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Chicken Tortilla Cups

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Easy, quick, and delicious, making tasty finger foods doesn’t have to be complicated! A few ingredients turn these tasty Chicken Tortilla Cups into a show-stopping game day appetizer and party food recipe that everyone will rave about!

chicken tortilla cups on a white platter

I usually cook from scratch and the foodie in me would have been grilling the chicken and making the tortilla cups from my own tortillas. But with this easy peasy recipe, you can take a few shortcuts that result in unbelievable flavor in about 10 minutes. Ready to impress everyone? Read on and I’ll show you how to make these amazing Chicken Tortilla Cups!

What you’ll love about this recipe


  • It’s quick and easy to make!
  • 5 minutes in the oven – that’s all!
  • Add all your favorite toppings!

What You Need To Make Chicken Tortilla Cups

  • Chicken – I use the frozen pre-cooked grilled chicken strips available at the grocery store. Just thaw and go!
  • Shredded cheese
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Tortilla chip scoops – see notes below
  • Toppings such as: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, chipotle powder, lime, avocado, enchilada sauce, or Creamy Jalapeno Dip which also works as a great drizzle

What Are Tortilla Chip Scoops?

Without naming any specific brands (hey, they’re not paying me for free advertising!), look for a national brand of tortilla chips but they’re shaped into a little cup. They are crisp, cute, and tasty, and the perfect vessel for filling up with tasty fillings like this.

How To Make This Easy Chicken Appetizer

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of this page.

  1. Figure out what toppings you want and get them all sorted out into little bowls.
  2. Chop the thawed grilled chicken strips finely. Everything has to go into those little tortilla chip scoops so chop everything small, but don’t pulverize it in the food processor.
  3. Mix the chicken, cheese, red onion, and cilantro in a medium-sized bowl. It should have enough salt from the cheese, and don’t forget the tortilla chips are salty to don’t add more.
  4. Fill the tortilla chip boats with a heaping tablespoon of the filling. You need to pile it in there because the cheese will melt and the filling will shrink down.
  5. Bake them in a 350-F preheated oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  6. Top them with your favorite toppings and go!

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What’s the Drizzle in the Picture?

One of my favorite ways to add flavors is with an avocado-sour cream sauce. It’s easy to make! Just mix 1/4 cup (or so) of sour cream with half of an avocado and mash it all up really well (or pop it in the blender) and a squeeze of lime juice. You can put it into a squeeze bottle or just spoon it on top. Extra yummy!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • You can make this tasty appetizer recipe ahead of time. Mix the filling and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.
  • If you fill the cups ahead of time, you risk them getting soggy. I was able to re-crisp leftovers by toasting them in the air fryer for about 3 minutes on 400-F. But watch they don’t burn!
  • Don’t like cilantro? Skip it!
  • Want it spicier? Add a bit more chipotle powder or even some finely diced jalapenos to the mix.
  • This recipe makes 24 scoops – but it’s easy to double or triple it to make as many as you need!
  • No grilled chicken? You can use leftover rotisserie chicken instead.

When To Serve Chicken Tortilla Bites?

I love serving these on game day (tailgating anyone?), on Taco Tuesdays, or anytime I need to serve a bite-size appetizer. They also travel really well (keep the tortilla chip scoops separate from the meat and assemble and back on-site) making them great for pot-lucks and family events. I also love putting these out for guests along with other tasty appetizers like air fryer mushrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze these Chicken Tortilla Cups?

You can certainly freeze the filling, but I haven’t tested freezing the finished cooked product. I’d be worried about them thawing and becoming too soggy.

How to store this easy chicken appetizer?

I’ve stored leftovers in the fridge – tightly wrapped – for several days. They reheated fine in the air fryer at 400-F for a few minutes, or in the oven at 350-F for about 5 minutes. They are, however, best the first time around!

What kind of chicken do I use in this recipe?

I’ve used both grilled chicken and rotisserie chicken in this recipe. They both work equally well and are equally tasty.

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Chicken Tortilla Cups

Packed with flavor, these tasty bites are perfect at parties or just for snacking! Top them how you like them and dig in!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizers, chicken, chicken recipes, chicken tortilla cups, easy chicken recipes, finger food, grilled chicken, party food, tortilla scoops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 176kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 24 tortilla chip scoops
  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Tex-Mex blend or cheddar works well

Instructions

  • Finely chop the chicken and mix it with the diced red onion, chopped cilantro, and shredded cheese.
  • Fill each tortilla chip scoop with a heaping tablespoon of filling. It will shrink so really mound it high.
  • Bake the tortilla chip cups in a preheated 350-F oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • You can make this tasty appetizer recipe ahead of time. Mix the filling and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.
  • If you fill the cups ahead of time, you risk them getting soggy. I was able to re-crisp leftovers by toasting them in the air fryer for about 3 minutes on 400-F. But watch they don’t burn!
  • Don’t like cilantro? Skip it!
  • Want it spicier? Add a bit more chipotle powder or even some finely diced jalapenos to the mix.
  • This recipe makes 24 scoops – but it’s easy to double or triple it to make as many as you need!

Nutrition

Serving: 4cups | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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7 thoughts on “Chicken Tortilla Cups”

  1. 5 stars
    I made these chicken tortilla cups for one of our Super Bowl snacks and everyone one loved them!! We will be making them for all of our upcoming tailgating events.

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  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh!! I decided to make these for a party last weekend and they were a HIT! Thank you, thank you! Now they’re my go-to!

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  3. 5 stars
    These chicken tortilla cups were great appetizers when I had my friends over to visit, they’ve all asked for the recipe!

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