Dorito Chicken Casserole Recipe

If you are looking for a quick and delicious Mexican casserole dish, this Dorito chicken casserole is the perfect meal for you. The most work is that involved in this casserole is cooking and shredding the chicken. If you have leftover chicken, this recipe would be a great way to use that up. If you do not, you can cook the chicken any way you like—in the oven, on the stove top, or on the grill. If you want to save time you could also get a cooked rotisserie chicken from the store and shred it. The process to making this delicious casserole is simple—all of the chicken mixture ingredients are mixed in a bowl and then layered in a casserole dish with crushed Doritos and topped with cheese. After the dish has baked you can top with additional ingredients such as lettuce and tomato if you choose. This Dorito chicken casserole makes a perfect dinner for any night of the week. Enjoy. Adapted from Jam Hands.


2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (divided)
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk
½ cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (drained)
½ packet taco seasoning
1 large bag Doritos
Shredded lettuce (optional)
diced tomato (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together shredded chicken, 1 cup of cheese, cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, Ro-tel tomatoes, and taco seasoning. Mix well.
Step 2: Grease a 2-quart casserole dish, and add a layer of crushed Doritos across the bottom. Top with a layer of the chicken mixture. Add another layer of crushed Doritos, and then add another layer of the chicken mixture. Top with remaining cheese. You can add more crushed Doritos on top as well if you wish.
Step 3: Cover and place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30-25 minutes until bubbling hot. Remove from the oven and top with lettuce and tomato if you choose.
(Makes 4 Servings)


95 Responses to “Dorito Chicken Casserole Recipe”

  1. Nury — October 4, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks sinfully delicious! I must try it…I am saving the recipe!

  2. Ramona — October 7, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    Looks quick, simple and delicious!!!

  3. Janet Rowe — October 9, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Can you suggest an alternative ti the Mexican cheese. Icannot get it where I live.

  4. Bobby — October 9, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Janet Rowe- Colby Jack cheese would work fine.

  5. Penny — October 15, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    Looks good! Are Ro-tel tomatoes different than regular old canned tomatoes?

  6. Bobby — October 16, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    Penny – Yes, Ro-tel tomatoes are different than regular canned tomatoes. You should be able to find them in the Mexican section by the taco stuff, or by the regular canned tomatoes.

  7. Jessica — November 10, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    This recipe was delicious!!! Super cheap to make, tasted like taco bell!
    I added cream of mushroom as one half of the 10oz of the cream of chicken.
    I was amazing, I love your recipes

  8. Trish — November 13, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Delish & SOO easy.

  9. Alia — November 19, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    It was amazing, my family was all but fighting for the last bit in the pan!!! I highly recommend a layer of doritos on the top and then the cheese (as suggested at the end of the recipe), it allows the cheese to cook onto it nicely forming this delicious cheesy crunch on the top of the casserole. Might have to do 1.5 of the recipe once my hungry teen comes home again to make sure there is enough for 4 of us 🙂

  10. Lynne — December 3, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    When I told my husband I was making this tonight he almost threw a fit! (He is working the night shift so he won’t get any until tomorrow) I am thinking of trying it with different types of Doritos for different tastes; maybe cool ranch with buffalo seasoning or spicy nacho to kick it up a notch.

  11. Jamie — December 5, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I’m on my way to the market now.I think I will also serve sour cream with the dish.I was planning on making Mexican lasagne but this looks so much quicker. Thank you for the recipe.

  12. Tara — December 28, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    is there a way to work in re-fried beans? could you use the beans in place of the sour cream?

  13. Bobby — December 28, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Tara – I am sorry I do not know. You could try it if you want. If you do try it, please let everyone know how it turns out. Thanks.

  14. Codey — January 1, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    If I substituted the chicken for ground beef would cream of mushroom be ok to use in place of the cream of chicken? I think I will also try mixing in Refried beans as well! Sounds great thanks for sharing!

  15. Cynthia — January 4, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I made this last night and family totally enjoyed it. The only changes I made were enchilada seasoning instead of taco(it’s all I had on hand) and Cool Ranch Doritos instead of regular. It came out so good. We all went back for seconds…glad this makes plenty! I took pictures and posted it on my website, too.

  16. staci — January 21, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    What’s the best type of chicken to use? Chicken breasts or chicken quarters?

  17. Bobby — January 21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    staci – I have only tried using chicken breasts with this recipe but I am sure chicken quarters would be good as well.

  18. Kim — January 30, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Do you have any suggestions as to what I could subsitute for the cream soup. I am gluten intolerant. Would love to try this recipe!!!

  19. staci — January 30, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Great recipe….loved it!

  20. serena — February 4, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    Loved this. I did however switch out the cream of chicken for refried beans I just mixed the milk and sour cream with the beans to thin them out then mixed in everything else. Very quick easy meal

  21. Mitanda — February 12, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    How many calories is in one serving?

  22. Bobby — February 12, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    Mitanda – Sorry, I do not have nutritional information for this recipe.

  23. Wilhelmina — February 12, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    Miss from Miss In the Kitchen has been making Dorito Chicken for years, It’s awesome! A great family meal on a rushed night!

  24. Andrea — February 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Have any of you had problems with the Dorito’s getting soggy? Wanting to make this but thinking instead of layering I will just put the Dorito’s on top.

  25. Amy — March 11, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    In an attempt to lower the calories I used low fat cream of chicken, low fat sour cream, 2% Mexican blend cheese, and baked Doritos. It was still delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.

  26. Heather — March 14, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    It sounds good but is it soggy after it’s done?

  27. Bobby — March 17, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Heather – If you do not want it to be soggy, I would recommend putting all of the Doritos on the top of the casserole.

  28. Pam — March 19, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I just made this and oh my goodness can you say yummy fast cheap and the kids can even make this what a wonderful idea love it I made it like the recipe in glass pan my did not come out soggy at all

  29. Barbara — March 21, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    Which type (flavor)
    of Doritos are used in this recipe?

  30. Lori in Lakewood — March 21, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    DARN ! The kids ate ALL of the Doritos !

  31. Brittany — March 21, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Can you substitute beef in and if you do what would you use in place of the cream of chicken?

  32. Bobby — March 21, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Barbara – nacho cheese Doritos.

    Brittany – I am not sure about the substitute for cream of chicken. I would say that you could substitute beef.

  33. janet — March 22, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    i can not find the ro-tel tomatoes any where, can i just use normal can tomatoes?

  34. Greg — March 22, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    so Ro-tel tomatoes in the chicken mix and regular diced tomatoes for the top then?

  35. deb — March 22, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    can you taste the sour cream. My husband does not like sour cream, any other suggestions.

  36. Lori in Lakewood — March 22, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    Alright, bought more Doritos and told the kids not to touch ! lol I just served it to a bunch of teens and the consensus is it’s a keeper !

  37. Barbara Martin — March 22, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    We’ve always made this with Nacho Cheese Doritos and without the taco seasoning. Will have to try it your way. Sounds delish as well.

  38. marita — March 23, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    i tried this and also used refried beans in it plus i put doritos on top and melted cheese on top it was yummy

  39. Helen — March 24, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    Janet – Rotel is actually not a brand of Tomatoes – it is a mixture of green chili peppers and diced tomatoes. You can but a can of diced chilis and a can of diced tomatoes and use them that way. I prefer this way better because the chilis have some heat and by not buying them already mixed, you can leave the chilis out altogether if you prefer – which I do.

  40. Suzanne — March 24, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Recipe sounds great! Going to try next week. How about a Pinterest button on the page so I can pin it? Thanks!

  41. sara — March 24, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    cover with foil or what?

  42. Diana Coombs — March 25, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! So easy to make and yummy. I used Cool Ranch Doritos. Also, I only had 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend so used 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese along with it. Someone mentioned sour cream, can’t taste it specifically … just creamy.

  43. kamesia — March 26, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Do i have to use cream of mushroom or cream chicken i have neither one?

  44. Tiffany — March 26, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Loved it and so did my family! We topped it with sour cream and salsa! Yummy 🙂

  45. Bobby — March 26, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    kamesia- Sorry, I have not tried this recipe without using the cream of chicken soup, so I cannot comment on how it would taste. If you do try it without the soup, please let everyone know how it turns out. Thanks.

  46. Beth — March 28, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Having this tonight, all ready to put together and put in the oven. Looks wonderful.

  47. Cheryl — March 30, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I cooked this for my family who came over last night for our Easter meal. Has great flavor but was a little crunchy & not enough liquid I think. Would keeping the liquid in the rotel tomatoes help? I had never drained rotel tomatoes before. Maybe too many chips? I used Salba chips in the casseroles I made. They are a healthy chip & taste great in this dish.

  48. Betty — April 4, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    what is the sodium count on this recipe ??

  49. Alicia — April 6, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    I know what we’re having for supper tonight

  50. Brenda Montgomery — April 9, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    I’m making this tonight for Hell’s Kitchen night. My daughters and I get together and take turns cooking and then we watch Hell’s Kitchen. Will let you know what they say. I think they will love it.

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