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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

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.

Be sure to try my Salsa Verde Beef Tacos too!  Follow Picky Palate on Instagram for daily recipe inspiration.


Homemade Queso

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




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

Easy 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 🙂

Hope you enjoy!


Chicken Nacho Tacos

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
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
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