This Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Casserole has layers of pan toasted corn tortillas, shredded poached chicken, Monterey Jack cheese and a homemade salsa verde, all bake until hot and bubbly brown.
When I make this, my house literally smells like a Mexican restaurant. I love it. Maybe it’s the fresh tortillas I buy and have to cook and toast in a skillet, creating this amazing toasted corn aroma through out the house? It’s mouthwateringly delicious.
So this casserole is all kinds of yum. And can be made [mostly] from scratch with homemade salsa verde, left over shredded roasted or poached chicken — which is what I did. I don’t make tortillas or cheese from scratch. This casserole was so simple to throw together and was utterly delicious, not to mention it smelled heavenly.
As things layered with cheese normally do.
To Make This Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Casserole You Will Need:
- yellow onion
- salsa verde
- diced green chiles
- shredded cooked chicken
- sour cream
- crumbled cotija
- shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
- 12 yellow corn tortillas
I bought fresh tortillas that are raw and need to be cooked in a skillet. I prefer this as they taste infinitely better and only take about 40 to 60 seconds. Once the tortilla is cooked, I leave it in the skillet a smidgen longer to toast. If using already cooked tortillas, you’ll need to toast them still. Though I highly, highly suggest purchasing fresh tortillas.
Preheat your oven to 375℉ (or 190℃).
Sauté 1 cup of diced yellow onion in olive oil until tender, then add in the 1 clove [finely minced] garlic and cooked for 1 to 2 minutes. Then add the cooked onion mixture and 4 ounces diced green chiles into a bowl with the shredded cooked chicken. Toss to combine.
In a 10 x 10 x 2 metal baking pan [affiliate], arrange 4 of the toasted corn tortillas.
Top with 1/2 of the chicken mixture.
Spread a 1/2 cup of the salsa verde over top.
Then spread 1/3 cup of sour cream over top of the salsa and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons crumbled cotija and 1/2 cup of the Monterey Jack cheese.
Then repeat a second time; 4 toasted tortillas, the rest of the chicken mixture, 1/2 cup salsa verde, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons cotija and 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack cheese.
Top with the last 4 tortillas and the remaining 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/3 cup of sour cream.
Top with the last 2 tablespoons of cotija and cup of Monterey Jack.
Slide the whole pan into your preheated 350° oven to bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the salsa verde chicken tortilla casserole is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.
I really wish you could smell this.
This could feed four or 3 small portions if you are having some sides like refried beans and rice. Otherwise 4 generous portions is perfect. I just sprinkle with a little fresh cilantro and serve it with hot sauce.
My entire family LOVES this recipe and I hope yours does too!
Salsa Verde Chicken Tortilla Casserole
- 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, pan toasted
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- kosher salt
- 4 ounces diced green chiles
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1½ cups salsa verde, or tomatillo salsa
- 1 cup sour cream
- 6 tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese
- 2 cups freshly grated Monterey Jack Cheese
- Preheat your oven to 375℉ (or 190℃).
- Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-low and sauté onions until softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add in garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Then place the onions and garlic along with the green chiles into a bowl with the cooked and shredded chicken, stir to combine.
- Place 4 toasted tortillas into the bottom of a 10x2 square metal pan (an 8x8 pan can be used if in a pinch, just overlap more). Spread half of the chicken/onion mixture on top of the tortillas, then 1/2 cup of salsa, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons cotija and 1/3 of the Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat one more time; 4 more tortillas, the remaining chicken mixture, 1/2 cup salsa, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons cotija and half of the remaining Monterey Jack cheese.
- Then, for the last layer, place the remaining tortillas on top and spread the salsa and sour cream, then sprinkle with the last of the cotija and Monterey Jack cheese.
- Bake on the middle rack of your oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown on top.
- Serve with a scattering of fresh cilantro leaves.
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