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

Cheesy Grilled Chicken Tacos

These easy grilled chicken tacos are topped with a creamy, spicy homemade queso cheese, just like chicken nachos! A simple and delicious Mexican-inspired dinner that's ready in 20 minutes.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2765IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: homemade queso, how to make chicken tacos, mexican chicken tacos

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39 Responses
  1. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

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

  2. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

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

  3. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog

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

  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    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!!!

  5. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

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

  6. Becky | The Cookie Rookie

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

  7. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

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

  8. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

    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.

  9. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

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

  10. Cookbook Queen

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

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

  11. Amanda

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

  12. Sues

    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!!

  13. Aggie

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

  14. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

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

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