Tortilla Chicken Casserole

I had a really dumb moment when I was trying to name this dish. Is it a casserole? Is it a lasagna? Wait, is lasagna a casserole? Googling ‘is lasagna a casserole’ made me feel even more ridiculous but I haven’t slept well in many days…so it’s Tortilla Chicken Casserole. 
This was as full as this poor casserole dish could be without spewing bubbling cheese over the sides. Enough for 2 meals! I had intended to cut it into 8 pieces…then I took a piece out… cutting it into 12 pieces is still a very generous serving.
Tortilla Chicken Casserole
Makes 12 servings

8 multigrain flour tortillas
3 cups COOKED chopped chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped red pepper
19oz black beans
14oz canned corn
1 tsp chili powder
3 cups salsa
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 1/2 cup jalapeno monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a casserole dish large enough to fit tortillas. Heat olive oil in sautéing pan; sauté onion and red pepper for 5 minutes, until softened. Mix in chili powder, remove from heat, stir in black beans and corn. 

In a medium bowl, mix salsa and sour cream. Layer tortilla, salsa mixture, chicken, tortilla, vegetables, cheeses. Repeat 4 times, or until you reach the top of the casserole. *NOTE: Stop layering once you reach the top of your casserole dish and top with cheese* Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is bubbly and browning. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and cut into 12 pie shaped wedges.
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39 Responses to Tortilla Chicken Casserole

  1. Lorie says:

    Wow. This is beautiful. And I love than it's cooked in a clear, deep baking dish so we can see the layers. Yum.

  2. FOODalogue says:

    Olé…this looks delicious!

  3. Keani says:

    This dish looks so yummy !!Best wishes (from France!)

  4. Nancy says:

    My husband rated this 5 stars. He raved and raved!

  5. Hilary says:

    Do you cook the chicken before or no?

  6. Lana says:

    in my family we called meals like this ‘enchiladas’ :D . Nowadays i would call them ‘layered enchiladas’.
    Found you on pinterest, can’t wait to try this recipe!

  7. Judy says:

    I do a version of this. I cook chicken or ground beef till brown and add salsa and some miracle whip. I then layer the mixture with corn, black beans, cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Yummy!

  8. Noralynn says:

    Our family eats something similar to this. It’s our favorite. We layer flour tortillas, spread mashed black beans onto tortillas, layer of sautéed veggies ( zucchini, bell peppers, onion, garlic, corn) then layer of drizzled taco sauce, then shredded cheese. Layer all that once more,Then stick in the oven until its browned cheese on top, serve w sour cream n chips. We eat this literally as often as we can! I’ll have to try the chicken recipe.

  9. Chris says:

    When you say red peppers do you mean red bell peppers or red chili peppers? And how do you usually cook your chicken first…fry it with the onion and red pepper or boil it or how? :)

  10. Shawn says:

    Would this freeze well? Looks delicious

  11. Susan says:

    Im so happy I found this recipe on Pinterest!! I’m making it tonight for me and the hubby. Excited to try it!!

  12. Amanda says:

    I made this tonight, and it was SO good!! Plenty left over for lunch or dinner again tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Katie says:

    Can this meal be frozen to eat later? Thank you!

  14. Andrea says:

    AMAZEBALLS! Loved this recipe! Not only was it delicious, it fed my family for dinner, plus leftovers for my husband for another meal, AND I froze enough to have an entire meal again on another night. Fantastic.

  15. Katie says:

    This recipe is DELICIOUS! I just made it tonight because all five of the cousins were over at my house. It’s super easy too! I’m 13 and not very good with food, but this was a breeze.(:

  16. Rachel says:

    I am making this tonight! I am going to substitute carrot for the red pepper though because peppers cost $4 a piece where I live, but carrots are in ample supply. I will let you know how it works. I can’t wait to bite into this tonight!

    • Rachel says:

      Update: It came out awesome! The carrots were perfect, and my husband is so excited he asked me if he could take it to his friends at work tomorrow! Just a note, make sure your casserole bowl is large enough, I ended up with two dishes (I get my own now, lol.)

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I am making this for dinner tonight…..but I used all of my chicken the other day for another recipe. I will be using lean ground beef.
    Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Brandi says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. And I didnt like it. Maybe because I didn’t measure the salsa (I probably put 2 cups?)and it tasted too rich from the sour cream. And I didn’t like the red pepper in it.

  19. Maria says:

    Is the chicken pre-cooked?

  20. Amber says:

    Hello World!! It is Friday night 9:50pm and I am making this casserole for the FSU game tomorrow GO FSU!!! It sounds devine. What a perfect dish with some bubba burgers in which we will have as well. I thought of putting more chicken in it tonight to make it more meaty for the guys so I added another chicken breast {I am using the frozen chicken breasts from Sams gotta love sams for football cooking lol} anyways I got this casserole recipe from pinterest in which I am addicted to for sure and thank you so much for sharing this my husband and kids are chicken freaks…they say they can eat chicken for the three meals a day so like i said this is perfectoe. I’ll update you on how everyone at the game just loved it because I am sure they will.
    Great recipe idea!!
    Thanks so much

    • Joan says:

      I made something similar last night and I used 3 large cans of chicken breast and it came out great. No one knew it was canned chicken – I just shredded it! My gourmet cooking neighbor was shocked when she asked how I cooked the chicken & I told her it was canned. I always have canned chicken in the house. Each large can = 1 cup shredded chicken.

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  22. Judy says:

    I make a similar casserole, but with corn tortillas ( healthier) and black beans. No meat. Great for a party dish.

  23. Courtney says:

    Can this dish be frozen or kept in the fridge for multiple days before cooking?

  24. Becca says:

    Where did you get the glass casserole dish that you baked it in? Do you happen to know how many quarts it is? Thanks!

  25. Victoria says:

    I just made this and was dissapointed. I did not know I was suppose to cook the chicken first. After 2 hours of preparing and cooking and doing the dishes while it cooked, I was excited to sit down and eat this. Then I discovered that the chicken wasnt cooked. Luckily I only made a small loaf pan size caserole for my sister and I. Also luckily for her she ate before : ) I dont think I will try this again. I may however use all these ingredients and make wraps next time.

  26. Caryl says:

    I used corn tortillas and it was yummy also…. thanks so much for the recipe….. Yummy to the Tummy….

  27. Lynn says:

    I made this last night and it was delicious and it made enough for two meals too! Thanks for the recipe. We really enjoyed it and I will definitely be making it again!

  28. Trish says:

    Do you drain the beans and corn?

  29. Paula says:

    just to clarify, do you use soft or hard tortillas? sounds like it will be a great new recipe for me to use!!

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