Chicken Taco Bake over Chips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 4, 2010


While I was stocking up the freezer, I cooked a few whole chickens in the slow cooker.  One of those times, I combined some of the shredded chicken with a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies, some frozen corn, black beans and ground cumin.

Mix. And Freeze.

Thaw. And Warm.

So simple…I love it!

I found some tortilla chips in the pantry.  You see. My Dad was here recently visiting Tyler, and well, he has a *thang* for chips and salsa!  And by *thang*, I mean that he eats them practically daily. So we’re using up the leftover chips here!

Pile the Chicken Taco mixture on top of some tortilla chips and melt some cheese over the top. That’ll do!

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Chicken Taco Bake over Chips

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes


  • 2 cups shredded chicken ($1.50)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies (free from a coupon)
  • 2 cups frozen corn ($.67)
  • 2 cups cooked black beans ($.20)
  • 1-2 tsp ground cumin ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips ($1)
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese ($.75)
  • 2 broccoli heads ($.82)


  1. Combine shredded chicken, Rotel tomatoes, corn, beans with the ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Pile on top of tortilla chips and top with shredded cheese. Microwave to melt cheese. Omit cheese if dairy-free!
  3. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Serve Chicken Taco Bake over Chips with Broccoli.


Cost $4.99

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Raye Ann January 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I could so easily turn this into a taco salad. Dairy allergies so the cheese is out.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

@Raye Ann,

Would make a delish taco salad. And you can certainly leave off the cheese! One of my boys has an allergy, I suspect the middle little man has an allergy (although not proven!), and I am not eating dairy while nursing baby boy! So I know it’s great without the cheese! Hubs eats the cheesy version!


Raye Ann January 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, With all my allergies I almost always look at how can I make this into something I can eat. When I saw the pic I thought boy would my kids love this now how can I eat it. I also eat a high raw diet so I turn a lot of things into a salad.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

@Raye Ann,

Good for you! I know exactly what you mean about being creative to accomodate dietary needs!


Bethany Rose Morford January 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

This looks delicious.I so enjoy looking around your blog, and am determined to try some of your recipes soon. As a matter of fact, I dreamed about baking with your advice last night. Check it out here.


The Happy Housewife January 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

That looks great Erin! We make a very similar recipe at our house. It is a great way to use up leftovers!


Susie's Homemade January 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

That looks sooooooo good!!


Queen of the House January 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love your site!!! Congratulations on your book, too! This recipe looks like something I have made before and love! I, of course, always need a little sour cream to go along with it!! :)


The Meal Planner January 5, 2010 at 12:39 am

Erin those chicken taco chips look awesome! My hubs and I love to eat appetizer/finger food for supper every once in a while…pop in a movie and enjoy as a family. And chicken nachos is a nice change up from beef. Great recipe.


Jennifer Y January 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

I made something similar, but as a soup. Looks great, will have to try it sometime!


Deeanna January 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

I did something similar with turkey since I got turkey so cheap.

I baked an extra turkey for New Year’s.

A portion of that turkey was added to rice, a can of Rotel, a can of corn, and water. The first day it was a casserole with cilantro mixed in. The 2nd day it was nacho’s with cheese on cilantro on top.

My husband and 2 year old loved it!!!!.


Veronica January 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m going to use the last of my leftover Turkey in this. I know the kids will love it just because it has chips. Funny how they decided what the will and will not eat.


Lori January 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I linked to my chicken quesadilla recipe, but I’ve never used Mr. Linky before, so it just says “Lori” instead of “Quesadillas!” Oops!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 8, 2010 at 9:18 am


No worries! You can relink if you like!


Michelle January 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

I finally have a $5 recipe to share! I’m so excited about it! Asian Meatball soup. Very yummy and light.



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm


Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing :)


Jenny January 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I just made these for lunch. I had everything on hand and they are delicious. Thanks for sharing.


Jenn K October 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I know that I am 9 months late in responding to this post…but your dad can come to our house anytime he wants because I would live on chips and salsa. For reals. :)


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