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Ground Chicken Tacos


Ground Chicken Tacos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 1  red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 Tbsp  paprika
  • 2 tsp  ancho chili powder
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 2 C shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 medium onion, diced
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 8 oz cayenne pepper
  • ½ C chopped fresh cilantro*
  • 12 hard taco shells
  • 2 C shredded lettuce
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. 
  • Heat the olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions, red peppers and green peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and just starting to brown, 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more.
  • Add the ground chicken, paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and salt.
  • Turn the heat to high; use a wooden spoon to stir and break the chicken into small clumps until the chicken is partially cooked, about 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, then turn the heat down to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking chicken into smaller clumps, for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, remove the taco shells from the package and lay sideways on baking sheet. Pull the stack apart, overlapping the edges slightly. Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until crisp. Spoon the chicken into the shells and serve with toppings.


*To save time, you can chop the bell peppers and onions in a food processor; just be sure not to purée them. You can also use 1 teaspoon ground coriander in place of the fresh cilantro; add it along with the other spices.

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