Chicken Tacos Recipe - Authentic Mexican Flavors!

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos Recipe - Authentic Mexican Flavors!
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 10


Chicken Tacos
Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos are a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. This recipe is easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer a mild or spicy flavor, these tacos are sure to satisfy your cravings.


Tacos have been a popular dish in Mexican cuisine for centuries. The origins of the taco can be traced back to the indigenous people of Mexico who would wrap food in tortillas for easy consumption. The modern version of the taco, with various fillings such as chicken, beef, or fish, has become a staple in many households around the world.


How to prepare

  1. Fill a tea kettle or 2 qt (1.89 liter) saucepan with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Remove excess fat from chilled chicken and place it in a colander over a large bowl. Spread it out with a fork.
  3. Pour hot water over the meat through the colander.
  4. Place the chicken in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
  5. Add onions, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika to the chicken.
  6. Refrigerate the chicken overnight in the plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
  7. To make tacos, place the chicken mixture in a pan and heat it slowly, or heat it in the microwave for 2–3 minutes, stirring after 1.5 minutes to heat evenly.
  8. Combine finely shredded lettuce and cabbage.
  9. Mix the cheeses together.
  10. Place 0.25 cup of the heated chicken mixture in a tortilla and top it with cheese and vegetables.
  11. Add salsa as desired.


  • Substitute the chicken with beef, pork, or fish for a different flavor.
  • Add jalapenos or hot sauce for a spicy kick.
  • Use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas for a gluten-free option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To save time, use canned chicken or pre-cooked chicken for this recipe.

- Make sure to remove excess fat from the chicken before cooking to reduce the overall calorie content of the dish.

- Refrigerating the chicken overnight with the spices will help enhance the flavor of the meat.

- Heating the chicken mixture slowly will ensure that it is heated evenly and does not dry out.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the chicken tacos with a side of guacamole, sour cream, or salsa for added flavor.

Cooking Techniques

Boiling the chicken in hot water will help remove excess fat and enhance the flavor.

- Heating the chicken mixture slowly will ensure that it is heated evenly and does not dry out.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use ground chicken or turkey instead of canned chicken.

- Substitute the cheddar cheese with Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese for a different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the chicken mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before assembling the tacos.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the tacos on a platter and garnish with fresh cilantro or lime wedges for a colorful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve the chicken tacos with a side of Mexican rice, refried beans, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover chicken tacos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of chicken tacos contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of chicken tacos contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of chicken tacos contains approximately 15 grams of fat.


Each serving of chicken tacos contains approximately 20 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken tacos are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.


This recipe contains dairy (cheese) and wheat (tortillas).


Chicken tacos are a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious choice for a meal.


Chicken tacos are a delicious and nutritious meal that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can create a flavorful and satisfying dish that is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for Chicken Tacos. It was a warm summer day, and I had just finished up my weekly visit to the farmer's market. As I was walking back to my car, I noticed a small group of people gathered around a food truck that was parked on the corner.

Curious, I made my way over to see what all the fuss was about. The smell of sizzling meat and spices wafted through the air, making my mouth water. I peered over the shoulder of a man who was holding a steaming hot taco in his hand, watching intently as he took a big bite.

As he chewed, a look of pure bliss spread across his face. "These are the best tacos I've ever had," he declared, his words punctuated by a satisfied groan.

Intrigued, I approached the food truck and ordered one of the chicken tacos for myself. The first bite was a revelation. The tender, juicy chicken was perfectly seasoned with a blend of spices that danced on my taste buds. The fresh toppings of salsa, guacamole, and shredded cheese added a burst of flavor and texture that was simply divine.

I knew right then and there that I had to learn how to make these tacos for myself. I struck up a conversation with the owner of the food truck, a friendly man named Miguel who hailed from Mexico. He told me that the recipe for the chicken tacos had been passed down through generations in his family, and he was happy to share it with me.

Excited, I scribbled down the ingredients and instructions on a scrap of paper and thanked Miguel profusely. I couldn't wait to get home and start cooking.

Back in my kitchen, I gathered all the necessary ingredients and got to work. I marinated the chicken in a mixture of lime juice, garlic, cumin, and chili powder, letting it sit for a few hours to absorb the flavors. I then grilled the chicken until it was perfectly charred and juicy, just like Miguel had shown me.

While the chicken cooked, I whipped up a batch of fresh salsa using ripe tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro. I mashed ripe avocados with lime juice and salt to make a creamy guacamole, and shredded a block of sharp cheddar cheese for topping.

Finally, it was time to assemble the tacos. I warmed up soft corn tortillas on a hot skillet, then filled each one with a generous portion of the grilled chicken. I topped them with a spoonful of salsa, a dollop of guacamole, and a sprinkle of cheese.

As I took my first bite of the homemade chicken taco, I was transported back to that sunny afternoon at the farmer's market. The flavors were just as vibrant and delicious as I remembered, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride at having recreated Miguel's recipe in my own kitchen.

From that day on, Chicken Tacos became a staple in my cooking repertoire. I would make them for family gatherings, potlucks with friends, and even just for myself on a quiet night at home. Each time I cooked them, I would think back to that serendipitous encounter at the food truck and smile, grateful for the chance to learn a new and delicious recipe.

And so, the recipe for Chicken Tacos became a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, a reminder of the joy of discovery and the power of sharing food with others. It is a recipe that I will pass down to future generations, just as Miguel passed it down to me, ensuring that its delicious flavors will be enjoyed for years to come.


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