BBQ Chicken Tacos

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    Warm corn tortillas loaded with tangy BBQ chicken, black beans salsa, fresh cilantro and a drizzle of cilantro lime dressing. These easy BBQ chicken tacos are made in just 15 minutes and are the perfect dinner to serve your family on Taco Tuesday

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    Easy Mexican tacos

    I’ve never met a taco that I didn’t like. The thing I love most about them is the unlimited number of combinations to try. Just by using different types of meats, toppings and sauces, you can make all kinds of delicious variations that you’ll never get sick of.

    These BBQ chicken tacos have quickly become one of my absolute favorites! The BBQ sauce adds the perfect tang and smoky flavor and tastes amazing paired with the fresh black bean salsa. They’re SUPER easy to make too, with only 15 minutes of prep time needed. And since we use rotisserie chicken, there’s no cooking involved! Just assemble and enjoy. :)

    bbq chicken in clear bowl

    Reasons to love these tacos

    • They’re quick to make. This dish takes hardly any time to prep, only 15 minutes to be exact. Because we’re using rotisserie chicken, there’s literally no cooking involved. Just shred the chicken and then mix together with the sauce. Then assemble and enjoy!
    • Customizable. One of the best things about these tacos is how everyone can customize them to their own preference. Use the chicken as the base, but then add as many or as little toppings as you’d like.
    • Feeds a crowd. If you need an easy dinner to feed a crowd, these tacos are the perfect choice. This recipe serves about 8 people, but you can easily double or even triple it depending on how many guests you have.
    • Leftovers. We love using leftovers to make a super easy lunch or dinner the next day. Skip the tortilla and make a BBQ chicken salad instead. Or use leftovers to make southwest stuffed sweet potatoes. So many yummy ways to use them up!

    black bean salsa in bowl

    Tips + substitutions

    There are a few ways you could prepare this meal, depending on your preferences. Use rotisserie chicken for convenience, or cook the meat in the oven or slow cooker. Swap out corn tortillas with the soft or crunchy varieties, or even serve your tacos over a bed of lettuce. No matter how you make these BBQ chicken tacos, they are bound to be amazing!

    • Meat. To make this recipe super easy, I love to buy the rotisserie chicken from Costco. This recipe would also taste great with crockpot BBQ chicken or baked BBQ chicken. You can even use leftover BBQ pulled pork if you want.
    • BBQ sauce. Use your favorite store bought brand (we love Sweet Baby Ray’s) or make a homemade BBQ sauce. And don’t forget to add an extra drizzle of sauce after assembling your tacos. It makes them perfectly tangy, smoky and downright delicious!
    • Tortillas. My family loves corn tortillas, but you could certainly use soft flour tortillas or crunchy corn taco shells. Just make sure to warm up your tortillas before serving for the best result.

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    Favorite toppings for BBQ chicken tacos

    Whether you add a creamy sauce, a sprinkle of cotija cheese or a few chopped jalapenos for some heat, any of the toppings below would make the perfect finishing touch to these barbecue chicken tacos.

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    BBQ Chicken Tacos

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: BBQ chicken tacos
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 279
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Warm corn tortillas loaded with tangy BBQ chicken, black beans salsa, fresh cilantro and a drizzle of cilantro lime dressing. These easy BBQ chicken tacos are made in just 15 minutes and are the perfect dinner to serve your family on Taco Tuesday! 

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
    • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    • 1 cup black beans
    • 1 cup corn
    • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes , diced
    • 1/4 cup red onion
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    • salt and pepper , to taste
    • 12 corn tortillas , or flour tortillas

    Optional toppings: Sliced avocado, pickled onions, cilantro lime dressing, sour cream, salsa, cotija or cheddar cheese

      Instructions

      • In a medium size bowl, mix together the chicken and BBQ sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
        bbq chicken in clear bowl
      • In a separate bowl, combine the black beans, corn, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste.
      • Assemble tacos by placing the chicken onto a warm tortilla. Add a scoop of the bean mixture. Top with your favorite toppings. Add an extra drizzle of BBQ sauce if desired.
        bbq chicken tacos on plate

      Notes

      Meat: This recipe would also taste great with leftover crockpot BBQ chicken or baked BBQ chicken.
      Toppings: The more toppings the better. If you have time, add some pickled onions to boost the flavor. This cilantro lime dressing really takes these tacos over the top. So delicious! 
      Storing: Store leftovers separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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