Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos are a flavorful and satisfying dish perfect for any meal. These tacos feature juicy chicken seasoned with smoky chipotle spices and fried to a crisp, golden brown. The crispy chicken is typically nestled in warm tortillas and topped with fresh ingredients such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and a tangy sauce like cilantro lime ranch. 

Why you’ll love this Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos:

You’ll love Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos for several reasons:

  1. Flavor Explosion: The tacos are seasoned with a smoky chipotle chili spice mix, giving them a delicious and bold flavor that is both spicy and savory.
  2. Perfect Crunch: The crispy texture of the fried chicken paired with the crunch of the taco shell creates a satisfying bite.
  3. Easy to Prepare: These tacos are straightforward to make, making them an ideal choice for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner.
  4. High in Protein: Packed with protein-rich chicken, these tacos are not only tasty but also nutritious.
  5. Versatile Toppings: You can customize the tacos with your favorite toppings, such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro lime ranch, adding freshness and variety to each bite.


To make Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Chicken:
    • 1 lb ground chicken or boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Chipotle Seasoning:
    • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
    • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  3. Vegetables:
    • 1 14-oz can corn kernels, drained
    • 1 15-oz can navy beans, drained and rinsed
    • Lettuce and tomatoes for topping
  4. Taco Shells:
    • Hard or soft taco shells
  5. Cheese:
    • Shredded cheese of your choice
  6. Olive Oil:
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. Optional Toppings:
    • Cilantro lime ranch dressing
    • Fresh cilantro

Necessary equipment:

To make this recipe of Crispy Chipotle Chicken Tacos, you’ll need the following equipment:

  1. Skillet or Frying Pan: For cooking the chicken.
  2. Baking Sheet: To bake the tacos if you prefer a baked version.
  3. Mixing Bowl: For combining ingredients.
  4. Knife and Cutting Board: For chopping vegetables and preparing toppings.
  5. Tongs: To handle the chicken while cooking.
  6. Grater: For shredding cheese.
  7. Can Opener: To open canned ingredients like corn and beans.
  8. Spoon or Spatula: For stirring and mixing ingredients.
  9. Serving Plates: For assembling and serving the tacos

Instructions of making this delicious recipe:

  • Prepare the Chicken:
    • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    • Add 1 pound of ground chicken and cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Season the Chicken:
    • Add 2 chopped chipotles in adobo sauce to the skillet with the chicken.
    • Stir in a 14-ounce can of drained corn kernels and a 15-ounce can of drained and rinsed navy beans.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes until everything is well combined and heated through.
  • Assemble the Tacos:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Place hard taco shells on a baking sheet.
    • Spoon the chipotle chicken mixture into the taco shells.
    • Top each taco with shredded cheese.
  • Bake the Tacos:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tacos are crispy.
  • Add the Toppings:
    • Remove the tacos from the oven.
    • Top with your favorite toppings such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.
  • Serve:
    • Serve the crispy chipotle chicken tacos immediately and enjoy!

Serving suggestions:

  • Garnishes:
    • Lime wedges: Add a fresh squeeze of lime juice over the tacos for a zesty kick.
    • Sour cream or Greek yogurt: A dollop of either adds a creamy contrast to the spicy chicken.
    • Fresh cilantro: Sprinkle chopped cilantro for a burst of freshness and color.
  • Side Dishes:
    • Mexican Rice: Serve with a side of flavorful Mexican rice to complement the tacos.
    • Refried Beans: Creamy refried beans make a hearty and traditional side dish.
    • Corn Salad: A refreshing corn salad with tomatoes, avocado, and red onion pairs well with the tacos.
  • Additional Toppings:
    • Shredded lettuce: Adds a crunchy texture.
    • Diced tomatoes: Brings a fresh and juicy element.
    • Avocado slices or guacamole: Provides a rich and creamy texture.
  • Drinks:
    • Margaritas or agua fresca: These beverages complement the flavors of the tacos and enhance the dining experience.
  • Presentation:
    • Arrange the tacos on a platter with all the garnishes and sides around them. This not only makes for a beautiful presentation but also allows everyone to customize their tacos to their liking.

Weeknight Cheesy Baked Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Lime Ranch:

These tacos are perfect for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. They combine crispy, spicy chicken with a creamy cilantro lime ranch dressing, all wrapped in cheesy baked tortillas.


  • Chicken Filling:
    • 1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
    • 2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tacos:
    • 8 small flour tortillas
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Cilantro Lime Ranch:
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • Salt to taste


  1. Prepare Chicken Filling:
    • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shredded chicken, chipotle peppers, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
    • Stir in the chicken broth and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese.
  2. Assemble Tacos:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Place tortillas on a baking sheet. Divide the chicken mixture evenly among the tortillas.
    • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken filling.
    • Fold each tortilla in half to create a taco shape.
  3. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the tortillas are crispy and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Make Cilantro Lime Ranch:
    • In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and salt until well combined.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the baked tacos with a drizzle of cilantro lime ranch dressing and your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

These cheesy baked chipotle chicken tacos are sure to be a hit for a weeknight dinner, combining a satisfying crunch with rich, flavorful filling.

Akara Karimi

Chef Akara, a culinary virtuoso with a penchant for innovation, crafts dishes that marry tradition with modern flair. Her journey from culinary school to renowned kitchens forged her expertise.

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