Quick Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole Recipe Is a Winner Mexican Dinner by Donna John

Quick Chicken Chilaquiles Casserole Recipe Is a Winner Mexican Dinner

Traditionally, chilaquiles are a Mexican breakfast made with corn tortillas, simmered in a rich sauce and topped with eggs. This chicken chilaquiles casserole recipe turns breakfast into dinner. These Mexican chicken chilaquiles were quick and easy to make and prep – and tasted amazing.

To make the sauce for the chilaquiles, blend two cans of tomatoes with their juice, one jalapeno (or more if you want it spicier), chicken broth and fresh garlic in a blender. The next step is to cook red onion in a little olive oil until soft. I didn't have cooked chicken, so I had to cook two chicken breasts in a skillet. Instead of using the olive oil, I cooked the onions in the chicken drippings, which added even more flavor. Add the tomato sauce to the onions and simmer until thickened, then stir in the cooked, shredded chicken. Pour this mixture over tortillas you've layered in an ovenproof skillet, top with cheese and bake until hot and melty.

Top the chicken chilaquiles with sliced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo, black olives, chopped red onion or whatever you'd like. I didn't think we needed a side dish with this Mexican recipe, but you could make some refried beans, cilantro-lime rice or Spanish rice to serve with it for dinner.

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Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 


  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) fire-roasted tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 jalapeno (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups tortilla chips (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, colby jack, Monterey Jack or your favorite cheese

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use a bag or store-bought tortilla chips or homemade tortilla chips for this recipe. I made homemade air fryer corn tortilla chips for this recipe, and it was definitely worth the extra time. 
  • As for the cheese, use whatever you like! I used colby jack, but cheddar, quesadilla, Monterey Jack or any Mexican melting cheese would work.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic and chicken broth into a blender. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the red onion and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the tomato mixture into the skillet with the onions. Gently simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and stir to combine. Turn off the heat.
  6. Put the tortilla chips onto the bottom of an ovenproof skillet or casserole dish. (I used a cast iron skillet.)
  7. Spoon the tomato and chicken mixture over the chips.
  8. Top with the shredded cheese.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 10 minutes.
  10. Spoon onto plates and top with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 553

Total Fat: 42.5g

Saturated Fat: 13.2g

Cholesterol: 83mg

Sodium: 490mg

Total Carbohydrate: 17g

Dietary Fiber: 2.6g

Total Sugars: 3.9g

Protein: 27.4g

Vitamin D: 5mcg

Calcium: 350mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 286mg

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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness, Donna John , my mouth is watering right now. I love all your chicken dinners, but this one may have just won the top place in my heart (or taste buds). YUM!
I like it spicy. What a great recipe.

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