Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe: This Fan Favorite Has a Secret Ingredient by Donna John

Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe: This Fan Favorite Has a Secret Ingredient

Taco-flavored chips! Yep, that's the secret ingredient in this easy casserole recipe. This chicken recipe is a family pleaser – and so easy. The chips not only add flavor, but some texture and crunch to the casserole. Delicious!

To make this cheesy taco casserole you will need cooked chicken, taco-flavored chips, olive oil, onion, a poblano pepper, a can of cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, chopped green chiles, chicken broth, cheddar cheese and fresh chopped cilantro. When this tasty Mexican-inspired taco casserole recipe was first my menu rotation, the onion and poblano were added raw. My husband wasn't a fan of the crunch, so I added the step of cooking them before adding to the rest of the ingredients. But you could make it either way. 

Serve this Mexican casserole for dinner with your favorite side dishes. I served mine with guacamole and a crisp salad

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken (I boiled one whole chicken)
  • 7 ounces taco-flavored chips (about half a large bag)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper or bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the butter or olive oil in a skillet. Add the chicken, onion and poblano pepper and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, onions, peppers, chips, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, green chiles, broth and chopped cilantro, if using. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Pour into a  13x9-inch baking pan.
  3. Top with the cheese. (I also topped with some sliced, fresh jalapenos.) Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes.

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use light sour cream, reduced-sodium chicken broth and low-fat cheddar cheese.
  • I just some sliced, fresh jalapenos on top for a little spice.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 583

Total Fat: 36.1g

Saturated Fat: 16.2g

Cholesterol: 112mg

Sodium: 1082mg

Total Carbohydrate: 30.1g

Dietary Fiber: 2.3g

Total Sugars: 2.9g

Protein: 35.5g

Vitamin D: 5mcg

Calcium: 391mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 411mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMG. You're killing me, Donna John . This looks SO good. Nachos are my weakness! #yum
Yes, please. :-)
I gotta try this recipe. Looks great.

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