Taco Tuesday: Eyeball Tacos Recipe


As you’re preparing for hot “ghoul” Halloween, consider giving your diet a festive upgrade. You’ve most likely read the title of the article already, and you may have been hesitant about clicking, but no worries, there aren’t actually eyeballs in this Taco Tuesday recipe. Rest assured, it’s all an illusion — unless you’re into that.


This recipe is really quite simple, as you can use any taco recipe that you enjoy. The “eyeball” is simply for aesthetic purposes and for the kids and kids-at-heart in your life to have a bit of fun with. So, without further a-boo, you can find the recipe below for your Halloween-inspired tacos.


Eyeball Tacos Recipe



  • ½ pound cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is tasty for this)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • ½ can refried beans
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Around 10 corn tortillas (blue or red corn tortillas really add to the Halloween effect)
  • Sour cream
  • 1 can sliced olives



  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9×13 banking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the onion and cook for two to three minutes or until the onion is fragrant.
  3. Add chicken, taco seasoning, drained tomatoes and drained green chiles. Stir to combine and reduce heat to simmer for five to eight minutes.
  4. Have your refried beans and cheese on standby.
  5. In a separate skillet, heat another tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Once hot, place a tortilla in the skillet and allow it to cook for three to four minutes on each side. 
  6. While the tortillas are still hot, spoon your preferred amount of beans inside the tortilla followed by the chicken mixture and cheese.
  7. Set the filled tacos in the baking pan pressed against one another so they don’t fall apart. Give another generous sprinkle of cheese over the top of the group for good measure.
  8. Bake for seven to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow a couple of minutes to cool. Spoon two dollops of sour cream onto the top opening of each taco. For more exact sour cream circles, fill a sandwich bag with the sour cream and cut one of the bottom corners off to make into a piping bag.
  10. Place one slice of olive on each dollop and voila — eyeballs.


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