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Mexican Chicken Dorito Casserole

EASY and FAST PLUS Flavors that EVERYONE loves! You really can’t beat that in a quick and simple casserole that you can throw together for a weeknight meal OR for a potluck dinner, this Mexican Chicken Dorito Casserole fits the bill any way it’s needed!

Mexican Chicken Casserole

“It has a similar flavor to my chicken chili, don’t you think?”, my daughter in law said to my son. “It’s kind of like a chicken taco in a dish” said someone else.

The baby grandson said, “MMMmmmmm” “Mmmmm” as he stuffed handfuls into his sweet little mouth.

That’s what happened the first time I ever prepared this casserole for my family. Wonder what yours will say?

They won’t say a darn thing because they will be TO BUSY SCARFING DOWN THE FOOD!!! This Mexican Chicken Dorito Casserole ticks all the boxes for a perfect meal.

  • One pot meal.
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Inexpensive
  • Tastes Great
  • Plates licked clean.

That’s everything, right?

Here’s What You’ll Need

Just things that work in a chicken taco, I mean, it’s pretty darn easy! Just mix and go. Layer on the Doritos and bake. YUM!

  • Cooked and shredded chicken
  • Rotel (tomatoes and green chilis)
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Spices
  • Doritos
  • Shredded Cheese

Here’s How You Do It

It couldn’t be easier, it seriously couldn’t. This is going to take you less than 5 minutes (depending on how fast you open cans) and then just bake for 20 minutes. SO EASY!

  1. Some of the Doritos in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  2. Mix the other ingredients together in a bowl and pour those on the Doritos
  3. Put the rest of the Doritos and some cheese over the top.
  4. Bake. BOOM! You are DONE!

What To Serve With This Casserole

It really is a complete meal in one dish so, if you opt for another dish, I would go with a veggy….

Substitutions

There are about a million substitutions you can make to this casserole and it still turn out perfectly…

  • Use vegetarian chicken pieces instead of real chicken
  • Leave chicken out altogether and use more corn and beans.
  • Use a different type of bean (like a pinto).
  • Add a layer of refried beans to the bottom
  • Top with some sour cream.
  • Substitute out other varieties of cheddar or melting cheeses.
  • We love pico on the top.
  • Use corn chips instead of Doritos.
  • Add a container of sour cream and use this as a dip
  • Serve it with chili and mix them together in a bowl.
  • Sub out other spices.

Tips and Tricks

  • You’ll be using shredded chicken (or chopped, your choice) and there are several ways to go about this. If you are time challenged, I recommend a rotisserie chicken or frozen already shredded chicken.
  • An easy way to shred chicken is to give it a few rounds in the bowl of your stand mixer using the beater bar. Shredded and perfect in minutes!
  • Be SURE to drain the corn and the beans or you’ll end up with a soupy casserole.
  • If you prefer MORE heat, then go with a hotter variety of Rotel. My family prefers LOW heat and so I used the mild variety and offer hot sauce on the side for those who want a little more heat.
  • You definitely can use a full size regular can of corn, but the small can of the extra sweet and crisp corn works best in this recipe.
  • Once you learn the basics of this recipe, you’ll find lots of ways to jazz it up just for your own family.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Freeze This Casserole?

Absolutely. Just wrap well and place in the freezer for up to 5 months.

How Long Does This Casserole Last?

It will last for 5 days if you keep it covered in the fridge.

How Do I Reheat This?

Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and put in a 350 oven for 15-20 minutes. You can also reheat single servings in the microwave, 1 minute, check and stir and then 30 second intervals till heated through.

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Mexican Chicken Dorito Casserole

This FAST and EASY mexican chicken dorito casserole is a family favorite and a HIT! It's ready in minutes and you may have everything you need right in the pantry! Lots of substitutions as well!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mexican chicken dorito casserole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 685kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken cooked and shredded
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (If table salt, use only 1/2)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 15 oz tomatoes and green chilis Also known as Rotel
  • 11 oz Doritos Any flavor will work, but we use Nacho flavor usually
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temp so it will mix in ok or microwave for 20 secs.
  • 10.5 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 15 oz black beans canned
  • 15 oz corn shoepeg or sweet crip corn works best.
  • 8 oz shredded mexican any shredded cheddar works
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • pico de gallo for garnish

Instructions

  • Shred the cooked chicken. Spray the casserole dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350.
  • Mix Chicken, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes and green chilis, cream cheese, soup, beans, corn, half of the shredded cheese, cumin and paprika together.
  • Put a layer of chips on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Spread the chicken mixture over the layer of chips. Don't worry if they break.
  • Cover with the remaining chips and sprinkle the cheese over the top. (Or you can sprinkle the cheese and then cover with the chips, it's your choice, with the chips on top, the chips stay more crispy).
  • Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and browned. Top with pico for garnish

Notes

Notes
  • You’ll be using shredded chicken (or chopped, your choice) and there are several ways to go about this. If you are time challenged, I recommend a rotisserie chicken or frozen already shredded chicken.
  • An easy way to shred chicken is to give it a few rounds in the bowl of your stand mixer using the beater bar. Shredded and perfect in minutes!
  • Be SURE to drain the corn and the beans or you’ll end up with a soupy casserole.
  • If you prefer MORE heat, then go with a hotter variety of Rotel. My family prefers LOW heat and so I used the mild variety and offer hot sauce on the side for those who want a little more heat.
  • You definitely can use a full size regular can of corn, but the small can of the extra sweet and crisp corn works best in this recipe.
  • Once you learn the basics of this recipe, you’ll find lots of ways to jazz it up just for your own family.
Substitutions
  • Use vegetarian chicken pieces instead of real chicken
  • Leave chicken out altogether and use more corn and beans.
  • Use a different type of bean (like a pinto).
  • Add a layer of refried beans to the bottom
  • Top with some sour cream.
  • Substitute out other varieties of cheddar or melting cheeses.
  • We love pico on the top.
  • Use corn chips instead of Doritos.
  • Add a container of sour cream and use this as a dip
  • Serve it with chili and mix them together in a bowl.
  • Sub out other spices.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Chicken Dorito Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 685 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 1028mg43%
Potassium 726mg21%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1034IU21%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 352mg35%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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