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Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole

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Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy Tex-Mex dish, combining sweet potatoes with shredded chicken, black beans, and Mexicorn – plus a spicy chipotle sauce and Mexican cheese. High in protein, low in calories, and it makes great left-overs!

Overhead shot of a white casserole dish filled with Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole.

Sweet potatoes are a popular food around here. They are most definitely one of my hubby’s favorite foods. And why not? They are a major super food. So while he rarely requests anything special for dinner, he does request sweet potatoes A LOT.

THIS casserole? It’s so many things:

  • Full of healthy ingredients.
  • Slightly spicy, but not too much. (I swear.)
  • Tex-Mex flavorful, which is our fav.
  • High in protein, low in calories – perfect combo.
  • Unbelievable tasty.
Side shot of a chicken and sweet potato casserole, in a large white dish, on a wooden board.

Ingredients needed for Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole:

For the casserole:

  • Sweet Potatoes – Either 3 large sweet potatoes, or just over three pounds are needed. I boiled mine in some nicely salted water, but you could bake and then mash as well.
  • S&P – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as always.
  • Chicken – To save time, I used rotisserie chicken. You could also bake some chicken in the oven, and then shred.
  • Black Beans – Make sure you rinse well, and then strain well.
  • Mexicorn – One can, or use frozen corn.
  • Cheese – Just 8 ounces of Mexican cheese for the top of the casserole. Add more for cheese lovers!

For the sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • Veggies – I used one medium onion, and about 3-4 cloves of garlic.
  • Chipotle peppers – Use as much as you like, according to your taste buds. I used about 2/3 of a 7 oz. can, and it’s very moderately spicy. Not too much at all.
  • Spices – Cumin, onion powder, and s&p.

To serve:

  • Veggies – If desired, sauté some onions, colored bell peppers, and some jalapeño peppers (for some kick).
  • Avocado – I highly recommend serving this casserole with some avocado slices, or my BEST Chunky Guacamole!
Collage of 1) chopped sweet potatoes, and 2) mashed sweet potatoes.
Collage of 1) a rotisserie chicken, and 2) shredded rotisserie chicken.

How to make Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole:

  1. Boil the potatoes. In a medium sauce pan, add sweet potatoes and cover with water and salt – over medium high heat. Cook until potatoes are fork tender. Strain potatoes, and mash with a potato masher. Spread potatoes evenly in a 9×11 casserole dish.
  2. Shred the chicken. When rotisserie chicken is cool, shred into bite sized pieces. You can also bake some chicken, seasoned well with olive oil, salt, and pepper – and then shred.
  3. Make sauce. In a food processor, add diced tomatoes, chipotle peppers, cumin, and onion powder. Sauté chopped onion in a small pan with olive oil until soft. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the onion and garlic to the food processor, and pulse until well combined.
  4. Combine. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, the rinsed and strained black beans, the strained Mexicorn, and the sauce. Mix well, and spoon evenly over the sweet potato mash.
  5. Add cheese. Sprinkle the Mexican cheese over the top of the casserole, and then if desired, add some reserved black beans and corn.
  6. Bake. Bake in a 350 preheated oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until heated through. If casserole is made in advance, and stored in the refrigerator, bake for longer, but cover it for about half the baking time.
  7. Serve. Serve casserole with some sautéed onions and peppers, some avocado slices, and some chopped cilantro.
Overhead view of a food processor with sauce ingredients, on a wooden board.
Collage of sweet potato mash with the sauce and chicken mixture.
Side shot of a large white casserole filled with chicken and sweet potatoes.

To serve this Mexican Casserole:

Overhead view of sautéed onions and peppers.
Close up of single serving bowl of Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole, with peppers and avocado slices.

Kitchen Tools used for this recipe:

Make this Tex-Mex dish next: Shredded Beef Chipotle Enchiladas

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xoxo ~Sue

Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole

Mexican Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy Tex-Mex dish, combining sweet potatoes with shredded chicken, black beans, and Mexicorn – plus a spicy chipotle sauce and Mexican cheese. High in protein, low in calories, and it makes great left-overs!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Healthy mexican casserole, Mexican Chicken, Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 large servings
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes – or 3 plus pounds
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • 4 cups shredded chicken – rotisserie chicken (or roast your own chicken)
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans – rinsed & strained
  • 1 15 oz. can Mexicorn – strained
  • 8 oz. Mexican cheese – or use pepper jack

The Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion – chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 7 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobe sauce – I used 2/3 of the can. Adjust to your liking.
  • 2 cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes – do not strain
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

To serve:

  • sauteed peppers and onions – to serve
  • sliced avocado – to serve

Instructions

  • Start by peeling and chopping three large sweet potatoes. Cover with water, add salt, and boil until soft. Remove from heat and strain. Than mash and place in 9×11 casserole dish.
  • For the chicken, use either rotisserie chicken or make your own. To bake: butterfly the chicken, drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Shred when slightly cooled and set aside.

For the sauce:

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the diced tomatoes, the chipotle peppers, the ground cumin, and the onion powder.
  • In a small saute pan, cook onion in olive oil for a few minutes, or until soft. Add the minced garlic, and stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add to the blender.
  • Blend all ingredients. 

To assemble the casserole:

  • In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, the black beans, Mexicorn, and the sauce. Stir well to combine. Pour over the sweet potatoes.
  • Add 8 ounces of spicy Mexican cheese or pepper jack cheese to the top of the casserole. I also reserved some black beans and corn, and sprinkled them on the top for decoration. 
  • Bake on 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until warm throughout.
  • Serve with sauteed onions and peppers, some sliced avocado, and some chopped cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 18719IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 2mg

12 Comments

  1. Amazing! Wasn’t sure with tomatoes and sweet potatoes but was I wrong. This is awesome!!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Chris! Thanks you so much for your feedback. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the casserole! 🙂

  2. Healthy and amazing all in one place!

  3. Ann Lopez says:

    Making this again! We enjoy this every few weeks. It’s really becoming a favorite meal. Thanks Sue!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Ann!! Thanks for your sweet comment. I really appreciate it! I saw your mom in July in Algona, and she said you were home recently. Would love to see you sometime and catch up!! Maybe one of these days it will work out. Take care! 🙂

      1. Ann Lopez says:

        That would be fun, Sue! I share your joy of cooking and bakingThis blog is a beautiful tribute to your mom. Forty years later, I still remember her rhubarb dessert, homemade applesauce, chocolate fudge sauce caramel corn and pizza ialso many of the recipes you’ve posted. She was a fantastic cook and baker, and contributor to the community, also just such a nice person!

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Awww, you are so sweet Ann! I miss my mom so much. It’s been hard watching this disease take over. YOUR mother is amazing too, and we so appreciate her stopping in at Good Sam’s. Take care and keep cooking!! 🙂

  4. Delicious!! Quite healthy, spicy and good!! Served to friends and they loved it too. Will make it again and again!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Shari! So glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

  5. I Will be making this!! It looks yummy!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay!! It’s one of our favorites!! 🙂

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