Tex Mex Chicken Casserole Recipe

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

Do you love Tex Mex? Casseroles? Cheese? Then this is the casserole for you!

This casserole is so easy to assemble and it cooks up in about 30 minutes. You can prepare this early in the day and then pop it in the oven when you get home.

The leftovers are even BETTER than the finished product. This creamy casserole is super filling and easily adapted to suit your family’s needs.

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole 

Inspired from Six Sisters Stuff

Ingredients: 

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 each diced red pepper and green pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 cups cubed or shredded chicken breast (a rotisserie chicken would be a great shortcut to use here!) – Season your chicken when you cook it
  • 2 cans cream of chicken (find out how to make cream of chicken soup from scratch here)
  • 1 can Rotel (spiciness depends on your family’s preferences, I always buy mild)
  • 12 corn tortillas cut into 1 inch strips
  • 2 cups Colby Jack Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a non stick sautee pan and saute your onions and bell peppers until tender. Add the garlic and saute a bit longer. Salt and pepper your veggies before adding cream of chicken soup and rotel.
  3. Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half of your tortilla strips to the bottom of your casserole dish. Layer half of your chicken mixture and half of the cheese on top. Repeat layers, ending with cheese on top.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes

Enjoy!

I hope you love this wonderful casserole recipe! Serve with sour cream and/or guacamole!

Yum!

Ingredients
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 each diced red pepper and green pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 cups cubed or shredded chicken breast (a rotisserie chicken would be a great shortcut to use here!) – Season your chicken when you cook it
  • 2 cans cream of chicken (find out how to make cream of chicken soup from scratch here)
  • 1 can Rotel (spiciness depends on your family’s preferences, I always buy mild)
  • 12 corn tortillas cut into 1 inch strips
  • 2 cups Colby Jack Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a non stick sautee pan and saute your onions and bell peppers until tender. Add the garlic and saute a bit longer. Salt and pepper your veggies before adding cream of chicken soup and rotel.
  3. Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray. Add half of your tortilla strips to the bottom of your casserole dish. Layer half of your chicken mixture and half of the cheese on top. Repeat layers, ending with cheese on top.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes
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25 Top Tex Mex Recipes: Tacos, Enchiladas, Beans and More!

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Living in Texas, I take my Tex Mex food very seriously.

Awesome Tex Mex food is quick, cheap and readily available everywhere you turn down here.

Nothing is better than a homecooked meal though, and if you want to recreate the dishes you love from your favorite Tex Mex restaurant…I guarantee one of the 25 Tex Mex Recipes below will fit the bill.

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Enchilada Casserole. Words can’t describe how Tex Mex YUM this casserole is.

Chicken with Rice or Arroz Con Pollo is comfort food like you have NO idea. Make this recipe on a night you need something warm and filling. 

This Seven Layer Dip from Little House Living looks AMAZING!

These Ridiculously Easy Chicken tacos honestly couldn’t get any easier. The chicken only requires three ingredients (and one of them is duh…chicken).

Did you know that making your own taco seasoning is as simple as throwing a few pantry staples together? Super easy. Super delish.

We all have our favorite salsa. Mine is typically sweet with a hint of spice. I’d love to see how this Peach Salsa stacks up!

Slowcooker Bean and Cheese Fry bread. I seriously think I could eat this PICTURE it looks so good.

Everything about this Spicy pico de gallo with avocado Tex Mex recipe makes me happy happy happy.

Sazon is a common seasoning used in Tex Mex cooking. Make your own and it’s healthier AND cheaper.

Beef fajitas are the quintessential Tex Mex restaurant menu item. Make them at home and save a few bucks.

Honestly? I do know  how to make my own flour tortillas. I don’t because I’d weigh 700 lbs.

I’ve never really considered pasta to be Tex Mex. Until I saw this recipe for Tex Mex Bow Ties! This looks great.

Beef strips are an inexpensive cut of meat that can quickly be turned into a fabulous Tex Mex Dinner.

I’ll admit, I’m more of the “smash the avocado with lemon, salt and pepper” kind of guac girl. This…well this easy guacamole recipe might convert me.

These Creamy Chicken enchiladas look so creamy and so cheesy. I want these yesterday!

 

These skillet enchiladas cook up quickly and look amazing. 

I love a good warm and comforting soup. This Mexican Chicken and Rice soup comes with the slightest little kick!

Did you know you could make your own tortilla chips in the microwave? This was news to me!

Did somebody say carnitas? These carnitas and cheese taquitos will have you begging for more! Plus they are baked, not fried…so you can pretend to be all healthy and stuff.

Did you know that it’s super easy and super cheap to make your own refried beans? (plus they’ll taste better!)

 

Easy + Cheesy + Chicken Enchiladas make this a must have in your Tex Mex recipe arsenal!

These might not look like your typical ingredients for Tex Mex, but these crockpot chicken tacos (the second on our list…because let’s face it, crockpot chicken tacos are pretty much tex mex gold) look to die for! I don’t often consider Tex-Mex and Cajun as two cuisines that would go together, but I’m intrigued by these Cajun Chicken Enchiladas.

In the mood for some black bean soup? This dish has a secret ingredient!

You know we couldn’t finish off a Tex Recipe recipe wrap up without a nod to (faux) Fried Ice Cream, right?

 

Chicken with Rice: A One Pot Frugal Family Meal!

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I love to try to recreate dishes I had as a child/teen from scratch.

Never really knowing if I have the ingredients correct or not, I tend to go on taste alone.

This is one of those dishes that I’m pretty sure I’m not recreating authentically…but it doesn’t really matter because it tastes so darn good.

Plus it’s a rather frugal meal that can feed a large group for very little cash.

Essentially, this dish can be made from a cheap pack of chicken thighs, some chicken broth, some peppers and some rice.

Under $10 for a huge pot that could feed a large gathering/family, or split the meal and have some for tomorrow’s lunch.

My chicken with rice might not be authentic Arroz Con Pollo…but it does taste muy yummy!

Chicken with Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of chicken thighs (10 chicken thighs)
  • 2 cups of white rice
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 multicolored bell peppers diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • olive oil
  • 2 packages Sazon (purchase here or make your own Sazon from ingredients you likely already have on hand)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions: 

Heat a small bit of olive oil in a deep pot (this pot is going to need to hold 4 cups of chicken broth, rice, and chicken and it’s going to need a lid…plan accordingly!)

Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper (I like to use kosher salt)

Start cooking chicken skin side down. Cook each side about 5-8 minutes. (NOTE: You can remove chicken skin after cooking. We are going to use the fat that renders off of the chicken skin to cook our veggies though, so at least cook it with the skin and than remove before the next step)

Place cooked chicken in a closed container (it’s okay and actually preferable if it is NOT cooked through. It will finish cooking later).

Add diced veggies to your pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly browned and tender. Add your sazon packages or two servings of your homemade Sazon.

Add rice to your pot and stir around to “brown” the rice for just a few minutes. This gives the finished rice a bit more of a “toasty” flavor.

Pour the chicken broth in the pot and add the chicken back in. Bring to a slight boil then cover and reduce heat to a simmer.

Cook until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. This can vary based on the heat you use, your pot, etc. For me it’s generally around 20-30 minutes. Just keep your eye on it and stir it every 5-10 minutes.

Allow to sit off the heat for around 10 minutes to let the rice fluff.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Sazon: 5 Simple Ingredients Already In Your Spice Cabinet!

Homemade Sazon

If you’ve ever had a dish seasoned with Sazon, you know it’s some GOOD stuff. If you don’t know what Sazon is, it is a seasoning mixture used in Latin American and Mexican cuisine.

Unfortunately, it’s not that great for you. They do make packets without MSG now, but it’s so simple to make your own Homemade Sazon!

5 ingredients and you have enough Homemade Sazon to last for several meals.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp annato seeds (I used paprika this time instead because I ran out of annato seeds and couldn’t find them when I went to the store recently)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp salt

Directions:

Combine all of the spices together and store your homemade sazon in an airtight container. 1 1/2 tsp is equivalent to one packet of Sazon.

I have a recipe coming up next week that will utilize this homemade sazon recipe!

Enjoy!

 

Check Out My Enchilada Casserole Recipe!

Who here loves Enchiladas!?

Here’s a quick and easy weeknight enchilada casserole that uses an unusual ingredient!

I think you’ll love it! We do!

Click here to check out my Enchilada Casserole recipe. 

Enjoy!

Baked Taquitos with Slow Cooked Carnitas & Cheese

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This week I’ve posted game day recipes for:

Now let’s make some baked taquitos!

This recipe is pretty versatile and GREAT for Game Day!

First off, you’ll make your meat. You can make your meat as far in advance as you want. I made slow cooked carnitas based off of this recipe (I mainly changed the quantity of spices. Most of the reviews agree that most of the spices should at least be tripled).

This makes a TON of meat.

If you don’t intend to use all of it for your taquitos (and I doubt you will unless you are actually feeding the Patriots and the Giants, which I kind of doubt you are!), just freeze the rest and pull it out for taco night for the next few weeks! I also love to make nachos with it.

Here’s the recipe for Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas:

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crumbled dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Directions:

1. Mix the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, coriander and cinnamon in a large bowl.

2. Pat pork shoulder roast dry and roll in the spice mixture until fully coated.

3. Put the roast into your slow cooker and slowly pour the chicken broth along the sides (not on the top, you don’t want the spice mixture to wash off the top).

4. Throw in your bay leaves and cook on low for at least 10 hours. Halfway through, flip it over.

5. Take the meat out of the slow cooker and shred it with two forks, discarding any fat. Put the shredded meat back into the liquid to keep moist.

Okay, so now that we have our carnitas, we’re going to set some aside for our taquitos! Here are the instructions for making the taquitos:

Baked Taquitos w/ Pork Carnitas & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Pork Carnitas from above (or whatever meat you want to use)
  • flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese
  • baking sheet
  • cooking oil spray (like Pam)
  • Salt

Directions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Warm your tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. You want them to be flexible.

3. Spoon a small amount of meat and cheese into the middle of the tortilla (make sure to drain the meat of juices so you don’t have soggy tortillas!

4. Roll up tightly and place on a foil lined tray.

5. Repeat for however may taquitos you need or until your tray is fully covered with a single layer of taquitos.

6. Spray the taquitos with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with salt

7. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, take them out and turn them halfway through the cooking time.

Serve with sour cream and salsa and your guests will LOVE you!

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Frugal Recipes: Skillet Enchiladas

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Guest Post by Cheryl Siens

My grandmother lived with us for the last 3 ½ years of her life. She had a very dear friend named Dorriene who had moved to New Jersey many years ago. Dorriene came to visit us to spend a week with Grandma during that time.
She told us the one thing she never got over missing from Texas was good Mexican food.  I made this recipe for her and she loved it.  Reminded her of a little place she and my grandparents used to frequent in San Antonio.  I was so glad to be able to send her home with a recipe that would bring back a little bit of Texas.

 

 Skillet Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 T. green chilies (I use the kind in a can)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups grated American cheese (I go to the deli counter and ask for about a 4-5 inch chunk of cheese)*
  • 1/2 cup chopped ripe olives -optional

Directions

  1. Brown ground beef and onion in large skillet. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in chilies, soup, enchilada sauce and milk. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat. Fry tortillas until limp, drain on paper towels.
  5. Put 1/4 cup grated cheese on each tortilla and small amount of ripe olives. R
  6. oll tortilla up and place in mixture in large skillet.
  7. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  8. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Cover until melted, about a minute. Serve hot.

*You can use Velveeta instead of American cheese, but to me, it’s not as smooth.

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Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Recipe

So with all the hub-bub of the Crockpot Girls on Facebook.  Some blogger friends and I decided to start our own page called the Slow Cooker Squad and combine it with a Slow Cooker  Linky.  We would love it if you would join us on Facebook- make sure you like the Slow Cooker Squad!

Today’s Slow Cooker Squad recipe is brought to us by Cheryl Siens.

This crock pot meal is so easy and delicious.  I usually put it on when my husband leaves for work and it is done by mid-afternoon.  It just takes a few minutes to throw in the crock pot, so it’s good for one of those days when you have lots of things to do away from the house.

Southwest Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  • 6 boneless chicken breast halves (I use frozen)
  • flour or corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Dump corn, then beans, then ½ jar salsa into crock pot.  Add chicken breasts and top with remaining salsa.
  2. Cook 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low in crock pot.
  3. Break up chicken breasts with a fork and serve on tortillas.  You can top with cheese, add jalapenos, or whatever else you like on a taco.

I hope you’ll try and enjoy this yummy slow cooker recipe!

Be sure to check out all the great recipes from the Slow Cooker Squad this week in the linky below and feel free to link up your own Slow Cooker recipe! (Don’t have a blog? You can post your recipe right on our Facebook page, or just hop along the linky and enjoy the recipes!)

Come back every Monday to share your delicious slow cooker recipes AND feel free to post recipes and tips on the Facebook page all week long!


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5 Minute Tostadas

By popular demand, I’m going to start posting some of my most frugal recipes on Family Friendly Frugality. I’m no gourmet, and I’m also not a health nut. I do know how to make a cheap meal that tastes good though!

Tostadas are an an easy easy dinner option when you need to get a filing meal on the table fast. My husband raves about my tostadas. They are so incredibly simple, so it’s a meal I don’t mind making on demand. (my husband NEVER demands anything of me, but you know what I mean!)

5 Minute Tostadas

  • 1-2 corn tortillas per person (If you want to make this even easier, you can buy pre-fried corn tortillas at the store…they aren’t as good)
  • refried beans (I either make my own or buy the fat free in the can)
  • shredded cheddar
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomato
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat up enough oil to cover the bottom of your frying pan. You want it pretty hot. Test it by sticking the tip of a tortilla in…if it immediately starts to bubble, it’s good. 
  2. Using your tongs, place tortilla in oil. Let cook about 30 seconds each side and place on a paper towel to drain after (the tortilla SHOULD be hard and flat)
  3. Heat beans and spread a layer of beans onto each tortilla
  4. Top with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce
  5. Generously add pepper and just a teeny bit of salt
  6. Serve with rice or a salad
Super easy! I’m not going to claim it’s the most healthful meal. It’s quick, easy and cheap though! Add more veggies if you like, get creative with sides. Use refried black beans. Add meat! Change it up and make it your own!
Happy eating!