Spicy Chicken Tailgate Tacos

spicy chicken tailgate tacos
Spicy Chicken Tailgate Tacos
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 10

Give a little extra heat to your game day with these oven-baked spicy chicken tacos. Easy to make and perfect for a crowd, no one will be mad when they see you bring these tacos to the tailgate. MORE+ LESS-

Updated August 18, 2019
Old El Paso
Make with
Old El Paso


tablespoon olive oil
pound cooked chicken, shredded (I used cooked Rotisserie chicken)
(1 ounce) packet Old El Paso™ Hot and Spicy Seasoning Mix for Tacos
cup onion, diced
(14.5 ounce) can diced tomato, drained
(4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
Old El Paso™ Stand 'N Stuff™ taco shells
(16 ounce) can Old El Paso™ Refried Beans
cups Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded
Toppings such as Old El Paso ™ Sliced Jalapeños, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!


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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil. (I originally made this by spraying the pan with non stick spray. That is totally fine to do, but using foil can help in keeping the shells crisp.)
  • 2
    Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and green chiles. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • 3
    Place the taco shells in the baking dish, standing up. I was able to fit 10 taco shells in the dish by adding 2 on each side.
  • 4
    Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
  • 5
    Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
  • 6
    Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to drain the tomatoes completely, this will help the taco shells to not get soggy while baking!
  • If you prefer your tacos not spicy, just omit the green chilis and use regular Old El Paso™ Taco Seasoning. Just as delicious!

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