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The Best Weeknight Chicken Tacos

Lauren Regnier
Super quick weeknight tacos made with rotisserie chicken from the supermarket! quick tacos made with rotisserie chicken from the supermarket!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people


For the tacos

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • small tortillas
  • taco seasoning recipe below
  • 1 can refried beans
  • lettuce shredded
  • avocado
  • salsa of choice
  • Cotija cheese
  • fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the taco seasoning

  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼-½ tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 tsp Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning optional
  • A few dashes paprika if not using chicken seasoning
  • A few dashes onion powder if not using chicken seasoning
  • salt, to taste if not using chicken seasoning


For the taco seasoning

  • Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake really well to combine. Set aside.

For the tacos

  • Remove the meat from the chicken and chop it up into small pieces. I like to use the breast meat for tacos and save the dark meat—wings, legs, and drumsticks—to eat later (or while I cook, like a savage).
  • Warm the refried beans in a pan.
  • Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add chicken and a little seasoning at a time (you'll have extra left over) and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Turn heat to low and sauté until just warmed through. Make sure not to overcook it, or the chicken will become very dry.
  • Prepare your toppings—lettuce, avocado, lime, cheese, salsa, or whatever else you're feeling. Warm the tortillas in the oven at 200° F for a few minutes or pop them right on the flame of your stovetop for some char.
  • Build your tacos with beans, chicken, salsa, lettuce, avocado, cheese, and fresh lime and serve.


  • You can purchase Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning here
  • If not using the chicken seasoning—substitute a few dashes paprika, onion powder, and salt, to taste.
  • Omit or decrease amount of cayenne pepper for less spicy version.
Keyword chicken tacos, tacos