Chicken Nacho Casserole Recipe: A Healthier 30-Minute Mexican Dinner by 30Seconds Food

Chicken Nacho Casserole Recipe: A Healthier 30-Minute Mexican Dinner

When you think of nachos you probably think of gameday snacking or an appetizer before the big Friday night Mexican dinner. But we want you to think of it as a hearty budget casserole that your family will devour. This easy baked chicken nachos casserole recipe is simple to prepare and cooks in less than 20 minutes. 

The casserole starts by seasoning boneless chicken breasts with salt and black pepper and cooking them quickly in a skillet. Fire-roasted tomatoes, kidney or black beans, chili powder, ground cumin and garlic power are added and cooked for a few minutes to cook off any moisture and blend the flavors. The chicken is poured over tortilla chips in a casserole dish, sprinkled with cheese and baked until melty and bubbly.

Serve this chicken casserole recipe with guacamole, salsa, refried beans or cilantro-lime rice for a complete dinner. The leftovers reheat well for leftover night.

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Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


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Recipe Notes

  • You could use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast.
  • Use whatever Mexican-style cheese you like for this casserole recipe.
  • Freshly shredded cheese melts better than pre-shredded cheese, so grate your own if you can.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the drained tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Reduce the heat and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with tortilla chips. Top with the chicken mixture and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 391

Total Fat: 14.7g

Saturated Fat: 6.5g

Cholesterol: 107mg

Sodium: 840mg

Total Carbohydrate: 27.1g

Dietary Fiber: 5.5g

Total Sugars: 4.3g

Protein: 37.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 336mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 482mg

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Donna John
Great recipe! I'm going to use black beans in mine. And add some fresh cilantro.
Now I’m craving this casserole.
Elisa Schmitz
Great idea to take something that would normally be a not-so-healthy snack and make it into a hearty dinner. Yum!
Julio Caro
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