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Tex Mex Lasagna

February 25, 2011

Since it’s Friday, I am very unfocused, and ready to start the weekend, so here’s a quick recipe for you today that I made when we hosted our bible study a few weeks ago.  Seemed like everyone liked it, and I know my family enjoyed the leftovers when they visited this past weekend.  After making it, my suggestion is to add salsa to the mix, as I’ve added in the recipe.  This is apparently a well-known recipe since there are several versions online.  Many sites described it as a “tex-mex lasagna.”

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

i n g r e d i e n t s :

serves about 20

2 large onions, chopped
2 large green bell peppers, chopped,
4 tbsp oil
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans diced tomato and green chilies
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
24  6 in. corn tortillas
1 large jar medium salsa
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

d i r e c t i o n s :

1. Saute onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 mins. or until tender.  Stir in chicken and next seven ingredients.

2. Cut or tear tortillas into one inch squares.

3. Layer bottom of two lightly greased 9 x 13” pans with tor ill tortilla squares.  Cover with chicken mixture, then salsa, then cheese.  Repeat three times (or until you run out.

4. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.

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If you’ve tried this before, and have a better or different version, please let me know.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

41 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    February 28, 2011 10:44 am

    That looks delicious! I’m going to try that recipre for sure.
    Congrats for being published on Freshly Pressed!

  2. February 28, 2011 10:50 am

    This looks tasty! Also, my Friday was very unfocused too! I made something quick and ate it for the weekend too 🙂

  3. February 28, 2011 11:02 am

    Tex-Mex lasagna…who knew?

    Looks yummy. 🙂

  4. February 28, 2011 11:14 am

    This looks really yummy. I think I will give it a try one of these days! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  5. February 28, 2011 11:20 am

    This looks yummy, but what about a layer of beans? Top it off with sliced avocado? Chopped cilantro? Still — what an idea! I will try this 🙂

  6. February 28, 2011 11:28 am

    looks so delicious!!!!

  7. February 28, 2011 11:29 am




  8. February 28, 2011 11:43 am

    OMG! This combines pasta and mexican- my favorite foods.. this is so going in my recipe book! Recipe card printed!

  9. February 28, 2011 12:03 pm

    That looks YUMMY!!!

  10. February 28, 2011 12:04 pm

    The blog is well buit.please help me to perform like this.

  11. February 28, 2011 12:49 pm

    Sounds quick and easy! Something good for a Saturday afternoon.

  12. February 28, 2011 12:58 pm

    youve managed to combine my two favorite foods here…anything mexican and lasagna. and it looks effing outstanding. kudos!

  13. Stef permalink
    February 28, 2011 1:21 pm

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed! Great blog and good looking recipe. I’ll have to try it out!

  14. jule1 permalink
    February 28, 2011 1:25 pm

    I’ve made this before, w/out the soup (don’t think it needs it), and without meat. Black beans and of course salsa! Why would you not put salsa in it if it’s Tex Mex?

    It’s very good, layered with corn tortillas, beans, salsa, cheese, and plain yogurt (in place of sour cream), and any type of other Tex Mex veg. you can think of. Cilantro? Sure. Avocados? Yes! I don’t like green bell peppers, so if I added bell pepper, would use red bell pepper. Could you saute some onions and add them? Why sure! And cumin is a necessary component, in my book. I used homemade black beans, which already had garlic and onion, so didn’t add them when I made the casserole. But if your black beans are canned and lack flavor, then by all means add those savory ingredients.

    I don’t tear the tortillas — no need. I do fry them briefly in seasoned oil (tomato sauce, ground red chili pepper, cilantro), to soften them. Then I put on the bottom, slightly overlapping, and do the same for each layer. After they bake they are so soft it’s easy to cut right through them. The tearing step is unnecessary and time consuming, imo.

    This recipe has been around for a long time and is obviously easy to adapt to your own personal tastes. But a word of warning about the soups — a whole lot of sodium in there, so if you can skip them, I would.

    • February 28, 2011 2:56 pm

      Wow, love all of your suggestions! I think some cumin and avocado would be wonderful with it, and the salsa on the reheated leftovers definitely added some much needed kick to it. Thanks for sharing!

  15. February 28, 2011 1:39 pm

    Seems Yummmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyy…………………

  16. February 28, 2011 1:52 pm

    This looks incredible!

  17. February 28, 2011 1:58 pm

    That looks great! I would love to try this one day soon! Thanks for sharing.

  18. February 28, 2011 2:14 pm

    Looks delicious. Great photo too!

  19. February 28, 2011 2:24 pm

    dang that looks amazing. i might have to steal this recipe from you =]

  20. February 28, 2011 2:33 pm

    I am so ready to eat this! WHAT?! I can’t get at it through my monitor screen?! NOOoooooo!
    Okay, definitely gotta try this!
    Congrats on being FP!

  21. February 28, 2011 3:28 pm


  22. Sherie permalink
    February 28, 2011 3:36 pm

    OMG! Why didn’t I think of this recipe!! I can’t wait to try it!

    I also must add: I found your site because I am stumbling around trying to figure out how I am going to start blogging. Yours was the first blog that I have ever paid attention to…and I love it! I love how you talk about the “unique you” and incorporate it with the everyday world. Whether it is a great recipe or renovation ideas. You have given me inspiration to take the plunge and start my blog. Stay tuned.

  23. February 28, 2011 3:48 pm

    Looks like something my boyfriend would gobble down in .5 seconds! I like your photos btw.

  24. February 28, 2011 4:07 pm

    lovely blog…great picture..and delicious recipe 🙂

  25. reallionnaire permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:37 pm

    nice…havent tried it, but it sounds RIGHT!!!!!

  26. February 28, 2011 5:46 pm

    This looks so delicious!! can’t wait to try this recipe.

  27. February 28, 2011 7:41 pm

    Pictures like that sure don’t make my diet any easier. 😀

  28. February 28, 2011 10:15 pm

    This one looks soo yummyy… simple ingredients and not-that-hard-after all steps ! will definitely try it. thank you for sharing !

  29. February 28, 2011 11:27 pm

    Definately will try this recipe. I’ve seen many variations but this one looks like a winner. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed 🙂

  30. March 1, 2011 1:20 am

    No i have not try it before but i do it now .I think it will be very tasty.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  31. March 1, 2011 1:51 am

    Very nice.That must be very delicious.Maybe as delicious as gheymeh, an Iranian food. visit my blog.Thanks

  32. March 1, 2011 7:48 am

    I am SO glad that this blog was freshly pressed!! I love when there is a food/design blog and this is one of the best Ive ever seen! I may be emailing you soon – I have done a couple of food entries but I want to do more design stuff! PLUS you´re in South Carolina – I´m a CofC alum!! 🙂

  33. March 1, 2011 4:00 pm

    This Tex-Mex Lasagna simply takes my breath away. I’ve never tried a recipe like this, but I can’t wait to make it. Wonderful post, I really enjoyed reading this.

  34. March 2, 2011 1:20 am

    Nice pic. Let me try it tomorrow.

  35. March 7, 2011 3:44 pm

    yummy 😀 !


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