Ready to spice up your dinner routine with a hearty and delicious dish? Look no further than the Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole. This crowd-pleaser combines the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine with the comforting feel of a casserole. Perfect for home cooks and Mexican food enthusiasts, this recipe is easy to follow and offers plenty of room for customization.

Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole

Introduction to the Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole

The Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole is a fusion dish that blends traditional Mexican ingredients with the convenience of a one-pan meal. Originating from the desire to simplify taco night, this casserole has quickly gained popularity for its robust flavors and ease of preparation.


Here's what you'll need to make your Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole:

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 8 small flour or corn tortillas, cut into quarters
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Optional Customizations:

  • Jalapeños for extra heat
  • Avocado slices for topping
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2: Prepare the Chicken

If you haven't already, cook and shred your chicken. You can use rotisserie chicken for convenience.

Step 3: Sauté the Vegetables

In a large skillet, heat a bit of oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4: Mix the Filling

In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, sautéed vegetables, black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes with green chilies, salsa, and taco seasoning. Mix well to ensure everything is evenly coated.

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Layer the Casserole

  • In a greased 9x13-inch baking dish, spread a thin layer of the chicken mixture.
  • Add a layer of tortilla quarters over the chicken mixture.
  • Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese over the tortillas.
  • Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of cheese on top.

Step 2: Bake

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Serving and Presentation

Tips for Serving:

  • Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving to help it set.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro, avocado slices, and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Serve with a side of Spanish rice or a simple green salad.

Storage and Reheating

Storing Leftovers:

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • Reheat individual servings in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through.
  • For larger portions, reheat in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 15-20 minutes.

Customization and Variations

Make it Your Own:

  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the chicken with roasted vegetables or extra beans.
  • Low-Carb Version: Use cauliflower tortillas or zucchini slices instead of traditional tortillas.
  • Extra Spicy: Add sliced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the filling.


There you have it—an easy and flavorful Mexican Chicken Taco Casserole that’s sure to become a family favorite. We encourage you to try this recipe and savor the delightful fusion of Mexican flavors in every bite. Enjoy your delicious Mexican meal!

Feel free to share your casserole creations with us on social media using #WagooCasserole. Happy cooking!

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