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Mexican Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole

Mexican Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican Inspired
Keyword easy-chicken-reipes, mexican-chicken-recipes, mexican-salsa,chicken-rice-casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 563kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 2 5 oz packages Spanish flavored rice, cooked and cooled
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 10 ¾ oz can cheddar or fiesta nacho cheese soup
  • 1 ½ cup 2% or whole milk
  • 8 oz onion & chive cream cheese softened
  • 3-4 cup rotisserie chicken roughly chopped
  • 1 16 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Suggested toppings: pico de gallo. sour cream guacamole


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, saute the diced onion and poblano pepper in a couple of drizzles of olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown then remove from the heat.
  • In a stand blender whip together the soup, milk and cream cheese until smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cooked rice, onion and pepper, blended sauce, chicken, pinto beans, salsa and seasonings. Mix well then pour into the baking dish.
  • Top with the shredded cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly.
  • Rest for 10 minutes before serving with pico de gallo and a dollop of sour cream.


For a milder version use plain cheddar cheese soup and mild salsa. For a spicier version use fiesta nacho soup and medium or hot salsa.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1992mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 1mg