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Tex-Mex Chicken Pot Pie

This Tex-Mex chicken pot pie is the perfect way to repurpose leftover Mexican chicken, pulled rotisserie chicken, or your favorite grilled chicken. The chicken is paired with roasted corn, potatoes, onion, peppers, cotija cheese, Mexican crema, and a refrigerated pie crust to make this a simple one-pot or one-skillet recipe.

Tex Mex chicken pot pie in a Dutch oven beside one serving in a bowl

You’ll find a printable recipe card below. Be sure to check the notes section for tips on making a more macro friendly Tex Mex pot pie, in case you’re interested.

If you have a recipe question I forgot to cover, drop it in the comments at the bottom of the post. And if you love this Mexican chicken pot pie, recipe reviews are always appreciated!

Final note: If you’re interested in more unique spins on pot pie, check out my chicken and biscuits pot pie next.

Yield: 6 Servings

Tex-Mex Chicken Pot Pie

holding a bowl of Mexican chicken pot pie

Mexican style pulled chicken with corn, poblano and jalapeño peppers, potatoes, cotija cheese, and Mexican crema topped with a ready-to-bake pie crust and baked to golden brown perfection.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 24 oz Russet Potatoes, roughly chopped (peeling optional)
  • 1 large White Onion, diced
  • 1 Poblano or Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, diced
  • 1 cup (140g) Frozen Roasted Corn (drained from can or fresh corn work as well)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth or Water
  • 1 pound Leftover Mexican Chicken*
  • 1/2 cup Mexican Crema (or sour cream, heavy cream, or milk)
  • 3 oz Cotija Cheese (or a hard, crumbly cheese like parmesan)
  • 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust + Splash of Cream or Milk, for brushing


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add the potatoes, onion, peppers, and corn. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the veggies begin to soften. Stir in the garlic in the last minute before adding the broth or water to deglaze the pot.
  2. Once the broth has cooked off and no liquid remains, turn off the heat. Add the chicken, cream, and cheese. Stir everything together and press into an even layer.
  3. Carefully add the pie crust on top, pressing it into the edges of the pot. Lightly brush with cream or milk and cut slits in the center to vent the pie.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Keep an eye out for uneven browning or leaks around the edges of the pie. You can use a paper towel to blot any leaks and use foil to cover any parts of the pie browning too quickly.


*I used leftovers from my Mexican pulled chicken recipe, but you can use any cooked chicken. A rotisserie chicken will yield nearly a pound without skin, or you can use something like Tex-Mex grilled chicken or even pre-cooked frozen chicken. Be sure to bring it up to temperature before adding the pie crust and baking if you're using frozen. And if you're using an unseasoned chicken, you'll want to add some seasoning like garlic and onion powder, chili powder, Mexican oregano, and a pinch of ground coriander and cinnamon.

Ways to Make a Lower Calorie Mexican Chicken Pot Pie

  • Swap potatoes for a lower carb substitute like radishes or turnips.
  • Using milk instead of crema takes each serving to 500 calories, 25 grams of protein, 50 grams of carbs, and 24 grams of fat.
  • Use grilled or pulled chicken breast instead of my Mexican chicken (thighs).
  • Reduced fat crescent rolls save 22 grams of fat but add 12 grams of carbs (total).
  • Chopped corn tortillas and shredded Monterey jack cheese would make a great pie crust alternative. See my ground beef enchilada skillet for an example.
  • The cornbread topping from my Texas tamale pie is on the lighter side.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1/6th of recipe

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 30gCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 24g


    Wednesday 15th of March 2023

    I made this tonight for “pie day,” and it was fantastic! Easy to put together also! Thanks for a tasty spin on a classic!


    Friday 10th of March 2023

    This was amazing! So good. I tweaked it a bit just by decreasing the amount of potatoes and replacing the crema with greek yogurt and the cheese with parmesan. Rather than making one big dish I divided the filling into two and used a smaller cast iron and froze the second half for later. I made my own sourdough pie crust for the top and it the whole thing really came together well. This one is a keeper for me.

    Mason Woodruff

    Saturday 11th of March 2023

    Sounds awesome! Great idea on splitting it up for later. Can't beat freshly baked.

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