Baked Chicken Tacos

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I have said it many times – but I really mean it – tacos are so very versatile. You can do meat or no meat, you can beans or rice or salsa or veggies or cheese. You can have soft or crispy – flour or corn tortillas – or something else all together as a shell! I saw some of those “stand-up” taco shells at the grocery and realized I had never actually made anything with them. They looked like a good idea for a hearty taco meal, and that is exactly what we got. These Baked Chicken Tacos are stuffed full with beans, cheese and chicken and your family is going to love it.

Baked Chicken Tacos

This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight because the active cooking time is very short. You could shorten it even more if you opted to use rotisserie chicken. I would get the regular roasted chicken (not a lemon garlic or rosemary), and then still toss in the seasoning before adding to the shells. I used the blended cheese mix but you could also use cheddar, Monterey jack, pepper jack…really whatever you have on hand. I also did canned refried beans, you could do black beans, or even corn. Just be sure to really let them drain thoroughly so that they don’t sog out the crunchy shells before you get them into the oven.

Baked Chicken Tacos

Like I mentioned, I sort of built this recipe around seeing the stand-up taco shells on the shelf at the grocery. If you can’t find them, I’m sure regular crunchy taco shells would work just fine. You just might need to either use a smaller baking dish or make a few more, as you want them to stay standing up in the dish while they bake. And since the regular shaped taco shells are a little smaller, you might need a few more anyway.

Baked Chicken Tacos

I chose to garnish with just taco sauce and sour cream this time. I did think of adding in some pickled jalapenos or cilantro, but I didn’t have enough on hand and I wanted to keep it simple for this meal. I served it up with some cheesy beans and called it good. The tacos are very hearty so don’t have to worry about not having enough.

Baked Chicken Tacos

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Baked Chicken Tacos

A melted cheesy, crunchy chicken taco that your going to want to make over and over again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword cheese, chicken tacos, refried beans, taco, tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 Tacos


  • 1 13×9 Baking Dish


  • 2 lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • tbsp Chili Powder divided
  • tbsp Cumin divided
  • tbsp Garlic Powder divided
  • 1 15oz can Refried Beans
  • 3 cups Mexican Cheese blend Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 10 Stand up Corn Taco shells
  • Taco Sauce for garnish
  • Sour Cream for garnish


  • In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add chicken, chicken broth, and one tablespoon each of chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. Let cook for 25 minutes. Remove chicken to a bowl and shred with a fork. Add remaining seasoning and toss to coat.
  • Preheat oven to 350degF.
  • Using a spatula, put a layer of refried beans in the bottom of each taco shell, then a layer of cheese. Next add a portion of shredded chickens and then another layer of cheese. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and drizzle each taco with taco sauce, right away. Then let sit for at least 5 minutes before adding sour cream and serving.

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5 thoughts on “Baked Chicken Tacos

  1. 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:

    What a wonderful idea for dinner to be able to sit down and pile on toppings!!
    Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls #omhgww
    I hope you have a great week!

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