Three chipotle chicken tacos with a few ingredients falling out on a piece of brown parchment paper next to a lime wedge on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos are a healthy meal with a kick of flavor and a hint of spicy. They can easily be customized to your family’s taste.

The original recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos came from a book that one of my coworkers had when I worked in Orlando. They looked too yummy not to try it out. Plus the recipe came highly recommended.

We have modified the recipe a bit since that first try. I’ve made them better and easier to cook. Part of the modification was done because I can’t eat foods that are very spicy. They just don’t agree with me.

Originally, the recipe called for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Justin liked that, but it was too much for me. We’ve found that using spicy mayonnaise works just as well without making it too spicy. 

Not to mention we always wasted a lot of peppers and sauce when we made the tacos that way. The recipe called for about one tablespoon, but there is much more in the smallest jar we could find. Since this is the only recipe I have that uses chipotle peppers, the extra would eventually end up getting thrown out. Maybe I should find another way to use the extra soon. I really hate wasting food.

If you want to try your tacos a bit spicier, you can always increase the spicy mayo in the recipe and decrease the regular mayo by the same amount. Or try with the chipotle peppers if you really want a kick.

There are a lot of toppings in the recipe, so you can always pick and choose which ones you are in the mood for at the time. We often leave out the black beans if we don’t have guests coming for dinner because Justin is the only one here who likes them. At first, I thought corn would be an odd choice for these, but it works surprisingly well with this meal.

Step by Step

Add the olive oil, cumin, and lime to a small mixing bowl. Whisk until they are combined.

Lime marinade mixture with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place them in the marinade. Stir to coat the chicken. Let it marinate for at least 20 minutes.

Raw diced chicken in lime marinade in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, saute the chicken. It will be browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside. 

Diced cooked chicken in a cast iron skillet on a wooden surface

While the chicken is cooking, use a whisk to combine the ingredients for the chipotle cream in a small mixing bowl

Chipotle sauce with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Warm the tortillas then put a scoop of the cooked chicken on the center of each taco. Place a dollop of the chipotle cream on the chicken then cover that with cheese. Add any of your other desired toppings and serve warm. 

Three chipotle chicken tacos with a few ingredients falling out on a piece of brown parchment paper next to a lime wedge on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 8, 2018

Last Updated On: February 24, 2020

Three chipotle chicken tacos with a few ingredients falling out on a piece of brown parchment paper next to a lime wedge on a wooden surface

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Tacos are a healthy meal with a kick of flavor and a hint of spicy. They can easily be customized to your family’s taste.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, chicken, tacos
Servings: 8 tacos
4.78 from 9 votes

Ingredients

Tacos:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 8 tortilla shells
  • 1 cup mexican blend cheese (shredded)
Chipotle Cream:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp spicy mayonnaise
Other Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, cumin, and lime to a small mixing bowl
  • Whisk until they are combined
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place them in the marinade
  • Stir to coat the chicken
  • Let it marinate for at least 20 minutes
  • In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, saute the chicken until it is browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside
  • While the chicken is cooking, use a whisk to combine the ingredients for the chipotle cream in a small mixing bowl.
  • Warm the tortillas then put a scoop of the cooked chicken on the center of each taco
  • Place a dollop of the chipotle cream on the chicken then cover that with cheese
  • Add any of your other desired toppings and serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 536mg15%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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36 thoughts on “Chipotle Chicken Tacos”

  1. The moment I think of Mexican food, Tacos immediately pop up in my mind. They look so crispy, earthy and toasty. I have got loads of vegetables in the fridge. Now i know what to cook! I also love to add cayenne powder and diced fresh or jarred jalapenos in my tacos. They add exciting flavors to it!

    1. It’s so true, tacos are the most common TexMex food we all know. And they are perfect since you can really add whatever you want. I don’t do spicy foods, but my husband would love some fresh jalapeno in his, too.

  2. This Chipotle Chicken Tacos dish looks super delicious! You always post some great dishes! My son is a picky eater but he will love this dish. I can have it without the meat because I’m a vegetarian. My son and my husband will love the entire ingredients.

    1. That’s the best part about tacos, you can customize each one. If you don’t want chicken, you can have it without. If there’s something that another doesn’t like, they don’t have to have it in their tacos!

  3. Yum! We love tacos around here and I can’t wait to try this version on our next taco Tuesday! I love how your recipes are so simple, healthy and most of all delicious looking!

    1. These are a great option for Taco Tuesday for something different from a traditional taco. They are still pretty simple to make, but have so much flavor. I hope you enjoy!

  4. This recipe sounds amazing!! I want to try it but would this work with roasted chicken leftovers? I usually roast the whole chicken in the oven but nobody likes the breasts and I’m always trying ways to recycle them! lol

  5. So I think we might actually eat chicken tacos like every week at my house. It is one of the only meals we ALL agree on. Excited to try this recipe out!

  6. Oh my gosh yum! I love tacos and these sound amazing! We always need new ways to spice up dinner(no pun intended)

  7. Oooh, these look divine! I love eating tacos even though it can be a little expensive here as taco ingredients are imported here in Japan. But, I love how this recipe includes a homemade Chipotle sauce, something I can do easily vs. finding some Chipotle sauce! Thanks a lot!

    1. I can imagine it’s hard to find some ingredients. Just like we would probably have a hard time finding the ones you cook with often in Japan. But making it from scratch helps find the simple ingredients.

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