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Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

As a busy mama (usually running around like a chicken with its head cut off) I’m a firm believer that dinner should be simple, stress-free and quick. However, it also needs to be super tasty, warm and comforting, especially after a long day at work.

There’s nothing I hate more than getting home, exhausted and starving, and throwing a meal together that just doesn’t quite hit the spot. I promise you… this Sante Fe Casserole hits the spot every time! I think my whole family was pretty surprised at how gosh darn delicious this casserole came out.

Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

Brad tried a little a bite before picture time and then wanted to rush me during the casserole photo shoot, to devour a huge serving. 🙂 All of the ingredients are kitchen staples and are probably foods you already have ready-to-go. The RO*TEL is a favorite of mine- the mix of vine-ripened tomatoes and diced green chilis make ordinary recipes come alive with the bold, festive flavor of the Southwest. This casserole works so well to use up leftovers too.

Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

I was pretty happy about not having to precook or sautè any veggies. The zesty RO*TEL adds a lovely color and kick to this dish. With RO*TEL, the green chilis and tomatoes come together in one can… easy, peasy!

Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

This recipe is as basic as they come- stir everything together in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and you’re just 25 minutes away from a warm, guilt-free entree that will please the whole family.

This recipe is as basic as they come- stir everything together in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and you're just 25 minutes away from a warm, guilt-free entree that will please the whole family.

Casseroles get a bad rap, but I adore a good casserole recipe. They are usually very versatile and you can easily swap out one ingredient for another. If you don’t really care for black beans, use kidney beans, instead, or really change it up and substitute corn for the beans. Casseroles don’t have to be high in calories- you can include tons of nutrient rich ingredients in casserole dishes. This one is packed with over 30 grams of protein per serving- wowsers!

This recipe is as basic as they come- stir everything together in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and you're just 25 minutes away from a warm, guilt-free entree that will please the whole family.
Hands down, the easiest, most flavor, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Santa Fe Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 160
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.8g27%
Saturated Fat 6.9g43%
Cholesterol 154.9mg52%
Sodium 411.7mg18%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9.9g41%
Sugar 2.5g3%
Protein 33.2g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:4 -5 servings of 1 1/2 cups
Easy Santa Fe Casserole
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 
Hands down, the easiest, most flavor, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice*
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10 oz. can RO*TEL, drained
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk any milk will work
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup lite shredded Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Optional garnish; chopped fresh cilantro diced avocado and/or salsa
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (how simple is that!?!).
  3. Pour mixture into a casserole dish and bake for about 25 minutes or until center is firm.
  4. Let cool 5-10 mins and serve with desired garnishes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*any rice will work and quinoa would be a great substitute

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican

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 Hands down, the easiest, most flavorful, crowd-pleasing dish- this Santa Fe Casserole will have you in and out of the kitchen in a flash!

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Something to think about….

I’m sure most of my foodie friends, reading this, have tried RO*TEL. It’s such a great product, isn’t it? Such a fabulous addition to a variety of recipes!

I picked up my can of RO*TEL and the other necessities for this recipe while doing my weekly grocery haul at Walmart. You can find the RO*TEL in the aisle with other tomato products.

This recipe is as basic as they come- stir everything together in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and you're just 25 minutes away from a warm, guilt-free entree that will please the whole family.

Don’t forget to pick up your onion and any optional garnishes you’d like in Walmart’s lush produce department!

This recipe is as basic as they come- stir everything together in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and you're just 25 minutes away from a warm, guilt-free entree that will please the whole family.