These 20 minute ground chicken tacos with poblano peppers come together so fast for an easy healthy dinner recipe. So whether you’re using it as a family-friendly weeknight dinner recipe or a festive Taco Tuesday, you’ll want to keep this recipe in your back pocket! 

a black plate with two ground chicken tacos on it

I originally shared this recipe on July 13th, 2017. I have added more useful tips and step-by-step instructions on how to make chicken tacos perfectly to share it with you again today. 


Ingredients For Chicken Tacos

Full measurements and instructions can be found below in the recipe card. Here are some helpful tips about the ingredients, purchasing tips and substitutions.

Corn tortillas

We like soft corn tortillas, but if you prefer the crunch of a crispy corn tortilla, go ahead and use them instead. Follow the heating instructions on the package. 

Cooking oil

Choose whichever neutral-flavored cooking oil you prefer. I like avocado oil or organic canola oil.

Poblano chili pepper or green bell pepper

Poblano peppers are relatively mild chili peppers and add great mild spice to this recipe. If you do not like spicy food or you can’t find poblano, simply sub in one green pepper. 

Chopped onion

You’ll need one cup of diced onion. Read more here about how to dice an onion. You can use any color onion. If you have a lot of scallions or leeks and want to sub them, that is fine. Measure out 1 cup chopped. 

Minced garlic

For great flavor use freshly chopped garlic. I prefer to use fresh over jarred because the jarred chopped garlic often contains preservatives and the flavor is not as clean. 

Ground chicken

I adore cooking with ground chicken and really love the tender texture. If you cannot find it you can use ground turkey instead. 


I use a blend of spices: Cumin, chili powder, salt and chipotle. If you don’t like heat, skip the chipotle. If you prefer to take a shortcut, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of Taco or Mexican seasoning plus salt to taste. 

Tomato paste and Water

This helps to create the sauce for the taco filling. You can freeze any leftover tomato paste in 1 tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray. 

Optional Garnishes: limes, salsa, lettuce, cabbage and avocado 

I skip the high-calorie cheese and sour cream and use the above healthy garnishes, but if you like to add in dairy, go for it! 

How To Make Ground Chicken Tacos

Full instructions and the printable recipe are available below in the recipe card. 

wrap tortillas in foil

Step 1. Heat your tortillas by wrapping them in foil and baking them or by wrapping them in moist paper towels and microwaving them.

a skillet with onion, garlic and green chopped poblano pepers

Step 2: Start by cooking the onion, garlic and diced pepper in the skillet. 

raw ground chicken in the skillet with the peppers and onion mixture.

Step 3. Break up the chicken into small pieces as it becomes opaque. Cook until the chicken is completely cooked, 4 to 6 minutes.crumble the chicken with a wooden spoon

Step 4. Add the chili, powder, cumin, salt and chipotle and stir to coat. Cook for about a minute until fragrant.Add the chili, powder, cumin, salt and chipotle and stir to coat.

Step 5. Add in the tomato paste and water to make the sauce. Keep stirring until it forms a sauce. add water and tomato paste to the chicken mixture

To Serve

spooning salsa over the tacos

  1. Once the chicken mixture is cooked you’re ready to assemble your chicken tacos!
  2. Fill each tortilla or taco shell with some of the chicken mixture.
  3. Top with cabbage, salsa, lettuce and avocado. You can also enjoy with lime wedges, pico de gallo and Guacamole

What To Serve With Ground Chicken Tacos

a platter of chicken tacos

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a black plate with two ground chicken tacos on it

20 Minute Ground Chicken Tacos with Poblanos

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


20 minute ground chicken tacos with poblanos are the perfect super simple kid friendly Summer entree!


  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or organic canola oil
  • 1 poblano chili pepper or green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup water
  • limes, salsa, lettuce, cabbage and avocado for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Wrap tortillas in foil stacked in two packages of four. Place tortillas in hot oven to warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add poblano, onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often until the vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add chicken, and cook, breaking up into small pieces as it becomes opaque, until the chicken is completely cooked, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and chipotle, and stir to coat until fragrant, 30 to 90 seconds. Add tomato paste and water and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved into the water and it forms a sauce to coat the chicken mixture.
  4. Serve the chicken in the warm tortillas and top with desired toppings.


To Meal Prep This Recipe

This filling can be meal prepped ahead up to four days. To reheat, heat until steaming hot in the microwave. Alternatively, rewarm with a couple tablespoons of water in a medium skillet over medium high heat, stirring often until steaming hot.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos each
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 487 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 mg

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