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Homemade King Ranch Casserole Recipe

This homemade king ranch casserole recipe is loaded with shredded chicken, cheese, tortillas, and a creamy filling - made with a flavorful roux instead of canned soups!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, Tex-Mex
Servings: 8
Calories: 472kcal


  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/4 cup - or you can use butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper chopped (I use jalapeno peppers for extra heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder use your favorite blend, or use Tex-Mex seasonings like ancho, pasilla and/or chipotle powders
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth or use vegetable broth
  • 14 ounces fire roasted tomatoes or use a can of Rotel
  • 1 cup sour cream or Mexican crema
  • 1 pound shredded chicken cooked, or you can use chopped
  • 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese cheddar is good, too, or any melty cheese of choice
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • TOPPINGS: Sliced jalapeno peppers red chili flakes, fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, extra sour cream or crema


  • First, Make the Roux. Start by heating the oil in a large pan over medium heat (or melt the butter if using butter). Add the flour and stir until it is incorporated. Stir constantly for 10 minutes until the roux begins to turn a light brown.
  • Add the onion and peppers. Stir. Cook them down for 5 minutes to soften. The mixture will be somewhat pasty.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the seasonings - chili powder, cumin, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and fire roasted tomatoes. The mixture will thicken up slightly like a chunky sauce. Cook for 5 minutes to let the flavors develop.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream or crema and cooked shredded chicken.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Layer the Casserole. Set 4 tortillas into the bottom of a square casserole dish, then add a few scoops of the chicken and vegetable mixture. Add a layer of shredded cheese.
  • Repeat with two more layers of 4 tortillas, the chicken and vegetable mixture, and a final layer of shredded cheese.
  • Bake the casserole for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly. Garnish with your toppings and serve!


This will serve 8 people.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 482mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1598IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 488mg | Iron: 2mg