Recipe By Popular Demand

The following recipe comes to you from one of our most avid blog readers: Keith Moore. You demanded it and he’s supplying it. That’s right, folks. Right here on your Living Proof blog. Who in the world would have ever guessed you could get a recipe here on this site with my reputation for failure in the kitchen? Shoot fire. I might even throw my back out and pitch you my Texas Sheetcake recipe later in the week if you keep this up. From Keith’s kitchen to yours, Living Proof Ministries proudly presents (drum roll, please)our first annual Texas holiday favorite, complete with a decorative tortilla turkey on top: King Ranch Chicken!

*1/4 cup butter
*1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
*1 medium onion, chopped
*1 can cream of mushroom soup
*1 can cream of chicken soup
*1 can (10 oz) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (This is a staple in every Texas cupboard and critical to this dish but I’m worried that some of you far from the Lone Star State won’t be able to find it. Look for it near the cans of whole tomatoes. If there’s only one RO*TEL on the shelf, God put it there and is equipping you for every good work. Believe it or not, Keith uses two cans instead of one but don’t try that at home. We’re professionals.)
*2 cups cubed cooked chicken. (If you don’t boil your own, please don’t tell Keith. He thinks that’s sacrilegious. You’re supposed to always do your own so that you have fresh broth on hand for whatever recipe you come up with next. Gosh. This is boring me to tears.)
*12 corn tortillas, cut in halves or fourths
*2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese (If you don’t grate your own and, instead, get the kind that’s already prepared in the bag like I do, don’t tell Keith that either.)

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook pepper and onion in melted butter until tender. (5 or so minutes. Like anyone cares.) Add soups, RO*TEL and chicken, stirring until well blended. In a 13X9X2-inch (that dimension took me ten solid minutes to type. This is more than I can take) baking pan, alternately layer tortillas, soup mixture and cheeses, repeating for three layers. Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbling. (Good grief. I can’t believe I just wrote that. Hot and bubbling. How stupid is that? This whole recipe thing is bringing out my insecurities.) Serves 8. Or at my house, 3, because we eat like pigs.

Mine and Colin’s favorite part: If you’re making it for Thanksgiving or Christmas to add a little spice to an otherwise bland meal, take pair of scissors and cut out a turkey, place it on top, sweeping with egg-wash to help it stick together. Make waddle out of little piece of tomato or red pepper. Take picture and impress your friends.

I’m going to bed now. I’m exhausted. And hungry.

Here’s the sheet cake recipe! -Amanda


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  1. 51
    CrownLaidDown says:

    I love you Beth-le-ham (to borrow a well-coined phrase)! You crack me up! Can’t wait to try this yummy fare this week, although I wish it included a recipe for leftover turkey. Good gracious, 26 lbs. is a lot o’ turkey!

    Much love and prayers for you all this week,

  2. 52
    Dana Nichols says:

    Thanks for the recipe! It’s worth reading whether you care anything about making it or not. ๐Ÿ˜€ I got a right good chuckle this morning!

    Happy Monday!

  3. 53
    Miss Paula says:

    It’s not even 9 AM here and looking at that has made me hungry! I was wondering the other day if you were going to share and low and behold, YOU DID!!!! Thanks!! A new recipe!! And it looks like a keeper!!

    Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

  4. 54
    jody says:

    we make KR Chicken, too! although I haven’t for years and I was reminded my my hubby, and your blog, that I NEED to bring it back off the bench!! We shred up our corn tortillas though so no one has to politely try to look normal when a big floppy 1/2 of a tortilla flops out of your bite and smacks you in the chin. Aren’t you glad I ahred that nice info with you? blogs are such a strange little community…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 55
    Cathy Davis says:

    Yummy!!!! I’m loving the turkey on top. How creative!

  6. 56
    MITZI says:

    One always learns something new at LPM. I never knew that red thing hanging from the turkey’s nose had a name. The waddle! Always called it “the hanging red thing.”

  7. 57
    Anonymous says:

    YUMMY! Thanks Keith!! (no thanks to Beth!!) haha…at least she was willing to write it and share it with us siestas!! I will be trying this recipe for dinner TONIGHT!! Thanks, Amanda for the sheet cake for desert,,,Beth, don’t quit your day job, gal!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Doesn’t God’s word call us to do ONE thing well?!
    Love, from a raleigh gal!!

  8. 58
    Abigail Prescott says:

    Beth, thanks for inviting us into your kitchen! Even if Keith is doing the cooking, it is such a blessing to be beckoned inside, welcomed with a piping hot dish รขโ‚ฌโ€ virtual though it may be รขโ‚ฌโ€ and a good conversation. As the mom of a 2-year-old and a 6-week-old, I wonder if the Lord inspired the internet to help stay-at-home moms maintain some contact with the outside world, especially on those days when getting out of the house would take a miracle of Biblical proportions! You and your girls do such a great job with the blog รขโ‚ฌโ€ it is one of my favorite “windows” to the outside world and the view is always sweet. THANK YOU for your ministry! I look forward to trying the recipes. God bless!

  9. 59
    danne says:

    Thank you Beth and thank you Keith for sharing your recipes!! Beth, you are sooo lucky to have a husband who cooks and cooks well!!! I’m going to make both recipes asap. I just love all of you and I am so thankful for this blog. It always makes me smile!

  10. 60
    BethAnne says:

    I love it ! Beth Moore is the new Betty Crocker! hahaha Cant wait to make that sheet cake – will it work in TN like it does in TX? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the recipes Keith, Beth and Amanda. They make me hungry. Can’t wait to try them.
    I am alittle nervous about the tortilla turkey.:-). Have a most blessed day with Jesus . May he pour out his love and blessing on you all. May he make your face shine with the joy of Jesus. May the love of Jesus saturate your hearts today and overflow onto the world around you. May you feel his presence so close that you feel the need to dance or sing or fall face down. I pray he just delights your souls till they cannot help but sing. God bless you all.

  12. 62
    He Knows My Name says:

    keith you are amazing. i will be sure to pass this recipe on to my man to add to his kitchen repertoire. we love anything with green chilies.

    beth don’t feel bad about any kitchen failures. you know it’s bad when your jack russell, known for their smarts runs up the stairs and hides under the bed. he does this every time i get near the stove. i have got such a complex that probably needs therapy.

    hugs from michigan ~janel

    ps – aren’t we the ones supposed to get the snow not texas.

  13. 63
    Nikki says:

    Hahaha!! Oh Miss Beth, how I wish every recipe would be written out the way you wrote that one!! I would be sure to read every single line if they had all that great commentary along with the recipe!
    Tell Mr Keith I can’t wait to try it and we do have Ro*Tel so it will be as close as I can get it.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  14. 64
    darla says:

    Mr. Keith, I just made your recipe for my dinner tonight…and it is looking so good…I am afraid though that the MAN will wish I put the extra chiles in it…but still he may rise up and call me blessed! ๐Ÿ™‚ (even with out his so-called man meat-beef, moose, deer)
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Amanda-my dumb huskey is now in the garage so she does not eat my special treat before I get the blessing!

    Beth- thank you!

  15. 65
    Jill_in_AL says:

    I make this too but my recipe uses crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos instead of tortillas. I’m going to try Keith’s version—sounds great and I agree that cooking your own chicken is the way to go!

  16. 66
    Kristin says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m so going to try this. It seems like the only things I remember how to cook these days are spaghetti and tacos. I really thought this whole cooking thing would get better the longer I was married, but it seems to be getting worse. I’m always open for suggestions! ๐Ÿ™‚
    But I’m not even going to attempt the cute little turkey. I’m just not talented like that.
    Oh, and I’ve already tried the sheet cake recipe that Amanda posted last Christmas and it’s fabulous. Definetely a new staple dessert at our house!
    Much love to you all ~ Kristin

  17. 67
    Jan says:

    Amen to two Texas staples:
    Folks in Arkansas thought I was a nut for adding one or both to every casserole known to man!

    But the bigger question is:


    Love you all tons,

  18. 68
    LaurBar says:

    Oh, Beth! I grew up eating King Ranch Casserole! My momma made it with Doritos instead of corn tortillas – deeeeelish! Unfortunately, I married a man who hates all casseroles, even this one. What the heck is a Texas woman supposed to make for dinner without casseroles??

    Anyway, thank you for all you do. You are so dear to me.

  19. 69
    PK Holli says:

    Wow, that looks really good, i will have to try it sometime.
    Love & Laughter!!

  20. 70
    grayse says:

    Beth: you are cracking me up…see you can do it: you shared a recipe! (by the way, Thanks Keith)…

    This looks good, I truly think that this could be a very flexible recipe…tortilla art at it’s best…you know: bunnies, flags for the 4th, I’m not sure what to do about Memorial day! HA!

  21. 71
    kat says:

    Thanks for the recipe…can’t wait to try it out on my family. It is similar to a recipe I got when I lived in Texas years ago, accept you chop up jalepeno peppers (and boy did this Georgia girl learn fast what you did not touch after you had been chopping those peppers). Finding Ro-tel is easy now, but what made my year was the first time I found Blue Bell ice cream in Georgia. I had craved it so much when we left Texas.

    And thanks Amanda for the note on the sheet cake…I was going to look back cause I thought ya’ll had posted it last year.

    Thanks for making me smile…have a good day ladies

  22. 72
    Nicole says:

    I have to ask… who wrote that post? Was it Miss Beth? It says, “beth”, but I’m wondering if Melissa wrote it. Anyway, I don’t know what was better, the new recipe or the hilarious commentary. Whoever wrote it could host their own blog cooking show… hee hee…

  23. 73
    hello darling (formerly hello sunshine!) says:

    Y’all, I miss Ro-Tel! ‘Course, living up here in NYC (sigh), this Texas girl also misses Dr Pepper on tap, Fritos on demand, Chick Fil A, Sonic, and the occasional Shiner Light. SIGH.

    Anyway. Thanks for the recipe! Hope y’all had a wonderful holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I’m dying for it to be Christmas already – after “Get Out of That Pit” pretty much changed my life, I can’t wait to give it to my mama! Let the countdown begin!

  24. 74
    bethmtoo says:

    Beth thanks so much for your words of encouragement on Thanksgiving. I was having “too much gether” but reading your entry really changed my outlook. Just in time!

    Thanks AJ for getting this blog going. It has been a HUGE blessing to me!!! I rarely post, but read every day!

    And thanks Keith for the recipe! Sounds awesome and I might use it for our leftover turkey (think that would work?)

    Oh, and I live in Ohio and can easily find Ro*Tel in all our major stores. So I believe it’s out there. I learned of it from dear Texas friends (of course!)


  25. 75
    Letty says:

    So Beth, does this mean we won’t be seeing you on the cooking channel anytime soon?

  26. 76
    Valarie says:

    SOUNDS YUMMY! Can’t wait to try it!

    It’s so great to know that God blessed you with this talent for your ministry but didn’t bless you with the talent of chef as well!! He is good to us isn’t He siesta’s? We wouldn’t be able to stand you if you could do it ALL!! teehee!!!

    PS. Cracked up reading how boring it all was to you!!! TOO FUNNY!!!

  27. 77
    Katy says:

    Thanks for the recipe. The weather just turned cold here and it’s time for some yummy winter dinners. For all of you Arizona Siestas, Bashas grocery store does have RO*TEL diced tomatoes. I spied them on the top shelf this morning.

  28. 78
    Lindsee says:

    Sounds mighty tasty…and looks that way too!! I might just have to get a little list together and head to the grocery store!!

    Thanks for sharing!


  29. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try both recipes. You guys are the best…I can’t thank you enough for everything! Hope you have the best holidays ever.

  30. 80
    Christie says:

    This is my first comment…I love your blog. I had to leave this note because I actually started laughing SO hard at the “boring me to tears”….my 4-year-old daughter is dying to know what’s making me crack up so much!

  31. 81
    Angela H says:

    I am going to try it! It sounds awesome!!!
    The added commentary makes it even better.

  32. 82
    Leigh says:

    Have no fear – we have Rotel in Michigan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  33. 83
    redheadcsm says:

    Holy cow, that was the funniest recipe posting I’ve ever read and I’ve read more than a few!
    I have a similar recipe but it doesn’t call for the tomatoes so I’m anxious to try that. I think I can even locate a can of RoTel tomatoes here in heathen southern California!
    Doing “Breaking Free” right now at our church and I can’t even tell you how much it means to me. It’s my first exposure to LPM and I’m wondering where I’ve been all these years!! What a tremendous blessing you all are – I can’t even tell you how many great things I’ve discovered as a result of this blog! I’ve got a few Beth things on my Christmas list and a ticket to the live event in San Diego in April is my gift to my mom!! Blessings to you all! Christine

  34. 84
    purefire says:

    Well I’m gonna have to try this one! I’m thinking I’ll use my leftover turkey instead of boiling up some chicken. Do you think Keith would approve?? I do love trying new recipes! Thanks for sharing your time, photos and recipes with us siestas.

  35. 85
    HisTreasuredPossession says:

    This looks delicious and the posting (really meaning the side comments) had me in a stitch! Thanks and so glad ya’ll had a great Thanksgiving!

  36. 86
    Debbie says:

    I have stepfamily in Dallas and I was visiting with them this summer. My stepbrother’s wife made King Ranch Chicken! Of course, being a South Carolina girl I had never had such. And then I read the blog today (which I enjoy) to find the recipe for King Ranch Chicken. I just finished the rewritten “A Woman’s Heart; God’s Dwelling Place” with a wonderful group of women from Greer, South Carolina. I just want to tell you that I grew up in a Christian home where we went to a wonderful Episcopal church every Sunday, we read the Bible together every night and we prayed together. My parents were very active in our church. I was saved at age 9 but I never thought much about a personal relationship with the Lord until I started doing your Bible studies with a group of wonderful ladies at Greer Christian Learning Center in Greer, South Carolina. I had no idea what I was missing! God is so good! Please accept my gratitude for opening my eyes to so much more than just a religion in my life.

  37. 87
    Heather says:

    For any of you Northeast Ohio folks,I know for a fact that you can find Rotel in your local grocery store in Cleveland! Yay!!

  38. 88
    jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to try the recipe, but your little jokes in parentheses made me laugh out loud. It’s a dreary, cloudy, drizzly day here and I needed the laughter!! Love your blog!

  39. 89
    Anonymous says:

    I always bring back at least 10 cans of rotel in my suitcase after I come home to Texas for a visit since I can’t find it in the Northeast! I am sure the baggage people think that I am crazy because there is always a note whenever I do that my suitcase has been searched!

  40. 90
    Alexis Jacobs says:

    This looks awesome! Filing it away in my recipe box. Thanks!!

  41. 91
    Brittnie says:

    I LOVE KING RANCH CHICKEN! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My grandmother used to make that dish for me all the time and it was one of my favorites! I haven’t had it in forever! Looking forward to making this soon. I promise to boil the chicken.

  42. 92
    Amy says:

    Cracking up over here … you sound SO like me in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (My man is the cook in our household, too!)

  43. 93
    Christal says:

    this looks great!!! I may have to attempt to make this for Christmas with the fam…..thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  44. 94
    Emily says:

    Beth, you are a girl after my own heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 95
    Anonymous says:

    Delicious! I love King Ranch casserole! The turkey cut-out was great…so creative…and I can’t think of a better ending than Texas Sheet Cake. Yum….Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Sarah TN

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    Bennett says:


  47. 97
    Sheri Lyn says:

    The casserole is in the oven – 30 minutes to go – CAN’T WAIT!! Rotel is a staple in our pantry – my man walked in and said ” MMMMM…smells good in here” Yes it does – yes it does!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I didn’t attempt the tortilla turkey because it would have ended up looking like some other animal that wouldn’t be ok to have on the dish you are about to eat – ya know?? I’m not the least bit creative but admire those who are – Beth and Colin!!

    God is Good and I’m sure this casserole will be, too!!

    Much love to the whole family!

  48. 98
    Anonymous says:

    So much loved your “sheet cake” recipe that I’ve altered it a bit… turkey in lieu of chicken! Since I have a lot of left overs from the Thanksgiving feast … my recipe is in the oven now. Thanks for sharing your family secrets.

  49. 99
    Anonymous says:


    Please tell Keith thank you for sharing his recipe with us. I have been looking for some new ones because I am sick of making the same old thing.

    I must say I felt very blessed and well loved when I saw this post. To think that after a weekend of long travel time you sat down to talk to us. Thanks so much for caring. You all are truly a blessing.

    Kim B. in AZ

  50. 100
    NancyS says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. Boy was I jealous. It was cold and wet here in Texas but not the fun kind. My family is spread out and unable to all get together for the holidays.

    King Ranch Casserole is one of our favorites but the turkey is definitely a fun touch. I think I’ll try a Christmas tree or something.

    Thanks for blessing us. I feel like I’m part of your precious family.

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