Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole Recipe

Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole - for when you can't decide between Mexican and Italian for dinner! This is super easy to make and tastes AMAZING! Chicken, pasta, Alfredo sauce, taco seasoning, salsa, onion, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
pasta on a spoon

Easy Make-Ahead Chicken and Pasta Casserole

This recipe combines all of my favorite foods - chicken, Mexican food and pasta. Perfect for when you can't decide between taco night and pasta night! I love everything about this Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole. Chicken, pasta, taco seasoning, Alfredo sauce, salsa, and cheese. We ate this for lunch and leftover for dinner the same day. It was that good! Serve this with some crusty bread and a side salad and you are in for a treat!

chicken pasta casserole in a baking dish

How to Make Mexican Chicken Alfredo Pasta Casserole

This Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole is super easy to make. Start with boiling the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, chop the cooked chicken and mix together the Alfredo sauce, salsa, taco seasoning, onion, and ricotta cheese. Add the cooked pasta to the chicken mixture and spread into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Top the casserole with some grated parmesan cheese and bake.

To cut down on prep time, I used a rotisserie chicken for the cooked chicken in this recipe. Rotisserie chickens are my number one shortcut. They make casseroles like this a breeze! I always have some pulled rotisserie chicken in the freezer.

I like to use Rao's jarred Alfredo sauce. I also like Trader Joe's jarred Alfredo sauce. For the salsa, I used Mateo's. I buy it at Walmart and Costco. It is the BEST!

Can Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole be Frozen

This Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. I love walking in after a long day and popping the casserole dish in the oven for an easy dinner. This also makes a great freezer meal. You can even split the pasta between two 8-inch pans and cook one now and freeze one for later. I freeze this casserole unbaked. To bake the casserole after freezing, thaw the casserole completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed below.

You can also freeze any leftovers for a quick meal later. To reheat after freezing, thaw completely and reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.

This is a great casserole to take to someone that just had a baby or surgery. It is also great for potlucks!

chicken pasta on a plate

What to Serve with Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole

This Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole has quickly become a favorite in our house. It is so quick and easy to make. We like to top our pasta with some extra salsa. Sometimes we even add a little sour cream too. YUM! Here are some of our favorite side dishes that go great with this yummy Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole:







spoonful of chicken pasta casserole
chicken pasta casserole in baking dish
spoonful of chicken pasta casserole
plateful of chicken pasta casserole
plateful of chicken pasta casserole
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Yield: serves 8

Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole Recipe

prep time: 15 minscook time: 50 mins total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Mexican Chicken Alfredo Casserole - for when you can't decide between Mexican and Italian for dinner! This is super easy to make and tastes AMAZING! Chicken, pasta, Alfredo sauce, taco seasoning, salsa, onion, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. #casserole #chicken #pastacasserole #chickenalfredo #mexicanfood

ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz)  package penne pasta
  • 4 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion flakes
  • 2 (15-oz) jars Alfredo sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Combine cooked chicken, onion, Alfredo sauce, salsa, ricotta cheese, and taco seasoning. Stir in cooked pasta. Spread into prepared baking dish.
  4. Top casserole with grated parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake covered for 50 to 60 minutes, until bubbly.

NOTES:

Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
Can split casserole between two 8x8-inch baking dishes.


MORE CASSEROLE RECIPES:
Three Cheese Chicken Rosa Pasta Bake
Overnight King Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese
Instant Pot BBQ Spaghetti
Baked Pasta with Sausage & Spinach
Favorite Baked Spaghetti

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
Deep Dish 9x13-inch Baking Dish
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls



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5 comments

  1. What can you use instead of ricotta cheese I don't really care of it.

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    1. You can use cottage cheese or even some cream cheeze

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  2. Cut recipe in half, but used 3 cups chicken, 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, omitted taco seasoning and put Parmesan in casserole. Made three small casseroles for family of two. Froze two of them for future meals. Delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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  3. I made half a recipe as there’s only two of us. I totally cheated and used two packages of Barilla ready Penne pasta (that is 4 servings, so equivalent to 8 oz dry pasta). Microwaved each package 30 seconds instead of 60, just enough to break it up to stir in easily. It looks really awesome can’t wait to try it. Will top with Parm and bake off during the week. Can’t wait to taste it.

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