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Ground Chicken Tacos

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Olena Osipov
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Healthy 30 minute Ground Chicken Tacos are perfect for busy weeknights! A low sodium sauce packed with southwest spices keeps meat moist, while veggies add flavor and all in just one skillet.

Our family is not picky when it comes to making taco meat healthy fish tacos, carne asada tacos or ground turkey tacos; you name it, we’ve made so many healthy taco recipes!

Three tortillas with ground chicken taco filling.

These ground chicken tacos are the easiest taco recipe I have ever made for healthy dinner ideas! To make the taco meat healthy, I used only 1 lb of ground chicken breast, loaded it with over 1 lb of veggies and made it all in one humongous size skillet.

Taco Tuesday was a real thing in only a half hour and now this ground chicken recipe is my favorite, only to be rivaled by taco skillet or Instant Pot chicken tacos!

Why Make Chicken Tacos?

  • One skillet: No need to prepare toppings separately, they all cook together in one pan. 
  • Quick: This ground chicken recipe is ready in only 30 minutes! 
  • Healthy: Ground chicken is a great source of protein, lower in fat and contains less cholesterol than beef. Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, and radishes are a great source of calcium and potassium. 
  • Flavorful: Taco seasoning and smoked paprika combine with tomato sauce for a flavorful ground chicken recipe that stays moist!
  • Balanced: This one skillet meal contains lean protein and nutrient rich vegetables, wrapped in a corn tortilla for a wholesome Mexican chicken taco recipe! 
  • Gluten free and dairy free: This ground chicken recipe is a great choice for families with dietary restrictions, it’s even bean and legume free. 

Ingredients for Mexican Ground Chicken Recipe

  • Ground chicken: Look for a brand that is not filled with mostly ‘fillers’, please read the ingredient label! Choose from ground chicken (made with both white and dark meat) or ground chicken breast (all white meat). Either can be used in this ground chicken recipe as well as in ground chicken stuffed peppers.
  • Onion, garlic and bell pepper: Aromatics plus peppers add so much flavor to this Mexican chicken taco recipe!
  • Chicken taco seasoning: Homemade taco seasoning and smoked paprika are all you need for this flavorful ground chicken recipe.
  • Low sodium tomato sauce: Let’s be honest – chicken can be dry, especially chicken breast. Not in my ground chicken tacos, though, with this flavorful Tex Mex sauce!
  • Corn: Canned, fresh or frozen corn for more “veggie factor”, sweetness and extra crunch.
  • Radishes: Strengthen the “veggie factor” and probably “sauciness”, too. I picked up a bunch of a milder radish variety at the farmers market, I can’t remember the name though. You can use less or let everyone add at the table. Radishes add extra crunch and peppery zest to the taco meat.
  • Cilantro: Add right at the end for a fresh complex citrusy flavor.
  • Salt: To bring out the taste of all the ingredients in ground chicken recipe.
  • For serving: Corn tortillas, lime and any other favorite taco meat toppings.
Corn tortillas, chicken, onion, bell peppers, corn, radish, tomato sauce ingredients.

Need another idea of what to make with ground chicken? Try ground chicken burgers or even swap the turkey for chicken in Instant Pot taco soup! In fact you can use ground chicken interchangeably for ground turkey in any of these ground turkey recipes.

How to Make Chicken Tacos

  • Start by sautéing the vegetables: First the garlic and onion, then bell peppers. This allows their taste to be absorbed by later ingredients in this ground chicken recipe.
  • Add ground chicken and flavourful spices: Frying spices in oil is a quick way to deepen their flavour. Ground chicken taco meat cooks really fast – just make sure to break it into pieces with spatula.
  • Add tomato sauce and corn: Sauce will “marry” taco meat filling together and add “sauciness” factor.
  • Last add radishes, cilantro and salt: Radishes at the end will retain crunch and zest, cilantro adds a fresh taste and salt strengthens all other flavors!
  • For serving: Corn tortillas, lime and other taco meat toppings! See below for many options on how to take this ground chicken recipe to next level.

How to Keep Chicken Taco Meat Warm

Welcome to my food blogger’s life – cooking dinner at lunch time Monday – Friday. 🙂 

For serving cooked tacos later, I placed taco filling in small slow cooker and turned on “keep warm”. The only fixins I had to prepare were limes, crumbled feta cheese and Greek yogurt.

This is a great option for both busy weeknights or game day parties! 

dSlow cooker with taco ingredients beside it for serving.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Other vegetables: Skip radishes or use shredded jicama or turnip instead. Cauliflower rice is an obvious choice!
  • Other proteins: Use ground turkey if you do not have ground chicken. I often make this ground turkey taco recipe. Ground beef or pork could be used, but will need to be drained (extra step).
  • Peppers: Feel free to add some heat with jalapeno or poblano peppers!
  • Additional seasonings: Cumin or try minced chipotle pepper in adobe, it makes vegetarian chili so smoky and would taste amazing added to taco meat.
  • Beans: Cooked black beans could be added with the sauce to add additional protein.
  • Sauce: I like the simple ingredients of a plain tomato sauce with Mexican chicken taco recipe, some readers have used picante taco sauce instead with great results.
  • Fresh herbs: Not a fan of cilantro, use parsley or skip altogether and add a pinch of ground coriander with other spices.

Tips for Best Results

  • Low sodium canned tomato sauce and homemade taco seasoning makes more healthy chicken tacos.
  • Low carb: Skip tortillas and serve over lettuce, similar to low carb enchiladas.
  • Warm tortillas: If you have gas stove, warm up tortilla right on the burner to char the edges. Or make a crispy tostada shell if you have air fryer!
  • Timesaver: Use your food processor to chop pepper and onion, just be careful to not puree them!

FAQs

Is ground chicken or turkey better for tacos?

I love both! It really just comes down to personal preference. Both ground turkey and ground chicken are healthy choices for taco meat.

How do I cook ground chicken without drying it out?

That is the magic of this ground chicken recipe! By using a flavorful sauce with the ground meat, it keeps it so moist.

What type of skillet should I use?

Best is a non-stick ceramic skillet. If you have a regular stainless steel skillet, you will just need to use more oil. Cast iron skillets might be able to be used, just keep an eye on things as once they get hot, cast iron starts to cook ingredients even more quickly.

Could I use beef taco seasoning for ground chicken?

Sure! I prefer to use my homemade taco seasoning for any healthy taco recipe, but any taco seasoning should work.

Can I use chicken breast instead of ground chicken for taco meat?

I suppose you could make your own ground chicken with a meat grinder or use diced chicken breast and saute that with the vegetables, or you could just make grilled chicken street tacos. Another option would be to use leftover shredded chicken and just stir it in with sauce.

You may love browsing these 65 clean eating chicken recipes, too!

How to Serve Ground Chicken Taco Recipe?

These are the toppings you can use for Mexican chicken taco recipe, some are ambitious. 🙂

We used Food for Life organic corn tortillas which fell apart on a first bite for kids, and on a second one for adults. Healthy taco salad it was, delicious nonetheless. Or transform this into ground chicken recipe taco bowl with cilantro coconut brown rice.

How to Store Mexican Ground Chicken Recipe?

To make ahead and cook later, you can chop garlic, onion and bell pepper and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also slice radishes. That is when meal prep containers with 2 sections come in handy. 🙂 Then just cook when ready. makes a weeknight healthy dinner a breeze.

Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Since filling is saucy and radishes are sturdy, there is not much to get soggy in this chicken taco filling. Reheat on a skillet with a splash of water on low heat. That’s it!

These ground chicken tacos by far is my fastest and easiest taco recipe. Browse through all my healthy taco recipes and decide for yourself. 🙂

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Ground chicken taco filling on three open faced tortillas.
Ground Chicken Tacos

Ground Chicken Tacos

Healthy 30 minute Ground Chicken Tacos are perfect for busy weeknights! A low sodium sauce packed with southwest spices keeps meat moist, while veggies add flavor and all in just one skillet.
4.97 from 29 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 10 tacos
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken I used breast
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup low sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn thawed or 1 can (drained)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 bunch radishes sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Organic corn tortillas
  • Lime cheese and Greek yogurt, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic and onion, sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add bell pepper and sauté for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chicken, taco seasoning, smoked paprika and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking chicken into pieces.
  • Decrease heat to low, add tomato sauce and corn, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Add cilantro, radishes and salt; stir.
  • Serve hot over corn tortillas with lime, crumbled feta or shredded Monterey Jack cheese and Greek yogurt.

Make ahead: Chop garlic, onion and bell pepper and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also slice radishes. That is when meal prep containers with 2 sections come in handy. 🙂 Then just cook when ready. akes a weeknight healthy dinner a breeze.

    Refrigerate leftovers: Store for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Since filling is saucy and radishes are sturdy, there is not much to get soggy in this chicken taco filling. Reheat on a skillet with a splash of water on low heat. That's it!

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      Notes

      • For serving cooked tacos later, I placed taco filling in small slow cooker and turned on “keep warm”. 
      • Low sodium canned tomato sauce and homemade taco seasoning makes more healthy chicken tacos.
      • Low carb: Skip tortillas and serve over lettuce, similar to low carb enchiladas.
      • Warm tortillas: If you have gas stove, warm up tortilla right on the burner to char the edges. Or make a crispy tostada shell if you have air fryer!
      • Other vegetables: Skip radishes or use shredded jicama or turnip instead. Cauliflower rice is an obvious choice!
      • Other proteins: Use ground turkey if you do not have ground chicken. Ground beef or pork could be used, but will need to be drained (extra step).
      See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1taco | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 355mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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      1. 5 stars
        Was very good I have two picky eaters when it comes to trying new recipes but they loved it and want it again!…added extra taco seasoning with a 1/4 of water

      2. 5 stars
        I never use recipes from blogs and this week, I have used several of yours. They are so easy and healthy and my husband LOVES them! Thank you!

      3. 5 stars
        Can’t believe I haven’t left a review yet. I’ve already made these tacos three times since I found this recipe recently. I guess that says how much we love this dish. Yesterday I added black beans instead of corn to it and it was delicious.

      4. 5 stars
        This has been my favorite recipe to try so far! I’ve been cooking for my family (parents and brother) a couple times a week to help them with eating healthy and to show them that meals can be tasty, convenient, and healthy! We are all so busy, but I like to take a little time out to make healthy eating convenient for them (not to mention cheaper than eating out). Also, I doubled this recipe and there were no leftovers haha I am turning into your biggest fan 🙂

        1. Yay! Good for you! I think there is a stigma that healthy food is not tasty. That’s a very old wives tail from back who knows when. And other problem is people do not try new things. I think it’s just comfortable life and human nature. It blows my mind how many people just don’t care what they eat. So, good for you!!!

      5. 5 stars
        HI Olena, I’m on week 2 of your meal plan and used your version of this with ground turkey instead of ground chicken, It was delicious. Family wiped it out!

        1. Yay!!! Ground chicken tacos or ground venison tacos – doesn’t matter. I use any meat and venison a lot because my mom supplies us with it.

      6. I don’t quite understand how this taco seasoning works… What is it made of? How does it taste? These tacos look great! Now I know what I am gonna do this week end! I LOVE TACOS! that is one of the 2 or 3 things stereotypically correct about Mexicans.

        1. Taco seasoning is a mix of certain spices, you can make it at home yourself, here is the recipe. I don’t think you will be able to find it in Mexican grocery stores because I think it was invented by Americans who really love anything Mexican. You literally can add taco seasoning to any food and it becomes Mexican.:)

          1. yeah, that is definitely not Mexican, I have never tried something like that in my tacos, but it sure sounds delicious! hahahahaha that is a nice way to just turn food into mexican style

      7. 5 stars
        After reading your post, I knew I was making this for dinner. What I thought was extra tomato sauce that I had tossed in the freezer to use at a later date, ended up being enchilada sauce. I just moved forward with the recipe but didn’t add the extra spices, tossed in all the fresh and frozen veggies I could find. It was DELICIOUS. I LOVE TACOS, and now I have a healthy version that I can whip up in no time. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and inspiration.

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