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Forget about chicken tacos in the Crock Pot or beef tacos in the skillet! These Dump-and-Bake Chicken Tacos are on the table in less than 20 minutes, making them the easiest and fastest way to serve tacos to your family. They’re crispy, creamy, zesty, and 100% kid-approved for quick last-minute dinners!

These Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos are an easy dinner recipe that's ready in 20 minutes!

If you find that you have some leftover grilled chicken from a recent meal, or if you regularly pick up a rotisserie chicken as you’re running through the grocery store, then these chicken tacos are the perfect way to take advantage of the prepared meat. Your meal is already halfway done!

The easiest chicken tacos to serve a crowd!

Thanks to just 6 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep, your Taco Tuesday just got a little bit easier.

These Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos are a great way to use a rotisserie chicken

How to Prepare Baked Chicken Tacos:

If you can grate some cheese, then you can handle this recipe!

Grate some cheddar cheese for an easy chicken taco dinner

It’s really just a matter of assembling some chicken tacos and baking them in a dish. Voila!

Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos are the easiest dinner idea for Taco Tuesday

To be more specific, you’ll start by spooning about 2 tablespoons of refried beans into each taco shell.

Then stir together your chicken filling. This is simply a combination of diced, cooked chicken, sour cream, and taco seasoning. I use a packet of prepared taco seasoning for ease, but you can certainly substitute with about 12 teaspoons of your favorite homemade taco seasoning.

Top these chicken tacos with grated cheese

The beans and creamy, seasoned chicken are topped with grated cheddar and your work is done!

This pan is ready for the oven…

These Chicken Tacos are baked in the oven for easy prep!

About 5-7 minutes later, you’ll have 10 chicken tacos ready to serve. Mexican night and family dinners just don’t get much better than that!

Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos are a fun Mexican food for an easy dinner!

If your kids are anything like mine, then they will probably be happy with their dinner straight-up — no toppings necessary! But since Keith and I prefer to load our chicken tacos with plenty of fresh flavors, here are a few options. Just pick your favorites!

Suggested Toppings for Chicken Tacos:

Did I miss anything? The options are truly endless!

Garnish these easy chicken tacos with plenty of toppings!

I also love the fact that this easy dinner recipe can be prepared in advance. Just assemble the tacos in your dish, cover, and stash in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the chicken tacos!

They are perfect for busy nights, nap time meal prep, or parties with friends. And if you’re serving a larger crowd, try preparing two (or more) trays of tacos to bake in the oven at once. So simple!Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos are a kid friendly make ahead dinner

Enjoy the ease of a family-friendly dinner with a quick prep time!Use leftover chicken in these easy Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos

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Taco Tuesday means it's time for an easy Dump and Bake Chicken Tacos dinner!

Dump-and-Bake Chicken Tacos

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings 10 tacos
Calories 232.7 kcal
Forget about chicken tacos in the Crock Pot or beef tacos in the skillet! These Dump-and-Bake Chicken Tacos are on the table in less than 20 minutes, making them the easiest and fastest way to serve tacos to your family! They're crispy, creamy, zesty, and 100% kid-approved for quick last-minute dinners!


  • 1 (4.7 ounce) package taco shells (I used Old El Paso Stand n’ Stuff)
  • 2 ¼ cups cooked, diced chicken (I used the meat from about half of a large store-bought rotisserie chicken)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix (12 teaspoons)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans (I used fat free, but any variety will work)
  • 1 ¼ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: lettuce; salsa; additional sour cream; sliced olives; chopped green onion or fresh cilantro; chopped red onion; lime wedges; diced avocado or guacamole


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together chicken, sour cream, and taco seasoning.
  • To assemble, spread about 2 tablespoons of refried beans in the bottom of each shell. Top each shell with about ¼ cup of the chicken mixture and 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Arrange stuffed taco shells, standing up, in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and tacos are heated through.
  • Garnish with optional toppings and serve.


Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and bake the chicken tacos in an 8-inch or 9-inch square dish.
Serving a Larger Crowd? Double the ingredients and use two large baking dishes to prepare twice as many tacos!


Serving: 1tacoCalories: 232.7kcalCarbohydrates: 19.9gProtein: 14.7gFat: 10.5gSaturated Fat: 5.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 37.6mgSodium: 557.1mgPotassium: 107.9mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 1.3g
Keyword: chicken, rotisserie chicken, tacos
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. beverly K mulder says:

    We don’t like refried beans….what could be substituted?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Beverly! You can either omit the beans entirely and just use the chicken mixture, OR you could substitute with other whole beans, like drained and rinsed black beans. Enjoy!

  2. JOYCE BETTS says:


    1. Blair says:

      Perfect, Joyce! I’m so glad that you’ll give it a try!

  3. Linnea (Lynn) Martin says:

    12 teaspoons of taco seasoning mix?? Sounds like alot??

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Lynn! That’s correct — 12 teaspoons is the amount that you’ll find in 1 (1-ounce) packet. 🙂

      You can certainly use less if that’s too much for your tastebuds. Feel free to adjust as necessary, but we thought that amount worked well!

  4. Sherri Cahill says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe Blair!! My family and I loved it. Great way to use up leftover chicken. Have you tried making this with Burger? My husband wants me to try that next time. Thank you again for sharing this awesome recipe!!

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Sherri! Yes — it should work well with cooked ground beef, too! 🙂