The casserole is the classic one-dish family dinner. For those getting tired of tuna noodle, we offer a week's worth of new casserole ideas. This one was originally printed in Parade Magazine in September 2002.


1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips

1 lb. shredded cooked chicken meat (from a small roasted chicken)

1 can (15 1/2 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained

1 can (15 1/2 oz.) kidney beans, drained

1 can (15 1/4 oz.) corn kernels, drained

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

1 cup prepared salsa

1 cup chopped red onion

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

6 oz. grated Monterey Jack cheese

6 oz. grated sharp Cheddar cheese


2 cups diced ( 1/4-inch) ripe tomatoes

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish, then scatter the crushed tortilla chips evenly on the bottom.

Combine the chicken, beans, corn, tomato sauce, salsa, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Place half the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Combine the cheeses, then sprinkle half over the mixture.

Cover with the remaining half of the chicken-and-bean mixture and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the garnishes in bowls, so guests can top their portions with diced tomatoes, sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro.