Salsa Verde Chicken Tater Tot Casserole – ridiculously good! Everyone LOVES this easy Mexican casserole!! Chicken, green chiles, sour cream, chicken broth, cumin, flour and butter. No cream of anything soup! We make this at least once a month! SO good!!
Stop what you are doing and make this Salsa Verde Chicken Tater Tot Casserole!! OMG! Crazy good!!! Chicken and tater tots tossed in a creamy green chile sauce and pepper jack cheese. All of my favorites in one pan! We ate this for lunch and leftover for dinner the same day.
The creamy green chile sauce is one of my favorites. It is so easy to make and it doesn’t have any Cream of Anything soup. I always use full fat sour cream in the sauce. I haven’t tried it with low-fat or fat-free sour cream. If you try either one of those varieties, let me know how it turns out.
This casserole has a little kick from the green chiles and pepper jack cheese. You can certainly use a different cheese if you are worried about the heat from the pepper jack cheese. Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese would work great.
Salsa Verde Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4-oz) can diced green chilies
1 tsp cumin
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1 (32-oz) bag frozen tater tots
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Allow sauce to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, chiles and cumin.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, tater tots, cheese and sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Made this tonight. When my hubby and son asked what was for dinner, as soon as I told them, they both gave me that yuck face and said “I hate casseroles.” I know this and I’m used to this reaction but I still keep trying cause, guess what? I love casseroles!! I told them to trust me, that I had a feeling they would change their mind about this one. I didn’t have a rotisserie chicken on hand so I cooked my chicken breasts with Famous Dave’s Country Roast Chicken rub. Everything else, the recipe was followed to a “t”. THEY LOVED IT! I LOVED IT! We were scrapping the dish clean! Haha!! No more casserole doubt in this house!
This was amazing. My son ate 1/4 of the pan the first night. My new fave and it’s not hard to make at all.
Just made this tonight. Was delicious 🤤
I think it would also be good with shredded beef. This will be a regular on my menu. My boyfriend ate almost the entire casserole alone. He’s taking the leftovers tomorrow for work. Thank you for the great recipe!!
Do you think you could sub Greek yogurt in for the sour cream. Can't wait to try this hotdish!
I haven't tried this with Greek yogurt, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Enjoy!
Any suggestions for a side dish? Does it need one?
We usually eat some Southwestern Black Beans with it – https://www.plainchicken.com/2017/01/southwestern-black-beans.html. You could also make a quick salad with some guacamole on top.
I got lazy and didn't do the whole melted butter/flour in a pan thing. I just mixed all the ingredients in the baking dish and threw it in the oven. It was so, so good! Thank you for the recipe!
Had a similiar casserole but lost it. So glad to find this one. In memory comparing my old recipe it froze beautifully. I would think this one would also. I am a great believer in once fixing twice eating. Thanks Steph for all the hard work you do. I know I can always find something great on your site. Gwen
OMG! Had this tonight and this was so GOOD!!!! Lick the pan good! I love that it doesn't rely on cream of anything soup too! This is definitely a keeper in our house!
Made this friday night, added a can of white corn. So delicious!
Would this work as a freezer meal? Make up and freeze before cooking?