Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole

TacoCasseroleThis Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole from MyRecipes.com would make a great group recipes to share with friends or roommates. It’s very easy to make, and only costs $2.29 per serving.

Here is the original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 9 (5-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack (8 oz.)
  • 1 small tomato, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place in a small skillet and add cold water to cover. 
  4. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, turning once or twice, until opaque and firm, about 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove, let cool and cut into small pieces or shred. You should have about 3 cups cut-up chicken.
  6. Spread one-third of sauce over bottom of a 7-by-11-inch baking dish. 
  7. Arrange 3 tortillas, slightly overlapping, on top. 
  8. Sprinkle one-third of chicken and cilantro over tortillas. 
  9. Top with a third of cheese. 
  10. Make two more layers of sauce, tortillas, chicken, cilantro and cheese.
  11. Arrange tomato on final layer of cheese. 
  12. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes. 
  13. Remove foil and cook until top is lightly browned, 10 minutes more.

Reviews were generally positive, though some reviewers had suggestions for improvements:

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Cheesy Onion Casserole

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I found this Cheesy Onion Casserole on Instructables, though it was originally posted on the Forkable blog. It is basically like a French Onion Soup-type casserole, and it sounds amazing. This is definitely a dish to make with friends, and serving it as a group dish would alleviate costs, making it an even cheaper dish.

Here is the original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tbs butter or margarine
  • 3 large sweet onions or 4 medium white or yellow onions
  • 2 c. shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted**
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 8 or so slices of French bread

Directions:

  1. Slice onions.
  2. Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and add onions. 
  3. Saute onions until clear, a little brown is okay. 
  4. In a shallow 2 qt. casserole pan, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese and pepper to taste.
  5. In a sauce pan, heat soup, milk, and soy sauce, stirring to blend. 
  6. Pour soup mixture in a casserole and stir gently to mix. 
  7. Top with bread slices. 
  8. Bake at 350 uncovered for 15 minutes. 
  9. After 15 minutes, top of bread should be nice and toasted.
  10. Push bread slices under the sauce and top with the remaining cheese.  
  11. Bake for 15 more minutes and you are done!
    **You can make this vegetarian by substituting cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken.

This recipe definitely requires more steps than most recipes college students are willing to prepare, but if it is made for a group dinner, the work can be divided.

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Reviewers had great things to say about the recipe, though some responded with ideas to make the recipe a little less soupy. Others offered substitution suggestions:

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