Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet


Cinco de Mayo is just two days away and this Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet should be part of the fiesta! It’s a quick and easy, one-pan meal loaded with flavor you’ll want on repeat. And truth be told, this skillet dinner is so good the fam didn’t mind having it twice this week. The first batch of photos was meh and still had most of the ingredients on hand so I made it again. That’s the way it goes sometimes and luckily we’re huge fans of Mexican. The kids especially like it when I redo desserts.😄

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How to Make a Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet

In spite of what may look like a lot of ingredients, this super tasty one-pan wonder comes together in no time. Using rotisserie or leftover chicken is a time saver, and the bit of veggie chopping can even be done the night before. All these layers of flavor and texture come together deliciously in the end.

Ingredients - chicken, black beans, corn, red onion, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and cilantro

The onion and peppers start things off for this Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet then the rest joins in fairly quick succession. The sauce has a light roux base and a little cream cheese gives it more body and luster.

Creamy sauce with vegetables made

Once the sauce is made, mix in the chicken, beans, tomatoes, and corn then simply arrange torn tortillas in the mixture. Be sure to use an oven-safe skillet because this beauty will go under the broiler for a few to get the cheese nice and bubbly.

Casserole assembled and ready for oven

And before you know it you’ll have a skillet full of creamy, cheesy, spicy chicken with beans, veggies and crispy tortillas. Garnish to your heart’s delight and pour a cold one. You deserve it. Enjoy the weekend, friends!

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PS – This is my first cheese pull shot! I was quite pleased considering I took it left-handed while holding the spoon with my very dominant right. I can’t even brush my teeth with the left. You can easily argue I should’ve set up the tripod but curiosity got the best of me.

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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet

This Mexican Chicken Tortilla Skillet is a quick, easy, cheesy and delicious one-pan meal perfect for any night of the week!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken dinner, mexican, one pan meal, quick and easy dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Kim Peterson


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 15- ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 10- ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 6- inch corn or flour tortillas, torn into pieces
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar, monterey jack or oaxaca cheese
  • Sliced jalapeños for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and poblano. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  • Add jalapeño, garlic and cumin. Cook until fragrant, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly coated, about 1 minute.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil, stirring to combine.
  • Cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in cream cheese until melted.
  • Add chicken, black beans, tomatoes, and corn. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat broiler on high.
  • Arrange tortilla pieces in the chicken mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
  • Place the skillet under the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted and tortillas are browned, 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot with extra cilantro and sliced jalapeños. Enjoy!

*Recipe generously adapted from EatingWell, March 2019

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