Ground Chicken Tacos

Quick 20 minute ground chicken tacos is made with the most flavorful ground chicken taco meat, charred corn tortilla, crisp lettuce, ripe avocado, Mexican cheese and all other taco fixins. It makes a quick weeknight dinner on a busy day or feeding a crowd.

a hand trying a grab a ground chicken taco from a black plate

Taco, TACOS and tacos!!!

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 tacos, just the way they like it.

Chicken is always one of our go to meat, when it comes to tacos. Ground chicken is even more convenient, since it cooks much more faster and is extremely versatile.

Few of our favorite recipes with ground chicken includes : Chicken burger patties, Chicken burrito bowl, Chicken and green beans stir fry, Pasta with chicken meat sauce, Baked BBQ chicken meatballs, Baked chicken burger or Baked chicken meatballs

Why do we love this ground chicken taco?

  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Homemade chicken taco seasoning <— better than any store bought ones
  • Chock full of flavor
  • One skillet recipe
  • Family friendly
  • Customizable
  • Delicious

Main Components:

Ground chicken taco meat – Ground chicken is cooked with a super flavorful homemade chicken taco seasoning and salsa.

Corn tortillas – Charred over open flame

Taco Fix-ins – Lettuce, Avocado, Mexican Cheese, Sour cream, Cilantro, Jalapeños

How to make ground chicken meat?

Heat a tablespoon vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet. Add ground chicken, chopped onion, garlic and taco seasoning. Cook in medium high heat, until chicken is cooked. Add salsa and a pinch of sugar, cook, stirring occasionally, until all moisture has evaporated.

a skillet with hot cooked ground chicken taco meat garnished with jalapeños and cilantro

Assemble tacos:

Fill a charred corn tortilla with cooked chicken meat and top with all your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, avocado, Mexican cheese, jalapeños and cilantro.

Fold and enjoy!

a hand trying a grab a ground chicken taco from a black plate

Variations:

Make ground chicken lettuce wrap – Skip tortillas, and spoon filling into lettuce cups and top with your favorite toppings <—- carb free chicken tacos

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 the taco seasoning
  • Add chopped jalapeños along with the onion and garlic while making chicken filling
  • Finally, load up on sliced jalapeños

Storage instructions :

Ground chicken taco 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).

Ground Chicken Taco Recipe FAQs:

Are chicken tacos healthy?

Homemade tacos can be made healthier with lean meat and opting for fresh, healthy toppings when compared to restaurant tacos, which can be loaded with fat and calories.

What do you put on a taco?

A good taco 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.

How many calories in a chicken taco?

There are 268 calories in each ground chicken taco.

How to char tortillas?

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.

black plates, each with a chicken taco made with ground chicken taco meat

More taco recipes:

Spicy shrimp tacos

Chickpea tacos

Baked Tilapia tacos

Tacos with frozen fish sticks

Buffalo shrimp tacos

Bang bang cauliflower tacos

Yield: 8 Servings

Ground Chicken Tacos

Ground Chicken Tacos

Quick 20 minute ground chicken tacos is made with the most flavorful ground chicken taco meat, charred corn tortilla, crisp lettuce, ripe avocado, Mexican cheese and all other taco fixins. It makes a quick weeknight dinner on a busy day or feeding a crowd. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Ground Chicken Taco Meat

Additional Taco ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • butter lettuce leaves or chopped iceberg lettuce
  • Sliced ripe avocado
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese blend
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced jalapeños
  • Chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

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)

Warm tortillas


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.

Assemble chicken tacos


Spoon cooked chicken meat on each tortilla and top with lettuce, cheese, avocado, sour cream, jalapeno and cilantro. Fold and enjoy.

Notes

Salsa - Use your favorite store bought salsa

Mexican cheese - It is a combination of Cheddar, Monterey jack, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero cheeses. If you don't have this on hand, then use shredded cheddar.

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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