Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad has a crunchy flour tortilla bowl with chicken taco salad inside and avocado lime ranch dressing.
Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad is my  recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We get together as a blogging group once a week to post our recipes on varied topics. We take turns hosting and the host decides what topic is  on for the week. This week  Wendy has  decided on Main  Dish Salads. It’s the New Year and she is thinking healthy. And also delicious.

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Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

The crispy shell taco salad is very retro. There was a time in the late  70’s and early 80’s that we would  go out for these every week, munching on crispy salads for  lunch with a frozen margarita on the side. Our haunt of choice was the now extinct Casa Gallardo in St. Louis. They also had a few other locations so you might know them.  They were similar to Chichi’s.

I always enjoyed their avocado dressing, creamy and delicious. You could get their salads with chicken as we have here. They also had a shredded beef version which we also liked. To do that one, just use some Machaca.

Their crispy shells were a bit  bigger. I imagine they used the extra large flour tort size used for Mission burritos. And while bigger is usually better, their salads were almost too big to  eat, so I wouldn’t worry about  it. Tortillas that  fit over the salad bowl  mold are  fine.

Casa used to also top  theirs with hard cooked egg. I always liked that as well, but the real estate in the  shell can be small. You decide if you have  room. Eggs will like a little extra of the dressing if you do those, so plan  to double the amount.

The  chicken I used is basic roast chicken or rotisserie. I don’t see a real  need to get into  making chicken specifically for the recipe. You can saute up some chicken breast if you need to. Season it  with the taco seasoning. It’s not really rocket science.

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Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

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Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Crispy Shell Chicken Taco Salad

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish, Salad, Salad dressings
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 4
Calories 607 kcal


  • 1 taco salad mold (or can use a stainless steel bowl)


  • 4 large burrito size flour tortillas

Salad Toppings:

  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/3 cups warmed refried beans
  • 1 Roma tomato (chopped)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped black olives
  • salsa (optional)

Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup prepared Ranch dressing
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Microwave or heat flour tortillas to soften, then place on a taco salad mold or inverted stainless steel bowl and bake for 15-25 minutes or until crisp.
  • Warm chicken and toss with taco seasoning; warm refried beans and set aside.
  • Mash avocado and blend with dressing ingredients until smooth.
  • Assemble salad with refried beans in the bottom of the shells and topped with other salad ingredients.
  • Serve with dressing and sour cream on top. I sometimes like to have a little salsa to spice it up.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 607kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 36gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 909mgPotassium: 860mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1364IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Main Dish Salads
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4 responses

  1. Sue I make mini taco cup salad but love your idea of using one big tortilla. More room for filling the salad. Going to try out your version of making the taco bowls at home. And I love creamy avocado dressing.

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