Once you bake a taco, you just can never go back…and over the years, I’ve baked a lot of tacos!
When you bake one, the cheese gets all melty and the shells a little soft…it’s magic!
On this night, we grilled up some fajita chicken and then added sauteed bell peppers and onions to our taco along with white cheddar, a little taco sauce and then baked them just a few minutes. The result? A-mazing!
This recipe serves four.
4 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces (a little over a pound or so)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 cup of taco sauce (we used a mild sauce)
1½ cups of shredded white cheddar cheese
8 crunchy taco shells (I use the Stand and Stuff kind to help keep them upright but you don’t have to)
chopped cilantro to garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and also preheat your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat.
Lightly spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray and then set aside.
Drizzle some EVOO on top of all of your chopped chicken breast pieces followed by a good pinch of salt and pepper along with poultry seasoning. We place our chopped chicken pieces either in a grilling basket on our grill or on our indoor grill pan (spread around) to grill up. Grill up about 8 minutes or so until all sides of your chicken are good through and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute your onions and bell peppers in a big drizzle of EVOO until tender (about 5 to 7 minutes or so). Sprinkle on a nice pinch of both salt and pepper.
In a mixing bowl, toss together your cooked chicken, onions and peppers, and taco sauce. Next, divide up this mixture between your taco shells and then stand them up in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle your cheese down over the tops of the tacos.
Pop your tacos in the oven and bake about 15 to 18 minutes until the shells are toasted. Remove from oven and garnish with a bit of chopped cilantro.
YUM! If you have leftover grilled chicken, this would be a great way to use it. It’s like a fajita…in a taco…that’s been baked. It’s basically perfect. Enjoy! xo