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Chicken Nacho Tacos

These Chicken Nacho Tacos make a fun weeknight dinner and are great for game day eats! The whole family loves these nacho style tacos.
Chicken Nacho 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. It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new recipes.

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 by Old El Paso.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for your tacos.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

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

Chicken Nacho Tacos

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

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Place your shells on a serving plate.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Place your thinly sliced chicken strips inside each shell.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Time for the queso. Drizzle a couple tablespoons over the chicken.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Top with lettuce and tomatoes.

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Be prepared to watch these tacos fly off of the plate ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken Nacho Tacos

Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Nacho Tacos


Chicken Nacho Tacos

Chicken Nacho TacosPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min


  • 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.

Makes 10 Servings

This post is in partnership with Old El Paso however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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:)

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    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 21
    Rachel says:

    This looks simple and so yummy! My husband would love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  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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