South of the Border Chicken Casserole

Diane Hopson Smith


Today I needed easy and I wanted some spice in my life. This casserole was loaded with just the spices I wanted and was super easy. Spanish rice and seasoned pinto's were the perfect sides.

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

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6 to 8


15 Min


30 Min




2 large
chicken breast, boneless cooked and cut in to bite size pieces (about 2 1/2 cups of chicken)
2 to 3 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 large
onion, chopped
1 large
bell pepper, chopped
2 clove
garlic, chopped
1 large
jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (wear gloves when working with hot peppers)
3 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
1 can(s)
(10-oz) diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained (i used rotel original)
1 can(s)
(10.5-oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 can(s)
(10.5-oz) cream of chicken soup
3 Tbsp
cilantro, chopped fresh
2 c
crumbled tostitos chips (i used the ones with a "hint of lime"
2 c
cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 X 9-inch pan with cooking spray.
If cooking chicken, prepare and set aside. Rotissere chicken would work well in this dish. However, I did boil my chicken. Other meat such as pork, turkey or beef would also work well in this dish.
In a large skillet over a medium heat, saute onion, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and garlic until tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add seasonings; stir to combine.
Mix tomatoes, both soups, chicken and 2 Tbsps of the cilantro; pour over onion mixture and mix well. Cook for additonal 2 minutes.
Pour chicken mixture into prepared pan and top with crumbled Tostitos; bake covered for 30 minutes or until it bubbles.

NOTE: I use the "Hint of Lime Tostitos". You can use plain.
While casserole is baking toss cheese and remaining 1 Tbsp of cilantro. After casserole has baked for 30 minutes; remove cover and sprinkle cheese over top; bake 3 minutes uncovered or until cheese melts.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy