Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos

Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos | My Life as a Mrs

YOU. GUYS. We are OBSESSED with these tacos!

So much so that we’ve made them about 4 times in the past two weeks… ummm yah.

I needed a fast dinner last week and tacos are my go-to for a “I don’t want to think about it” dinner. I didn’t have any ground beef in the freezer, but I did have chicken & a couple of cans of green chilies. So I threw the chicken in a pan… added my go-to taco spices (cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper & CAYENNE) along with a can of green chilies and let the mixture bubble away…. thinking it would be “fine”.

I normally buy Colby Jack cheese (the marbled orange & white one), but for some reason had a new block of Monterey Jack in the drawer (one that I never buy). So, I shredded that up through some in the bottom of the hot taco shell and topped it with the chicken & chili mixture causing this crazy good melty thing going on with the cheese, added my toppings and took a massive bite.

Holy. Moly.

This was SO much better than “fine”… it was L-O-V-E!

Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos | My Life as a Mrs

You cannot beat this simple recipe! It’s fast, healthy, and made with things that I typically keep on hand!


Not to mention, hubs is a MEGA fan of these. Any time I ask what he wants for dinner now – these are his request! What can I say? We love Mexican food in our household!

Make these & fall in love, too! 😉

Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos | My Life as a Mrs

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Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos

Yield: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Time: 25-30 minutes


For the Chicken:
1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2" cubes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4.5 ounce can of chopped green chilies
1-2 dashes cayenne, optional

For Serving:
Taco Shells and/or tortillas
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Shredded lettuce
Sliced black olives
Diced tomatoes
Sour Cream
Lime Wedges


For the Chicken:
Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and sear (breaking apart the pieces with a spatula as is cooks; chicken tends to stick together). Saute chicken for 6-10 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through. Sprinkle spices over the chicken & stir until well combined. Lastly, add the green chilies and cayenne if adding. Mixture will come to a bubble; reduce heat to low to keep warm while serving.

To Serve:
Warm taco shells (or tortillas) and add cheese first, then top with hot chicken and green chili mixture. Add desired garnishes and serve!

Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos | My Life as a Mrs

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28 Responses to “Easy Chicken & Green Chili Tacos”

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 21, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to give these a try soon!

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    Shelly — March 21, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    I love this! No prepackaged seasoning and super simple! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 21, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Oh man. I am obsessed with making (and eating) tacos. Thanks for providing a new one for my repertoire! These look amazing!

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    janetha — March 21, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    Today is national crunchy taco day! Good timing.

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    April @barbellsandbellinis — March 21, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    These look fabulous! We love tacos, and I am always looking for a new recipe to add to the rotation. A woman can never have too many taco recipes – they are the quintessential man pleasing food.

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    Emma — March 22, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Oh yes . . . LOVE!!!!

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    shellyjaronsky — March 22, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Tacos are my life. Love these!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 22, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I make something similar for us about once a week – we are so obsessed with tacos! Yours look awesome!!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 22, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Now these are my kind of tacos! Yum!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 22, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    These tacos are definitely calling my name!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — March 22, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    gah! I love tacos! i cant get enough of them lately! These sound amazing!

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    Harry & David {GIVEAWAY} | The Friday Fifteen: March 22, 2013 — March 22, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    […] Easy Chicken Green Chili Tacos by My Life as a Mrs. YES, baby!!!! I think tacos and pizza are the perfect foods. They’re the right ratio of meat/cheese/tacos/crunchy goodness. Rawr. RAWR. I could use a half dozen of these right now. […]

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    mom — March 22, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Anything mexican…I’m down! Looks really good! I love the green chili addition…

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — March 22, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    I loooove cooking with green chiles! These sound amazing. I love that you put the cheese in the bottom too, what a smart idea!

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    Lauren @ LaurenPhelpsCoaching — March 22, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Yum! Those sounds delicious!! I love your photo of the ingredients. It’s very pretty and inspiring. Have a great day!

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    Nutmeg nanny — March 22, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    These photos are beautiful, theye got my mouth watering. Yum!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — March 22, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    These look amazing. I can see why you’re obsessed. We eat tacos at least one night a week, I need to put these in the rotation!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 22, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Oh… these are happening! They look mouthwatering!

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    Adrienne — March 23, 2013 @ 12:43 am


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    Mailyn — March 23, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I made this for dinner and it was fantastic!!!

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    Sues — March 25, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Tacos are totally my “I don’t want to think about dinner” meal, too. And now I NEED to add green chilis to mine!

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    Madison — March 27, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    These tacos look amazing. Totally food that Joe would flip over. Plus, I’m always looking for new weeknight meal ideas to solve the “we just got back from the gym and we need food NOW” dilemma. 🙂

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    Juli in VA — April 3, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Just made these for dinner tonight &&&& winner!!! Only thing I did differently is I used chipotle chili powder in lieu of cayenne which added some good smoky heat. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly! Super yumm!

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    heatheranne — April 29, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Made these tonight and they were everything you said they were! Easy, delish and just a good take on a boring taco!

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    stacey — June 9, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I made these last night and it was really good!!! I might try two cans of green chilis next time. I added a 1/4 cup of chicken broth to get the good stuff from the pan. So yummy.

    • Tina replied: — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      oh yah – sometimes I add extra chilies… depends on the day 😉

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    Ana — August 14, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    Delicious! Not quite enough for our family with two hungry kids, so I double. Love how quick and easy it is too, with freezer (chicken) and pantry staples!

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    Steve — April 12, 2015 @ 6:51 am

    I was hoarding a can of green chiles I brought back from the US and used it in this. Homemade fresh corn tortillas but no sour cream – still fantastic!

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