This is one of those dinners you can make with ingredients that are in your pantry. It takes little prep and your kids can even put it together. Needless to say this is one of my go-to meals. Easy, delicious and the kids will eat it. Certainly a win-win! I am going to try to give you measurements but please note that none of these are exact.
Here’s the recipe:
Several cups of tortilla chips
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 can black beans
1/2 cup salsa
2 cups cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your two chicken breasts. I generally boil them, but you can bake them or use canned chicken, or left over rotissere chicken. I have used each one of these ways and they always turn out well, heck I even used leftover turkey once and it was just as delicious. Basically, you just need some cooked meat. I have yet to try it with ground beef or beef chunks but I am sure it would be good.
Place a layer of chips in the bottom of your 13X9 baking pan.
Open your can of black beans and drain most of the liquid off. Spread beans evenly over the chips. You could use pinto beans, refried beans, or whatever beans your family enjoys most. My family likes black beans so we always have them on hand.
Sprinkle diced chicken over the entire pan.
Measure your salsa and drizzle over the top. We only use 1/2 cup because a couple of our kids are sensitive to things being too spicy. I think this you could increase this up to 1 cup if your family was more tollerant.
Cover top with cheese. You are going to want the cheese to get nice and gooey. Nothing is better than gooey stringy cheese so pile it on!
Place in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. At that time turn oven up to 450 for an additional 5 minutes to get the cheese all nice and golden brown. If you don’t like golden brown cheese you can skip the step of increasing the temperature, but I think the crispy cheese is delicious.
Remove from oven and serve it up. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream. Scallions and tomatoes would be great, but I don’t always have those on hand and even if I do sometimes I don’t want to chop them up. This is one of my easy meals and I like to keep it that way.