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Authentic Mexican Chicken Tacos

If you want to make authentic Mexican chicken tacos, you will need to cook the chicken with various spices. Bay leaves, garlic, onion, cumin, and chili are cooked with the chicken in the following Mexican tacos recipe to give the bird plenty of flavor. It is then shredded and used to stuff the tacos. If you have extra chicken left over, refrigerate it and use it within two days.

In Mexico, tacos are not like Taco Bell fast food tacos. Instead they are soft. If you prefer crunchy tortilla shells, you can heat a third of a cup of canola or corn oil in a small skillet until a drop of water sizzles on it, then fry a tortilla lightly on one side. Turn it over and fry the other side. Before it gets crispy, bend it in half with a fork and tongs and hold it over the heat to make the folded part crispy and set the shape. Take it out of the oil, drain it on paper towels, and repeat with the remaining corn tortillas.

Authentic Mexican chicken tacos are best served with salsa fresca and cheese. In the following recipe, a homemade salsa is prepared and then you can either serve these authentic chicken tacos with queso blanco, another kind of Mexican cheese, or maybe some grated cheddar.

To make the following taco recipe, the chicken thighs are simmered with chili, bay leaf, garlic and more, to infuse it with a delicate flavor. Make sure it is simmering gently, not boiling, else it will turn out tougher than you want. The chicken is then shredded and added to the tortillas along with a wonderful salsa fresca.

This sauce is really delicious, and extra special because it is freshly made with tomatoes, cilantro, onions and more, so you can expect a colorful and aromatic result. A little parmesan is nice sprinkled on these tacos before serving, or else you can add crumbled or shredded Mexican cheese if you want to keep the flavor more traditional.

The Best Chicken Tacos Ever
Summary: Chicken thighs are moist and juicy, and this shredded meat is combined with a homemade salsa fresca and served in tacos with parmesan, to make a nutritious and flavorful snack.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 ancho chili
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 quartered white onion
  • 5 crushed cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried cumin
  • 12 corn taco shells
  • Queso blanco or grated cheddar, to serve
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the Salsa Fresca:
  • 2 chopped ripe tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 stemmed, seeded jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon minced raw garlic
  • ½ minced white onion
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine the chicken, ancho chili, bay leaves, white onion, garlic, and cumin in a pan and add enough water to cover it.
  2. Turn the heat up high to bring the mixture to a boil, then let it simmer, skimming any foam off the surface as you go.
  3. Cover the pan partially and turn the heat down to get a steady simmer.
  4. Cook the mixture until the meat is tender.
  5. This will take about half an hour.
  6. Take the chicken out of the liquid and let it cool, then shred it with your fingers.
  7. Adjust the seasoning.
  8. Combine the salsa fresco ingredients, adjusting the amount of salt and pepper until it tastes good.
  9. Let the salsa sit for 15 minutes so the flavors can merge and blend nicely.
  10. Warm the taco shells in the microwave until they are soft, then fill each one with some of the shredded chicken and some salsa fresco.
  11. Add the queso blanco or cheddar and arrange the tacos on a serving plate.
  12. Pour the remaining salsa fresco over them and sprinkle the parmesan on top. Serve immediately.

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Authentic Mexican chicken tacos make a beautiful dinner, served with homemade salsa and cheese. Perhaps you want to serve a Mexican salad on the side or some Spanish rice and refried beans to make it a whole meal. This delicious recipe is so easy to make and cooking the chicken with spices makes it succulent and juicy, as well as giving it an amazing flavor. The homemade salsa fresca used in the above authentic Mexican chicken tacos recipe is really delicious too because of the fresh ingredients. This is an extra special tacos recipe, which beats anything from a Mexican fast food restaurant hands-down.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

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Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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