Home » Recipes » Main Dishes » Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole

This Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole has a creamy chicken filling and a cheesy cornbread top. It makes a wonderful weeknight meal and can be made start to finish in 30 minutes.

Spicy Southern Kitchen participates in affiliate advertising programs. We may earn a commission when you make a purchase through links on our site.

Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole in a cast iron pan.

Only 8 Ingredients

Only 8 ingredients are needed for this easy weeknight recipe. The creamy chicken filling is a simple mixture of rotisserie chicken, canned corn, taco seasoning, rotel tomatoes, and sour cream.

For my casserole I used a packet of Martha White® Cotton Country Cornbread (6-ounce), but Martha White® makes a variety of cornbread mixes that could be used.

Martha WHite Cornbread mixes

Use Rotisserie Chicken

To make this Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole super quick, easy, and stressfree, I used shredded chicken form a rotisserie chicken.

Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole Recipe Tip

If you remove the chicken from the bone right when you get home from the store and the meat is still warm, it is much quicker and easier to do. If I’m not going to use it right away, I put the meat in a large ziptop bag for later and pop it in the fridge.)

Mexican Cornbread Chicken Casserole

How To Make

I place the chicken in a bowl along with a small, drained can of corn, a can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, a packet of taco seasoning, 1 cup sour cream, and 1 cup Cheddar Jack (or just Cheddar) cheese. Give it a stir and transfer it to a 10-inch cast iron pan or an appropriately sized casserole dish.

In another bowl, (or you can reuse the same one if you do a good job of scraping all the chicken mixture out!), combine the Martha White® cornbread mix, 1 egg, whatever liquid the package calls for, and 1 cup of  shredded Cheddar Jack cheese you used in the filling. Mix it together, pour on top of the filling, pop in the oven. About 25 minutes later you have a hot, delicious supper and barely any dishes to clean!

Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add 1 cup of rinsed and drained black beans to the filling.
  • Add a finley diced jalapeno to the filling or you can scatter sliced jalapeno on top of the cornbread batter before baking.
  • Use 1 pound of cooked and crumbled ground beef in pplace of chicken.

How To Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Slice of cornbread casserole on a plate.

Equipment Needed

You will need a 10-inch cast iron skillet for this recipe.

There are a million things you can do with cornbread besides using it to mop up your potlikker. Just look at the amazing pot luck recipes below.

Cornbread Waffles with Chili & Fixins’ from Brandi of The Country Cook

Cornbread Pan Sandwiches from Christy of Southern Plate

Kickin’ Crab Corn Muffins from Melissa of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread from Paula of Call Me PMC

Stuffed Peppers with Cornbread Crust from Robin of Add a Pinch

Mom’s Mexican Cornbread from Stacey of Southern Bite

Taco Cornbread Muffins from Stephanie of Plain Chicken

Mom’s Meaty Cornbread Skillet from Tina of Mommy’s Kitchen

Mexican  Cornbread Casserole in a cast iron skillet.

More Mexican-Style Chicken Recipes

Watch the video below to see how to make this recipe.

Mexican Cornbread Chicken Casserole

Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Spice up your dinner routine with this flavorful Mexican-inspired Chicken Cornbread Casserole recipe. It has a creamy chicken filling and a cheesy cornbread top. Makes a wonderful weeknight meal and can be made start to finish in 30 minutes.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, I use a rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (11-ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies, NOT drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning, I use low sodium
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack or Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 1 (6 or 7 ounce) packet Martha White cornbread mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix together chicken, corn, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Transfer into a 10-inch cast iron pan or a casserole dish that is approximately the same size.
  • Mix together cornbread mix, whatever liquid your cornbread packet calls for, egg, and remaining cheese. Pour on top of chicken mixture.
  • Place in oven and bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting into wedges.


When you remove the casserole from the oven, make sure the cornbread is cooked underneath. It may need another 10 minutes in the oven. Tent the casserole with aluminum foil so the outside doesn’t get too brown.
You can vary the spice level of this casserole from mild to very spicy through the taco seasoning and the Rotel tomatoes which come in varying spice levels. I use regular Rotel, but you can also find mild and hot.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1358IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 3mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Casserole, Dinner
Cuisine: Southern, Tex-Mex
Keyword: chicken

Want to Save This Recipe?

Originally published April 9, 2015.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

I accept the Privacy Policy

80 thoughts on “Mexican Chicken Cornbread Casserole”

  1. Delicious! Whole family loved it! Great as is, but I added drained and rinsed black beans, chopped green onions and a big handful of cilantro with about 4oz cream cheese to the mixture. Awesome. Thank you, Christin!

  2. Easy, fast, and tasty. I’m not the biggest fan of casserole type meals, but this went beyond my expectations. I will definitely make this again. Also, my kids are really picky, and they also loved it!

  3. Taste was good but the cornbread didn’t cook throughout. The part next to the meat mixture was raw and I didn’t know until we sat down to eat.

Scroll to Top