Tortilla Chip Casserole

A playful twist on some traditional Tex-Mex flavors – use tortilla chips for a quick and easy, crowd-pleasing dinner. Bake like a casserole as described below, or pour the casserole mixture on top of crushed up tortilla chips for an easy taco salad.

Tex-Mex Tortilla Chip Casserole

Tortilla Chip Casserole
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Recipe type: Main Entrée
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Serves: 2-4
Main dish
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tomatoes
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • 1 can red kidney beans in chili sauce
  • 1 small can of corn
  • tortilla chips (ie: Tostitos, Doritos)
  • shredded cheddar
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped coriander/cilantro
  • Fresh lettuce, tomato and onion
  • Rice
  • Pico de gallo
  • Jalapeños/Chilis
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/395F.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the onions, garlic and tomatoes and heat in a large saucepan with some oil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in a dash of chili powder and cumin as well as the beans and corn. Stir and heat for another 5 minutes
  4. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Top with crunched up tortilla chips and cheese and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until bubbly.
  5. Top with any of the below and ready to eat!
This need not really be a casserole. Once you’ve heated everything through on the stove top, you can mix and match and serve it as you choose. For example, baking makes the tortilla chips a bit soggy, so if you added them after baking, you’d get more of a crunch.

Similarly, turn this into a taco salad by lining a bowl with crushed up tortilla chips (or Frito chips), then top with the mixture, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion - or use the mixture inside tacos or enchiladas topped with sauce of your liking.

For a super easy, super speedy recipe, swap out all of the stovetop ingredients for a can of prepared chili (like Hormel) - vegetarian or meat as you choose.


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