Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

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Tacos are a weekly thing for our home, maybe not always on Tuesdays, but almost always every week. As I have said before, tacos are so fun. Like burgers or pizza – you can do some any things with them, by changing up the proteins, veggies, sauces and vessels (pasta, dough, bread, tortillas). These tacos are a favorite of mine, despite the little bit of extra work. Don’t get me wrong – they are not difficult to make, just a little more time consuming. Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos are going to be a hit on your #TacoTuesday Table.

This recipe was featured on and you can see step-by-step visual instructions, check it out – Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos on Instructables.

I used chicken, because it’s easy, to be honest. The prep of the chicken is simple and requires minimal effort. You could totally beef or pork. These would especially work for leftover carne asada or chili verde. The real key is adding in the cheese and then frying up the taco, to get the shell crispy and cheesy.

Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

The process of frying these is not difficult, but requires attention. You will need to make sure that you hold the tortillas into shape with a pair of tongs. The tortillas are going to start to puff up once they get hot, which will force the taco to open up. So just make sure that you hold it. Some people with make two at a time, but as many times as I have cooked fried tacos, I found it is faster to go one at a time.

Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

You could go traditional side dishes and do a beans and rice. For this particular dinner, I decided to make a Mexican Corn Casserole that was so tasty. It’s fairly easy, which makes it a great accompaniment, as they don’t require attention once they are in the oven. I also added a dollop of sour cream with Sriracha and cilantro for dipping.

Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

A delicious and simple chicken taco full of cheesy goodness all in a crispy shell
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword cheese, chicken tacos, taco, tacos, tortilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs Chicken Thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 18 Fajita-Sized Tortillas
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • Frying Oil enough for 1 inch deep in pan


  • In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add chicken, chicken broth, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. Let cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add oil to frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Remove chicken from sauce pan and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place a portion of chicken and cheese in center of tortilla and fold over, pressing down to help it keep its shape. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
    Note: it's best to prep all of the tacos before you start frying. The frying process happens quickly and it's best to have them all ready.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, begin frying the tacos. Start by holding the tortilla with tongs from the top center, so that the bottom fold in free. Start by holding the tortilla in the hot oil for 15 seconds so the shape is created. Then lay flat on each side, cooking for 20 seconds each. Remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tacos.
    Note: you will want to skim off the collected cheese from the oil every 6 tacos or so.
  • Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

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13 thoughts on “Crispy Cheesy Chicken Tacos

  1. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 64. Pinned and/or shared!

  2. EJ’s Fun Crafting – I am a work-from-home wife, mom, and teacher who loves helping DIY enthusiasts and Cricut crafters create beautiful decor on a budget.
    Naomi says:

    These look so yummy and easy to make. Saving!!

  3. These look awesome!! Thanks for sharing them at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing! Happy New Year!

  4. Oh My Heartsie Girl – I started blogging in about 2009, I found Pinterest (which I love) I love COOKING and BAKING they are therapy to me, I like to GARDEN, I have a greenhouse with tons of succulents. And when I have time I like to make quick crafts and jewelry and greeting cards. I dont blog to make money, although that would be nice, I love blogging and helping people by sharing their blogs and what they have going on. I also like to write reviews on products and share my opinion on my blog. I would love to have you drop by for my weekly parties #omhgww
    Oh My Heartsie Girl says:

    I love a crisp taco, my favorite, I can sure see these on Game day.
    Thanks for shareing on OMHGWW last week, come and check out your feature and share again!!

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