Mexican Casserole

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This Mexican casserole is an easy weekday dinner idea that is full of Spanish rice, chicken, and melty cheese. It’s flavorful and everyone will love it!

If you love Mexican food, you’ll love this casserole! It has all the flavors of Spanish rice, chicken,  salsa, and taco seasoning all combined into one cheesy and delicious dish!

Mexican casserole topped with cilantro in a baking dish

for Mexican Food Lovers

Do you love Mexican food? Do you love rice, chicken, and cheese? Then this casserole recipe is for you! This is a super easy recipe you can whip up during the week when you forgot to think about what to make for dinner.

Use any leftover Mexican or Spanish rice you have, or you can use a box mix of rice too. Throw everything into a casserole dish, bake in the oven, and dinner is served.

This is a GREAT dinner idea to bring to a friend or family member who is in need of a meal. It’s easy to transfer from your house to someone else’s. Bring along a fresh fruit salad and you’ve got the perfect dinner.

We also make this Mexican casserole when we have company coming over. It’s easy to put together and throw into the oven. So many reasons to make this Mexican casserole!

Spanish rice in a casserole dish for Mexican casserole

How to Make It

INGREDIENTS. You’ll need 1 1/2 cups of Mexican rice and 4 cooked chicken breasts that are cut into cubes. Add the cubed chicken to a large saucepan with vegetable oil and cook with taco seasoning and minced garlic. While the chicken is cooking, combine the cream of chicken soup, green chiles and salsa.

ASSEMBLE. Layer 1/2 the rice, 1/2 the chicken and 1/2 the soup and salsa mixture in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Add 2 cups of the cheese on top. Repeat layers once more ending with the cheese.

BAKE. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. That’s it!

Easiest dinner ever, right?

Mexican Casserole Topping Ideas

No Mexican dish is complete without the classic toppings, right? Add any of the following to individual servings of your casserole:

Spanish rice and chicken layers for mexican chicken casserole

perfect for freezing!

Making Ahead. This Mexican casserole is great for making ahead of time. Just prepare everything in the casserole dish up until cooking. Instead of cooking it in the oven, keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to make it.

It will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. Or you could put it in a freezer-safe container and freeze it for 3-4 months until ready to bake. Perfect for meal prepping, taking to friends in need and more.

Leftovers. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge- which should last for 3-4 days. Leftovers of this casserole make a great lunch for the next day- yummy!! Just heat it up in the microwave when you’re ready to eat it.

Easy Mexican casserole in a baking dish

great sides with this casserole:

For more mexican-style casseroles, try:

Mexican Casserole Recipe

5 from 7 votes

This Mexican casserole is an easy weekday dinner idea that is full of Spanish rice, chicken, and melty cheese. It's flavorful and everyone will love it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 298 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican Rice
  • 4 chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 cups Mexican cheese
  • 1 1/2 10.75 oz. cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add cubed chicken to a large saucepan with vegetable oil and cook with taco seasoning and minced garlic.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 and grease 9x13 dish.

  3. Combine cream of chicken soup, green chiles and salsa. 

  4. Layer 1/2 the rice, 1/2 the chicken and 1/2 the soup and salsa mixture in your baking dish. Add 2 cups of cheese on top. Repeat layers once more ending with the cheese. 

  5. Bake for 40 minutes and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was amazing!! It had so much flavor & was very simple to make. We love Mexican food, so having it in a casserole form is a great idea! Perfect for feeding a crowd.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I always make your mexican rice when we Have MEXICAN food then freeze the LEFTOVERS specifically to make this casserole!