Baked Chicken Tacos

Baked chicken tacos are delicious, cheesy tacos stuffed with zesty, shredded crock pot chicken and Mexican cheese and baked until they're melty and hot.

Tacos are a favorite in almost everyone's house. A favorite is these baked chicken tacos. Your family will love how delicious they are, and how easy they are to make.

This recipe pairs well with chips, street corn dip, pinto beans, and bean dip for a delicious Mexican feast.

Baked Chicken Tacos

Why You'll Love These Chicken Baked Tacos

These tacos are easy and delicious, so they already have that going for them. They're also a great weeknight meal or party food. There's a lot to love!

  • Versatile Meal:¬†The slow-cooked shredded chicken can be used in a wide variety of dishes.
  • Easy To Make:¬†It uses just a few budget-friendly ingredients, almost making this a dump-and-go recipe with little fuss. As an added bonus you can put it in the crock pot and go about your day. Then, assemble it when you are ready for dinner.
  • Family Friendly:¬†It is kid-friendly; I mean, what kid doesn't like tacos? Plus, it can be customized so it can have as much or as little heat as you want.
  • Meal Prep:¬†It is freezer-friendly and great for meal prep. I like to freeze some for a quick dinner on busy nights.
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Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts:¬†I like to use boneless, skinless chicken for easy prep, and my entire family likes them. You can also use thighs or cutlets as long as they are skinless and without bone.
  • Salsa:¬†For flavor and consistency, my go-to is a picante-style salsa. But you can use any of your favorite salsas, which will turn out great.
  • Seasonings:¬†This recipe's seasonings and spices are pretty simple. It requires just a packet of taco seasoning and some black pepper. Occasionally I will add some fresh garlic or ancho chile powder to give it a little more kick.
  • Green Chillies:¬†I use canned mild green chilies to keep the recipe kid-friendly. But the sky is the limit if you like a little spice. Diced fresh jalapenos or a dash of red pepper flakes bring the heat while still maintaining that yummy flavor.
  • Hard taco shells: The flat bottom tacos shells work best for this. It makes it easier to load all the ingredients inside.
  • Cheese:¬†I like to keep it simple and use a simple Mexican blend of cheese. But really, any cheese works well.

How to Make Baked Chicken Tacos

  • Add everything except the cheese and taco shells to the¬†crock pot and cook until tender and falling apart. Cooking on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2¬Ĺ-3¬Ĺ hours
  • Remove, shred it, and stir it back into the sauce in the crockpot.
  • Fill the taco shells with the taco meat and cheese.
  • Bake at 400‚ĄČ for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy!
Baked Chicken Tacos

Recipe Tips

  • Bake the hard taco shells for 5-10 minutes at 400‚ĄČ before adding everything. This will prevent them from becoming soggy.
  • Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of the crock pot so the moisture from the other ingredients can help it cook evenly.
  • Don't drain your chilies. The liquid helps infuse the dish with more flavor and adds moisture.

Flavor Variations and Substitutions

  • Add diced jalapenos to the for a kick of heat.
  • Use soft taco shells, just follow the steps and replace the baking dish with a baking sheet.
  • You can make this recipe with shredded pork or beef, as well.
  • The¬†slow-cooked chicken¬†can be used for nachos, burritos, salads, and more.

Hint

Shred your chicken as soon as you can safely handle the meat. It shreds much easier while hot than cool. I have found that using a meat chopper spatula works best.

Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag with as much air removed as possible. Defrost before reheating.

To reheat, place it in a saucepan with a bit of water and cook over medium-low heat until heated through. Then, add it to the taco shells and make more tacos per the recipe directions.

Baked Chicken Tacos
PREP TIME  10minutes 
COOK TIME  3hours  10minutes 
TOTAL TIME  3hours  20minutes 
COURSE  Main Course
CUISINE  American, Mexican
SERVINGS  10
CALORIES  224 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your Favorite Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 2¬†pounds¬†boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1¬†(16 ounce)¬†jar of salsa
  • 1¬†(1.5 ounce)¬†packet of taco seasoning
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†black pepper
  • 1¬†(4 ounce)¬†can diced green chilies
  • 10¬†hard taco shells
  • 2¬†cups¬†Mexican blend cheese¬†shredded

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Cover with salsa and sprinkle taco seasoning, black pepper, and green chilies over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2¬Ĺ-3¬Ĺ hours. When done cooking, shred the chicken with two forks and stir into the sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 400‚ĄČ and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. Place the taco shells in the baking dish.
  • Add cooked chicken to the taco shells and top with cheese.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
NOTES
Bake the hard taco shells for 5-10 minutes at 400‚ĄČ before adding everything. This will prevent them from becoming soggy.
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