How To Make The Best Chicken Tacos

October 08, 2020

Learn how to cook delicious and satisfying chicken tacos in this post.

Chicken Tacos are a flavorful yet lighter alternative if you are not so keen on using ground beef. It yields the same satisfying taste with a burst of freshness and crunch from the raw vegetables. I like to do chicken tacos as a side dish to my salmon and sausage pasta. I find this as a flexible dish because if you do not like to use taco shells, you can opt to use pita wraps or lettuce leaves. 

How to make chicken tacos

How To Make The Best Chicken Tacos

    Traditional taco 

    Taco, as we all know, is a Mexican dish made of sliced or shredded beef, pork, chicken, organ meats, and even seafood. However, traditional taco uses larger cuts of meat and is rolled in a soft corn tortilla wrap. It does not use the crunchy shell that we all know of, which is most common in the USA and other parts of the world. The version of taco in a crunchy shell is what I also call the fast-food version. 

    The common herbs used to flavor the meats are cumin and oregano, while spices like garlic, chili, and pepper are used to further enhance the taste. The meat can be topped with cheese, sliced cabbage or lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cilantro or coriander, guacamole, and salsa. Lime juice may be splashed on top right before serving. 

    My chicken taco version 

    I make my chicken taco version in two ways – using traditional herbs, seasonings, and spices or using a ready taco mix if I want it fast and easy. 

    Easy and delicious chicken tacos

    I am going to teach you the quick version but if you want to follow the traditional version, prepare one teaspoon each of the cumin, ground oregano, crushed black pepper, and minced garlic, and some salt for seasoning. Just add them to the chicken meat as you cook. 

    Here are the ingredients that I use: 

    • A kilo of ground chicken 
    • 40 grams of McCormick taco mix 
    • Medium-sized head of lettuce, grated 
    • Two large white onions, chopped 
    • Two large tomatoes, chopped 
    • One whole cilantro, chopped 
    • Six pieces of taco shells 
    • Grated cheese 
    • One large lemon or lime, sliced 
    • A tablespoon of cooking oil 

    The kitchen equipment that you will need is a frying pan, a frying spatula, and a spoon. 

    Start by washing the ground chicken in clean water. Once the chicken is clean, heat the oil in the frying pan and add the chicken. Let the chicken cook until the meat turns white. At this point, you can already add the seasonings or the taco mix. Adjust the taste to your liking. 

    When the chicken meat is cooked, transfer it to a serving bowl. Arrange the toppings in individual bowls. You can serve it by placing the chicken meat in the taco shells and adding the toppings. Another option is to let your family assemble their own tacos for a more fun dining experience. 

    Aside from chicken meat, you can also use ground pork, fish fillets, and shrimp. You can also opt to grill the meat and seafood for deeper flavors. 

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    Chicken Tacos.

    • 1 kilo of ground chicken
    • 40 grams of McCormick taco mix
    • 1 medium-sized head of lettuce, grated
    • 2 large white onions, chopped
    • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 whole cilantro, chopped
    • 6 pieces of taco shells
    • Grated cheese
    • 1 large lemon or lime, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil


    1. Wash the chicken meat until clean.
    2. Heat the oil in the frying pan and put the chicken meat once hot.
    3. When the chicken meat begins to cook or when it turns white, add the taco mix (or seasonings if this is what you like) and adjust the taste to your liking.
    4. Cook the chicken meat on medium heat.
    5. Serve the chicken in taco shells together with the toppings.


    Chicken tacos are delicious side dishes or even snacks. They are easy-to-make and yields satisfying results. It’s also versatile because you can adjust the ingredients or switch up the meat that you will use depending on your liking. If you have guests over at your home, you can impress them with your taco-making skills. 

    Recipe for chicken tacos

    Have you tried making tacos yet? What are your favorite ingredients to use? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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    1. These definitely look like the best chicken tacos! It's the cilantro for me. An absolutely delicious addition to bring freshness to any taco.

    2. These sound delicious! I love tacos so much, but I've only had them once before. We're not much of a taco place.

    3. Hoo boy, those look so good! Chicken soft tacos are my favorite. There's nothing better. I can't wait to try your recipe.

    4. It's been way too long since I've had chicken tacos. I have to make these soon!

    5. I have to give these a try. I've never had chicken tacos before, if you can believe it. They're not something that you find in my country.

    6. Your tacos look really good. I really love tacos and these remind me of street tacos, so good.

    7. Chicken Tacos are SO good! I am going to try this recipe next time!

    8. This sounds so flavourful! My husband loves tacos, he's extra excited about your recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    9. These sound really good! I love all the flavors here. I'm a big fan of traditional tacos, so I'm excited to try this recipe.

    10. I love tacos! Great idea to use chicken meat for a lighter protein option.

    11. Honestly, I haven't made tacos myself before. I would love to, some day. I love this particular recipe of them since it's chicken that we are talking about! Thanks for sharing about it!

    12. These look so tasty. I've been wanting to do a taco Tuesday for a long time, and I'll have to try out your recipe.

    13. I like my tacos with lots of vegetables and garlic sauce. It is a meal in itself and healthy too.

    14. I love your version of chicken tacos. It looks so yummy and tasty! So healthy too!

    15. Chicken Tacos so yumm. i love this recipe. thanks for sharing with us.

    16. Glad I was able to drop by with your blog. I am craving from some tacos and I would love to go out but still opt to stay at home. Thanks for the recipe! I will try to make on my own.

    17. Nice one, i always wanna taste some chicken taco. Thanks for sharing the recipe

    18. I believe that my hubby and son want to try some tacos tonite. I love a great Mex meal.

    19. ROXAS EDGARDO8 May 2022 at 03:09

      Great morning mommy Khris and Daddy Ivan, Yummy Chicken Taco. Here in my Work Fish Taco lang ang meron . But this Chicken look so Yummy and Delicious.. must try po tlaga sa healthy at sarap πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ€€ thanks for sharing this po

    20. Hyun Jang Nim8 May 2022 at 03:14

      How thanks for sharing this recipe Po 😊 wanna try this πŸ˜‹

    21. Mellinia Joyce Dayego8 May 2022 at 03:16

      Never pa namin na nasubukan gumawa ng chicken tacos puro bili lang, thanks for the recipe gagawin namin to sa bahay. Mukhang masarap na, healthy pa. Craving alert 😍

    22. We tried making tacos here and we loved it! Pero mas madali umorder ng tacos dito since we have so many Mexican restaurants in the area.