Ground Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe with Black Beans

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This Ground Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe is an easy make-ahead weeknight dinner that the whole family will love! Just layer everything in the casserole dish and baked when you’re ready to enjoy.

Close up side view of taco casserole piece on plate with sour cream drizzled on top and diced tomatoes and scallion on top. What could be better than tacos? A Taco Casserole that's made with healthier lean ground chicken and can be made ahead for your busy schedule. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

What could be better than layers of taco meat, tortillas, beans, and cheeeeese?  A Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe that’s made with healthier lean ground chicken, can be made ahead for your busy schedule, and can feed the entire family with leftovers for another night.  Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about!  This Ground Chicken Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheeeeese, and then more cheeeeese.  Then topped with cheeeeese. 

Check out this video – it’s so easy to make!

More Mexican Casserole Ideas!

When Dave and I were first married, I started making my enchilada casserole with shredded chicken breast and cheese.  I have made this casserole for years.  But when I had kids, I started adding pasta to it to bulk it up and appease their love for pasta.  Then, when I started the Talking Meals Blog, I wanted to make my casserole more interesting, so I added chorizo because, well, everything tastes better with chorizo, am I right? 

Check out my Chicken & Chorizo Enchilada Casserole and my most recently created, White Enchilada Casserole with Chicken & Veggies.  Clearly I have a Mexican Casserole addiction so this new Ground meat Taco Casserole is just the next progression and I am owning it!

Extreme close up picture of top of taco casserole with red sauce topped with melted cheese and scallion slices. What could be better than tacos? A Taco Casserole that's made with healthier lean ground chicken and can be made ahead for your busy schedule. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

Simple Ingredients from your Fridge or Pantry

Fresh, Fridge or Freezer Ingredients

  • Ground Chicken or turkey
  • Scallions (green onions)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Tomato, large
  • Optional: Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Pantry Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Canned Green Chilis
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Seasonings: tbsp Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Salt (or taco seasoning)
  • Corn Tortillas, 6″

Simple Equipment, nothing special

For this recipe, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 10×12, 12×12, 10×13 or similar. The key is to make sure the sides are at least 2.5-3 inch baking dish sides to fit the layers.

Time Saving Steps for this Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Ready for the bonus for this recipe?  This entire casserole can be made ahead on Sunday and then cooked in the oven for 30 minutes on Monday or Tuesday.  Then you can reheat the leftovers again on Wednesday or Thursday – so great, right?

There are 3 main steps to this recipe:

1. Make the Meat, Tomato, Bean filling – this is simply browning the meat with spices and seasoning, and then adding in the tomatoes, green chilis, and beans.  

This Skillet Ground Chicken Tomato Sauce with Ricotta is a delicious and simple one pan meal.  Ground chicken is seared until it gets a super browned, flavorful crust.  Then garlic, vegetable broth and tomatoes are added and cooked down into a delightful sauce that really lets the tomato shine with a meaty bite from the chicken.  After pasta is mixed in, creamy Ricotta Cheese is dolloped on and fresh basil added to garnish.  It's perfection! Bellissimo!
Meat, tomatoes, green chilis, and black beans in skillet. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

2. Mix tomato sauce with the cumin, chili powder, and salt

Tomato sauce in clear bowl on counter with spices on top: chili powder, cumin, and salt. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

3.  Now, assemble the casserole!  There will be 3 layers of tortillas, so make sure that you have about 3-4 tortillas per layer.  To start, cover the bottom of the casserole dish with 4 corn tortillas.  Then layer on half of the ground chicken mixture, sprinkle 1/4 of the scallions, then the add 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

Do this again for the second layer.  Then top with a third and final layer of tortillas, the tomato sauce, and the remaining cheese.

At this point, you can either store the taco casserole in the fridge covered or cook it.

Cooking the Ground Chicken Taco Casserole

To cook, simply bake in the oven 350F degrees for 30 minutes!  Then serve with sour cream and garnish with remaining scallions.

Enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Extreme close up picture of top of taco casserole with red sauce topped with melted cheese and scallion slices. What could be better than tacos? A Taco Casserole that's made with healthier lean ground chicken and can be made ahead for your busy schedule. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

Chicken Taco Casserole FAQs

Can I use Ground Beef in this Taco Casserole recipe?

You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork in this Taco Casserole.

Can I use shredded chicken instead of ground chicken?

You can use shredded chicken instead of ground chicken in this Taco Casserole recipe. Add about 3-4 cups shredded chicken to the frying pan and then immediately move on to Step 4 since it’s already cooked.

What are substitutes for the Sour Cream in this taco casserole recipe?

You can substitute the sour cream in this Taco Casserole recipe with light sour cream or even plain greek yogurt.

How many cups shredded cheddar do I need for this Taco Casserole?

This recipe calls for 12 ounces, which is about 2.5-3 cups.

Are there any other garnishes that I can add to this Taco casserole?

In addition to the sour cream, tomatoes, and scallions, you can add crushed tortilla chips or black olives or jalapeno slices.

Close up side view of taco casserole piece on plate with sour cream drizzled on top and diced tomatoes and scallion on top. What could be better than tacos? A Taco Casserole that's made with healthier lean ground chicken and can be made ahead for your busy schedule. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

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Ground Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe with Black Beans

This Ground Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe is seriously the best because it's utterly delicious, uses healthier ingredient, and it's convenient make-ahead dinner that can feed the entire family and still have leftovers! This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese! #tacos #mexican #casserole #healthy #healthyrecipes #healthydinner #easydinner #dinner #familydinner #comfortfood #chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword casserole, ground chicken, healthy recipes, taco
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 677 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Ground Chicken and Beans

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15 oz Black Beans
  • 15 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Canned Green Chilis
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt

Tomato Sauce

  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Make Casserole

  • 12 Corn Tortillas, 6″
  • 3 Scallions (green onions)
  • 12 oz Shredded Cheese Cheddar or Taco Blend
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tomato, large
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped Optional

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. This entire casserole can be made on Sunday and then cooked in the oven for 30 minutes on Monday or Tuesday.  Then reheat again on Wednesday or Thursday.

  2. Thin Slice the scallions. Most will be used in the casserole, but save some of the greens for garnish.

  3. Preheat a large skillet on high.  Add the olive oil to coat bottom and then add the ground chicken.  Break it up, but let it sit to sear and cook for about 5 minutes.  Then mix so that all sides of the chicken cook for another 5 minutes.  

  4. Add diced tomatoes, green chilis, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. 

    Meat, tomatoes in skillet. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.
  5. Open the can of black beans and before adding them, smash them a bit in the can using a fork.  Then add them to the chicken.  Stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes to cook down.

    Meat, tomatoes, black beans in skillet. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.
  6. Mix the tomato sauce with the Chili Powder, Cumin, and Salt.

    Tomato sauce in clear bowl on counter with spices on top: chili powder, cumin, and salt. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

Assemble the Taco Casserole – You will need a 9×9 or 10×10 casserole dish.

  1. There will be 3 layers of tortillas, so make sure that you have about 4 tortillas per layer.  To start the first layer, cover the bottom of the casserole dish with 4 tortillas.

    4 Corn Tortillas covering bottom of casserole dish. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.
  2. Next add 1/2 of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas.  Sprinkle with 1/4 of the Scallions.

    Casserole Dish with tortillas and ground meat, black beans, tomatoes, and scallions on top. What could be better than tacos? A Taco Casserole that's made with healthier lean ground chicken and can be made ahead for your busy schedule. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.
  3. Then top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.  Repeat!  Cover with tortillas, then meat mixture, scallions, and cheese.  

    Casserole Dish with the start of the Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe being assembled. Tortillas and ground meat, black beans, tomatoes, and scallions on top..
  4. Then the final layer of tortillas and then cover with tomato sauce and the remaining cheese and 1/4 of the scallions.  The remaining scallions are for garnish.

    Casserole Dish with the start of the Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe being assembled. Tortillas and ground meat, black beans, tomatoes, and scallions on top.

Bake your Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. 

  2. Bake the casserole covered for 30 minutes until hot all the way through.  While the casserole is cooking, dice the tomato.

    This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.
  3. Plate, drizzle with sour cream, sprinkle with diced tomatoes, and garnish with scallions.

    Piece of Taco Casserole on a white plate with sour cream drizzled on top with diced tomato and scallion. Casserole dish to the left on counter. This Taco Casserole has corn tortillas layered with browned ground chicken seasoned with smokey mexican spices, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, and then more cheese.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork in this Taco Casserole.
  2. You can use shredded chicken instead of ground chicken in this Taco Casserole recipe. Add about 3-4 cups shredded chicken to the frying pan and then immediately move on to Step 4 since it’s already cooked.
  3. You can substitute the sour cream in this Taco Casserole recipe with light sour cream or even plain greek yogurt.
  4. In addition to the sour cream, tomatoes, and scallions, you can add crushed tortilla chips or black olives or jalapeno slices.

2 thoughts on “Ground Chicken Taco Casserole Recipe with Black Beans

  1. Nice. My husband would absolutely love this. I love all of the ingredients, but I’m not so much a casserole person. i know, weird. But I would roll all of that up and call it enchiladas and love it!!!

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