Emeril's Tortilla Traffic Jam

Emeril Lagasse's Oscar Dinner

GMA Recipes
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Tortilla Traffic Jam is in honor of the movie Traffic. It's "jam" packed with many great ingredients of southern California and Mexico where the movie is set.

It's a yummy casserole that has repeated layers of tortilla chips on the bottom, chicken pieces seasoned with chile powder, salsa, sour cream, green chiles, onions, peppers and then two different cheeses — a mix of monterey jack and cheddar. Garnish with tortilla pieces that you have broken up in a Ziploc bag and scallions.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, small dice
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3 cups tomato salsa
  • 1 can green chilies (4 ounce
  • , chopped 4 cups tortilla chips (like Tostitos)
  • 2 pounds chicken breast meat, boneless, skinless, seasoned with 2 teaspoons Emeril's South West Blend and baked
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Cooking Directions

    Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium-size sauté pan set over a medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, green peppers, and red peppers to the pan and sweat for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool.

    In a medium-size mixing bowl, add the salsa, green chilies, and the sautéed onions and peppers. Set aside for the casserole. Sprinkle 2 cups of the corn chips in the bottom of a casserole. Dice the baked chicken breast into 1/2 inch pieces. Add half the chicken to the casserole and cover with 1 1/2 cups of the salsa. Place 1 cup of sour cream on top of the salsa and sprinkle 1/4 cup of the green onions on top of the sour cream. Spread 1 cup of the grated Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar over the sour cheese. Repeat the layering process finishing with the grated cheese, and place the casserole in the oven.

    Bake the casserole in the oven for 45 minutes and remove. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: onion, garlic, peppers, salsa, cheese

    Course: Casserole, Sauces and marinades, Snack, Side Dish

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