Perfect Cheesy, Spicy Hard Shell Chicken Tacos
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Spicy slow cooked chicken. Bubbly, golden baked cheese. You need to make these tacos immediately.
Recipe type: Tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1- 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 4 oz can diced hot green chiles
  • 10-pack Old El Paso stand-n-stuff hard shell tacos
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • Your favorite taco toppings, (sour cream, salsa, cilantro, diced onion, shredded lettuce, etc.)
  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl, and use it to coat the chicken breast all over.
  2. Place the seasoned chicken, diced tomatoes, and green chiles in a slow cooker. Cook for 3 hours on high heat or 7 hours on low heat. Shred chicken with two forks, and return to the slow cooker. Add shredded cheese to top layer of chicken, and let cook for 30 more minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the taco shells in the baking dish standing up.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of refried beans to the base of each taco shell. Add chicken and cheese mixture evenly into shells, shaking off excess liquid. Top each taco generously with shredded cheese and your favorite ingredients! I like sour cream, shredded lettuce, salsa, diced onion, and cilantro.
Recipe by Ally's Cooking at