Try this keto-approved chicken taco casserole for a weekday recipe the whole family will love. Made with shredded chicken, taco seasoning, and a variety of delicious toppings, this casserole is a total crowd-pleaser.
Why you'll love this recipe
This Mexican-inspired casserole is family approved!
If you want a quick and easy meal that is sure to please the masses, I highly recommend my keto chicken taco casserole.
This dish combines great flavors with delicious, whole ingredients like shredded rotisserie chicken and shredded cheese.
Plus, it's customizable! Personalize this dish with your toppings of choice, or let everyone at the dinner table choose their own.
Find out how I make this tasty keto dish from home.
The ingredients for this chicken taco casserole dish are all keto-friendly and majorly yummy. Here's what makes this recipe so tasty:
To give this casserole a bit more structure (plus a veggie boost!), I use cauliflower rice.
You can buy frozen cauliflower rice at most major grocery stores. For this recipe, you'll want to pre-thaw your cauliflower rice before cooking to avoid excess moisture.
Your protein source in this recipe is chicken. I think that rotisserie chicken works best for this meal because it's easy to shred (not to mention super tasty).
You can also hand-shred leftover chicken breasts with a fork if that is what you have on hand.
Dairy is an important component of most keto meals because it provides extra fat content and flavor.
This casserole calls for cream cheese and Mexican blend shredded cheese, but you can add whichever cheese you prefer!
Feel feel to sub the Mexican blend for shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella.
Salsa and chiles
A taco casserole wouldn't be complete without salsa and green chiles.
These additions add great flavor and acidity to the dish.
Perhaps the most integral part of any recipe is the seasoning!
This recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning (though you can add it to taste).
Some olive oil is always appreciated in a keto recipe. This addition is purely for cooking purposes, though the extra fat content is a bonus!
Toppings are where you can really start personalizing this recipe to your preferences.
All toppings are totally optional, but you can think about adding:
- Fresh cilantro
- Sour cream or greek yogurt
- Diced tomatoes
- Green onion
- Pickled jalapeno peppers
Here are a few cooking tips to make sure your chicken taco casserole comes out perfectly.
- Try making homemade seasoning for ultimate flavor control!
- Make sure there is sufficient salt in your seasoning mixture.
- Don't overcook your chicken! This will result in a dryer casserole.
- Broil your casserole for the last few minutes of cook time for browned cheese.
How to make chicken taco casserole
Making this chicken taco casserole is super simple (you basically just throw it together!). And it's so tasty, seconds are almost mandatory!
Here's what it looks like when I make my chicken taco casserole recipe at home.
Prep your elements
First things first; prep your elements. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Then, grease your 9x9 baking dish with a bit of butter or cooking oil.
Cook the chicken
Time to cook your protein! Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat on the stove. Then, add in your chicken.
In this recipe, I use 3 cups of shredded chicken (you can use rotisserie chicken or hand-shredded leftover chicken breasts).
Season and combine
This casserole relies on seasonings for an extra burst of flavor! Add 1tbsp of taco seasoning to your shredded chicken and stir to combine.
You may want to add a little bit of water if your taco seasoning doesn't absorb evenly (make sure it cooks off before you start your next step!).
Next, add ½ cup of salsa and a 2 oz. can of green chiles to your chicken mixture. This will also help to dissolve your taco seasoning.
Add 3oz of cream cheese to your skillet, heating and stirring until it is completely dissolved.
Finally, toss in 12oz of cauliflower rice and give everything a good mix.
Prep and bake
Spread the chicken mixture into your prepared baking dish, then top it off with 1 ½ cups of Mexican blend shredded cheese.
Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
Garnish and serve
Remove your chicken taco casserole from the oven and get garnishing!
You can be as traditional or adventurous with your garnish choices. I suggest trying diced tomato, fresh cilantro, and green onion to start.
Serve and enjoy!
What to serve with taco casserole
Feel free to make this recipe your own and get inspired by some possible variations.!
Here are a few ideas to change things up:
- Try shredded turkey as a substitute for chicken.
- Add cayenne pepper to your taco seasoning for an extra kick!
- Drizzle with green enchilada sauce for a bite of acidity.
- Top with a dollop of sour cream or plain greek yogurt.
These are a few common questions I get about my keto chicken taco casserole recipe. If you don't see your question answered, please leave it for me in the comments down below.
What should I top my chicken taco casserole with?
While cilantro is always my number one choice, I understand that many have a special hatred for this ingredient.
You can top your chicken taco salad with chiles, drizzle it with keto-friendly sauces, or keep things plain. The power is in your hands!
Is chicken taco casserole keto-friendly?
This one is!
My chicken taco casserole uses low-carb ingredients that are suitable for a keto diet.
Can I use shredded rotisserie chicken in a taco casserole?
Absolutely. Shredded rotisserie chicken is full of flavor and pre-shredded, making it ideal for quick meal prep.
How do I store this dish for later?
You can store this taco casserole in an air-tight container and store it in your fridge for up to 5 days. If you use this recipe for your weekly meal prep plan, portion out each serving into individual containers and save them in the fridge.
Heat up in the microwave for 45 seconds, and enjoy!
Want more easy dinner ideas? I have several keto-friendly recipes that you can make any day of the week. Here is just a sampling:
- Unstuffed Pepper Casserole transforms a classic comfort food into a keto-approved wonder with seasoned pork, ground beef, and mozzarella cheese.
- Keto Baked Fish Florentine is made with cod fillets, heavy cream, and garlic for positively yummy results!
- Malaysian Chicken Curry will spice up your mealtime with amazing aromas of curry powder, lemongrass, and ginger. The additional coconut milk makes this meal positively dreamy.
- Easy Baked Crabmeat Casserole is an easy, versatile, and tasty seafood bake. Packed with keto-friendly veggies and two types of cheese, this is one of my favorite keto meals.
- Easy Low-Carb Beef Stew is an easy, low-carb recipe that replaces potatoes with tasty turnips and radishes. Try it for yourself!
Keto Chicken Taco Casserole
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x9 baking dish well.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat on the stove.
- Add in the shredded chicken.
- Mix in the taco seasoning, and stir to combine.
- Pour in the salsa and green chilis.
- Add the cream cheese to the skillet, and stir until completely melted.
- Toss in the cauliflower rice, and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture into the baking dish, and top with the shredded cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove, and garnish with your toppings of choice before serving.
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