Chicken Quesadilla Casserole -- Low Carb & Wheat Free
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing casseroles
1 large Poblano pepper (or regular green pepper), sliced into strips
2 red bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 small onion, sliced
4 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
2/3 cup water
1 recipe for taco seasoning (below)
6 - 8 grain free tortillas
1 cup salsa
8 slices pepper jack cheese (or Monterey jack, cheddar, etc.)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Optional toppings: sour cream, pickled jalapeno slices, diced tomato, sliced olives
For the Taco Seasoning:
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon paprika (I use smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I used roasted cumin)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook peppers and onions until softened, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes or to desired doneness. In a separate skillet, combine chicken, taco seasoning spices and water; simmer on low until all liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
Lightly spray or grease bottom of 4 individual casserole bowls (or a 3-quart casserole dish) with olive oil and divide the ingredients and assemble in the following order; 1st layer is tortilla/chicken/peppers & onions/salsa/slice of cheese; then repeat 2nd layer of tortilla/chicken/peppers & onions/salsa/slice of cheese. Top casserole with last tortilla and cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with optional toppings, as desired.
*Note - If making 1 larger casserole, use approximately 2 tortillas per layer; if make 4 individual casseroles, cut tortillas to fit the size and shape of your casseroles (it doesn't have to be perfect and you can overlap to fit).
I love the fireside bowls ... perfect for this recipe. And here's another great way to use a deli chicken, not to mention your *genius* tortillas! :-)
Word can not describe how excited I am to try this!!!!
Your grain free tortillas have opened an entire world of possibilities. I tell my wife it is the greatest discovery for low carbers to come along in the last 20 years :-)
I found your original recipe a bit too eggy for me, so replaced half the egg white with cream and they turned out fantastic.
I used them all the time, and can't believe I'm eating real Lasagna again.
Hi CyberSis -- Thanks. Yes, I plan to make all sorts of "mini-versions" of things with these bowls! I'm thinking individual round lasagna, eggplant parmesan, shepherd's pie...the list goes on and on...LOL. The tortillas are helpful too in adapting other recipes. Notice that Luc posted she thinned them out with half cream in place of the egg white -- I actually ran out half way through making my last one the other day and added some water and "hoped"...it still turned out great for layering in a casserole. It might not have been sturdy enough to pick up and eat stuffed with fajita filling, etc....but for "noodles or quesadillas" in a casserole it turned out fine! So now you learned 2 more tricks! ;-)
Hi Paula! LOL...I was so excited making it and so happy that it actually tasted like what you would have expected it to taste like with "regular tortillas". Win/win! Hope you enjoy it! :-)
Hi Luc! Thanks so much -- I need to slap the big smile off my face -- it really does increase the possibilities and dishes you can now swap them out with, doesn't it? Great idea about subbing some cream in place of some of the egg whites, too! I actually ran out half way through making my last one the other day and just added 1/2 water (in place of 1/2 the egg white) and it turned out fine, too, (for using in a casserole). So glad you are enjoying them and having "real lasagna" again! Happy Eating! :-)
YUMM!! Those look delicious! So many recipes of yours to try, but this one is moving to the top!
Hi Cindy -- thank you! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. You can put any of your favorites in there and customize it so easily. Hope you enjoy it. :-)
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