Truly Scrumptious

Posted September 17, 2015 by Elizabeth in Beyond the Books, discussion/ 10 Comments
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For Beyond the Books this week, Karen is asking us to share our favorite foods or a recipe. In the last year, I’ve done posts on my favorite foods to eat while reading, and  my love of breakfast foods. As a person who doesn’t really like to cook, my interest in scrumptious food is quite a conundrum. I am an able cook, I’m not scared of experimenting with new recipes, but I live alone and it doesn’t seem worth the time and effort for myself. When you’re only feeding one person you end up with tons of leftovers and not only did you cook it all, now you have to clean it up. I like to make things I can portion out and freeze, like making a big pot of stew or chili on a Sunday.

I grew up in Connecticut and now live in Massachusetts, but I spent the first years out of college in Texas where I picked up my love of Southwestern cuisine, Tex-Mex,  or whatever you like  to call it. Not for the spiciness, but for the combination of textures and flavors. I love a rice, beans and corn bowl. I am going to share a super-easy, scrumptious, re-heatable, and fast casserole. It also easily lends itself to substituting ingredients.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole – serves about 6-8

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
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  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 can chicken broth
  • 1/2 can Ro-Tel tomatoes – Drain or not, your choice. (Substitute pico de gallo if unavailable.)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 dozen corn tortillas cut into 2″ pieces
  • 2 cups grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 1/4 lb cooked chicken, cubed


  1. Mix liquids together.
  2. Grease 2 1/2 quart baking dish. I’ve used both lasagna pans and oval casseroles.
  3. Layer in dish at least twice.
  4. chicken, tortillas, onions, sauce, cheese
  5. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve with corn bread and salad.
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There are versions of this cheesy goodness floating around all over the internet. I have a friend who uses tortilla chips instead of the corn tortillas and then she doesn’t drain the tomatoes but adds a little more  broth. She discovered this option when she had everything mixed and went to get the tortillas and they were gone. She substituted Cool Ranch Doritos, which the kids loved, but the adults thought was a little much.

You may want to use low-sodium soups, since canned soups contain so much sodium.

If you try this, let me know how your family likes it. It freezes and reheats well, even better the next day, like a  good lasagna.

Visit KissinBlueKaren and the other Beyond the Books participants to find more scrumptious recipes and yummy ideas.


10 responses to “Truly Scrumptious

  1. Yum, I love spicy food! Hubs was in Houston recently and he came back with a great Tex-Mex cooking book 🙂 We’ve been experimenting with various dishes…

  2. The casserole sounds yummy and I’ll have to try it. My family is very picky but it has everything in it that they love. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yum! The cheesiness is hard to resist and I like how versatile it is. I don’t make many casseroles but I think everyone would like that. I have a hard time cooking when it’s just me and my 5 year old. Neither of us are big eaters and he’s probably happier with a cheese sandwich and chips!

  4. That casserole sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can totally understand not wanting to cook for yourself. I hate the clean up and also putting leftovers away is a whole job in my house. It sucks that there isn’t more recipes for one.

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