20 Minute Ground Chicken Tacos with Poblanos
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 1. Heat your tortillas by wrapping them in foil and baking them or by wrapping them in moist paper towels and microwaving them.
Step 2: Start by cooking the onion, garlic and diced pepper in the skillet.
Step 3. Break up the chicken into small pieces as it becomes opaque. Cook until the chicken is completely cooked, 4 to 6 minutes.
Step 4. Add the chili, powder, cumin, salt and chipotle and stir to coat. Cook for about a minute until fragrant.
Step 5. Add in the tomato paste and water to make the sauce. Keep stirring until it forms a sauce.
- Once the chicken mixture is cooked you’re ready to assemble your chicken tacos!
- Fill each tortilla or taco shell with some of the chicken mixture.
- 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
- These Easy Chicken Tacos would be delicious with my Mexican Coleslaw and this Mexican Quinoa Salad.
- Or you could make this Mexican Bean Salad or this Mexican Corn Salad to serve along sied of this chicken taco recipe.
- For a full on Taco Party you could offer this chicken filling and Beef Barbacoa and let folks build their own taco platters.
- If you love Mexican food, make sure to check out my these Easy Chicken Enchiladas and my Steak Fajitas. They’re both great fast weeknight dinners you’ll love!
More Taco Recipes
- My new vegan Veggie Tacos with Black Beans are hearty and filling and nobody will miss the meat!
- These Cod Fish Tacos are amazingly delicious and super speedy too. The avocado crema is the best!
- These Maple Chipotle Flank Steak tacos are a little sweet and spicy and will rock your world.
- This meal prep Beef Barbacoa Taco recipe is made in the slow cooker and has a delicious corn salsa that goes with it.
- This Picadillo Taco recipe can be made with beef, venison or bison.
If you make these Ground Chicken Tacos, please come back and let me know by leaving a star rating and review!
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
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Wrap tortillas in foil stacked in two packages of four. Place tortillas in hot oven to warm.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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