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.
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.
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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!
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
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Canned Black Beans
- Canned Diced Tomatoes
- Canned Green Chilis
- Canned tomato sauce
- Seasonings: tablespoon 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.
2. Mix tomato sauce with the cumin, chili powder, and salt
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 ¼ of the scallions, then the add ⅓ 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
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.
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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
Ground Chicken and Beans
- 1 lb Ground Chicken
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 15 oz Black Beans
- 15 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
- 4 oz Canned Green Chilis
- 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- 2 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 12 Corn Tortillas, 6″
- 3 Scallions (green onions)
- 12 oz Shredded Cheese Cheddar or Taco Blend
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tomato, large
- ½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped Optional
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.
Thin Slice the scallions. Most will be used in the casserole, but save some of the greens for garnish.
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.
Add diced tomatoes, green chilis, chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
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.
Mix the tomato sauce with the Chili Powder, Cumin, and Salt.
Assemble the Taco Casserole – You will need a 9×9 or 10×10 casserole dish.
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.
Next add ½ of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle with ¼ of the Scallions.
Then top with ⅓ of the shredded cheese. Repeat! Cover with tortillas, then meat mixture, scallions, and cheese.
Then the final layer of tortillas and then cover with tomato sauce and the remaining cheese and ¼ of the scallions. The remaining scallions are for garnish.
Bake your Casserole
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
Bake the casserole covered for 30 minutes until hot all the way through. While the casserole is cooking, dice the tomato.
Plate, drizzle with sour cream, sprinkle with diced tomatoes, and garnish with scallions.
- You can use ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork in this Taco Casserole.
- 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.
- You can substitute the sour cream in this Taco Casserole recipe with light sour cream or even plain greek yogurt.
- In addition to the sour cream, tomatoes, and scallions, you can add crushed tortilla chips or black olives or jalapeno slices.