Mexican Chicken Doritos Casserole (extra cheesy!)

Crunch your way into this cheesy, baked Mexican Chicken Doritos Casserole, which is loaded with chopped chicken, black beans, Rotel tomatoes, and cheese. This Mexican inspired dish is one of my personal favorites!

chicken casserole with Dorito chips layered on top
This recipe is so easy, it almost makes itself!

Why this is the BEST Doritos casserole

This Mexican-inspired Doritos casserole is easy to make ahead of time and requires little prep with pre-cooked chicken, or leftover rotisserie chicken.

The entire dish is complete after just 30 minutes in the oven!

baking dish full of Doritos, chicken, beans, tomatoes, and cilantro on the side
use Cool Ranch or original Doritos for this recipe

My family has this recipe almost weekly and it’s absolutely perfect for the busy workweek.

You may make this Mexican comfort food dish if your family like the taste of Mexican cuisine but is sick of taco night.

This Dorito chip casserole is ideal for a get-together with friends or for serving at a potluck.

It serves a lot of people and is a complete dinner in and of itself.

ingredients for Doritos chicken casserole
Mexican-inspired ingredients

Best Ingredients for Doritos Chicken casserole

  • red onion, minced
  • red bell pepper, cut in cubes
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • taco seasoning– use any brand
  • smoked paprika
  • tomato purée
  • diced tomatoes, canned (I used Rotel brand)
  • tomato paste
  • cooked and shredded chicken
  • red beans, drained and washed (you may also use black beans for this recipe)
  • sweet corn, drained and washed (white or yellow corn)
  • grated cheese (cheddar or pepper jack is the best)
  • Doritos chips
sautéed garlic and tomatoes
sautée
skillet with Dorito casserole ingredients
add chicken
baking dish with shredded chicken, corn, beans, and tomatoes
add to baking dish
top with cheese
top with shredded cheese
add doritos
add Doritos and bake

How to make Mexican Doritos casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a parchment paper and grease a 8×8, 11×7, or 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Heat a large skillet with oil on medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and cook for 1 minute then add garlic. Stir until fragrant.
  3. Add taco seasoning, smoked paprika, tomato purée, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and simmer.
  4. Add chicken, red beans, sweet corn and coriander in the skillet.
  5. Transfer chicken mixture in the baking dish. Spread cheese first then Doritos.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.
shredded chicken topped with cheesy Doritos
Love cheese? Add extra shredded cheese to your Doritos layer.

FAQ

How do I make it extra spicy?

The two Rotel tomato cans provide the bulk of the spiciness.

If you want it particularly spicy, use hot Rotel tomatoes or top with jalepeño peppers.

Doritos casserole with extra cheese on a serving spoon
Did somebody say extra cheese?

Can I make ahead of time?

This dinner comes together quickly thanks to the use of pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, or you may pre-make the bulk of the casserole first and store in the fridge until time to bake.

Simply top with cheese and Doritos when ready to cook.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

Allow the casserole to cool down completely at room temperature. Place in an airtight container and refrigerator for up to 5 days. I recommend adding Doritos last if you know there will be leftovers.

Reheat on low-medium heat until hot in the center.

HOW TO FREEZE

Freeze in individual portions in air-tight zippered bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Add Doritos and cheese prior to baking, after defrosting in the fridge overnight.

bowl with Doritos casserole and cilantro

What to serve with Doritos casserole?

I like to add sour cream, extra cheese chives, guacamole, hot sauce and cilantro to my Doritos casserole.

This dish is great served with refried beans, rice, tamales, roasted peppers or tortilla soup.

Can I use other Doritos flavors?

Ranch Doritos, original Doritos, or any other flavor may be used for this recipe.

Can I make this recipe with other meat?

  • Ground Turkey, ground beef, and ground chicken also work well for this recipe
  • For vegan, mushrooms or Beyond Meat Beef Minced.
cheesy Doritos with chicken, beans, cilantro and tomatoes

Doritos Chicken Casserole

This Mexican-inspired Doritos chicken casserole is always a hit! The perfect easy dinner for the entire family, baked and ready in just 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 539 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a parchment paper and grease a 8×8 or 11×7 inch baking dish.
  • Heat a large skillet with oil on medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and cook for 1 minute then add garlic. Stir and cook until fragrant.
  • Add taco seasoning, smoked paprika, tomato purée, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  • Add chicken, red beans, sweet corn and coriander in the skillet. Stir and adjust taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer chicken mixture in the baking dish. Spread cheese first then doritos.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve immediately hot.

Notes

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
Allow the casserole to cool down completely at room temperature. Place in an airtight container and refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Reheat on low-medium heat until hot in the center.
HOW TO FREEZE
Freeze in individual portions in air-tight zippered bags. Label with name and date. Freeze for up to 3 months. Add Doritos and cheese prior to baking, after defrosting in the fridge overnight.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 24gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 685mgPotassium: 701mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1494IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 396mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken casserole, Doritos casserole, Mexican doritos, shredded chicken mexican
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