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This flavor-packed Mexican Chicken Casserole with rice is as easy as dump, mix, cover and bake! It’s a cheesy, hearty meal that’s as simple as it gets!

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Mexican chicken casserole on a white plate

Wanna know my favorite kind of recipes? Well, ones that are topped with ice cream are actually my favorite, BUT when it comes to dinner recipes, I like them to be EASY. Like dump, stir, cook….that easy. And this Mexican Chicken Casserole most definitely fits the bill.

This is a recipe I can imagine a busy parent making after work….with a baby on their hip and a toddler running around making a mess. (Or maybe I’m just imagining my current situation?) 🙂 Luckily it just takes a few minutes to put this one together and you’ll be back to wrangling kiddos before you know it!

Mexican chicken casserole on a white plate with a dish towel in the background

Ingredients Needed

  • Mexican Rice – See photo below to see the brand I use
  • Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Diced Tomatoes & Chilies – I use the original Rotel tomatoes, but you could also use the “hot” version for a little more kick
  • Black Beans – I prefer to use the low or no-sodium black beans for this recipe
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Water
  • Chicken – A shredded rotisserie chicken works really great for this. You could also use diced or shredded grilled chicken or any other cooked chicken you have on hand
  • Cheddar Cheese – If you want a little extra kick, you could swap the cheddar cheese for pepper jack
  • Crushed Chips – Tortilla chips, corn chips, Doritos, etc. all work great!
  • Optional Toppings such as additional crushed chips, sour cream, guacamole, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, etc.
ingredients needed for a super easy Mexican Chicken Casserole

How to Make Mexican Chicken Casserole

I love how simple this recipe is!! It’s really as easy as dump, stir, cover and bake. See photos below for details!

  1. Dump all ingredients (except for the tortilla chips and 1 cup of the cheese) into a greased casserole dish
  2. Stir well
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  4. Add the crushed chips and give the casserole a stir
  5. Top with the remaining cheddar cheese
  6. Bake an additional 20 minutes (uncovered) and enjoy!!!

How to Serve & Store Mexican Chicken Casserole

My favorite way to eat this casserole is piping hot out of the oven with a dollop of sour cream, a scoop of salsa and a sprinkling of green onions. There are truly so many other topping options to choose from – jalapenos, crushed chips, hot sauce, guacamole or avocado, tomatoes, etc. I love recipes that can be customizable with toppings – so fun!

Leftover casserole can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. We like to heat the leftovers up and eat as is OR as a dip with tortilla chip scoops! We also put some of the mixture into a tortilla and enjoyed it as a quesadilla. Get creative!

gold fork with bite of casserole on it

Other Quick & Easy Recipes

Honey Garlic Chicken – Tender chicken cooked to perfection in a flavorful honey garlic sauce on a bed of rice – even better than your favorite take-out!

Chicken Stuffing Casserole – Another super easy dump & bake recipe!! With meat, veggies and stuffing all in one dish, supper will be on the table before you know it!

Pizza Braid – The perfect kid-friendly meal! It starts with a refrigerated pizza crust and then filling ingredients are customizable to best suit your family’s tastes!

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5 from 2 votes

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
8 servings
This flavor-packed Mexican Chicken Casserole is as easy as dump, mix and bake! It's cheesy, hearty and so satisfying!!


  • One 5.4 ounce packet Mexican rice*
  • One 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • One 10 ounce can diced tomatoes & chilies (such as Rotel tomatoes)
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • One 1 ounce packet taco seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips OR corn chips
  • toppings such as sour cream, salsa, cilantro, etc.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13" casserole dish.
  • Dump the rice, cream of chicken soup, tomatoes (don't drain), beans, taco seasoning, water, chicken and 1 cup of the cheese; mix well.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, add the chips and give the casserole a good stir. Top with the remaining cheese and bake an additional 20 minutes uncovered.
  • Serve with toppings, if desired.


*5.4 – 6.4 oz package will work.  I use this one.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 767IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. If you don’t like Cream of Chicken Soup can you use Cream of Celery or Cream of Mushroom?

    Looks good.

    1. Hi Janice! Though I’ve never tried it, I’m sure it would work just fine!! 🙂 Hope you enjoy this recipe!! -Kelsey

  2. 5 stars
    We made this last week and it was so easy! We adapted to make it gluten free. We made our own rice and seasoned with some oregano, cilantro and paprika since the rice packet mentioned has wheat. We did use cream of mushroom because it’s the variety I could find that was gluten free/ Grabbed some rotisserie chicken from the store + sautéed some green bell peppers and onions to throw in because they needed to be used. We will definitely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    This has become a go to recipe! I didn’t realize I was out of chicken when putting this together, so I used ground beef and it was just as delicious! Thanks for sharing this.