Chicken Black Bean Casserole Recipe

One of my “go-to” dinners is this chicken black bean casserole. Like so many others, my family really loves Mexican food. It’s the one thing we can usually all agree on when choosing a restaurant. Several years ago I found a recipe for a black bean casserole in a magazine. It was a vegetarian recipe but I’ve been adapting it with chicken and a few other ingredients for an easy dinner option.

Chicken Black Bean Casserole

Make this easy Mexican chicken black bean casserole that feeds a crowd and has lots of options to adapt to your taste.

The great thing about this one is that you can change it up to add, exchange, or exclude some of the ingredients. 

Bring it back to its vegetarian roots by excluding the chicken.

Use pinto beans, kidney beans or some combination of both.

Change up the cheese mixture by using Monterey Jack, Manchego, or Queso cheese.

Try adding corn or different varieties of salsa. The possibilities are many and I’m pretty sure that you can easily find a winner.

One more thing. Similar to dishes like lasagna, and other casseroles, it freezes well so you can make two for dinner and freeze one for another time.

Click here for the recipe: Chicken and Black Bean Casserole

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Make this easy chicken black bean casserole recipe. It's very adaptable & sure to be a family favorite.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. This looks fantastic! Love that it freezes well too!

  2. Nice! Looks like a burrito in a bowl – and black beans are the best – no substitutions there. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Liz,

      I’m glad you liked it. So easy to do and it freezes pretty well so you make two and save one for a busy day.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Does the chicken need to be cooked before you bake it?

    • Hi Crystal,

      I just chop up boneless chicken breast and saute it with the bean mixture for a few minutes before layering it with the tortillas and cheese. This will cook it a little and then it will finish cooking in the oven. You can also use already cooked rotisserie chicken meat and add it to the mix just as you are ready to layer.


  4. Could I use corn tortillas? I don’t really like the flour tortillas. Or do you not really notice them in the finished dish? Either way, I will have to try this. It looks awesome!

  5. Hi Patti, This casserole sounds so good and I like how it can be divided, freezing one for another day! Thanks for the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  6. That looks and sounds great – I love black beans! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

  7. YUM! You can’t go wrong with chicken and black beans! I can’t wait to try this!

    ~stopping by from SITS Sharefest

  8. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I think it might be a winner for both my husband and the kids! Yum! Pinned and sharing. Thanks for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party!

  9. Ok I am drooling in front of my screen at the moment, this looks so yummy! Totally pinning 🙂 xo


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