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

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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

About This Chicken Tortilla Casserole

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 recipe 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.

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

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

5 from 8 votes
Easy Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole. Family favorite! Layers of cheese, chicken, and tortillas, baked in a southwest tomato sauce. Freezer-friendly and healthy.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 6 servings

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 can tomato sauce (28 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Tabasco Jalapeno Sauce plus additional for serving
  • 18 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)
  • Optional for serving: salsa, sliced avocados, lime juice, plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream), chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9x13-inch casserole dish with baking spray. If needed, cook and shred chicken according to these easy steps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 37gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1253mgFiber: 8gSugar: 11g

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  1. Made this tonight and my toddler enjoyed it just as you predicted! I was skeptical about it being too spicy but it surprisingly wasn’t. Great flavor and oh so easy ! The only thing I’d change next time is trimming the tortillas on the very top (last) layer to fit the pan because the edges that weren’t under the sauce were hard to chew. Thanks for a great recipe – excited to try more from your site! 5 stars

  2. I made this and rather than using chicken broth, tomato sauce and tabasco, I just used a jar of mild enchilada sauce. I also omitted the jalapeno since my husband cannot tolerate those well. I also used just a little sharp cheddar rather than MJ cheese. Turned out good! Thank you!5 stars

  3. This was very good.  I omitted the Jalapeno because my kids are sensitive to spice, and didn’t have the green Tabasco suggested, so I used 4T Trader Joe’s salsa verde instead. It was labor/time/ingredient intensive, but I’ll make it again with a different recipe that requires shredded chicken on back to back nights, with leftovers between the two on night 3 to balance out the effort. Next time I plan to add the jalapeño back in, but I’ll also add a can of black beans, and maybe some shredded carrots and chopped spinach to up the veg. 5 stars

  4. I made this the other night and the only change I made to the recipe was using fire roasted diced tomatoes (salsa style w/chilies) because I was out of tomato sauce and this has been asked to be made often! It sparked the conversation that we need a list of meals to NOT forget and a rotation list of what they love! THANK YOU!!5 stars

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