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smoky chicken tacos/scoops

★★★★★ 9
a recipe by
Echo Day
Covington, TN

These started out as smoky chicken tacos, using leftovers from a rotisserie chicken, but ended up an instant favorite in our house! After I assembled the tacos for my husband, I put some Baked Tostitos Scoops on the side and handed off the plate. He LOVED the tacos and wanted another before I had even finished making my plate. When I carried his plate to the kitchen, I noticed some of the meat had fallen into one of the scoops and a lightbulb went off. I quickly put some of the chicken mixture into one of the scoops, topped it with salsa verde and sour cream and had a quick taste test. And I just about died and went to heaven. It was THAT GOOD. Try it! You won't be disappointed!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Whether you eat these in taco form or in a chip, you will be a happy camper. We love finding new appetizers to share with friends and this one is a real find. The chicken is juicy, has a little kick of heat, and is bursting with a smoky chili flavor. Add all your favorite toppings and the yummy salsa verde. We served them in mini tortilla bowls and they were the perfect size for this quick and easy appetizer.

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★★★★★ 9
serves 4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For smoky chicken tacos/scoops

  • 2 c
    shredded chicken
  • 1-2 tsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • dash
    lime juice
  • onion slices, to taste
  • jalapeno slices, to taste
  • salsa verde
  • white corn tortillas, tortilla cups, or mini tortilla bowls
  • sour cream

How To Make smoky chicken tacos/scoops

  • Olive oil, chipotle chili powder, ground cumin, lime juice, onion, and jalapenos in a skillet.
    In a small skillet, you should add a little bit of EVOO (about 1-2 teaspoons), about 3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, a splash of lime juice, onion slices, and jalapeno slices to taste.
  • Tossing in chicken.
    Add the chicken. Toss the ingredients together until the chicken is covered in spices and is incorporated with the onion and jalapeno slices.
  • Frying until ingredients are heated.
    Fry over medium heat until heated thoroughly and onions are translucent (about 8-10 minutes). Then it’s time for assembly!
  • Tacos assembled.
    Spoon into tortilla scoops, mini bowls, or white corn tortillas (if you prefer tacos to scoops). Top with sour cream and enjoy!