An easy recipe for the best ground chicken tacos. These are so juicy and perfectly seasoned, and they’re ready in about 15 minutes!

Ground chicken tacos on a blue plate.

Are these authentic, real Mexican tacos? No. Are they good? You bet your burrito they are. 

Ground chicken taco meat is perfect to have around for meal prep during hectic weeknights, when you’re more likely to choose carry-out or delivery over a healthy dinner. Now you can have something really delicious, supremely easy, and lightning fast–usually in about 15 minutes.

Ingredient notes:

  • Taco seasoning: Ingredients for homemade are right in the recipe card in the amount you need. Or, substitute one packet of store-bought.
  • Tomato sauce: 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste plus ½ cup water may be substituted for the tomato sauce.
  • Apple cider vinegar: You can also use white vinegar or red wine vinegar. They both taste good!
  • Brown sugar: Just 1 teaspoon, and feel free to leave it out if that sounds weird to you.
  • Tortillas: You can fry soft corn tortillas until crispy or buy crunchy ones from the store. Or, use flour tortillas.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. The chicken cooks fast on the stove! Grab a skillet and sauté the onion in olive oil until the onion softens. After that, add the garlic, oregano, and the taco seasoning. Stir it around for a few seconds until it gets nice and fragrant.
    Chopped vegetables cooking in a black skillet.
  2. Then add the ground chicken and cook until almost cooked through–just a couple minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar. Let the meat mixture come to a simmer and cook for another four minutes or so, until it thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Ground chicken taco meat in a black skillet.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Toppings: Diced avocado or guacamole, scallions, chopped onion and cilantro, diced tomatoes or pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, Hot sauce, corn salsa, sour cream, black olives
  • Lettuce wraps: This taco meat is delicious on butter lettuce or romaine leaves.
  • Taco salad: Add the cooked meat to a bowl with chopped lettuce, beans, tomatoes, scallions, and a creamy cilantro lime dressing.
  • Slow cooker: This recipe is perfect for a DIY taco bar! First, sauté the onions in a skillet on the stove. Add the taco seasoning, garlic, and dried oregano. Add the ground chicken and cook until almost done. Move the meat to the slow cooker and add the sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  • Freezer: Cool the cooked meat, then transfer it to a freezer-safe bag and press flat to gently squeeze out the air from the bag as it seals. Label and date. To thaw, defrost the meat in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the skillet with a little extra salsa or tomato sauce, if needed.

More tasty taco recipes:

Three Ground Chicken Tacos on a blue plate

Ground Chicken Tacos

An easy recipe for the best ground chicken tacos. These are so juicy and perfectly seasoned, and they're ready in about 15 minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Calories 204

Ingredients 

For the taco seasoning (see note 1):

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)

For the tacos:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (see note 2)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (see note 3)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (see note 4)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Tortillas for serving (see note 5)
  • Toppings for serving (see note 6)

Instructions 

To make the taco seasoning:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together chlii powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste (I like ½ teaspoon), Whisk in cornstarch if desired. (Or, substitute one packet store-bought taco seasoning).

To make the tacos:

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in taco seasoning, garlic, and oregano until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add ground chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through but still slightly pink, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Divide filling evenly among tortillas and serve with healthy garnishes such as shredded lettuce, diced tomato and avocado, scallions, and cilantro leaves.

Notes

  1. Taco seasoning: Ingredients for homemade are right in the recipe card in the amount you need. Or, substitute one packet of store-bought.
  2. Tomato sauce: 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste plus ½ cup water may be substituted for the tomato sauce.
  3. Apple cider vinegar: You can also use white vinegar or red wine vinegar. They both taste good!
  4. Brown sugar: Just 1 teaspoon, and feel free to leave it out if that sounds weird to you.
  5. Tortillas: You can fry soft corn tortillas until crispy or buy crunchy ones from the store. Or, use flour tortillas. 
  6. Toppings: Diced avocado or guacamole, scallions, chopped onion and cilantro, diced tomatoes or pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, Hot sauce, corn salsa, sour cream, black olives
  7. Lettuce wraps: This taco meat is delicious on butter lettuce or romaine leaves.
  8. Taco salad: Add the cooked meat to a bowl with chopped lettuce, beans, tomatoes, scallions, and a creamy cilantro lime dressing.
  9. Slow cooker: This recipe is perfect for a DIY taco bar! First, sauté the onions in a skillet on the stove. Add the taco seasoning, garlic, and dried oregano. Add the ground chicken and cook until almost done. Move the meat to the slow cooker and add the sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and tomato sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  10. Freezer: Cool the cooked meat, then transfer it to a freezer-safe bag and press flat to gently squeeze out the air from the bag as it seals. Label and date. To thaw, defrost the meat in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the skillet with a little extra salsa or tomato sauce, if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 21gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 694mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 830IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Comfort food at it’s finest. The brown sugar did sound weird to me but I used it anyway and the chicken was perfectly seasoned. Thanks:)5 stars