Sunday, August 5, 2012

Best Loved Mexican Chicken Casserole

Happy Sunday!!!  I love that God has given us a Day of Rest!
Since the last time I talked to y'all, we've had family come and stay with us for a great visit!  Mr. Cozy's parents came and later in the week his brother with his wife and little girl all came to stay with us, and it was such a great time.  I love when family come up, and we get to spend some quality time together around our home or out having fun shopping or exploring new, local restaurants!   We had a great time with them, and always are sad to see loved ones leave.  This recipe is one I made last Sunday for our family and we all loved it!

Here's a dish Mom has made-- and we've always gobbled down-- for most of my life!  A family favorite that's now been passed down to me to share in the making.  So easy, this casserole will satisfy kid's hearty appetite and your Mexican food cravings!  (Don't tell me I'm the only one that gets them...) 

Cheesy and spicy, creamy and a little crunchy, Mexican Chicken Casserole!

It starts with a bottom layer or "crust" of Doritos.  Layered back and forth with a spicy, creamy chicken mixture with a thick cheesy layer over the top.  Mom had the idea to make it prettier and more delicious by adding sliced tomatoes and peppers or black olives on the very top before baking.  I think it makes the casserole a little more appealing to the eyes! (Not like cheese isn't enough!)  My husband love to crush extra chips over the top for an even crunchier bite, so I think I might try to bake it that way the next time.  An extra layer of crunchy chips, every now and then, never hurt anybody!

I never said this was a healthy recipe, because it's not.  It's delicious and filling, and I think eating things like this from time to time is okay in moderation.  We've always used fat free canned soups and many times will serve this with salad.  Reduce the amount of cheese or use baked tortilla chips if you want to make it even better for you, but please don't cut out any of the ingredients for the delicious taste you want!!

This is one of my very favorite casseroles and meals for a comfort food night. I suggest serving it with sour cream and salsa or homemade guacamole along side cooked-down black beans, and you have a restaurant quality meal that's easy and so delicious for your family!

Mexican Chicken Casserole
Serves 6-8

6 Chicken Breasts, boiled or roasted, and shredded 
(I usually roast them with olive oil, salt and pepper at 350 for about 35 minutes.)

1 can Cream of chicken soup

1 can Cream of mushroom soup

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 c. Milk

1 Small onion, finely diced

Salt & Pepper

Dash of Cumin

1 16 oz. Block cheddar or Colby jack cheese, shredded
(You can use pre-shredded, but I think it's not as good.)

1 large sack tortilla chips, crushed
(I like using Doritos)

Chicken Broth

Mix together shredded chicken, soups, tomatoes, milk, onion, and spices. 

Grease a large casserole dish and place 4-5 Tbsp. chicken broth in dish. 

Place a layer of crushed tortillas, then layer chicken mixture and repeat with chicken mixture and so on. 

Top with shredded cheese and if you like, garnish with freshly sliced tomatoes and green bell pepper or black olives.  .

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until cheese is completely melted and bubbling!
Allow to cool for 15 minutes until serving. 

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Nela said...

Mmmm that looks delicious! :9
I might have to make this sometime for my church's potluck! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

krishna said...

yuuum!!1 delicious!!! is there any substitute of cream of chicken and mushroom soup?

Red Couch Recipes said...

This looks soooo yummy, and I think I would love it with Doritos too. Thanks for all your kind c omments.

Leslie said...

Hi Krishna,
Thanks for your comment, it is delicious!! :) As far as substitutions, I've never used any. I find it hard to substitute these canned soups. I'm not one who uses them much except in some cassarole where they give a rich undertone of flavor. However I did find a recipe on that looks promising! It's a homemade version of cream based soups. I haven't tried it yet, but you should check it out!
Hope you visit again soon!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Leslie,
Yummy indeed! this sounds soooo good! I will have to try this recipe. The baked cheese looks so gooey and I love it when the cheese gets a little crispy around the edges. OK I'm hungry now.
Have a sweet day,Elizabeth

Jeriel said...

My Gosh that looks amazing!!! My husband and I are huge Mexican food eaters so this one would be great to try! Thanks!!

thecookssister said...

What a fantastic casserole! I love Mexican-inspired foods. Love the gorgeous pepper and tomato slices on top of the casserole!

Coffee Mom said...

I always get cravings for Mexican food and this looks so yummy!! Will have to try this one!