Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe (Easy, Spicy, Perfect)

This Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

Chicken Tacos that are BAKED to perfection.

These Baked Chicken Tacos are the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie!I’ve published a lot of posts on this site. Over 1000 to be exact. But these Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos are the #1 recipe by a landslide. There’s something about an easy baked chicken taco recipe that people just go crazy for!

These Chicken Tacos are the ultimate easy recipe for serving a crowd, taking to a potluck, chowing down on for a tailgating party, and of course, Cinco de Mayo!

Baked Chicken Tacos can be made in any flavor combination! You can make these as Baked Breakfast Tacos, BBQ Chicken Tacos, and so much more! The possibilities are endless and I love that.

Chicken Tacos are 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?? If you’re looking for a Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe…you’re in the right place.

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

Easy Oven Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos

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This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is 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?!

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

Tips for making the BEST Chicken Tacos

So many people have written in about how much they love this baked tacos recipe, and there’s nothing I love hearing more. If you’ve made these baked chicken tacos be sure to tag me on Instagram and let me know! I’d be honored!!

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!

Don’t forget to top these Chicken Tacos with a LOT of cheese! That’s the only way to make them. We aren’t playing around when it comes to melted cheese.

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

Where to serve Baked Chicken Tacos:

I’m pretty sure these are the perfect easy appetizer or meal for New Years Eve, the Super Bowl, Cinco de Mayo, Summer BBQs, Taco Night and more. Why slave away in the kitchen when you can have these Chicken Tacos (for a crowd!) ready in around 30 minutes?

Chicken Tacos just so happen to be our very favorite easy weeknight dinner recipe. The family NEVER gets tired of these Easy Baked Tacos!

Taco Night is the perfect time to make these Baked Chicken Tacos. Check out the full Taco Tuesday Guide for more tips, ideas, and recipes!

What drinks to pair with Chicken Tacos

There’s nothing better to pair with Easy Chicken Tacos than an amazing Margarita! We have compiled all our favorite Margarita Recipes in the ULTIMATE MARGARITA GUIDE. From classic to unique to flavored to frozen, we have you covered! Be sure to check it out today.

 

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

How do you keep the shells from getting soggy on these Chicken Tacos?

IT’S A GOOD QUESTION! It’s one I get often, so I’ve done my best to troubleshoot the problem. I always bake the shells for 5 minutes on their own before stuffing them with all the delicious toppings and cooking all the way. This way they have the chance to really crisp up on their own before you get started.

I also make sure refried beans are the bottom layer, creating a bit of a barrier between the chicken mixture and the shell. The shells are bound to be less crispy on the bottom than they are at the top, and that’s just part of what happens when you bake them, but they SHOULD NOT break or be soggy.

The other truly important step is FULLY DRAINING the tomatoes and green chiles before adding into the chicken mixture. I recommend first draining, then letting sit over a bowl in a strainer for about 5 minutes to make sure they drain all the way. This will help to keep the shells crispy, so important!

What are some good side dishes to serve with chicken tacos?

Almost every time we make these baked spicy chicken tacos we serve them with my Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Rice and simple black beans with cojita cheese. If we really want to indulge, we will make some White Queso and Tequila Lime Chicken Nachos! That’s for parties like the Super Bowl where calories have been shown to actually not count. :)

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What cocktails should you serve with Chicken Tacos?

Oh okay, so you’re my people! My fave pairings are either a Classic Skinny Margarita or our Sparkling Strawberry Margarita Punch. You can also go with a great Mexican beer and be in business. Every great meal needs a great drink, especially if you’re entertaining a crowd, but that doesn’t mean you have to make something fancy. Have fun with the cocktail pairings and you’ll be a star in no time!

Want more fun cocktails to chase down these Chicken Tacos? We’ve got you covered!

 

This Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?

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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 Chicken Tacos recipe for a crowd on Family Mexican Night!

Oven Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked tacos, chicken tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 233 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
This Easy Oven Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe is PERFECT for a quick weeknight dinner! OVEN BAKED chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress. This Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on The Cookie Rookie and has been pinned over 2 million times. Have you tried it?
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken shredded (I used cooked Rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 ounce Spicy Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomato 14.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 1 can Chopped Green Chiles 4.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 10 Stand and Stuff Taco Shells I used Old El Paso
  • 8 ounces Refried Beans 1/2 can
  • 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. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
    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 (FULLY DRAINED), and green chiles (FULLY  DRAINED) *see note. 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. Bake the taco shells for 5 minutes by themselves to allow them to crisp up. Remove from the oven.
    7. Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell.
    8. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
    9. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
    10. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa.
    11. Enjoy!

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    Recipe Notes

    ***TIPS: Be sure to drain the tomatoes completely, this will help the taco shells to not get soggy while baking!

    If you prefer your tacos not spicy, just omit the green chilis and use regular Old El Paso Taco Seasoning. Just as delicious! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Oven Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 233 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 13g 20%
    Saturated Fat 5g 25%
    Cholesterol 38mg 13%
    Sodium 610mg 25%
    Potassium 196mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 2g
    Protein 12g 24%
    Vitamin A 10.3%
    Vitamin C 11.6%
    Calcium 18.8%
    Iron 8.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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    Comments

    Julie Blanner
    I've never thought to bake tacos like that before - so easy and brilliant!
    Nancy @ HungryEnoughToEatSix
    We just had these for dinner, they were wonderful! Making them in the oven is a great idea. Sharing & pinning this one!
    Dee
    Great recipe, first time making it. I didn't use spicy taco seasoning, just the regular taco season mix. I topped my taco with lettuce, sour cream & dices of avocado. Thanks for sharing the recipe Dee Houston, Texas
      Becky Hardin
      I love your mix! So glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for saying hi!!
        Stacey
        When adding the taco seasoning did you add the water it suggests on the paper key to make tacos?
    Jennifer
    Great recipe! I added black beans to the chicken mixture instead of using refried beans, and I used a can of rotel fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles. They were great topped with shredded lettuce, salsa and sour cream.
      Becky Hardin
      I love your substitutions! That sounds delish. I'm so glad you loved it!
        Traci
        I have a question that seems pretty stupid, but how do you cook your chicken before you shred it?
          Becky Hardin
          For this I bought Rotisserie Chicken that was already cooked and just shredded it. But you can bake the chicken and then shred, or even cook it in a slow cooker and then shred. I just think the rotisserie chicken is so easy on busy nights!
    Erin
    We tried those oven baked chicken tacos last night! My husband made them, which was even more exciting. Verdict: Yummy and definitely something we'll have again. Thanks
      Becky Hardin
      I can't tell you how much I love comments like this! And bravo to your husband! That's the icing on the cake! Thanks for letting me know :)
    Megan
    Just put this in the oven. Can't wait to eat it for dinner.
    Sheila
    I made these tacos tonite and they were amazing!!! I used 1 1/2lbs of hamburger and 1 1/2 packets of taco seasoning mix. I serve 5 hungry people so I needed to increase the volume. I also used a whole can of refried beans and followed the rest of the recipe exactly. I can't say enough how much we liked this. My favorite Pintrest recipe yet! thanks for sharing.
      Becky Hardin
      Yay!!! One of my favorite comments ever. This just makes me so happy! Thanks Sheila for letting me know, I'm so happy you all loved it!
    Karen
    Can these be made with soft yellow corn tortilla instead of the hard shell?
      Becky Hardin
      Hi Karen- They would be totally different, but I think they would still taste great. The filling you could just do the same and they would be very melty and delicious :) They would be pretty hot so you would want to eat with a fork. I hope you love them :)
        Karen
        Thank you Becky
    Dana
    These look so good! Can't wait to try them. Question about the taco shells though. I have never been a fan of pre cooked shells as they seem to break at the bottom as soon as you take a bite. All the filling ends up falling out. Does baking them soften up the bottom a bit so they aren't so brittle?
      Dana
      I guess no answer for me.
        Becky Hardin
        Hey Dana- I replied to your comment via email when I got it, it may have gone to your junk mail. I apologize!! Baking them does make them less brittle when done this way, especially with the beans in the bottom. Makes them a bit softer, but hopefully not too soft :) Hope you love the recipe, I so appreciate you stopping by. Again, so sorry that my reply didn't go through!!
          Dana
          Thanks so much! The recipe sounds so good. Can't wait to try it!
    Jackie
    Made these for a Super Bowl party last night, both chicken and beef version. They were gone before the coin toss!
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