Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

Baked spicy chicken tacos are PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This super easy tacos recipe is my favorite!

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

I’ve published a lot of posts on this site. Almost 600 to be exact. (UPDATE: These Chicken Tacos are officially the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and have been viewed over 3 million times, and pinned over 2 million times! You have got to try them!)

But this post, this SUPER EASY OVEN BAKED SPICY CHICKEN TACOS post, is one of my favorites.

It’s one of the easiest, one of the tastiest, and one that is made most often at our house. Do you see all that melty cheese? What’s not to love??

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night! SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

Working with Old El Paso this year has been such a dream. It has been so fun to get creative with their amazing products; they never disappoint. These tacos are filled with spicy flavor because due to quality ingredients from Old El Paso that are easy to use, totally accessible, and sure to please. What more can you ask for from an easy meal?!

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night! SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

I make these baked tacos so often at our house, and they’re one of the recipes Pat asks for the most. When he comes home and sees these babies are ready to go, he’s a happy camper. You can make them with so many different flavor combos. Be creative and enjoy! Oh and top them with a heck of a lot of cheese! That’s the only way to do them.

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night! SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

I’m pretty sure these are the perfect easy appetizer or meal for New Years Eve. Why slave away in the kitchen when you can have these Chicken Tacos (for a crowd!) ready in around 30 minutes?

SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night! SUPER EASY Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos make a weekly appearance on our table. All the flavor and none of the stress. ALL THAT MELTED CHEESE! Perfect recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

This is the MOST popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and I hope you love it as much as we do!

Baked spicy chicken tacos for the win! Enjoy!!


Serves 10

Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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4.3 based on 15 review(s)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded (I used cooked Rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet Old El Paso Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomato, drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles
  • 10 Old El Paso Stand and Stuff Taco Shells
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) can Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded
  • Toppings such as Old El Paso sliced Jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil. (I originally made this by spraying the pan with non stick spray. That is totally fine to do, but using foil can help in keeping the shells crisp.)
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.
  3. Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and green chiles. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Place the taco shells in the baking dish, standing up. I was able to fit 10 taco shells in the dish by adding 2 on each side.
  6. Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell.
  7. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. ***TIPS: Be sure to drain the tomatoes completely, this will help the taco shells to not get soggy while baking!
  12. If you prefer your tacos not spicy, just omit the green chilis and use regular Old El Paso Taco Seasoning. Just as delicious!
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Calories
183 cal
Fat
9 g
Carbs
12 g
Protein
14 g


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[email protected] The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
I love baked taco so much! Your chicken version looks amazinf and fresh
    Becky Hardin
    Thank you so much Chandra!
      Cathy Smith
      I used regular taco seasoning but Tomatoe with green chilies and the chopped green chilies. It's so so good! Also did the White Chicken Caprese Lasagna last night and it was an "OMG SO GOOD "out loud moment!
        Becky Hardin
        You have completely made my day Cathy! I'm so glad you loved both recipes, it seriously makes me so happy to hear that!
      Linda
      How many does this serve?
      Joseph G.
      I made this recipe last night. It was fantastic and super easy! I will be using many more if your recipes in the future. Thank you so much!
    veronica
    did you cook the chicken before placing in the taco ? or does the chicken cook in the oven?
      Becky Hardin
      Yes i cooked it in the skillet, the oven will just heat it up but not cook it all the way through. Hope you love them!
    Mary
    How do I unsubscribe?
    Kerry
    They are fantastic! I just made them tonight.
    Jen
    Boring food site using processes & essentially premade stuff. No idea how to cook but present your quest in a hipster way w/ random foliage chips lol. Everyone feels entitled to having a dear diary these days I guess, over any interest they have, forcing others to scroll through muck when they're looking for professional recipes.
      Becky Hardin
      Hi Jen- No one is forcing you to visit my website. This isn't a diary, it's my full-time job that I have been doing as my only source of income/full time job for 2 plus years. I work very hard on it, 60-80 hours a week. I don't feel entitled, I worked hard to grow it and continue to work hard to maintain it. No need to stop by if it isn't for you, I totally understand. Hope you have a great weekend.
        ROVERT JOYNER
        Don't listen to garbage talk like that from Jen. Some people just have to be negative about everything and they're never h appy. She I 's one of those. I think your site rocks, and love the recipes. If it's one that I don't I or my family will like I skip it. Otherwise a I try it. Have I great day and keep up the good work.
        Lynn
        Great comeback. You are so right!!! She can look else where for her recipes!!
        Tana
        Yum! Just a little tip: I pu the refried beans in a zip lock bag, cut a small hole in the corner and piped a line of beans in each taco. I also used rotisiere chicken. Thanks for the recipe
          Liz
          That is Genius!!! I had a bit of trouble getting the reformed beans into the bottoms of the shells, had to be very careful and use odd spoon angles to get them in there without breaking or cracking the shells. This is the new way to go for me :) thanks for th suggestion; did you warm the beans at all to make them a bit easier to work wth? I find them pretty chunky and hard straight out of the can?
        Nanette
        Dear Becky, So sorry but there are haters everywhere I guess. I am sorry for Jen's nasty behavior. She is an asshat.
          Janette
          So true, thank you I love them
        Alice R
        Well said, Becky! I am so glad I found your site. I love how clean and easy it is to read and follow. Great for a mom like me who has no time or ability to come up with dinner plans!Best, Alice
        Debby
        Well said Becky! Keep your recipes coming. I do appreciate you sharing them.
        Logan
        Wow... people can be so hateful. I am trying your tacos tonight and they already smell FANTASTIC! Thank you for putting yourself out there, even when you have to deal with people who try to insult you and can't even spell "processed". 🙄 Keep doing a great job! 😍
        dana clark
        Just stumbled upon your site and was reading the reviews. Have to say I'm surprised that someone would be so rude. Your response was great. I do like the recipe and will be sure to try it. I do have one question. The calories are high--is that for one serving?
          Becky Hardin
          Thank you! It happens. I don't ever understand the need to get rude about a recipe. I appreciate you saying hi!!! And YES, the calories were wrong. I was having an issue with my recipe card markup but I think its fixed. It's showing correctly now. Thank you for pointing it out!!! That was crazy high haha
      JP
      Wow hater much???
      Melissa
      Sounds like Jen should get off her high horse....no one forced you to look at the site or continue to read the site if it wasn't your thing. Some of us enjoy these recipes. Some of us are busy and look forward to these quick recipes. Why bring down someone else's work...go create your own website with all these perfect meals you looking for.
      Richard
      Jen, please read 1st word in recipe title. Please notice that it says "Easy...". More often than not, 'Easy..' in the title or name means just that. Just because it says 'Easy', that doesn't mean that it's not very tasty. I'm looking forward to trying this tomorrow night. Giving my wife the night off in the kitchen.
      Cecilia A Stremmel
      Jen.....sounds like your irrelevent self needs to "GET A LIFE".
      lori
      Wow, what an ass you are. If you are looking for made from scratch recipes go buy yourself a Betty Crocker cookbook. Sometimes working, busy people don't have time to go out and kill the chicken, strip its feathers and cook it. Nor do I feel the need to grind my own corn to make taco shells. For me I look for fast, easy and yes sometimes processed and precooked foods.
      nanette
      Beat it Jen, Don't come back here. Go find another website to be nasty to.
      liz
      yet there you sit wasting your oh so precious time complaining about something you could have just scrolled past..
      Dawn
      I love the stories before the recipes , when I cook, its always from the heart. Its one of the ways I show my love to my family. Stories add to the recipe . I love the stories that came with the recipes that my mother gave me. Even simple recipes, like mashed potatoes , always had a family event described. Like, "I remember the first time you helped Nanna mash the potatoes, you were so small , they had to sit you on the counter because the rim of the bowl was too high for your arms to reach, even standing o a stool." Please keep the stories, it what gives the recipes a soul!
      Tan
      Don't be a hater Jen. Feel free to look elsewhere for recipes that fit your taste.
      Joy Madrid
      wow! really!
      SummerDays
      Oh for Pete's sake! Pay no attention to the rude comment. To Jen: First of all, if you have so much experience with "professional" recipes, it would be easy to figure out that instead of complaining, you could easily prepare your own chicken, taco seasoning, and substitute fresh ingredients for the canned ones. You could also add whatever you want to suit your taste. I can and have done all of those things.There are nights that I enjoy making a meal almost or entirely from scratch. There are also nights where I was stuck at the office late, or the kids have an event shortly after getting home from school, and premade ingredients are a lifesaver. And a recipe like this is much healthier than fast food or a frozen pizza. So please get off your high horse. It's a big drop when you fall off.Thanks for the awesome recipe! I tried it and will make it again!
        Judy Harris
        Get over yourself.......this is a wonderful recipe and your comments were disgraceful ..... excellent go to for a quick dinner.
        Donna Southerland
        So did your family like them? I'm sure by now you have tweaked the recipe to suit everyone. My son loves these! So much so he's in the kitchen tearing apart some chicken breasts.when I make the meat portion,I make extra so the next time I hear chicken tacos all I need to do is go buy shells.
    Kelly Robinson
    The oven spicy chicken tacos are AWSOME in taste but with the foil lined pan they got very soggy on bottom., next time i will try with out the foil.
    Kris
    I know this is really old but i just saw it. What are you simmering if you use a dry seasoning and drain the tomatoes?
      Donna southerland
      The tomatoes will cook down and get watery . Just enough to mix and simmer
Kristyn
What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
Mexican night is always a favorite here. I know my kids would love these, and I love how easy these are!
Megan Keno
Taco Tuesday just went up like 10 levels, perfect week night recipe!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
YES! Love the idea of baked tacos! My hubby will appreciate the added spice!
Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give
These look so so good. I love a great taco recipe, can't wait to try them baked!
Katerina @ Diethood
This looks amazing, a beautiful concept, and quick meal. LOVE everything about it. DROOLS!
    Becky Hardin
    Thanks friend! Can't wait to eat tons of good food with you in march!
Anjali
Nice Becky. This looks gorgeous.I found this formula on Pinterest and made it today evening time. It got rave audits! The main distinction I made is I utilized cabbage as a part of the spot of lettuce. It matched consummately with the cream! A debt of gratitude is in order for the amazing formulas!
    Becky Hardin
    So glad you loved it! I love the cabbage idea, that crunch would be fantastic! Thanks for saying hi, Happy New Year!
Cathy Trochelman
These look so delicious, and I love that the recipe would feed a crowd! Perfect for game day!
David
Looks yummy. Cutting back on carbs and tired of the plain chicken in the freezer. Going to try baking just the filling in a slightly smaller pan. Serve on bed of lettuce for a taco salad.
    Becky Hardin
    That sounds really delicious! I might try it that way as well. Thanks for the tip!
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