Chicken Tortilla Casserole

This Chicken Tortilla Casserole has earned the glowing endorsement of one of the most important food critics of our time: a toddler.

Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Family favorite! Layers of cheese, chicken, and tortillas, baked in a southwest tomato sauce. Freezer-friendly and healthy! @wellplated

This post is sponsored by Tabasco.

Layers of juicy shredded chicken, stretchy cheese, fluffy corn tortillas, and a flavorful Tex-Mex-spiced tomato sauce, all stacked together then baked to gooey perfection, this Chicken Tortilla Casserole was awarded second-helpings status by my friend’s 20-month-old little girl. I brought it over to her house for dinner, and the little lady ate her entire serving, then requested “Erin make” (toddler-speak for “what Erin made”) for lunch the next day.

My friend loved the recipe so much, she asked me for the recipe, then made a double batch, one for her family and one for a neighborhood food swap.

Forget the Michelin stars. The endorsement of a toddler and her parents is all the culinary accolades I need to know that this Chicken Tortilla Casserole is a keeper.

Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Even my toddler loved it! Perfect for busy weeknights. Would make a great freezer meal too. @wellplated

Part Mexican lasagna, part chicken enchilada, this Chicken Tortilla Casserole is entirely attainable on a busy weeknight. I love that it’s simple enough for even a novice of chef to prepare with success, yet it has the comforting, from-scratch taste of a real, homemade meal.

To give the Chicken Tortilla Casserole loads of Mexican flavor, I added Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce. I was introduced to “the green” in April, when I visited Tabasco’s headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana. I’ve been a sincere fan of the company since, both for its products and for the company’s family history and integrity. (You can read all about my trip and get a tasty recipe for Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers here.)

Easy Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Layers of cheese, juicy chicken, and corn tortillas, baked to gooey perfection. @wellplated

The jalapeno sauce is perfect for this Chicken Tortilla Casserole because, although it is very flavorful, it’s relatively mild. A few quick dashes immediately increase the flavor complexity of the dish, without adding too much heat.

Healthy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Layers of cheese, chicken, and tortillas. Easy, cheesy, and healthy! @wellplated

If you are looking for an easy-to-make, healthy, and/or freezer friendly recipe that every member of your family, big and small, can enjoy, this Chicken Tortilla Casserole is for you. If you try it, I’d love to know what you and your family think too!

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Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Family favorite! Layers of cheese, chicken, and tortillas, baked in a southwest tomato sauce. Freezer-friendly and healthy.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, cored and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Tabasco Jalapeno Sauce, plus additional for serving
  • 18 small corn tortillas
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Optional, for serving: salsa, sliced avocados, lime juice, plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream), chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9×13-inch casserole dish with baking spray. If needed, cook and shred chicken according to these easy steps.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium high, then add the onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and jalapeno. Saute until the veggies are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock, and Tabasco Jalapeno sauce, then stir to combine. Let the sauce simmer for 12 minutes.
  3. Assemble the casserole: Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange 6 tortillas on top so that they cover the sauce, overlapping as needed. Top with 1/3 of the chicken, 1/2 cup of the cheese, then 1/3 of the remaining sauce. Repeat the process twice more, sprinkling the last 1/2 cup of the cheese over the top.
  4. Cover then pan with foil, then bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil, return the pan to the oven, then bake for 10 additional minutes, until the casserole is hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve hot with desired toppings.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months. If freezing baked, let thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat, covered, in the oven.
  • Entire casserole can be prepped in advance and frozen unbaked, tightly sealed, for up to 4 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat in the oven, covered with foil.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 6)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 485
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg
  • Sodium: 1253mg
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Protein: 37g

If you like this Chicken Tortilla Casserole, don’t miss these other tasty, healthy casserole recipes:

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. A lightened up version of the classic casserole recipe.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

An easy and healthy chicken dinner: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash and Cranberries. Crowd pleasing and gluten free!

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash

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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

26 comments

  1. Toddler approved? Hooray! I can see why — it looks amazing!

  2. This looks awesome!! Can’t wait to make for family

  3. This is my kind of food for sure! Love a cozy casserole dish!

  4. It looks fantastic.  Unfortunately way too many ingredients.  Looking forward to all your future recipes.  Thank you for the smiles you share.

  5. hey girl this looks amazing!

  6. This morning we had your crockpot pumpkin oatmeal, for dinner we’re having your buffalo chicken sweet potatoes, and now you share this delicious looking casserole?! Your recipes are going to become the only ones my roommates and I make! Keep doing your thing, because you’re rocking it!

  7. This casserole looks super hearty and delicious- reminds me of my favorite taco pie my aunt used to make :)

  8. Erin, this lovely recipe caught my eye!! Love all the ingredients!!!! 

  9. This looks great. I’ll have to pick up some Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce.

  10. That is a really creative and well thought out dish! like how have a bit of a theme going on there as well (:

  11. I have a feeling this might be a new family favorite. Simply delicious– and I mean, where there’s chicken and cheese there is happiness, am I right!? Love this!

  12. You are so right. I would take a toddler star over a michelin star ANY day. This looks like it would definitely fit the bill! :)

  13. I have this in the oven right now and planned to freeze it!  Then, I started thinking…Should you bake first, then freeze?  Or just prepare, freeze, then bake once thawed overnight?  Or, does it really matter?
    Thanks Erin!  Love all your great recipes!

  14. When do we add the Tabasco sauce? The recipe doesn’t say. Excited to make this; it looks great!

    • Hi Rose! The Tabasco sauce gets added along with the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Thanks for letting me know about that omission. I’ve updated the post, so it should be clear now. I hope you love the recipe!

  15. Dang, this looks so lish! And perrrrfect for a cold fall night, maybe with a glass of red wine. Pinned, and thanks! –G

  16. Made this this tonight. So good. I cut the recipe in half for my family of three except I kept the onion, bell pepper and jalapeño the same. We loved it!! Thanks

    Rating: 4
    • Thanks so much, Kendall! I’m glad your family enjoyed it. I really appreciate your taking the time to leave this nice review!

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