King Ranch Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Judith N.

This is a little involved, but well worth the effort. A very interesting casserole with sort of a mexican flair. Cut this out of a magazine years ago and have made it ever since. Prep time is just an estimate.

Top Review by Laura123

I have been meaning to make this casserole for quite some time and wish I had gotten around to it's wonderful! I had to cook my chicken so that took some extra time but other than that, it came together pretty quickly for me. I used a small can of mushrooms instead of fresh because that's what I had. I also used regular Fritos corn chips in place of the tortillas and that worked perfectly. I bumped up the chilli powder to 3/4 of a teaspoon and used a dash of ground smoked jalapeno in addition tot he regular spices listed in the recipe. Served it with sour cream, fresh cilantro and salsa as well as some corn bread and green salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In heavy saucepan, over medium heat, saute garlic in 2 Tbls.
  2. butter.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, chili powder, cumin and ground red pepper until smooth and well blended.
  4. Gradually add hot broth and half and half.
  5. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth; set aside.
  6. In large skillet, in remaining 2 Tbls.
  7. butter cook the onion, mushrooms and 1/2 cup red peppers about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  8. Add tomatoes, olives, and chilies.
  9. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until juices have evaporated.
  10. In another skillet heat at least 1/4 inch oil to 375 degrees.
  11. Fry tortilla strips in batches until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes; Drain on paper towels.
  12. Set aside.
  13. Spread half the tomato mixture in a greased shallow baking dish.
  14. Layer with 1/2 each tortilla strips, chicken, reserved broth mixture and cheese.
  15. Repeat layers, ending with cheese.
  16. Top with remaining 1/2 cup red peppers.
  17. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until bubbly.

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