If you are looking for a fabulously satisfying dinner, one you could even put together ahead of time, then this Mexican inspired casserole is for you! Truly delicious and full of great flavor, this is a weeknight meal your entire family will love!
Turns out, my family revealed to me that one of their favorite meals are my chicken enchiladas. So I thought I would take that another step and make a casserole for those busy weeknights, especially with my youngest playing football and my husband working over an hour away from home. Sometimes we eat kind of late these days, so it’s best to have something you can make ahead and pop in the oven later.
First of all, I have an important note about my photos. These photos show a smaller casserole than is described in the recipe. I halved the ingredients to make a smaller portion. This recipe as printed here is family size and will feed approximately 6 people, pictured will feed 3-4.
This is similar to assembling a lasagna as the ingredients are layered. Start with enchilada sauce (I use my homemade enchilada sauce, but canned works fine too) then add tortillas.
Next, add the chicken mixture (as described in printable recipe below).
Now layer on the refried beans.
Next add the cheese. Now repeat all the layers again.
Place the casserole on a cookie sheet and bake 30-40 minutes. It’ll be good and bubbly when it’s done.
To make it all pretty like, garnish with some sliced green onions and chopped tomatoes. Yum! Let me know if you try it!
- 1 pound cooked chicken diced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 2 14- oz cans enchilada sauce or two batches of my homemade enchilada sauce
- 1 10- oz pkg frozen corn thawed
- 1/2 cup pitted black olives drained and sliced
- 1 15- oz can refried beans
- 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
- 6 6- inch corn tortillas cut into quarters
- 1 green onion sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped tomato
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1 can of the enchilada sauce, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, corn and olives. Stir to coat and combine. If chicken was from leftover and in the refrigerator, heat mixture in the microwave for a couple of minutes to take the chill off the meat.
In a 9x9 baking dish, layer as follows:
- 1/2 of remaining can of enchilada sauce
- 1/2 of the tortilla pieces
- 1/2 of the meat mixture
- 1/2 of the refried beans
- 1/2 of the cheese
- Repeat the layers again.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Dish will be bubbly and cheese melted.
- Remove from oven and garnish with sliced green onions and chopped tomatoes.