My Favorite Meal–Chicken Tortilla Casserole

April 15, 2011

We call this meal – Chicken Tortilla Casserole.  DSC07938I first learned of this recipe from Dee at Two of a kind, and immediately fell in love. Andrew loves it, we love it, everyone I cook it for loves it! How could you go wrong? I Really thought I had changed up the recipe, but after going back and looking at hers – I see it’s not all that much different… just the chicken 🙂

DSC07918I’d have to preface this and probably many future recipe posts with one thing:  I often cook whole chickens in my pampered chef deep covered baker – because I love it, and it takes only 30 minutes to cook a whole chicken in the microwave, and it turns out perfectly. Every. Time. A whole chicken at Target costs a little less than $4, and lasts our family for at least two hearty meals.  It’s one of my favorite kitchen items (along with MANY other pampered chef items). <this is not a sponsored post…>

OK. Back to Business.


What you need for this recipe:

Shredded or Cut-Up Chicken (however much to suit your family, we use apx 1/2 of a 3lb whole chicken…about two large chicken breasts worth)
3/4 Sweet Yellow Onion, chopped finely
1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Can Corn, drained
1 cup Salsa (I use half the jar of salsa that I buy, and I get restaurant style)
1 cup Chicken Broth (I use the liquid left over from cooking my whole chicken. It’s a bit more fatty, but totally delicious.)
2-3 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese
5-6 Tortillas cut into small strips(can be more or less, just depending on what you have and how big of a family you’re trying to feed! I tend to lean towards 5 so I can make this meal twice with a bag of 10 tortillas)
Sour Cream for Topping!!

Preheat oven to 450

Sautee the chopped onion and shredded chicken along with apx 1 tbsp of the chicken drippings from cooking the chicken (or you could use oil) in a large frying pan. DSC07927In a smaller sauce pan I heat 1 cup salsa and 1 cup chicken liquid (or broth) slowly to a boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer until ready to use.

Meanwhile drain and rinse the beans/corn.  Mix these in with the chicken and onions when the onions are tender.


Put about half of the tortilla strips along the bottom of a lightly greased (I use spray) 9×13 casserole. Layer half of the chicken mix with half of the cheese. repeat with remaining tortilla strips, chicken mix, and cheese.  Pour liquid (salsa/broth) evenly over the top.

Bake in the oven for apx. 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. TaDa!!

We serve this with sour cream. It makes for a perfect offset to this meal. DSC07938I cook this almost any time we have guests now, and everyone has loved it! We rarely have leftovers, although they’re just as delicious (if not more) than the day I make it!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this meal – Email me, comment – whatever! I’d love to get your thoughts!


  1. Shop with Me Mama says:

    Oh wow! Super yummy looking!!

  2. That looks great!

  3. This looks so good. Adding it to my meal plan for next week.

  4. Texas Type A Mom says:

    Yum that sounds really good! I make a recipe kind of similar to that but it's turkey tamale pie – only real difference is mine has cornmeal and olives.

  5. Sounds wicked YUM!

  6. My head is still spinning about being able to buy a chicken for $4. The Australian dollar is worth more than the US dollar so it should be cheaper for us to buy one, right? Not. Cheapest whole chicken we can buy here would be $9 and organic would be half as much again.

    That said, this is a lovely recipe and we eat chicken often so it’s certainly going to be tried here soon.

    • Hmm.. Yeah, that really stinks 🙁 I think many of the grocery stores around here typically charge $1.99/lb for a whole chicken, but target has a basic price of apx $4, and then the club stores like sams club and costco sell whole chickens for less than $1/lb; It’s definitely a lot less spendy for us to use whole chicken vs. chicken breasts or any other parts of the chicken sold separately. Enjoy 🙂

  7. YAY! I’m so glad you tried it..this is one of our favorites! I sometimes use chicken from when I do whole chickens in the crock pot!

    PS-I’m loving the new look!

  8. Oh, that looks fabulous! We love Mexican and chicken and easy at our house. This one’s being added to next week’s menu. Thank you!

  9. I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time &amp; work.

  10. I was trying to think of something to do with my leftover chicken that my husband will eat. Thanks!

  11. Oh man this looks yummy! I make a similar dish AND I have the same Pampered Chef covered baker. Didn’t ever think about using it in the micro, thanks for the time saving tip. Lord knows I can use all the time savers I can get!!

    • Oh man!! Yeah, I love my Covered Baker!! 😀 I use it quite frequently – mostly with chicken though 😉 I have made one pork roast in it, but the crock pot works just as well for that I think =\
      But I buy chicken thighs and other cuts when they’re on sale – usually at Target I can get 4 Chicken Thighs/Legs for $2.79 or so, and then I use the baker to cook the chicken in the microwave during lunch time or something, let it cool or even put it in the fridge until later in the day when I have time to shred it, and then use it in whatever recipe I’m going for!

  12. I was expecting you to say you cook it all together in the Deep Covered Baker. I have one too (the covered one, not the casserole) and I use it nightly! I make ‘enchilada casserole’ in my DCB in the microwave and it turns out great, fast!
    It’s great for cooking vegetables too.

    I have yet to cook a whole chicken, I’ll have to try it!
    I’m glad I found your blog for the reminder. Thanks!


  13. making this tonight! had to come back and see the recipie again made it before and love love love it! I also have the deep covered baker from pampered chef! This meal is AMAZING thatnk so much for sharing it!

  14. Sandy VanHoey says:

    This is a recipe I’d like to try also. You really have some good ones on your blog and i appreciate it. I have collected so many great recipes from blogs and now have a huge stack of them. I really appreciate you taking the time to share these with us.

  15. Sherri Lewis says:

    That sounds really good. And you have made me want one of those pampered chef dishes now….. 🙂

  16. Robin Wilson says:

    That looks like it would be a perfect cold weather meal! I love casseroles ~ so easy and delicious and filling. Not to mention that the leftovers make great lunches for the next day or dinner the next night. Wonder if that could be frozen? If so a double batch would be in order!

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