Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema

garnished taco with lime and red onion beside it

These Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema are the perfect weeknight meal! Smoky  ground chicken balanced out with tangy chipotle crema. Pair it with corn tortillas and lots of toppings and you’re all set!

This recipe was originally published in May 2019 – I’ve since updated the photos!

You guys know I have a deep rooted love for Mexican food. But did I ever tell you about that time in Mexico City when Ben and I ate a cow tongue taco?!

I was expecting it to be so tough and hard to chew but surprisingly, it was amazingly tender and when you pile on spicy salsas, cilantro and onions – you really couldn’t even tell what type of meat it was. I will admit though, I usually stuck to pork tacos when we were in Mexico….#noshame

Why You’ll Love These Tacos: 

These Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema though….they’re pretty darn amazing. Perfectly cooked ground chicken mixed with a chipotle crema which consists of: chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, sour cream, and adobo sauce! 

golden spoon drizzling the chipotle crema into a cup

The ground chicken is incredibly simple to throw in a pan and cook – I think ground chicken is SO underrated but it’s one of my favorite taco proteins! 

The chipotle peppers in adobo make it smoky, delicious and spicy. The sour cream gives it a tangy, smooth, creamy taste that helps balance out the spiciness. IT’S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! 

side view of tacos stacked up against each other

And you literally mix it all together in the pan, and stuff your tacos (and face! ha!) full! How simple is that?! 

I’m all for a simple, easy and delicious Taco Tuesday, y’all. Especially if I get to pair it with one (or two!) of my Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas 😉 

The one thing you must pair with these Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema are my homemade corn tortillas!! They’re perfectly charred, delicious and the perfect vehicle to carry that spicy chicken right into your mouth!

Ingredients You Need:

  • ground chicken
  • chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • sour cream
  • taco seasoning (homemade or I love the Trader Joe’s version!)
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro
  • onions
  • garlic
  • our preferred taco toppings!

How To Make Tacos:

As always, I like to begin chopping all of the veggies up and getting that out of the way. So, mince your garlic, slice your onion for your topping as well as de-seed and dice the jalapeno. Lastly, since it’s super messy, finely dice ONE chipotle pepper from the adobo sauce. You can remove the seeds if you want but I happen to like the added spice.

To your non-stick skillet, add a splash of olive oil on medium heat. Once hot, add in your ground chicken. Break it up with your spoon and let it cook until it’s ALMOST fully cooked through. Add your garlic at that point and let it cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Next, add in a generous pinch of salt and about 1-2 tsp of taco seasoning. Mix that all together until combined.

spicy ground chicken in cast iron skillet

Add in your chipotle pepper and 2 tsp of the sauce in the can. Mix that all together in the ground chicken. Taste to see if it needs any additional salt or sauce and then take it off the heat.

Once taken off the heat for a couple of minutes, add in your sour cream. This is going to make the ground chicken have the PERFECT balance of tangy and spicy and cooling and delicious.

ground chicken mixed with sour cream in the skillet

Next, pile it on top of your homemade corn tortillas, add your toppings. Mix together a couple tablespoons of sour cream and 1 tsp of the chipotle sauce for the drizzle. Add a little bit of water to thin it out and make it more “drizzleable”.

hand grabbing a taco that is stacked up against 2 others

Devour while hot! Enjoy your tacos while hopefully outside, drinking an ice cold beverage and sitting in the sunshine! Hello, Spring!

Best Taco Toppings: 

Red onions 

Jalapenos 

Sliced Avocado

Cilantro 

Extra Chipotle Peppers 

Easy Homemade Salsa 

Creamy Salsa Verde Guacamole 

However you top them, I hope you enjoy every single bite! 

Did you love this recipe? Here are a few more you might like:

Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls

Breakfast Tacos with Homemade Salsa

Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet

Spicy Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw

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Ground Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema

These Ground Chicken Tacos are the perfect weeknight meal! Smoky  ground chicken balanced out with tangy chipotle crema. Pair it with corn tortillas and lots of toppings and you’re all set!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chipotle chicken tacos, ground chicken tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 minced chipotle in adobo pepper
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (for garnish)
  • 1 deseeded jalapeno (garnish)
  • cilantro (garnish)

Chipotle Crema

  • 1-2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce
  • water to thin out

Instructions

  1. Begin to chopping all of the veggies. So, mince your garlic, slice the red onion and de-seed and dice the jalapeno. Lastly, since it’s super messy, finely dice ONE chipotle pepper from the adobo sauce. You can remove the seeds if you want but I happen to like the added spice.

  2. To your non-stick skillet, add a splash of olive oil on medium heat. Once hot, add in your ground chicken. Break it up with your spoon and let it cook until it’s ALMOST fully cooked through (about 3-4 minutes)

  3. Add your garlic at that point and let it cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Next, add in a generous pinch of salt and about 1-2 tsp of taco seasoning. Mix that all together until combined. 

  4. Add in your chipotle pepper and 2 tsp of the sauce in the can. Mix that all together in the ground chicken. Taste to see if it needs any additional salt or sauce and then take it off the heat. 

  5. Once taken off the heat for a couple of minutes, add in your sour cream. This is going to make the ground chicken have the PERFECT balance of tangy and spicy and cooling and delicious. 

Chipotle Crema

  1. Mix together a couple tablespoons of sour cream and 1 tsp of the chipotle sauce for the drizzle. Add a little bit of water to make it more “drizzleable” and thin it out. 

  2. Next, pile it on top of your corn tortillas, add your toppings. Drizzle the crema on and enjoy!

14 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Cow tongue taco? Now, I can’t say that I’ve ever tried that! But, like ya said, I bet with all those delicious toppings how could ya taste it? Now, these tacos! I LOVE chipotle. We always have cans stocked in our pantry. That smoky heat gets me all the time. Wishing these were my lunch today. They look so incredibly yummy, Haylie! A must try for sure 🙂 Happy Monday!

  2. 5 stars
    Haylie, these tacos look fabulous. Love the chipotle crema! Gotta check out your homemade tortillas, they look so good!

    Cow tongue?! I think someone would have to sneak it in my taco without telling me because I’d never gather up enough courage to try it! Good for you, girl!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Definitely look into the homemade tortillas! They’re so good! And LOL! I definitely just had a very small bite…my much more adventurous husband ate the rest 😉

  3. 5 stars
    So. Good. I’ve made these twice this week – finally a meal that the whole family likes and no one (not even the picky 16-year-old) complains about! I doubled the recipe and accidentally didn’t double the sour cream in with the chicken, but I thought it was enough.

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