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Chicken Nacho Tacos

Sharing our favorite Mexican chicken tacos today!  These Chicken Nacho Tacos make a fun weeknight dinner and are great for game day eats! The whole family loves these nacho style tacos.
mexican chicken tacos

Mexican Chicken Tacos

What is it about queso cheese that just makes everything better? I can’t say enough about these fun nacho cheesy chicken tacos. Not only does the whole family love them for a great weeknight dinner, but they make the perfect food for game day fun with friends.

These could not be more simple to prepare. I used precooked grilled chicken strips and a delicious homemade queso to drizzle over top along with lettuce and tomatoes. All of this inside a fun nacho cheese flavored taco shell.

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Homemade Queso

mexican chicken tacos

To start the queso, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, cream and then cheese. See directions below for details.

How To Make Homemade Queso

mexican chicken tacos




Stir in your green chiles and salsa to your queso then simmer on low.

Easy Chicken Tacos


mexican chicken tacos

Place your thinly sliced chicken strips inside each shell.  Drizzle a couple tablespoons over the chicken. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Be prepared to watch these tacos fly off of the plate 🙂

mexican chicken tacos

Hope you enjoy!


Chicken Nacho Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
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Servings: 10
Calories: 481 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4.5 ounces Old El Paso Green Chiles
  • 2 tablespoons mild salsa of your choice I use the Roasted Chipotle Salsa from Trader Joe’s
  • 5.4 ounce box Old El Paso Nacho Cheese Stand n’ Stuff Shells 10 count
  • 20 grilled chicken slices sliced thinly
  • 4 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  1. Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in cream whisking until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. Add green chiles and salsa, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring often.
  2. Place taco shells onto a serving plate and fill each shell with 2 slices of grilled chicken. Top with 2 tablespoons of queso then lettuce and tomatoes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Nacho Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 159mg53%
Sodium 501mg22%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2765IU55%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    So many of my family members would freak out over these shells! Taco night just received a serious upgrade.

  2. 2
    Aggie says:

    These are so fun!! I love crunchy taco shells…this sounds delish! Perfect football watching food too!

  3. 3

    My kids would LOVE these! Going on the menu…

  4. 4
    Maria says:

    Fun tacos and I love the shoes:)

  5. 5
  6. 6
    Sues says:

    I have tacos WAY too often, but have never even seen those nacho cheese shells. Nor have I thought to put sliced chicken in my tacos. These sound awesome!!

  7. 7

    Need these on my dinner table ASAP!!!

  8. 8

    I love these shells!! More room for more fillings!!

  9. 9

    I have GOT to find those taco shells!!

  10. 10
    Amanda says:

    Whoa… what a shell! This recipe is being pinned, saved, filed in my brain for immediate and future use. 🙂

  11. 11

    1. Those SHOES! That BELT!! AAAACCCKKK!!!

    2. How did I not know those tacos shells exist? Jon David is going to DIEEEE. Buying ASAP!

  12. 12
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Whoa! Those shells are totally calling my name! Love the look of these!

  13. 13

    I want to try those shells! Great way to mix up the always loved taco meal!

  14. 14

    A DIY Taco Bar is such a fun idea and these Nacho Cheese Shells would make it even more fun. Honestly, I don’t think you’d ever go back to regular shells after having these.

  15. 15

    This would be the perfect crowd-pleaser meal in my house! Those shells sound super flavorful!

  16. 16

    Totally making these tonight!

  17. 17
    Naomi says:

    Seriously how fun are these! I love those shells.

  18. 18

    My husband would LOVE these!! I’m going to have to buy those nacho shells immediately!

  19. 19

    I bet your kids just loved these! So would my husband!

  20. 20

    O. M. G. I am so excited about these! LOVE me some chicken tacos! And I can’t wait to try that cheese sauce 🙂

  21. 21
    Rachel says:

    This looks simple and so yummy! My husband would love it 🙂

  22. 22

    Why and how have I never tried these before?!!! Taco Tuesday implementation time!

  23. 23

    Where have these shells been all my life? My family is going to die when I find them. Yay for new taco dinner recipes!!! And your belt and shoes are so adorable!!!

  24. 24
    Kristina says:

    these shells look SUPER fun! I LOVE the queso addition too, that is MY kind of taco!

  25. 25

    Anything with nacho and cheese is destined to be delicious! Looks amazing!

  26. 26
    Gaby says:

    Gotta love taco night! These look so yummy!

  27. 27

    I have never seen these taco shells before. They look like Doritos!

  28. 28

    Adding these to my must-try soon list! Just have to find those shells!

  29. 29
    Kristen says:

    What a seriously delicious idea!

  30. 30

    What a fun idea! Also, I’m crazy impressed with your chicken slicing skills.

  31. 31

    Loving those nacho taco shells, they must be delicious!


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