Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chicken Budin {Mexican Casserole} & A New Baby!

We welcomed our son, Graham, into the world on January 24 - four weeks early! Having a small and young baby comes with challenges, but selfishly we're really glad he's here and I'm having a hard time remembering what life was like before him! He's home, healthy, we're learning lots every day and have fallen hard for this little guy. 

Back in October when we found out we were having a boy I asked our readers to submit their favorite boy names. We loved all the suggestions and funny enough, Stef from Haute Apple Pie suggested Graham, which was already high on our list! Curtis and I didn't make a final decision on his name until we were on our way to the hospital, and the first time I heard a doctor address him by his name, and got to hear it out loud, I knew it was perfect! 

Now I'm sure you think I'm a rock star. Brand new baby and already cooking and cranking out a post! But don't let me fool you, my mom and mother-in-law have been taking shifts taking care of us and I haven't cooked a thing (or done a load of laundry for that matter). I was proactive and had this ready to go early. I was also planning to have a post for March ready... but that didn't happen so next month I'll have to legitimately be on top of it. 

This is one of my favorite easy casseroles and works well with a spread of Mexican food or on its own. And our friend Hillary's son, Lucas, loved it so we can even call it kid friendly (although he's an extremely good eater and doesn't let spice stop him!). 

Chicken Budin


1 to 1 ½ shredded chicken (I use Costco Roasted chickens)
30 Guerro corn tortillas
1 large block (2 lbs) Monterey Jack or Pepperjack cheese
1 large onion chopped
1 large can (27 oz.) green chilies (cut into ropes or strips)
2 medium jars (16 oz.) La Victoria chili verde (green chili sauce)
Sour cream (32 oz.)


1. Cook onions in oil with a little salt and then add the chili ropes.
2. Cut each tortilla in half.
3. Layer

1st layer – overlap tortilla halves to cover bottom of large casserole.
2nd layer – shredded chicken (1/3)
3rd layer – onion/chili ropes
4th layer – green chili sauce
5th layer – sour cream (32 oz. total)
6th layer – cheese

Repeat two more times for a total of three layers.

Top casserole with tortillas, then more sour cream, green sauce and cheese.

Heat until internal temperature reaches 120 degrees (about 45 min in a 350 degree oven). Broil until cheese melts / browns on top.


  1. Dang! Not even 2 weeks in and already a super mom! Haha! Welcome to the world, baby Graham! This casserole looks grubbin and a little simpler than enchiladas. I will try it next week as I am giving the chicken tortilla soup a whirl tonight! Congratulations again!

  2. Even that you planned ahead of time proves you're a rock star mom already. I love this post! I'm so glad Graham is here and healthy. He was just making double-sure he wasn't a Valentine baby -- hearts are for girls! This casserole looks awesome and easy; definitely on my to-make list.

  3. I can't wait to meet the little bumpkin!! I can't tell which picture looks more scrumptious - I think I'll go for the little burrito over the casserole

    I make something similar and add sweet potato, spinach and black beans to healthy it up a bit. The kids love it, but sadly we have to add all spice at the end as they just aren't that worldly yet :) Oh, and they are seriously disgusted if they notice any of the green leafy stuff, so when I'm really on top of it (rarely), I blend it into the sauce.

  4. He is sooooo adorable and Paul and I can't wait to meet him! I have a special place in my heart for the name Graham-it was my grandpa's name and is also my brother's name! So cute! Xoxo

  5. Congratulations Emily! What a sweet little guy.

  6. congrats on baby Graham! Hope you are both settled in and doing great. :)