I have received a couple of questions about the section of Sweet Tea and Taters called, “covered dish.”

What is a “covered dish?”

Well, so glad you asked.  In the south, a covered dish is a meal, made to take to an occasion, such as a potluck, where it will be shared.  Covered dishes are also commonly made for families or friends that are in need of a meal.  This might include one that is sick, a family with a new baby, or a funeral gathering.  You “COVER” the dish, and take it to the family in need of help.

Extending a hand of friendship and generosity through a covered dish is a way of life where I grew up and I am keeping the tradition alive, wherever I live and no matter how weird some people look at me!

So, in keeping with today’s lesson on “covered dishes,” let me suggest a recipe for your next meal.


Some might refer to this recipe as “King Ranch Casserole.”  This recipe is a little different than a normal “King Ranch,” because it calls for Doritos instead of tortillas.  The key is to use the taco flavored Doritos.  Over the years, I have played with different flavors of Doritos, and while the flavors might be tasty, the casserole ends up coming out a very weird, unappetizing color.  It doesn’t matter how good your food is… if it doesn’t LOOK good, nobody’s eatin’ it!

Mexican Chicken Casserole

1/2 bag of Taco flavored Doritos
4 cooked chicken breasts (or a whole roasted chicken), cooked and shredded
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 sweet onion, diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel
1 14 oz. can chicken broth

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spread a layer of half the Doritos in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.

Layer half the chicken, half the cheese, and half the onions.  Add the rest of the Doritos.  Layer with remaining chicken, cheese and onions.  Use your hands to gently crunch the casserole down a little bit.  Don’t “pack” it but just a gentle nudge down to kind of crack up some of those chips.

On the stove, combine the soups and Rotel on medium heat.  Add about 1/2 can of broth.  Stir and bring to a simmer.  Add more broth if the mixture is too thick.

Pour the soup mix evenly, over the top of the casserole.  Cover with foil.  Cook for 45 minutes.  Remove foil and cook another 15 minutes or until bubbly.