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Taco Bites! What to do with leftover chicken

May 22, 2015
Taco Bites

Forget your other finger food, appetizer, and various hors d’oeuvres options.  These taco bites are all you need. Perfect salty, savory, filling, crunch, cheesy, nom-nomy taco bites.  Bonus, they use up baked or rotisserie left overs too – plus healthy black beans!

Remember my awesome chicken enchiladas?  Just add black beans to that filling and continue with the recipe below.  I’ll put that stuff in the ingredients list but this really is a supreme way to use up leftovers.


  • 2 cups leftover shredded chicken or turkey
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Bag of scoop or bowl shaped tortilla chips
  • 1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided


Instead of the chicken, seasoning, and salsa above you can use leftover filling from Easy Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas! Just add the black beans, stuff in shells, top with cheese and bake.

Spread your shells on a large baking sheet or two if you are making the whole batch at once. You will have a quarter of a bag of shells left after making one full recipe (Assuming you didn’t have a lot of broken ones that wouldn’t work.)

Mix chicken, seasonings, beans, salsa and half of your cheese together in a bowl.

Taco Bite Filling

Stuff filling in tiny shells with two spoons – one to scoop and one to push the filling off the spoon into the shell.

Mini Taco Shells Stuffed

Top with remaining shredded cheese.

Taco Bites Ready to Bake

Bake at 350 degree for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.  Cool for 2-3 minutes and start eating!

Taco Bites Baked

If you want to turn these up to 11, add a dollop of sour cream on top and one pickled jalapeno. Perfection! (and pretty)



5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2015 1:11 PM

    Reblogged this on My Meals are on Wheels.

  2. May 22, 2015 1:14 PM

    LOVE this idea… I’m a taco freak and I love snack food. This would be perfect with some adult beverages.

  3. May 26, 2015 10:25 AM

    Oh my gosh… and YUM! What a fantastic idea! I bet these would be a huge hit at our next Super Bowl party!! Thanks for posting! =0)

    • May 28, 2015 7:53 AM

      You are so welcome! I hope you can make these before the big game, just a word of warning though – they will become a habit!

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