If you prepare this dish according to the recipe, you’ll end up with a bland, soupy mess. To fix it, and create something really pretty good: (1) drain and rinse the black beans, (2) add a layer of taco chips on the bottom of the baking dish before you add the chicken/bean mixture, (3) add around 5 ounces of the Mexican cheese to the chicken and beans, (4) add a teaspoon of Ancho Chile powder, and one teaspoon of Mexican spice blend, to the bean/chicken/cheese mixture, (5) double the pickled jalapeños, (6) increase the Mexican cheese on the top, after adding a good layer of taco chips, (7) use “chunky” salsa (that generally has less liquid), and (8) bake for 40-45 minutes (but watch, in case your oven runs hot. Ideally, top your servings with guacamole and sour cream, and perhaps some verde taco sauce to taste. Then it’s a hit.
Rating: ***** Super easy and delish. I used leftover home-made veggie chili, left over roasted chicken and saffron rice. Followed the rest of the recipe Steps, and served over rice. And have added another touch to make it even better--- top with chopped fresh tomatoes and cilantro, and dollop of sour cream. OLE!, easy enough for family --- good enough for company or potluck! Thanks IAN for the recipe.
We enjoyed this casual meal. I did alter a few things: I drained the beans (low-sodium); I used a mixture of jarred salsa verde and red salsa to use up what I had on hand; I sprinkled chips on the bottom of the pan as well; and I may have been "loose" with the ounces of cheese. We did not find this too watery at all, in fact it was a bit dry, and next time I will cook it less. I like recipes like this that are easy to add to or change a bit. Easy, tasty, and fun.
This was sooo good...but I modified it. I only used 1 can of beans and drained them, and added prepared Mexican rice (from a package) to the chicken and bean mixture before putting it in the casserole dish. It was perfect, and I’ll definitely make it again.
Absolutely too runny. Drain the beans or your chicken will be swimming in bean water. Not that good anyway.
Very easy! Recommend draining beans -- used "no salt added" from Fred Meyer. Drained 1 can and not the 2nd one -- would have been fine.The salsa I used may have made it a little watery. I increased the jalapenos to 3/4 C and used a 9x13" dish. Easily serves 4-6.
I added corn and a bell/onion mix. Pretty yummy! 😊
A hit. Simple and easy. A little runny, but still great.