Chipotle Chicken Tacos

These tacos are seriously delicious! They’re loaded with pulled chipotle chicken, homemade guacamole and a spicy tomato salsa. If you’d prefer a veggie option, substitute the chicken for pulled oyster mushrooms – they work beautifully!

  • Author: zenak
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x


  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp tajin or tajin-style seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 650g chicken thigh fillets (boneless, skinless chicken thighs)

For the toppings:

  • guacamole
  • 2 large vine tomatoes, deseeded
  • ½ red chilli (or more, to taste)
  • ¼ red onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ lime, juice
  • 8 soft taco shells
  • small handful of crispy onions


  • Heat your oven to 200°C / fan 180°C. Place the onion and garlic in a large roasting tin. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and toss to coat. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the chipotle paste, ground cumin, smoked paprika, tajin and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add a splash of extra-virgin olive oil and whisk to combine, then add the chicken thigh fillets and toss well to coat.
  • Take the onion/garlic out of the oven. Arrange the seasoned chicken fillets in a single layer on top of the onion/garlic base. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, prep the guacamole and make the spicy tomato salsa by bledning the tomatoes, red chilli, red onion and lime juice, along with a good pinch of salt.
  • Once cook, let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Shred or slice the chicken then mix with the jammy onions/garlic.
  • Just before serving, heat the soft taco shells according to the package instructions, then transfer to a clean tea towel and cover.
  • To serve, load your taco shells with guacamole and chicken and top with salsa and crispy onions – enjoy!

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21 days ago

So easy to make and so delicious!!