King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole served on a white plate with a fork scooping up a biteGo to any potluck supper in Texas – or really, just about anywhere in the South – and someone is sure to show up with King Ranch Chicken Casserole. With its combo of chopped chicken, cheese, tortillas, and spicy tomatoes in a creamy sauce, this dish is a sure-fire hit.

The other reason this casserole is such a winner is that it’s amazingly easy to make. The key ingredient is Rotel, a zesty blend of chopped tomatoes and chili peppers in a can. You can choose from several levels of spice, depending on how hot you like it.King Ranch Chicken Casserole in a baking dish, being scooped up with a serving spoon

So all you have to do is fry up a chopped green pepper and onion, then mix that with your cubed chicken, Rotel, and a couple of cans of cream soup. Once that’s heated through, layer it in a baking pan with corn tortillas and cheese, and pop it in the oven. When it comes out, the cheese will be melted over top of everything, so every serving will come out hot, gooey, cheesy, creamy, and spicy. It’s everything you could ask for in a casserole, all in one pan.

How to make King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In skillet melt your butter then add your pepper and onion and cook for a few minutes until tender.onions and peppers sauting in a pan with butter
  2. Add in your soups, Rotel and chicken and stir until combined and heated through.chicken and creamed soups being added to cooking pan with onions and peppers
  3. In a 9″x13″ pan layer 1/3 of your tortillas, then 1/3 chicken mixture, and 1/3 of shredded cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers, finishing with shredded cheese.King Ranch Chicken Casserole in a baking dish topped with shredded cheese
  4. Bake in oven for 40 minutes until cheese is melted.Cooked King Ranch Chicken Casserole in a white baking dish.King Ranch Chicken Casserole served on a white plate

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4.96 from 41 votes

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

This King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a combo of chopped chicken, cheese, tortillas, and spicy tomatoes in a creamy sauce, and is a sure-fire hit.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 10 oz can rotel any spice level
  • 2 cups cooked cubed or shredded chicken
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 14 corn tortillas cut into 1" pieces

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In skillet melt your butter then add your pepper and onion and cook for a few minutes until tender.
  • Add in your soups, Rotel and chicken and stir until combined and heated through.
  • In a 9"x13" pan layer 1/3 of your tortillas, then 1/3 chicken mixture, and 1/3 of shredded cheese. Repeat with 2 more layers, finishing with shredded cheese.
  • Bake in oven for 40 minutes until cheese is melted.

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Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 947mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1073IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 523mg | Iron: 2mg

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36 Comments

  1. Can you sub flour tortillas for the corn tortillas or would it be too soggy?

    1. I think flour tortillas should work out just fine! Let us know how it works for you. I hope you love the recipe as much as we do 🙂

    2. It doesn’t indicate what size tortillas. There are small, medium and large ones. I don’t know how many to use. I bought medium size ones.

    3. The goal is to have enough to cover the dimension of the dish for each layer with torn pieces of tortilla shells. A package of 8 large should be sufficient for a 9×13 dish.

    4. 5 stars
      Our “senior” class at church made 4 pans of this for our “18-20s” class and they kept coming back for more! Big hit!! Delicious!
      I have had this basic recipe for years with one difference…reg. Doritos crunched up.

    5. Kimberly M. Collins says:

      I think flour would get soggy. You can use tortilla chips. I would go for corn tortillas honestly.

  2. What can be used instead of Tortillas? No one in our family cares for them, nor for Taco shells, either. This casserole sounds yummy, otherwise.

    1. Perhaps rice…?

    2. Kimberly M. Collins says:

      5 stars
      Yum. That would be good.

    3. 5 stars
      Yes, I agree with Emily, would rice work for you?

    4. Thanks Emily & Corey, rice is a great suggestion. I never thought of that.

    5. I use crushed up Fritos and put them on bottom & top rather than the tortillas. The family loves it

    6. That sounds like a yummy idea!

    7. I use pasta noodles. Use sparingly, but turns out great.

  3. Tina Gordon says:

    5 stars
    Made this last night, it was so good everybody loved it very easy to make

  4. This sounds like a recipe I would really like to try. Do you think this could be frozen since there is only 2 of us?

    1. Yes, I would suggest freezing individual servings to grab and thaw out as needed.

    2. Christine says:

      This is so good and I did freeze it but what I did was leave out the tortillas because they become mushy when defrosted, just add them when you reheat.

    3. Cut the recipe to 1/2 then you’ll only have to eat on it twice, its so good.

  5. By green pepper do you mean green bell pepper? Or jalapeno?

    1. Bell Pepper. I’ll clarify that in the ingredients.