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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.

Ground Chicken Taco Casserole with Black Beans

What could be better than layers of taco meat, tortillas, beans, and cheese?  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.  

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

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 9x9 or 10x10 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.  

  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.

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.

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