Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats

Even though both boys have April birthdays, I decided a Cinco de Mayo birthday party would be so much fun! So we are gearing up for a big birthday FIESTA at the end of the month and Brandon and I have been testing different recipes of food we want to serve that day. Clearly, there will be tacos. Lots and lots of tacos. And probably some margaritas.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

While we will have traditional ground beef tacos at the party, I also wanted a chicken option. So we came up with green chile chicken taco boat recipe! That’s kind of a long name, just go with it.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

Lately, I’ve been shopping with both kids during the day. I know, I’m a bit crazy, but it gets us out of the house and then home in time for long afternoon naps! If I put E in the top and Jude in the basket everyone seems pretty happy. As long as I avoid the toy section. :) Last week we headed to Walmart to get all the ingredients to test out our chicken taco recipe!

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

Old El Paso offers LOTS of different shells for your taco needs. I grabbed a few options, but I was most excited to try the Mini Taco Boats!

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

After texting BTR 398473 times to make sure I had everything, we came home and I got started on the prep. You start with your raw chicken breasts and then poke them with a fork a whole bunch. There might be a technical name for that, but I am unaware of it. Professional chef right here! #sarcasm

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

I then put the chicken in a gallon sized bag and added two cans of green chiles. I zipped that bag up, mixed it all around, and stored it in the fridge for a few hours to marinate.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

So you could cook your chicken multiple ways (oven, grill, slow cooker) but we decided to use our new smoker!

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

And yes I needed BTR’s help with this part because the smoker still intimidates me a little.Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

He loaded them up on our Green Mountain Daniel Boone Smoker at 250 degrees.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

After about two hours he checked the internal temp to make sure they were fully cooked (they should be 165 degrees) and then brought them inside.

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

I sliced the chicken into strips, but you could shred it too. Then you can get creative with your toppings! I filled the Old El Paso Mini Taco Boats with shredded lettuce and then the chicken. I topped the chicken with shredded Monterey jack cheese, diced tomatoes, avocados, and sour cream. But obviously, taco toppings are endless!

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

BTR and I both loved these tacos and can’t wait to make them for our fiesta in a few weeks! And even if the actual invite doesn’t say it, there will be margaritas with our tacos!

Green Chile Chicken Tacos Boats | Ellie And Addie

Recipe Shopping List:
Old El Paso Taco Boats
Chicken Breasts
Can of Green Chiles
Shredded Lettuce
Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Sour Cream

What do you like on your tacos to make it a FIESTA?

  • Laura Keenan

    Tacos are always a good idea, and those boats are adorable! Finn’s birthday is Cinco de Mayo so we did a big fiesta last year!

    • His birthday is ON Cinco de Mayo? That’s so awesome! You pretty much can’t go wrong with a fiesta!

  • Melissa

    I love this idea for using Old El Paso taco boats! The Cinco de Mayo theme is such a good idea.

  • What a cute dinner idea!

  • This looks really good!!! I’ll have to try this recipe!!

  • Michelle Olthuis Moehle

    I think tacos are good anytime

  • MyOwnMealPlan

    Yummy!! This is such a good idea for a themed party! I love it!

  • Nicole Kamai Couchman

    I love tacos!! We use the hard shells from El Paso right now, the ones that stand…but I’ll have to check those out!

  • Natalie Aubele

    Oh I love the sound of Marinating chicken in green chiles ! I love them but never cook with them ! Great recipe I’ll be trying this soon !:)

  • Sara McCarty

    We love these boats!!! So great for little hands!

  • Chelsea Padgett

    Taco’s are always a great answer to “what’s for dinner”! Those boats are such a great way to change it up.

  • They make taco shell boats now?! I hope we have these in Canada! This recipe looks delicious!

  • I always make vegan tacos at home!

  • Patricia

    I can’t believe we haven’t tried these before. They look so good!!!!

  • Yum, I never heard of taco boats. What an awesome idea. my family loves tacos, I want to make these for them!

  • Raising Twincesses

    That looks and sounds so delicious! I’m definitely going to try out your recipe in my slow cooker, and add some homemade guacamole on top!!!! yum!

  • Diedre Anthony

    I was drooling while reading this post. These look so yummy!

  • TACOS?? … IN BOATS??? YES!

  • Love those taco boats! You can never go wrong with a taco dinner!

  • Um, YUMMY! I cannot wait to try these.