Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole – THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd – even picky eaters love this!

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole - THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd - even picky eaters love this!

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This recipe is from Plain Chicken reader, Diane Blake. She was kind enough to share her favorite recipe with me. I’ve never made a Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole, so we gave it a try.  This is one of those dishes that isn’t pretty, but it tastes really good.  We both really enjoyed this.  I used some rotisserie chicken meat and this came together in no time.  We both especially loved the Doritos!  Chicken Legs topped his plate with extra Doritos because you can never have too many Doritos.

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole - THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd - even picky eaters love this!
Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole - THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd - even picky eaters love this!

Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole – THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd – even picky eaters love this!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1ยฝ cups salsa or 1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 (11-oz) can of corn, drained
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese shredded
  • 1 (9.25-oz) bag of nacho cheese Doritos

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Crush the entire bag of Doritos and cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Reserve one cup of cheese. Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bow. Pour chicken mixture over the Doritos.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 min. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and bake 5 additional minutes or until melted.

Notes:

4 jars of salsa on the countertop
  • Our favorite store-bought salsas are Mateoโ€™s, Kylitoโ€™s, Pace Picante Sauce, and Pace Restaurant Style Salsa.
Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole - THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd - even picky eaters love this!
Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole - THE BEST Mexican casserole EVER! Chicken, sour cream cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, salsa, corn, cheese and Doritos! Everyone goes nuts over this casserole. Only takes a minute to assemble and it is ready to eat in 20 minutes. SO quick and easy. Great for a crowd - even picky eaters love this!

Steph

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Comments

  1. I thought it was good. I added black beans, but I felt like it needed to cook longer. It wasn’t super hot coming out.

  2. this looks delicious but it looks runny, can you add cooked rice with it? if so, how much do you recommend?

  3. Can you make this ahead and freeze….what would be the baking time? Would you defrost before baking??

  4. Any idea how this freezes? Like as a make ahead meal planning? There’s not anything that seems freezer UNFRIENDLY but I didn’t know if anyone’s ever tried…Thank YOU!

  5. Enjoyed it in our house. We would suggest more chicken than the recipe calls for, but that’s certainly a personal preference. I was thinking of how to add in some flavor – obviously anything you like on your tacos – green chilis or jalapenos, etc. I was even thinking about rice? Literally eating left-overs as I write this. Make sure to have extra Doritos on hand to give that crunch if warming up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. In the words of my 18yo. “That was the best thing I’ve tasted in a while. I was upset when someone ate the leftovers”. He wants me to make it again. My nephew also loved it. I am vegan but I’ll take their word for it. Thank You

  7. My family has been eating this since the late 70s. In fact I was just thinking this afternoon mmmm I want some enchilada casserole. Only no corn. Would put garlic powder, chili powder, and Tabasco sauce. I would always use rotel tomatoes and canned chicken.

  8. Ok, because all I had was boneless skinless chicken breasts so I just shredded it… hopefully it'll work.

  9. How would this taste if I skipped the salsa/tomatoes? Also, I've read a lot of comments about how runny it is. Would I be better adding noodles or maybe cutting the cream of mushroom in half?

  10. How would this taste if I skipped the salsa/tomatoes? Also, I've read a lot of comments about how runny it is. Would I be better adding noodles or cutting the cream of mushroom in half?

  11. Any idea how this would work with ground turkey instead of chicken? I wonder how much you would use?

  12. This was fabulous! It was a great change of pace for our family's traditional casserole recipes. I loved having the crunchy chips on the bottom. The only issue is that it doesn't reheat well because the chips become very soggy. But I just added some more crunchy ones to the top and it was great!

  13. I was using left overs so changed it up a bit.
    I cut the recipe in half
    Used only the cream of mushroom soup
    No Corn (didn't have any)
    Left over chicken fajita mixture (chicken, onions and peppers, cooked in fajita seasoning)

    This was a wonderful, quick and easy meal that even our almost 3 yo ate.

  14. This is totally approved by my husband and I! I felt like it was kind of like a dip rather than a one-dish meal, but he LOVED it! Said he didn't have enough leftovers at work today, and the guys at work were waning to try it but he didn't let them! My rotisserie chicken wasn't as much as I would like to have next time, and I feel the rotel was a little more than I liked. It seemed more like a dip than a casserole dinner but it was delicious! I loved the corn! The crunch of the kernels is a plus! Thanks for posting! My husband is very appreciative of the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I also make something similar. I don't use corn or CO Mushrooms. I Use Velveetta melted into homemade CO chicken. This so so good. My whole family loves it.

  16. Hi Stephanie,
    I'm making this tonight but adding a few black olives & onions….I know this will be good! Thank you so much for this recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I made this yesterday & it was pretty good. I substituted crushed tomatoes, which we like better than dice, but added an axtra cup of cheese, to try & firm it up. It didn't really work as far as setting it up better, but it was very good none the less. Iused a couple of chicken breasts, which I cut up & browned in a skillet. I have a few pics on my profile page. Good recipe.

  18. I made this last night and we liked it for the most part. A few of us didn't like the spice of the Rotel (I used mild), so would try again with the salsa instead.

  19. I was really excited about trying this. I made it tonight, and didn't change a thing. I didn't like it much. I think the cream of mushroom soup was too much. If I try making it again, I won't add it.

  20. I made this last night and my husband gobbled it down, who would of thought it would be soooooo good. Thank you for sharing its awesome…….

  21. Michele – you can't taste the sour cream in this dish. You could substitute Greek yogurt if you didn't want to use sour cream.

  22. My hubby doesn't like sour cream. I don't think he would taste it in this, but could I omit or sub this for something else?

  23. glutenfree – I usually use the Healthy Request soups – they have lower sodium. My casserole wasn't watery. It will just depend on they type of salsa you use. Try a chunky salsa next time.

  24. Thank you for the recipe! But is it suppose to be semi-watery? And the can soup kinda made it a little too salty, what can I do to make it less?

  25. I made this tonight because I had a bag of organic "doritos" that needed to be used – funny how they make organic doritos. LOL
    Anyway, I used homemade cream-of soups and it turned out great! Thanks for a fabulous recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  26. Love love love! We did as the recipe reads, using rotel mild, and putting some of the dorritos on top, and it was delicous! I am a pretty picky eater, but this will definately be added to my recipe book!

  27. While visiting my family in the south my step-mother made a dish very similar to this one and I have been searching for the recipe for years. Hope this is it!

  28. Eryn Ann – the chips didn't get soggy when I made this dish. If you try the chips on the top, let us know how it turns out!

  29. Don't the chips get soggy on the bottom? This recipe sounds good, but I would think it would work better to put the chips on top so they would stay crispier?

  30. I made this tonight! It is in the oven as of right now ๐Ÿ™‚ The only thing i did differently was add some onions; I also layered it by putting the Doritos then chicken mixture then Doritos until i reached the top. Hope it turns out yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great recipe!

  31. Steph,

    I think this is a pretty recipe. Add some green onions and chopped tomatoes to the top would make it even prettier.

  32. You can make this ahead and freeze it. I would add the chips right before baking rather than freeze them.

  33. Can you make this ahead and freeze it? I'm making it for a new mom and want her to be able to use it when she needs it!

  34. I made this and it was good, but not my favorite of all of the recipes I've tried from you (which are all wonderful). I used the amounts you said, but I think there were too many chips and too much cheese. Aside from the cheese overload, the flavors went well together. I'm going to tweak it a bit the next time I make it. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. I made this for lunch today & my kids & husband gave it a 9 out of 10. They loved it! I used sharp cheddar, rotel tomatoes & sprinkled some chips on top around the edges with the additional cheese in the middle the last 5 min. I thought the chips on bottom seemed a little too done. Thinking of mixing it all together next time so the chips get a little more soft. We liked it though.

  36. Based on the chips, can soup and sour cream you can assume the nutritional value is high sodium, high fat. But that's also why it is so delish!!!

  37. Moni – everything on the blog is "picky eater approved" ๐Ÿ™‚

    SO glad your mom liked it too!

  38. My son loves Doritos so thought I would give it a try. Everyone loved it, even my mother who didn't think that she would (she's picky). Thanks!

  39. I might add we have also made the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and the Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull, she loves telling everyone how yummy they both were. She has found several recipes you have posted that she wants to make, just having a hard time deciding which ones as there are so many that look and sound good to her. Can't wait tonsee what she chooses! We Love your site!!!

  40. Steph, I found your site after choosing several recipes posted on Pininterest.com after saving quite a few recipes that looked solo yummy, discovered most of them came from your site. The photos is what really drew me towards them. I love to cook with my 10 year old Granddaughter! Night before last she made the Dorito Cheesy Chicken Casserole with very little help from Grandma. She was so pleased when everyone had seconds and told her how good it was. She decided to omit the corn as its something I can't have and she topped it with sliced black olives. Will definitely have this again at our house.

  41. I dont have any nacho doritos on hand but I have cool ranch. What do you think of using those instead? Has anybody tried it?

  42. Step daughter was here for spring break and one of the days I made this recipe. She had fun bashing the bag of Doritos to make crumbs! Everybody loved it and I'll make it again for sure.

  43. Love this recipe! We used canned chicken and omitted the cream of mushroom for an extra can of cream of chicken its so good! It's on my favorites now and I've gotten requests on Facebook so I shared this! Thank you for posting this!

  44. I have the same question as Kim! Being from Canada our bags of chips aren't the same as yours so can you tell me how many grams/ounces your bag of Doritos is (not sure how chips are measured by you!)
    Thanks!

    1. I'm in American but I bought a 17oz family sized bag and used half it covered the bottom of a 13×9 dish I had

  45. We used to make this without the corn and it was called King Ranch Chicken. This is a family favorite. Thanks

  46. Oh man. Doritos for dinner! Yes please!! We have a love/hate relationship which usually ends with…umm, did I just finish that whole bag by myself? :\

  47. This looks sinful! I just found your blog via Pinterest (from baked feta pin) & love it! I especially love Meow Mondays ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. I think I just died and went to Doritos heaven. *pass out in own drool*

    Actually, this is such a cool idea. I'm always looking for ideas to incorporate my favorite junk food into meals, because if I do, then it technically won't mean that I'm snacking, which makes the whole process legal, right?

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  49. Not that I am, but I always had a running joke with a couple of my friends ….. that if I ever went to prison, they would have to send me doritos once a month.

    You can guess that means they are my favorite chip.

    Looks awesome.

  50. My girls would absolutely adore this dish! You have so many recipes on your blog they I know they would love. I'm going to have to cook my way through your blog!

  51. We make this all the time (without the corn, though) and I LOVE it!!! Definitely not a pretty meal but soooo good!!

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