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Healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos

These flavorful, healthy Chipotle Chicken Chorizo tacos have three different types of chili, chorizo and garlic to maximize flavor not calories! They are piled high with fresh avocado, black beans, cilantro and Greek yogurt!

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes!

Did I mention they are ready in under 20 minutes?

“You’re gunna photograph these right?” It was 8 pm and the tacos were disappearing faster than Doritos at a Superbowl party. They were so good, my husband was concerned that I wasn’t going to share the recipe.

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes! But you know what I did? The Master of the Kitchen that I am?
I made them again.

Magic. 😉

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes!

I used a mix of ground chicken and chorizo to get the chorizo flavor with half as many calories!

But let’s be honest; it’s all about the toasted whole wheat pitas. I toast mine right on the induction burner. It was a last minute thing. Sure you could toast them in a pan, but why? It’s so much more fun to watch them bubble on the stovetop. The tortilla gets this nice toasted, almost crunchy exterior but is still soft on the inside. Amazing.

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes!

You’re looking at this picture thinking, “woah sour cream! Cool it Lindsey!” But that isn’t sour cream, it’s 2% Greek yogurt. It tastes just as good without the guilt!

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes!

You are going to love the spicy chipotle tacos combined with cool 2% Greek yogurt!

And because they come together in under 20 minutes, you’ll actually have time to enjoy them!

These healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor and healthy ingredients! And they come together in under 20 minutes!

Healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Healthy Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

    For the Chipotle Chicken Chorizo taco mix
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 chorizo sausages, casings removed
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup water (or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 2-3 teaspoons spice mix
  • For the Spice Mix:
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • For the rest of your tacos:
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 avocado
  • 2% Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 6-8 whole-wheat tortillas
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Pour black beans and their juice into a small saucepot over medium heat; cover and simmer until hot. This usually takes only 10 minutes, but if you forget you can also heat them quickly over high heat in under 5 minutes or in the microwave.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet (or any other non-nonstick skillet) sauté onions in 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until they release their juices and begin to turn translucent. Add garlic and chipotle peppers, stir frequently and continue to cook over medium heat until the onions are almost translucent. Remove onion mixture from the skillet to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same large skillet brown chicken and chorizo sausages until completely cooked. Drain of any excess fat.
  4. Add the onion mixture back into the pan, stirring to mix. Add ½ cup water or broth, tomato paste and spice mix. Stir to evenly coat the meat with the spices. Cook for about 5 minutes until most of the water has been evaporated. Taste for spice. Add more if desired.
  5. Turn off the burner you used to cook the filling. Toast the tortillas directly on the hot burner or in a flat bottomed pan, just until each side has crisped and begun to bubble.

Notes:

This is easily customizable to your spice preference. If you like your tacos mild, use 2 chipotles and start with 1 teaspoon of spice mix. You can always add more!

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2015/01/healthy-chipotle-chorizo-chicken-tacos/

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44 Comments

  • Lelia Farr
    January 24, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Sound & look yummy!! Awesome photos!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Thanks, Mom!

      Reply
  • Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble
    January 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Oh wow these look great! I love the big chunks of avacado and bright red tomatoes. I can’t wait to try these!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Kathleen! Avocados are a must!

      Reply
  • Barbara
    January 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    These look super. Will try making them while I’m recovering.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Barbara! I hope you enjoy them and recover quickly.

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    January 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    It’s the best when healthy foods are so full of flavor! I always top my tacos, enchiladas, and chilis with Greek yogurt. It’s just as good as sour cream! I’m loving your photos of these tacos, Lindsey! Bright and gorgeous!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 25, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I agree, Kristine!!! Thank you!

      Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    January 25, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Wow Lindsey! These look like amazing tacos! I could seriously eat these all day long – and I love the addition of chorizo! The photos are phenom too – so you know where this is going – straight to my Pinterest board! xoxo

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      I think you would actually approve, Kristi! They packed some serious heat! Thanks for pinning! xox

      Reply
  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    January 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Tacos that are ready in 20 minutes?! Sign me up! These look fantastic, Lindsey! Such a great idea to use chorizo, never thought of that before! My husband would love these, too. Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Gayle! Can’t beat dinner in 20, right? Thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    January 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Wicked! Even though I just ate a huge breakfast, I’m actually hungry right now for your Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Tacos, LOL! Thanks for sharing, Linds. These will definitely be made at our house and added to our Tex-Mex favorites. Just pinned! xo

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      THanks, Stacy!!!! And thanks for the pin! Glad to see you are back to pinning! You were the pin champion before!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    January 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    That’s it. You are officially crazy. Greek yogurt on a taco? Say what!?! Actually, I don’t think you’re crazy at all. It’s sheer genius. It’s a bitter cold Sunday afternoon, and I’m pretty sure a big plate of these tacos (Greek yogurt and all!) would be a welcome sight for dinner tonight. Want to bring up the leftovers? 😉

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    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Listen up, David. If I say 2% Greek yogurt is good on a spicy taco, then greek yogurt it is! Are we clear? 😉

      But seriously, it has to be 2%. None of that nasty non-fat stuff that people eat. I know you wouldn’t because you are awesome.

      Reply
  • Chichi
    January 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Your tacos look absolutely amazing. I am craving some right now

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Chichi!!!

      Reply
  • Josephine
    January 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I am printing this one out and will make it soon – it looks great. Hope you are loving New York, but don’t forget your wedding album. I still need your final photo selection so that I can start on the design. Hope you don’t get snowed in too badly!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 8:40 am

      It’s been on my mind, Josephine! I haven’t forgotten. I just need to take the time and eliminate a few more to cut it down to size. I am so sorry it is taking me forever.

      I hope you love these tacos as much as we did! The snow storm turned out to be kind of a bust 🙁

      Reply
  • Thao @ In Good Flavor
    January 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I could use a little more light and healthy in my current diet. These tacos look and sound so good, and I really like the combination of chicken and chorizo.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Thao! Couldn’t we all?! lol!

      Reply
  • Sophie
    January 26, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I made your tasty delicious tacos yesterday & loved every bite! My hubby Peter agreed with me! x

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      I’m so glad you too enjoyed them!!

      Reply
  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek
    January 26, 2015 at 10:21 am

    These look awesome. We love chorizo. We are taco people. We already make six different versions so a seventh is a must. Thanx for the recipe.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Karen! We are taco people too! I hope you add it to the regular rotation! I am kind of curious what the other 6 are!!!

      Reply
  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    January 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Oh goodness – you had me drooling at chorizo….

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      LOL! Thanks, Shashi!

      Reply
  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    January 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    These look amazing! So healthy and I love all of the colors 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks, Medha! Sometimes when you cut out calories, it helps to boost up the color!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    January 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    These tacos look sensational, Lindsey! Love the chorizo in here! The avocado and tomato chunks are so bright and pretty!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, Kelly!

      Reply
  • marcie
    January 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Lindsey, I love the sound of everything about these tacos! Adding just some chorizo lightens it up nicely and still gives it so much flavor, along with that delicious spice rub! And I top my Mexican food with Greek yogurt all the time at home and wouldn’t have it any other way! Pinned. 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you, Marcie! Its nice not to have to skimp on the yogurt topping, isn’t it?! And thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    January 28, 2015 at 6:14 am

    What gorgeous pictures! Love all the spices and those tomatoes and avocados! Pinning!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thanks for the pin, Christin! I’m having a chipotle moment right now! I just can’t get enough!

      Reply
  • Marisela | NomNom Kingdom
    January 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Tacos are the best and SO easy to make! I love chorizo so I will definitely make these! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Thanks, Marisela! I hope you do!

      Reply
  • Nora (A Clean Bake)
    January 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Your husband’s instincts are spot on because these are worth sharing x100!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      February 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Haha! Thanks, nora! His instincts usually are correct…especially about food! lol

      Reply
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