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Chicken Taco Stacks

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How you doin’?

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(before I continue, my world has been shattered as what you are about to read is all a hoax. okay proceed.)

I’m trying to find the words to describe how I feel about this. Giddy school girl doesn’t quite cut it. Rampant tornadoes of hysteria is a little closer. A pile of slaphappy cells on the verge of a titanic freak attack is getting warmer.

Oh I’m not talking about these bad-to-the-bone chicken taco stacks. We’ll get to those in a sec.

I’m talking about the r.e.t.u.r.n.o.f.F.R.I.E.N.D.S. As in, only the best show evar. As in, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler. As in, my bruthus and sistas from another muthu and mista. (that was dumb.)

And get THIS. They’re not only talking about a reunion, but an entire comeback SEASON. Multiple episodes! My head and heart and pancreas just collapsed. Who’s going to play Emma?! What about Jack and Erica? Will it be the entire cast? I haven’t been this excited since we discovered you can scrub that little area on the sides of your ankles and it’s like, BRAND new skin under there.

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So, chicken taco stacks! I mean come on. Are these not completely hilarious? Let me tell you what I did here, if I can think about something else besides Friends for .56892 seconds.

It all started with a can of refried beans that’s been in my pantry since Watergate. I thinned it out a little with some lime juice, freshly minced jalapeno pepper, and ceelayantrow. When you taste that mixture, little cartoon birds will come and sing tunes of jubilee around your head.

Then you basically just do some pilin’. Bean mixture, chopped chicken, freshly diced red bells, scallions and CHEESE, sweet baby ponies of the earth.

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Stack ‘em up, bake ‘em up, waaaay up. (you know, like a cheer. but you don’t have to say the cheer part. but you probably should.)

And then this is what occurs within the confines of your life.

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GAAAAAAAAAAH.

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I already can’t wait for you to eat this.

Chicken Taco Stacks:

What it took for 2 stacks:

* 1 (14.5 oz) can refried beans
* 3 Tbs. lime juice, plus more for garnish
* 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (seeds removed for less heat)
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
* 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
* 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
* 8 corn tortillas
* 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese (or more!)
* 1 avocado, sliced
* 2 scallions, sliced

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl, combine the beans, lime juice, jalapeno pepper and cilantro. Stir until well mixed.

Lightly coat a large baking with cooking spray. Arrange the tortillas in a row on the sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 3 minutes. Flip and bake 3 more minutes. This just starts the tortilla crispin’! Go ahead and start a band called Tortilla Crispin’.

Evenly spread the bean mixture over each tortilla. Top with chopped chicken, dice bed pepper, cheese and scallions. Carefully stack the tortillas, 4 to each stack. But I guess you could have done that math. Sorry.

Slide her back into the oven for 20 – 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the tortilla edges are golden and crispy.

Garnish each stack with sliced avocado, cilantro leaves and fresh lime juice!

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Get stacked!

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39 Responses to Chicken Taco Stacks

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 17, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Love, love, love!

  2. Tieghan April 17, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Holy Molly! Girl these look insane!!! Seriously, they look insane! I NEED them for dinner with a side of Friends reruns because you and Jessica (how sweet it is) have me jumping out of my chair excited about this! LOL

  3. Leah | So, How's It Taste? April 17, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    WHAT! I can’t believe Friends is coming back! Squee! I love the idea of taco stacks. They look amazing!

  4. marla April 17, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    these stacks are bigger than me & i need one now….

  5. ashley - baker by nature April 17, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Every time I come here my brain goes something like “oh my friggin’ gawd… why can’t I live in her kitchen… whyyyyyy?”.

  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish April 17, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I’m not kidding, when I saw you post about the FRIENDS thing on Facebook last night I teared up and my heart started pounding. And then my husband laughed at me. I kid you not, I watch 4 episodes a day…no shame.

  7. Heather Christo April 17, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    OMG. Everyone is talking about friends!! I have to watch more tv. And I have to tell you that right now these chicken taco stacks look like the best thing I have ever seen.

  8. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite April 17, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    I seriously want this taco. Maybe I can persuade you with the friends DVD as long as I can come over and eat this again with you!

  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 17, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    You do realize that I am going to have to make these too right? I cave for every single mexican-ish thing you’ve made recently. Or anything that involves avocado.

  10. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 17, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I would look completely hilarious trying to eat this, mainly because I would be devouring it with all abandon. While watching the Friends comeback.

  11. Maggie April 17, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Mmm . . . looks like the perfect thing to serve at a Friends party!

  12. Erika @Southern Souffle April 17, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    HA! “bruthus and sistas from another muthu and mista”. You’re definitely my sista with these Taco Stacks..

  13. Tara April 17, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I don’t know which I love more – the taco stacks or your news about a Friends comeback!! I’ll take these stacks any day of the week though!

  14. Deanna April 17, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    YUM! Mexican Pizzas are my favorite, but I always space on making them. Or for that matter, ordering them out.

  15. Aggie April 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Wowzers – I want this right now!!

  16. Megan {Country Cleaver} April 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I’ll believe the Friends reunion when I see it – I don’t want to get my hopes up like Josie Grossie at the prom when she gets egg thrown at her face. I can’t handle that dreams-hoped moment again!!
    These stacks I can totally handle though. Really handle.

  17. Heidi @foodiecrush April 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    Yummers. I hate to burst your bubble, but the Friend’s reunion reportedly ain’t happenin. We may have to hold a candlelight vigil. http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/17/friends-reunion-not-in-the-works/

  18. John April 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    You do realize that friends rumor is a complete hoax right

  19. sally @ sallys baking addiction April 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I just FELL OFF MY CHAIR. A reunion season of FRIENDS???? I’m dying. I lived and breathed Friends for a majority of my life!! and still do. And in other news: I want a chicken taco stack. Stat.

  20. Julie @ Table for Two April 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    good gosh, these look AMAZING. that stack needs to be stacked up in my mouth..umm yes!

  21. Jen @ Savory Simple April 18, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    come to mama! And no Friends reunion :(

  22. Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 18, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    Are you for real??? A friends reunion? Sweet!! And these taco stacks will be perfect tv watching dinners…

  23. katriel April 18, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    I went to the grocery store last night with no plans for dinner when I walked by a bag o’ corn tortillas. Uhm. SOOO glad I tried this recipe last night. SO delicious. My husband afterwards was like “I want 10 more.” And of course I had only made enough chicken for two, so I fail. But we’ll definitely be adding this to our regular rotation. SO GOOD.

  24. Nutmeg Nanny April 19, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Holy moly! These taco stacks are off the charts :) really these look delicious, great idea!

  25. Jan April 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    OMG, these look fantastic! I’m such a sucker for layer tex-mex dips, and this recipe reminds me of that, only better! May I dollop sour cream on mine? ;)

    • Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      I made these for dinner last night. They were delicious!

  26. veronica August 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    um… “taco stacks” = enchiladas montadas. native to new mexico.

  27. Stephanie August 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Found this on pintrest…. wow looks awesome! Seems pretty versatile too like we could add whatever taco fixings we want :) Great idea. Looks like good football messy hands only football food too. Great pictures and blog. Keep up the good work :)

  28. Annoyed Latina May 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I don’t mean to be rude, but this is basically what we Hispanics refer to as a “gringo enchilada.” I don’t know a single Hispanic who wouldn’t see this and laugh.

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