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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4.5 based on 28 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. 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, 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. 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 12-14 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!
  12. ***TIPS: Be sure to drain the tomatoes completely, this will help the taco shells to not get soggy while baking!
  13. 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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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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