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Chicken Fajita Casserole Recipe

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Chicken Fajita Casserole

Serve your family this easy and delicious chicken fajita casserole.

Serve your family this easy and delicious chicken fajita casserole.

Easy Family Recipe: Chicken Fajita Casserole

If your family enjoys Mexican food, they will absolutely love this easy and delicious recipe for chicken fajita casserole. This tasty dish will make your mouth water with all of the yummy layers filled with tortillas, refried beans, seasoned chicken, cheese, and fresh veggies. Be sure to serve with all of your favorite fajita toppings and sides for a very filling meal that the whole family will enjoy.

This all-in-one fajita dish feeds our family of four and leaves enough leftovers to prepare another yummy Mexican feast later on in the week. If you wish to prepare this delicious and easy to make casserole dish, read further to find a list of ingredients, step-by-step directions with pictures, helpful tips for preparation, and several ideas for how to serve these tasty leftovers.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

50 min

1 hour 20 min

Serves 6–8 people

Casserole Ingredients

Ingredients to make chicken fajita casserole.

Ingredients to make chicken fajita casserole.

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies, mild
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 8 flour tortillas, 6–8 inch in diameter
  • 1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 onion, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups mexican style shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • cooking spray

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Slice 3 chicken breasts into small, thin strips. Warm 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet and add strips of chicken. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes or until juices run clear.
  2. While cooking the chicken, cut a whole green pepper and half of an onion into small, thin strips.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  4. In a bowl, mix together refried beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and oregano. Add cooked chicken and stir well.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of above mixture to the bottom of a baking dish. Add 4 flour tortillas to the bottom of the dish, overlapping if necessary.
  6. Add half of the remaining mixture to the top of the tortillas. Sprinkle half of the green peppers and onions over mixture. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese over the dish.
  7. Add 4 more flour tortillas and repeat layers in step 6. Wrap with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5–10 minutes before serving.

Helpful Tips for Chicken Fajita Casserole

The above recipe is my family's favorite way to prepare this casserole dish. There have been times that I have made slight adjustments due to being short on time, not having an ingredient on the list, or just playing around with this recipe to see which way is better. Here are a few helpful tips that may come in handy if you wish to try out this dish:

  • If you are running short on time, substitute a package of precooked seasoned chicken strips from the freezer. This kind of chicken will save you 20 minutes on the cooking time.
  • If you are out of any of the spices listed above in the ingredients, use a package of fajita or taco seasoning mix to replace all the spices. Both of these mixes work great in this recipe.
  • If you prefer more tender vegetables in your fajitas, sauté the green peppers and onions for a few minutes before adding them to this casserole dish.
  • If you don't have fresh veggies on hand, substitute a bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables. Make sure to completely thaw the bag before adding in these vegetables.

Chicken Fajita Casserole Poll

Family Meal Ideas for Chicken Fajita Casserole Leftovers

When we make this delicious casserole recipe, we usually have 5 to 6 servings left in the baking dish. Instead of just serving the same meal later on in the week, try one of these ideas for how to serve your family chicken fajita casserole leftovers:

  • Chicken Fajita Nachos: Warm up the casserole in the oven. Spread tortilla chips over a large platter and add the casserole on top of the chips. Add additional toppings such as black olives, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos.
  • Chicken Fajita Tostadas: Heat up the casserole and tostada shells in the oven. Add a serving of the chicken fajita casserole inside the tostada shell. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.
  • Chicken Fajitas over Mexican Rice: Prepare a package of Mexican rice on the stovetop while reheating the casserole in the oven. Pour a serving of rice on a plate and top with casserole leftovers. Add any desired toppings to complete the dish.

I hope I have tempted you enough to try out this delicious and easy to make chicken fajita casserole dish. It has quickly become one of our family's favorite meals. In addition to being so tasty, I love this casserole because I can quickly throw together a second Mexican inspired meal in no time which comes in handy with our busy schedule. If you have any questions or comments about this recipe, feel free to leave these in the comment section below.

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© 2012 Alissa Roberts

Comments

fitlum on January 11, 2019:

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Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on February 20, 2014:

Thanks everyone for all the kind words! We love Mexican food in this house so this recipe pleases everyone in my family. Hope you all enjoy this one as much as we do!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 08, 2014:

The picture is really colorful and appealing. I'll make a slightly different version of this casserole. The hubby doesn't like onions. Thanks for sharing the idea and great directions.

moonlake from America on February 08, 2014:

Sounds so good. I will have to keep track of this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on February 04, 2014:

Your dish seems very yummy... Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 23, 2013:

Thanks so much WhatToCook! Hope you enjoy it!

Brenda from Springfield, MO on June 22, 2013:

This looks really good, and like something i can make up fast on a busy day. Thanks for sharing I look forward to trying it

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on May 22, 2013:

Thanks so much sccanseco, liesl5858, and Aupriann Myers for all your sweet comments! This recipe is definitely one of my favs. Hope you all enjoy it as well!

Aupriann Myers from WASHINGTON on April 15, 2013:

My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. Now I can't wait to go shopping this will be dinner tomorrow night. Thank you for this recipe!

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on April 12, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your interesting recipe, I never cook this recipe but I might try. I love cooking chicken recipes.

sccanseco on April 01, 2013:

Sounds simple and looks delicious! Will try it. Voted up and useful. Thanks!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 30, 2012:

I hope you give it a try vibesites! You won't regret it :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 30, 2012:

Thanks so much FullOfLoveSites! Hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your kind comments!

vibesites from United States on August 29, 2012:

Mmmmmmmm I love chicken. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, I may someday try that. :D

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 29, 2012:

This is a wonderful recipe, definitely it's in my recipe list now. it's very useful and what can I say more, delicious for the eyes and of course for my rumbling stomach. great great hub!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on August 15, 2012:

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on August 15, 2012:

This sounds just wonderful. I am printing it out to give it a try! Thanks Alissa. Voted up and useful

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 14, 2012:

Thanks ishwaryaa22 for all your sweet comments! This dish has always been a big hit with the family and so much cheaper than heading out to the Mexican restaurant. Sorry to hear about the technical issues but so happy you came back to comment again :) I really appreciate all the votes and for the share and pin!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 12, 2012:

Wow! You rightly mentioned "This tasty dish will make your mouth water....."! I like Mexican food. Your recipe is clearly explained and the leftovers ideas are equally interesting. The first & last photos are superb. You have already tempted me to try this delicious dish soon. No wonder, this Mexican delicacy is a huge hit with your family. Rated your dish 5 stars. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & pinned.

P.S. Yesterday, I commented on this hub - maybe due to some odd technical problem or I forgot to press the 'Post Comment' button. I also shared your hub socially. Here I commented again.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on July 12, 2012:

Yes they totally need to add a yummy button! I have said that many times myself especially during the recipe contest. Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for the votes!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 12, 2012:

HubPages seriously needs a "Yummy" button to click for hubs like this. In the meanwhile I voted UP and Awesome!!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 22, 2012:

Thanks so much tjdavis! Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as my family does. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment and sharing with your friends!

Teresa Davis from Moscow, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Sounds and look delicious. I'm going to try this recipe very soon. I'm going to share your recipe with all my friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

I hear you sgbrown! I have found so many delicious recipes through this contest that I can't wait to try out. Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to try it out! Thanks for the votes and for sharing on your blog! :)

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks Jade0215! We just warmed up the leftovers tonight and had some yummy chicken fajitas nachos. Hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks Kelley! Hope you and the family enjoy it! Appreciate the vote up and for sharing!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 20, 2012:

This looks soooo good! I have been looking for a good Mexical Casserole and I think I have found it here! Who am I going to blame when I weigh 500 pounds due to this recipe contest! LOL Voted up, useful and sharing on my blog. Buenos dias! :)

Jade0215 on June 20, 2012:

Oh I need to try this! Looks very good!

kelleyward on June 20, 2012:

This looks amazing! I'm bookmarking this to try soon. Voted up and shared! Kelley

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks so much Simone! It was so good and I was so happy to get the kids to try a dish with onions and green peppers in it. Appreciate you stopping by and for adding your sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Awesome M K Paul! Hope you enjoy it! Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks rjsadowski! Hope the pictures have tempted you enough to give it a try. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

So happy to hear you are going to try it out LaThing! You will have to let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks so much for the votes and sweet comments!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks so much teaches12345! The shortcuts are great when you are pressed for time which for our family is often. Hope you enjoy the recipe if you decide to try it out! Appreciate your visit!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks Beachlife! This recipe is super easy. I usually just serve with chips and salsa and it really is a very filling meal for the family. Hope you get the chance to try it out! Appreciate you stopping by!

Alissa Roberts (author) from Normandy, TN on June 20, 2012:

Thanks so much kgala0405! We love Mexican food in this house so this casserole was a big hit with the family. I appreciate you stopping by and adding your kind comments!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 20, 2012:

I love how colorful this dish is! I bet it tastes AMAZING and I can definitely see how this would be a hit with families.

M K Paul from India on June 20, 2012:

Looks yummy..I think , i'll definitely try it.

rjsadowski on June 20, 2012:

A good recipe with a nice set of pictures.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on June 20, 2012:

Looks delicious, and appetizing! We love to try out different recipes, and this one for sure is going on my 'weekly Menu'. Thanks for the great idea, voting up, and awesome!

Dianna Mendez on June 19, 2012:

Great recipe idea. I like your shortcuts and helpful tips for when you are short on time. I do love the taste of spicy chicken and on fajitas it is even better.

Beachlife on June 19, 2012:

This looks great great. always looking for easy recipes for the kids.

Kevin Galarneau from Michigan on June 19, 2012:

This looks great! I am a huge fan of Mexican food and I think this is a really interesting twist on fajita flavors. Great idea.