The Shady Porch: Chicken Soft Taco Casserole

8.08.2014

Chicken Soft Taco Casserole

Here's a recipe that comes together so quickly and easily, you will truly have time for all the evening events on your busy schedule. It should come as no surprise that it starts with a slow cooker...the busy cook's best friend. 
This Chicken Soft Taco Casserole uses flour tortillas with a chicken-vegetable filling with Mexican flavor topped with layers of cheese. This casserole pairs well with flavored rice, a garden salad, or chips and cheese. It is budget- and time-friendly, as well as hearty and delicious.  

a serving of Chicken Soft Taco Casserole
Chicken Soft Taco Casserole...easy, hearty, and delicious


Ingredients: 
3 chicken breasts, shredded
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup diced onions
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes & green chiles (I drained these since we accidentally bought Hot instead of Mild)
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 pkg of fajita-sized flour tortillas
1 pkg of shredded Mexican cheese blend 
salt and pepper, to taste
sour cream and salsa are optional (for garnish)

Directions:
1.  Cook chicken breasts until done. I cooked mine in the slow cooker. Shred chicken. I did not drain the chicken broth that developed while cooking, but used it to add flavor to the casserole.

shredded chicken in broth
2.  Add drained beans, corn, and diced tomatoes with chilies.  

adding vegetables to shredded chicken
3.  Add 1 pkg of taco seasoning mix and diced onions. Stir together until well blended. 

adding seasoning to chicken vegetable mixture
4.  Preheat oven to 350° and spray round ovenproof pan (I used a spring form pan which matched the diameter of the tortillas. It provided the structure and added depth.)

5.  Layer a flour tortilla into the bottom of the pan, then add a layer of the chicken-vegetable mix and then a layer of cheese. 

first layer Chicken Soft Taco Casserole
6.  Repeat layering of tortillas, chicken mix, and cheese until you've used all of the chicken-vegetable mix, top it off with cheese. 

layered Chicken Soft Taco Casserole
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Cover with foil if the cheese starts to get too brown.

Delicious Chicken Soft Taco Casserole
Delicious Chicken Soft Taco Casserole
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