Dinner Tonight: Spicy Chicken Baked Tacos

My Spinach Pesto Baked Tacos were such a hit on my blog, that I decided to mix and match them (because that’s what I do!).  This time, I used shredded chicken and pepper jack cheese (can I get an amen?!).  My hubby (who is madly in love with the original recipe) declared this version is favorite.  You should totally try it.  Tonight.

Shopping List
1 pound cooked and shredded chicken breast (click here to see how I get my chicken)
1 jalapeno, chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)
1 package taco seasoning
1 box frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed of all the excess water
2 cups salsa (I used medium…you can use mild or hot as well)
2 cups Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
5 taco shells (I used the “stand and stuff” ones…but regular will work)
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add in your cooked chicken, jalapeno, taco seasoning, spinach and salsa in a tablespoon or so of EVOO.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in an 8×8 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, line your 5 taco shells up.  Divide the chicken mixture between all 5 shells.  Top tacos with cheese and pop dish in the oven.  Bake about 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown.
Simple and easy…perfect for a busy weeknight!  Try both versions…I bet you’ll love each one of them!
Spicy Chicken Baked Tacos Recipe, Dinner Tonight: Spicy Chicken Baked Tacos
  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} June 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

    These looks GREAT! Making these this week for sure. LOVE those stand n' stuff taco shells, and the filling looks so SO good!

  • Melissa H. June 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Looks good! Is the serving size one taco?

  • Mix and Match Mama June 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    It depends on your family…I sometimes eat 2 tacos myself!

  • Marie Matter June 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Shay, these look awesome!! I make baked tacos all the time and my husband is also completely obsessed. Anytime I ask him what he wants for dinner, that's always the answer! We love spicy, so I'll have to try this version!

  • Anonymous June 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Do you think this would work in a soft shell?

  • Our Little Family June 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I like this spin on tacos. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Mama L June 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    You never disappoint…I don't have anything planned for dinner and this just sealed the decision! Can't tell you how many times I log into your blog before my weekly grocery shopping…at least 3-4 meals per week here come from your blog!

  • Mix and Match Mama June 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    A soft shell would be hard to stand up unless you made extra and really squeezed them in…and in that case, I think they would work! And as for a side, I do guacamole and chips! Or maybe my black bean and corn dip (both recipes on the blog!)

  • MorganizewithMe June 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Saw these on pinterest, need to try asap! Yum!

  • Jessica Still June 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I'm making to tonight! Thanks!

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  • JenetFuller June 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Made these last night and they were a hit with the husband – I added a chopped onion in with it for more veggies…gotta love recipes where you can basically throw in any vegetable and no one will notice πŸ˜‰ Next time I'm doing the grocery shopping myself though, my husband insisted he couldn't find the taco shells that stand up by themselves!


  • Unknown June 26, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Made 'em. Loved 'em!

  • Anonymous June 26, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Looks delicious!!!

  • Anonymous June 26, 2013 at 2:46 am

    my man also loved them and has loved every recipe of yours that i have made. these tacos were delicious and i will definitely be putting them into a regular rotation. thank you shay!

  • soccermom4 June 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Looks great my kids and husband would love this…thanks for sharing!!!

  • Kristin June 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    BIG hit at PokesMomma's house! My husband sent a pic of dinner to all his friends who are now begging their wives to make it! I've already had a request to make them again for a 2nd night this week! My 2 year old loved them also which I was happy about because he was eating spinach and didn't even know it!

  • Ashton July 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight, they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  • Carmen August 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Made these for a yummy Winter lunch — super easy and yummy! Thank you!

  • Sheric August 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I made these tonight. YUM! But I had a bunch of left over filling. They all seemed full so I'm not sure what I did. Do you think it would freeze ok so that we can have an even faster meal one night?

  • Mix and Match Mama August 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Absolutely! Freeze the filling and enjoy it another night!

  • Andrea January 3, 2014 at 3:07 am

    I just made these tonight for the first time and they were a HUGE hit. When my husband says "add these to the rotation", it means he absolutely loves something! Thank you for such a yummy twist on taco night! πŸ™‚

  • Caty Roberts March 11, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I made these last night and my whole family LOVED them! SO yummy!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! When i put everything into the taco shell and baked them they looked amazing! I pulled them out of the oven and put them on plates and the whole bottom of the taco shell was soggy and it all fell apart. do you know what i may have done wrong? It was still super yummy and we just ate them like nachos but was wondering if you maybe know what I could do different so that we could eat them like a taco πŸ™‚ haha!!

  • hollytrippeventdesign March 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is one of our family's favorite meals! It's so hearty and filling AND healthy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Stephanie Kearns March 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    This is a huge hit in my house! The last time I made these, I added sauteed bell peppers and onions and it added great flavor!Love these!

  • Sarah March 20, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Mine fell apart too (still delicious and will make again) but hoping to know how to problem solve the soggy shell πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Brezgel March 30, 2014 at 2:15 am

    These are so amazing! We absolutely loved them. They will definitely be in regular rotation around our house. My fiancΓ© loved them. He said he couldn't believe it all worked together. Delish!

  • Kacey April 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I made these last night and we gobbled them down! My husband wants them every week now! Maybe the ones that fell apart were cooked too long? I only cooked mine for about 6 minutes and they were perfect!

  • Anonymous May 15, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    HI Shay,
    These tacos were so good and easy! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Next time I will use a spicier salsa. One of my kids suggested a spicy green salsa would probably be good too. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe. The bottoms of my tacos were also soggy will try baking next time without spraying the dish.

  • Christen May 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I made these last night with ground turkey. I had a ton of filling so I was able to fill all 10 of the Stand and Stuff Tacos! I just put them in a 9×13 pan. They were not soggy at all and just perfect. My family loved them!

  • Stefanie June 23, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Shay,

    I use your Meal Planning Monday posts every week. Do you have any posts that are specific to Low Carb or have a cookbook that you love? I have a child that was just diagnosed with T1D and we are looking for recipes!


  • Mix and Match Mama June 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I'm sorry but I don't! I'm sure that there are some great low-carb books out there but I can't name one off of the top of my head.

  • Anonymous July 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for so many great ideas! Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen (looking to clean out the fridge!)? Thanks!

  • Amy S. August 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I added to corn to mine and they were delish!

  • Darcey November 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Shay! This looks so delicious! I'm making it tomorrow night and am wondering- what do you serve as a side dish with these? Thanks!!

  • Mix and Match Mama November 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I would serve guacamole, Mexican rice, black beans or even a nice salad would work! Enjoy!

  • Anonymous March 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    These are amazing!! Thank you for sharing such a yummy recipe πŸ™‚ I read your blog every morning when I get to work. I just turned 25 and I hope to be as organized and fun like you when I have my own family !

  • Julia Nagle October 28, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I just made these last night and they were delicious! I read your blog every morning before I leave for work and it is always a great start to my day. Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

  • Chelsea August 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I just made these for a house full of friends while watching the Bachelorette Finale – guys & girls – and everyone LOVED them. They even said they were “the best homemade tacos they’d ever eaten!” Such a tasty, flavorful recipe. It will definitely be in the regular rotation! πŸ™‚