Southwest Chicken Tacos

Southwest Chicken Tacos

Southwest chicken tacos are a delicious and flavorful option for a summertime BBQ. The combination of tender grilled chicken, zesty spices, and fresh toppings makes them a crowd-pleaser. Here's a detailed recipe for preparing Southwest Chicken Tacos:


For the chicken marinade:
  • 1.5 lbs (about 680g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the tacos:

  • 8-10 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream and/or salsa for topping
  • Lime wedges for serving

How To Make Southwest Chicken Tacos

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, chopped cilantro, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Cut the chicken breasts or thighs into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the chicken to the marinade, making sure it's well-coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or place the chicken and marinade in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Refrigerate the marinated chicken for at least 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours) to let the flavors develop.
  1. Prepare the Toppings:
  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the toppings.
  • Shred the lettuce, dice the tomatoes and red onion, chop the cilantro, and set aside.
  • Grate the cheese and keep it ready in a separate bowl.
  • Arrange the toppings on a serving platter for easy assembly during the BBQ.
  1. Grill the Chicken:
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto skewers or use a grill basket to prevent them from falling through the grates.
  • Grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side or until it's cooked through and has a slightly charred appearance.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and transfer it to a plate. Cover with foil to keep it warm.
  1. Warm the Tortillas:
  • Wrap the corn tortillas in aluminum foil and place them on the grill for a few minutes to warm them up. Alternatively, you can warm them in a pan on the stove.
  1. Assemble the Southwest Chicken Tacos:
  • Take a warm tortilla and place some of the grilled chicken pieces in the center.
  • Top the chicken with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, chopped cilantro, and shredded cheese.
  • Add a dollop of sour cream and/or salsa on top of the toppings.
  • Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the taco for added zing.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Arrange the prepared Southwest Chicken Tacos on a serving platter or taco holder.
  • Serve them alongside extra lime wedges and any additional condiments you prefer.
  • Let your guests build their own tacos according to their taste preferences.

This Southwest Chicken Taco recipe is sure to be a hit at your summertime BBQ! Enjoy the delicious flavors and the wonderful company — maybe alongside a refreshing cocktail like our Summer Paloma.

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