Mexican Chicken and Rice Bake
- Cheesy King Ranch Casserole
- Eggs Benedict Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 15-ounce can black beans drained, rinsed
- 1 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 15.25-ounce can corn kernels drained
- 1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
- 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 3 cups crushed tortilla chips divided; any brand, any flavor
- 2 cups freshly shredded Mexican cheese blend divided
- chopped fresh cilantro optional, for serving
- sour cream optional, for serving
- 9×13 baking dish
- Cooking spray
- Large bowl
- rubber or silicone spatula
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly grease baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In large bowl, stir together shredded chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes, corn kernels, green chilies, salt, garlic powder, and cumin until ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
- Line bottom of greased baking dish with 1 ½ cups crushed tortilla chips, spreading chips out to cover entire dish in one even layer. Top tortilla chips with half of shredded chicken mixture, spreading mixture out in one even layer. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese over top of chicken mixture. Repeat chips, chicken, and cheese layers until all ingredients have been added to baking dish.
- Place baking dish in preheated oven. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove baking dish from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Once casserole has cooled slightly, divide into servings and serve warm with chopped cilantro and sour cream if desired.
- Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten-free tortilla chips and double check that your other ingredients don’t contain any hidden gluten.
- Make it Dairy Free: Use dairy free cheese, or skip the cheese entirely.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
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