20 minute Ground Chicken Tacos are made with the most flavorful ground chicken taco meat with all other taco fixins in charred soft tortillas – A quick weeknight dinner idea on a busy day or feeding a crowd.
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This post was originally published on 10/02/2020 and modified on 02/21/2022. However, the recipe, photos and video remains the same.
Ground Chicken Tacos
This recipe is the ultimate easy recipe. They are great for serving a crowd, taking to a potluck, chowing down on for a tailgating party, taco Tuesday and of course, Cinco de Mayo! They are easy and tasty skillet dinner made in under 20 minutes, super flavorful and customizable with your favorite toppings.
Why you’ll love this recipe?
- Stovetop meal – The minced meat is cooked on the stovetop in a skillet using an amazing homemade taco seasoning and store bought salsa —> Can’t get easier than that!
- Customizable – Load up with your favorite Tex-Mex toppings to make this recipe your own.
- Chock full of flavor – The meat is jazzed up with delicious seasoning and salsa and then topped with delicious toppings.
- Make ahead – The ground mince is perfect to be made ahead and delicious made into these tacos, burrito bowls or lettuce wraps.
Ground Chicken – One pound is perfect for this recipe. Feel free to use ground turkey instead.
Salsa – Use a good tasting salsa (refrigerated or jarred).
Seasoning – We highly recommend our most popular seasoning recipe for the best tacos.
Corn tortillas – Yellow/White corn, Wheat/corn , Flour —> Use whatever you have around.
Toppings – Lettuce, Avocado, Cheese, Sour cream, Cilantro, Jalapeños.
- Sliced Jalapenos
- Shredded Cheddar, Mexican blend or Cojita cheese
- Sour Cream
- Chopped lettuce
- Avocado or Avocado Crema
- Chopped Cilantro
- Cojita cheese
- Creamy Cilantro Sauce
We love tacos around here. Be it for weeknight dinner or meal prepping, tacos are a family favorite! It is a great option of entertaining, since guests gather around the table fixing their own dishes, just the way they like it.
Chicken is always one of our go to meat, when it comes to Mexican. Ground meat is even more convenient, since it cooks much more faster and is extremely versatile.
More recipes with ground chicken:
- Burger patties
- Air Fryer Burgers
- Burrito bowl Recipe
- Ground Chicken Stir Fry
- Pasta with meat sauce
- Baked burger
- Baked meatballs
How to cook ground chicken?
Heat a tablespoon vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet. Add ground meat, chopped onion, garlic and taco seasoning. Cook in medium high heat, until meat is cooked. Add salsa and a pinch of sugar, cook, stirring occasionally, until all moisture has evaporated.
How do you know when it is cooked?
You want to cook it so that all the meat is golden brown in color. If you are using a thermometer you want your ground chicken to be at least 165°F but closer to 170°F. Any pink means that you should cook it longer.
How to assemble?
- Fill a corn tortilla with cooked minced meat and top with all your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, avocado, Mexican cheese, jalapeños and cilantro.
- Fold and enjoy!
Make ground chicken lettuce wrap – Skip tortillas, and spoon filling into lettuce cups and top with your favorite toppings <—- carb free
Replace avocado with your favorite guacamole (I like this recipe)
Skip avocado and sour cream in the recipe and replace with Avocado Jalapeno crema.
Make a burrito bowl – Skip the tortilla, assemble all other ingredients over some cilantro lime rice.
Make it SPICIER – You can turn up the heat by making following adjustments :
- Increase cayenne in seasoning
- Add chopped jalapeños along with the onion and garlic while making filling
- Finally, load up on sliced jalapeños
Side dishes for Mexican night
How to store?
Cooked meat can be refrigerated for up to 4 days (reheat in microwave before using) or frozen in a sealed zip lock bag for up to a month (thaw overnight in refrigerator and heat in microwave until heated through).
More ideas for dinner:
- Baked Ziti
- Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake
- Chicken Parm in Air Fryer
- Hunan Chicken
- Spicy Pasta
- Butter Chicken Pasta
- Sriracha Chicken
- Cashew Chicken
Homemade tacos can be made healthier with lean meat and opting for fresh, healthy toppings when compared to restaurant ones, which can be loaded with fat and calories.
It consists of well seasoned taco filling (meat, seafood or vegetarian), iceberg lettuce, pico de gallo, fresh/pickled jalapenos, shredded cheese, sour cream, taco sauce, salsa, cilantro, creamy slaw, hot sauce or cabbage.
There are 268 calories in each soft taco.
Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place tortilla, one at a time, directly over the flame. As soon as it starts to brown, give a quick flip to color the other side and then take off heat. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas in a cast iron skillet – Place tortilla in a hot cast iron skillet, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides. Keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
More Taco Recipes to try
- Spicy shrimp tacos
- Chickpea tacos
- Air Fryer Chicken Tacos
- Baked Tilapia tacos
- Tacos with frozen fish sticks
- Bang bang cauliflower tacos
- Potato tacos
Ground Chicken Taco Meat
- 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 recipe chicken taco seasoning (highly recommended)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 large garlic, minced
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 pinches sugar
Additional Taco ingredients
- 8 corn tortillas, warmed
- butter lettuce leaves or chopped iceberg lettuce
- Sliced ripe avocado
- Cheddar or Mexican blend
- Sour cream
- Sliced jalapeños
- Chopped fresh cilantro
Make ground chicken taco meat
1. Heat a vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat, add ground chicken, taco seasoning, onion and garlic.
2. Cook stirring constantly (trying to break up the chicken), until cooked (7 to 9 minutes).
3. Add salsa and sugar, increase heat to high and cook (stirring occasionally), until all moisture evaporates.
(While chicken is cooking, warm tortillas and prep other ingredients)
Assemble chicken tacos
Spoon cooked chicken meat on each warmed tortilla and top with lettuce, cheese, avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and cilantro. Fold and enjoy.
To warm Tortillas
You can use any of the following methods:
In a skillet - Place tortilla in a hot skillet, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look for few browned or darkened spots on both sides. Keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
Over open flame - Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place tortilla, one at a time, directly over the flame. As soon as it starts to brown, give a quick flip to color the other side and then take off heat and keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
Salsa - Use your favorite store bought salsa that tastes good
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
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