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Chicken and Cheddar Tortilla Bake

You get two for the price of one in this combo enchilada/lasagna casserole. You get all the flavors of the Mexican staple, and all the ease of layering lasagna. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, drained
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, saute the chicken, cumin and salt in 1 tablespoon oil until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Combine the refried beans and tomatoes; spread 1 cup into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Top with 24 tortilla strips; layer with half of the corn, bean mixture, chicken and cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Using remaining tortilla strips, make a lattice crust over filling; brush with remaining oil. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately or, before baking, cover and freeze casserole for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake according to directions.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 570 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1467mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • ms11145
    Mar 24, 2014

    Since I was running behind schedule, I had to grab canned chicken from the pantry to save time. I also added taco seasoning to the refried beans to spice it up just a tad. Easy to throw together.

  • vewebber58
    Jun 15, 2013

    This wasn't anything special.....maybe using fresh tomatoes like one reader did, and homemade refried beans, etc. would improve the taste, but what we could taste mostly was canned items and there were some chunks of chicken throughout. All the ingredients are good in other things, but they just didn't come together in this. One thing I liked was the tortillas on top....I brushed them well with oil and they were nice and crispy.

  • Cindyloopooh
    Sep 23, 2012

    I loved it! I used fresh tomatoes, regular canned corn, and added a can of diced chiles. I also used 1/2 cheddar and 1/2 pepper jack. Mu husband loved it too and we usually don't agree on the same foods!Definately going to become a family favorite

  • Spotted-Doe
    Mar 5, 2012

    Although I love all of its ingredients, this casserole was very unimpressive. It didn't have very much flavor which I found surprising and the tortilla layer was just a gooey mess. Couldn't even swallow leftovers down the next day. Will not be making again.

  • Starlla81
    May 5, 2011

    I really liked this recipe, it was easy to make and tasted yummy both that night and as leftovers. I think the only thing I will change is instead of cubing the chicken I would shred it. Easier to layer that way.

  • mcyplik
    Sep 26, 2010

    Delicious and even better as leftovers. My husband asks for it constantly!

  • Lil Debbie
    Jul 9, 2009

    This was a really easy way to change up chicken night in my household, the family loved it. I substituted cumin for enchilada seasoning.