Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Quick Summary

Chipotle Chicken Tacos are full of flavor and perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. They only take 20 minutes to make! Serve with all of your favorite taco toppings and sides!

Our boys could eat tacos for dinner every single night and I honestly don’t blame them. Tacos are the BEST! One of their favorite taco recipes are these Chipotle Chicken Tacos. They are loaded with flavor and only take 20 minutes to make, which makes them the perfect EASY weeknight dinner!

There are two secrets to making these amazing tacos. Use rotisserie chicken and add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a smoky, zesty, and slightly spicy kick.

You are going to love these simple chicken tacos. I bet you will want them for dinner every night too:) Who said tacos are just for Tuesdays?

Chipotle Chicken Taco Ingredients

  • Olive oil– for sautéing the onion. Avocado oil is also a good option.
  • Onion– use white, yellow, or red!
  • Spices– ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder, and dried oregano
  • Chicken– to keep things super simple, we use shredded rotisserie chicken. If you have leftover cooked chicken, feel free to use it!
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce– are jalapeño chiles that have been dried, smoked and then packed in a flavorful sauce made of tangy tomatoes and spices. You can find them at most grocery stores. You will need 1 pepper and 2 teaspoons of the sauce. If you are worried about heat, make sure you don’t include the seeds. You can freeze the leftovers. I always keep chipotle in adobo in the freezer.
  • Tortillas– you can use corn or flour tortillas.

How to Make Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Let’s get this taco show on the road! You only need 20 minutes from start to finish!

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the onion until translucent and softened.
  • Stir in the cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and oregano.
  • Add the chicken and stir until the chicken is well coated in the seasoning. Pour a little water and add the chipotle pepper and chipotle in adobe sauce. Stir until well combined.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
  • That’s it! The chicken is good to go!

Assembling the Tacos

Now, it’s time to assemble the tacos!

Spoon the chipotle chicken into to warm tortillas, corn or flour. Top with your favorite tacos toppings. Some of our favorites include:

  • shredded cheese or crumbled queso fresco
  • shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • guacamole or avocado slices
  • pickled red onions
  • sliced jalapeños
  • diced tomatoes
  • radish slices
  • salsa, pico de gallo, or mango salsa
  • fresh cilantro

Side Dish Suggestions

Serve any of these side dishes with tasty tacos!

  • Best Bean Dip
  • Queso Dip
  • Refried Beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Favorite Fruit Salad
  • Fresh Corn Salad

More Taco Recipes

  • Easy Chicken Tacos
  • Turkey Tacos
  • Steak Tacos
  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Cauliflower & Chickpea Tacos
  • Sweet Potato Tacos

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