Spicy Chicken Tacos

Spicy Chicken Tacos -are an easy chicken taco recipe filled with simple and clean ingredients. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and pleases the whole family!

Spicy Chicken Tacos -are a quick and easy weeknight meal! They take less than 30 minutes to make, have clean ingredients, and can please the whole family!

*Original recipe, post, and pictures updated March 2018*

Spicy Chicken Tacos

I’m digging this easy chicken tacos recipe up from the archives and giving it a major facelift! As many of you know Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite and we eat it often here at home. I love making these clean eating tacos because they use everyday ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to get to the table. No one is complaining about that!

A few other easy chicken dishes I have are: Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken (also really good for tacos!), 30 Minute White Chicken Chili, and Sheet Pan Chicken Fajita Nachos.

Spicy Chicken Tacos -a great clean eating chicken taco recipe! Filled with everyday simple ingredients to please the whole family!

Ok, I realize the title of says “spicy” but they are very easy to adjust to your needs. Trust me I have kids that won’t touch it if I use the word spicy.

How to make these Chicken Tacos Spicy or Mild:

For mild chicken tacos:

  • Remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno pepper. This makes it mild enough even my “can’t stand anything hotter than ketchup” kids eat it.
  • Use smoked paprika instead of chipolte chili powder.
  • Don’t use cayenne powder.

For spicy chicken tacos:

  • Leave the seeds and ribs in the jalapeno pepper.
  • Use a serrano pepper instead of the jalapeno.
  • Use plenty of cayenne pepper.
  • And be sure to top the tacos with plenty of hot sauce. 🙂

Spicy Chicken Tacos -are a quick and simple everyday meal! Filled with clean and simple ingredients and it takes less than 30 minutes to get to the table!

Can these Spicy Chicken Tacos be made ahead:

Sure and there are a couple things you can do to make these ahead. The meat can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Then just reheat before serving. Or you can freeze this chicken taco meat in a freezer safe container for up to 2-4 months. Thaw overnight and reheat before serving.

What to serve with these clean eating Spicy Chicken Tacos:

Spicy Chicken Tacos -are an easy chicken taco recipe filled with simple and clean ingredients. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and pleases the whole family!

 

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Spicy Chicken Tacos -are a quick and easy weeknight meal! They take less than 30 minutes to make, have clean ingredients, and can please the whole family!
Spicy Chicken Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Spicy Chicken Tacos -are an easy chicken taco recipe filled with simple and clean ingredients. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and pleases the whole family! 
Course: Chicken, Main
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2-1 lime
  • flour or corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet brown chicken pieces, onion, pepper, garlic, and olive oil over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. 

  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika or chipotle, salt, pepper, cayenne, and lime juice.  I sometimes will add 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth to make it a little saucy. Serve with desired toppings. 

Recipe Notes

For mild chicken tacos:

  • Remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno pepper. This makes it mild enough even my "can't stand anything hotter than ketchup" kids eat it. 
  • Use smoked paprika instead of chipolte chili powder.
  • Don't use cayenne powder.

For spicy chicken tacos:

  • Leave the seeds and ribs in the jalapeno pepper.
  • Use a serrano pepper instead of the jalapeno.
  • Use plenty of cayenne pepper.
  • And be sure to top the tacos with plenty of hot sauce. 🙂

Make-ahead options:

  • The meat can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Then just reheat before serving.
  • Or you can freeze this chicken taco meat in a freezer safe container for up to 2-4 months. Thaw overnight and reheat before serving.

What to serve with these tacos:

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Comments

  • Danielle Green wrote:

    Love the options that fit everyone’s tastes at the end of the recipe!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thanks Danielle! It comes from having a husband that likes ultra spicy food and kids that can’t stand anything spicier than ketchup, LOL!

  • Julie Evink wrote:

    My mouth is watering already!!!! LOVE me some Spicy food!!!!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thanks Julie!! 🙂

  • Melissa Howell wrote:

    Those just look so dang beautiful and tasty! Don’t we live near each other? 🙂

    • Malinda wrote:

      Lol, thank you so much Melissa!! I’m not too far east of Denver, we should meet up sometime!

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