King Ranch Hot Dish Casserole  

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes



  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 4-oz can green chilies
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 28-oz bag tator tots
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat your oven to 425ºF and grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.


Meanwhile melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, poblano peppers and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, green chili peppers, garlic, flour, chili powder and salt. Stir the mixture until fragrant and starting to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Adding chicken broth

Add in the stock and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Adding chicken

Stir in the sour cream and add the chicken. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Transfer the mixture to the casserole dish and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Arrange the tator tots on top of the cheese. Place the dish in the oven and cook until the tator tots are cooked through and the mixture is hot and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.


Let this dish cool for about 5 minutes before serving to prevent molten tongues.

This dish can be made ahead up to step 4 and refrigerated for 24 hours before topping with cheese and tator tots. Add an extra 10 minutes to cooking time if necessary.

Perfect Pairing

No dinner is complete without a sangria.