Dinner Tonight: King Ranch Casserole

I feel like I should apologize.
I feel like such a failure.
Shame on me.
How in the world have I never shown you my King Ranch Casserole recipe before?!?!  It’s a staple in my house!  It’s a staple in every Southern lady’s house.  The other day, it just dawned on me…I haven’t shared this with my peeps.  So, here you go…
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1 pound of cooked, shredded chicken (click here to see how to get your chicken fast!)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz) can of Rotel tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
About 10 or 12 corn tortillas, torn into 1″ or so pieces (just roughly tear them…don’t over-think it!)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Chopped green onions and/or sour cream to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your first 6 ingredients.
In your baking dish, layer half of your chicken mixture followed by a layer of torn tortillas and then a layer of cheese.  Repeat once more.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.  Remove foil and continue to bake another 10 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
Remove from oven, cut into squares and serve.
This is the perfect meal to freeze!  Make this in a disposable pan and freeze for up to 3 months.  This is also a great meal to take to pot lucks!  Perfection!

Happy Friday!!

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} November 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Um. Yes. King Ranch Casserole might be MY VERY FAVORITE MEAL EVER. I love it. I love it so SO much. I could eat it everyday for weeks, for months even, and never tire of it.

  • Amanda Garcia November 22, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I an making this as I type. Just needed to check the recipe as I go šŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea! Can't wait to try it.

    Amanda Garcia

  • Lucia November 23, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I made this tonight and it was DELISH!! Thank you!

  • Lucia November 23, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I made this tonight (and I am not a good cook at all) – my family devoured it!!!

  • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    No ranch flavor! That's just the traditional name!

  • hillary November 24, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Someone brought us king ranch chicken when we had Baby Jonah and I've been wanting it again ever since! Making this first thing after Thanksgiving week. Thank you Shay!

  • hillary November 24, 2013 at 4:23 am

    PS- I think I'll try the new chicken shredding trick I learned with this recipe – you throw hot chicken into your kitchenaid mixer with the whisk attachment and boom! Restaurant quality shreddedness in seconds.

  • Anonymous November 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I made this last night! I left out the bell pepper because I knew my littles wouldn't touch it with green in it. Everyone loved it inculding my mom and dad.
    Thanks,
    Sarah

  • Andrea November 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I know this says corn tortillas, but did you mean flour tortillas? Or do you use the taco shell or Tostitos kind?

  • Mix and Match Mama November 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Nope, I meant corn tortillas. They're sold right next to the flour tortillas. They're a little smaller and made of corn. They're soft like a flour tortilla and not crunchy like a chip. If you can't find them, a flour tortilla will work too!

  • Jaren November 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook as a newlywed! Love it! I also made a King Ranch Dip on my blog…a Paula recipe.

  • Maggie December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I made this after Thanksgiving to use up the left over turkey. I didn't have enough left to make a pound, so I threw in some of the left over ham. It was AWESOME!! A huge hit in my house. It's most definitely going into the meal planning rotation.

  • Anonymous April 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Shay! Approximately how many people would this feed? Thanks! ?

  • Mix and Match Mama April 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Unless otherwise specified, each entree serves 4 hungry adults. Enjoy!

  • Jen McCrady May 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Hey! Are the cooking instructions the same if frozen?

  • Mix and Match Mama May 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    If you're cooking the casserole frozen, it will require an extra 20 minutes or so!

  • Sarah May 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Hi! Should I drain the can of Rotel or just pour the whole thing right on in? Thanks!

  • Mix and Match Mama May 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Don't drain!! Use the whole can. Enjoy!!

  • JillianLee July 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Tried this last week, very good! Suggested it to some of my other mom friends needing to switch up their dinner rotations!

  • Lindsay Hearn September 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Shay! Thank you for this recipe, it looks delish! What would you recommend for someone who just CAN'T do Cream of Mushroom? Can you double up on the Cream of Chicken? Thanks a ton!

  • Mix and Match Mama September 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Cream of Chicken would be an excellent substitute! Enjoy!

  • Lori September 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I'm going to try this tomorrow night. Serve alone or with something else?

  • Leslie S September 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Made this the other night for dinner and thought it was good! A perfect weeknight meal. I just had the leftovers for lunch and u think the leftovers might be even better šŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  • Angie January 21, 2015 at 2:30 am

    I made this tonight, and my whole family loved it! Thank you so much for all your great recipes, I love your blog!

  • Leslie N. February 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    This is in my oven right now and it is delicious (I may have licked the spatula after mixing everything). Can't wait to try it! Thanks Shay!

  • Caty Roberts August 25, 2015 at 12:38 am

    HI Shay! My family loves this recipe but i am wanting to make a batch to freeze for my grandparents. will they need to thaw it before they put it in the oven or just put it in the oven still frozen and cook for additional 20 minutes?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Stick in frozen and cook an additional 20 minutes. They'll love it!!

    • Caty Roberts August 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you!!!!!

  • Jessica Kelly January 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Making this tonight. It's got 10 minutes! I'm a little nervous because I goofed on the Rotel. Thought I had some but I didn't. Hope it still turns out as great as everyone else's!!!