Mexican White Trash


Mexican White Trash is the ultimate Tex-Mex comfort food. This easy, cheesy casserole brings together tortilla chips, chicken, salsa, and plenty of cheese for an indulgent and irresistible snack. Keep reading to learn all about this fan-favorite dish!

What Is Mexican White Trash?

Mexican White Trash is a casserole made from crushed tortilla chips, shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, and spices. It comes together quickly and bakes up with a crunchy top layer and a soft, cheesy center. The name may raise some eyebrows, but the flavor will win you over.

What Does It Taste Like?

This snack is the perfect balance of flavors and textures. The crushed tortilla chips provide a satisfying crunch while the chicken and melted cheese create a rich, savory flavor. The salsa adds a tangy kick that brings it all together. Expect cheesy, crunchy, slightly spicy goodness in every bite!

How Did I First Get Introduced To The Mexican White Trash?

I first tried Mexican White Trash years ago at a high school football tailgate. One of the parents made a big pan of it to share, and I was instantly obsessed. The messy snack was a hit with kids and adults alike. It’s been a go-to potluck recipe for me ever since.

Tips for Making Perfect Mexican White Trash:

  • Use sturdy tortilla chips that won’t get too soggy when baked. Restaurant-style chips work well.
  • Make sure the chicken is shredded into small pieces to mix evenly.
  • Feel free to use spicier salsa if you want to add some heat.
  • Mix in other add-ins like black beans, corn, or jalapeños.
  • Garnish with lettuce, tomato, guacamole or sour cream when serving.

What To Serve With Mexican White Trash?

This cheesy casserole goes great with classic Tex-Mex sides like rice, beans, guacamole, and salsa. Tortilla chips or tortillas are perfect for scooping. Round out the meal with salad or fresh fruit. Ice cold beer or margaritas make great beverage pairings.

How To Store Leftover Mexican White Trash?

Any leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave until hot and bubbly. The chips may soften, but it will still taste delicious!

Can Pregnant Women Eat This?

Yes, pregnant women can absolutely enjoy this snack in moderation. As long as the ingredients are cooked thoroughly and the dish is served hot, it poses no special risks. The cheese provides protein and calcium. Goes great with a side of veggies for some added nutrition.


Can I prepare this ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the ingredients up to a day in advance. Just store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Add a few extra minutes to the baking time if starting from cold.

What type of salsa works best?

Any favorite salsa will do! A medium or mild salsa provides the best balance.

Can I use store-bought rotisserie chicken? Absolutely. Shredded rotisserie chicken is a convenient shortcut.

What kind of cheese is best? A Mexican blend or cheddar gives you that quintessential Tex-Mex flavor. Monterey Jack or pepper jack also delicious melty choices.

Can I make it vegetarian? Sure! Substitute the chicken for black beans or just double up on the cheese.

The Verdict on Mexican White Trash

With its super simple prep, affordable ingredients, and crowd-pleasing flavor, Mexican White Trash is a winner any night of the week. This cheesy, spicy casserole never disappoints. Whip up a batch for your next game day party or potluck and watch it disappear fast!

Ingredient List:

  • Taco Seasoning (1 package): Adds a mix of enticing spices.
  • Shredded Cheese (4 cups): Melts into a creamy layer.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup (2 cans): Creates a rich, creamy base.
  • Milk (1 cup): Enhances the casserole’s smoothness.
  • Nacho Doritos (2 bags): Crushed for a crunchy, zesty layer.
  • Sour Cream (1 cup): Adds creaminess and a tangy flavor.
  • Shredded Chicken (4 cups): Provides a satisfying protein boost.
  • Rotel Tomatoes (2 cans): Brings a tangy and spicy flair.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix taco seasoning with shredded chicken in a large bowl.
  2. Layer half of the crushed Doritos in the baking dish, followed by the seasoned chicken, cream of chicken soup, and the remaining Doritos.
  3. Top with shredded cheese and Rotel tomatoes. Blend sour cream and milk in a separate bowl, then pour over the dish.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the dish is bubbly. Serve hot, garnished with jalapenos, guacamole, additional sour cream, or salsa, if desired.

Recipe Tips:

  • For best results, crush Doritos to fine crumbs for better adherence during baking.
  • Save time with a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.
  • Ground beef can be used as an alternative to chicken.

Enjoy this delectable Mexican White Trash Casserole, a dish that’s sure to satisfy with its rich flavors and easy preparation!