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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
  • 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
  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: