These ground chicken tacos cooks so quickly with easy, homemade seasoning, and they can be made as spicy as you want them. They’re perfect for easy dinners during the week, and they’re healthy and clean eating friendly too! Makes 8 servings – enough for about 16 tacos.
Why I love this ground chicken tacos recipe
I’ve always been a fan of ground meat tacos – the kind you make with a kit – and crispy taco shells. It’s probably because it reminds me of school lunches and easy weeknight dinners growing up. The taste was always so familiar, and I was never disappointed on nights we had tacos.
Even as an adult, I still buy crispy, corn tortillas and my favorite bottled taco sauce. But, I’ve upgrade my taco seasoning a bit and swapped out the beef for ground chicken – because I’m always looking for ways to be healthier.
Now that we’re dairy free, we also made some changes to our taco toppings, but you can use whatever toppings you want. Do what makes you and your belly happy.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
- Large non-stick skillet
- Measuring spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
- Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
Ingredients note: I made my own tacos seasoning for this recipe. If you don’t want to make your own, that’s totally cool. Just omit the spices and skip straight to the tomato paste. If you’re looking for a great dairy free taco seasoning, this is our favorite.
How to make tacos with ground chicken
Brown the chicken. Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add the ground chicken and cook until it’s no longer pink. Stir and break up the meat as it cooks.
Add some seasoning. Stir in fresh minced garlic – or cheat and use pre-minced, but you definitely want fresh – and the rest of your spices.
If you want your tacos to be spicy, use the crushed pepper flakes. If you prefer them mild, only use a little or leave it out all together.
Simmer the taco meat. Next, add some tomato paste and about 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup water. Let that come to a simmer and stir to blend in the tomato paste.
Let it simmer until the water evaporates and the meat gets a little bit darker. Give the meat a taste and adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
Serve with your favorite toppings. Prepare your toppings and your shells while the meat is simmering.
Time saving tip: Do yourself a favor, and buy your toppings already prepped. You’ll spend a little more money, but that can make this dinner come together in under 30 minutes with minimal clean up.
FAQs and Tips for making the best chicken tacos
Depending on the brand, you’ll want about 2 – 4 tablespoons on taco seasoning per pound of meat.
The time it takes to cook will depend on your heat level, but for this recipe, it should take from 5 – 7 minutes.
I like to serve this recipe with simple Spanish rice and beans, or refried black beans.
When it comes to tacos, we like to keep things simple. Pico de gallo (or the more traditional chopped onions & cilantro), salsa, avocado, and shredded lettuce are all great dairy free taco toppings.
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More chicken recipes you’ll love:
- Coconut milk chicken
- Buffalo chicken meatballs
- Asian chicken wraps
- Tequila lime chicken
- Kung pao chicken
- Baked chicken parmesan
Ground Chicken Tacos | This is one of my favorite recipes! Ground chicken cooks so quickly with easy, homemade seasoning, and they can be made as spicy as you want them. They’re perfect for easy dinners during the week, and they’re healthy and clean eating friendly too! #dairyfree #tacos
- 2 pounds ground chicken
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add meat and cook until it’s no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Stir in minced garlic and spices and mix until the ground chicken is evenly coated.
- Add tomato paste and 2/3 cup water, and stir until tomato paste has dissolved.
- Allow the mixture to simmer until the water evaporates.
- Before serving, adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
Keywords: dairy free, gluten free, healthy, easy
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