The Best Chicken Tacos

October 08, 2020

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

Chicken Tacos are 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

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 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 in 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 shrimps. 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 in 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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