Thursday, June 9, 2016

Loaded Baked Chicken Tacos

Who here loves tacos??

Tacos are one of my favorite foods - they're basically foolproof and taste great no matter how you prepare them. You can keep it simple with ground beef, traditional taco seasoning and cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Or, you can get a bit more creative with different types of meats, seasonings, cheese and toppings. 

I usually opt for soft corn tortillas but decided to give Loaded Baked Chicken Tacos a try after seeing the recipe on Pinterest. They did not disappoint! The tacos are ultra easy to prepare and serve. And they're perfect for any gathering - set out the dish of tacos along with a variety of toppings. So simple. So delicious!

These tacos are ready to be dressed up with a few toppings!
   
Loaded Baked Chicken Tacos
Recipe from The Cookie Rookie

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 lb cooked chicken, shredded
1 packet taco seasoning (I used 4 Tbsp Penzey's Bold Taco Seasoning)
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, drained of all excess juice
1 4.5oz can diced green chilies
10 stand and stuff taco shells
1-1.5 cups refried beans (I used vegetarian)
2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese (I used 2 percent)

Topping Ideas:
Diced avocado
Sliced black olives
Chopped cilantro
Salsa
Sour cream/Plain Greek yogurt
Sliced jalapenos

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Stir in the shredded chicken, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and diced green chilies. Simmer for 5-8 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove from heat.

Place taco shells in a 9x13 casserole dish. Spread 1-1.5 Tbsp beans to the bottom of each shell. This keeps the shells from getting soggy! After adding the beans, top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the edges of the taco shells are lightly browned. 

Remove from the oven, then add your favorite taco toppings! 

Tell me: What are your favorite taco toppings?

- ST

2 comments:

  1. OH YUM!!! Mexican food is one of my favorites! This is a must try! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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    1. You're welcome! I tried making the tacos with ground beef this weekend and they were equally delicious. Let me know if you give the recipe a try :)

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