Chicken Tortilla Casserole
- prep time30 min
- total time 90 min
- serves 12 - 16
This recipe is like a fun Mexican lasagna, with salsa verde, rice, corn and tomatoes between layers of tortillas.
1 ½ cups rice
4 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups diced tomatoes (5 to 7 tomatoes , depending on size)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-oz) can pinto beans, can drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16-oz) jar salsa verde
12 - 18 flour tortillas (or corn tortillas, depending on size)
11 ounce corn, can drained
1 ½ lb(s) grated Cheddar jack cheese
1 recipe Enchilada Sauce, or 2 cups store-bought red enchilada sauce
Sour Cream, for serving
Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
1. Cook the rice according to the package directions. Set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and add the tomatoes, garlic and onions. Stir and cook for a minute or 2. Add 2 teaspoons of the chili powder, 1 teaspoon of the paprika and 1 teaspoon of the cumin. Stir and cook the mixture for another minute or 2 in order to release the flavors. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the chicken along with the remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin and some salt and pepper and cook until the chicken is deep golden brown and done in the middle, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water and stir to make a sauce. Allow the sauce to boil until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pinto and kidney beans and set aside.
5. To assemble, pour half of the jar of salsa verde (about a cup) in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish or disposable foil baking pan. Layer half of the tortillas on top of the salsa verde, overlapping the edges. Spoon the rice over the tortillas, spread the tomato mixture over the rice then sprinkle the corn over the tomatoes. Next, add the chicken and bean mixture, then sprinkle on half the cheese and pour over half the enchilada sauce. Next, add the remaining tortillas in a layer, pour on the rest of the salsa verde and enchilada sauce and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese.
6. Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the casserole to sit for a few minutes before serving up to ensure it holds together. Serve with sour cream and cilantro for topping.