Looking for a twist on the traditional taco Tuesday? These Smoked Chicken Tacos are fresh, healthy and have a delicious smoky taste on tacos.
Tacos have always been a staple in our household. Ken loves them and so do I. I get tired of regular beef tacos, so I started looking for an easy but flavorful new recipe. I am so glad that I came up with this smoked tacos recipe.
Mexican Smoked Chicken Recipes
This Mexican smoked chicken recipe was inspired by my love of chicken tacos. Not only are these tacos fresh and healthy but they also pair well with my Smoked Pineapple recipe. If you ask me, chicken and pineapple go so well together, plus it’s fresh and healthy.
To make these tasty smoked chicken tacos you only need five basic kitchen staples. You might not even need to make a trip to the grocery store.
- chicken breasts
- taco seasoning
- bell peppers
- flour tortillas
See the recipe card below for quantities.
For these easy and healthy Smoked Chicken tacos recipe, you only need 5 simple steps.
Step 1: Gather the ingredients and preheat your smoker.
Gather your ingredients and preheat your smoker to 230 degrees.
Step 2: Season your chicken breasts
Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper if desired. Then, place your chicken breasts in a foil pan. Sprinkle or rub taco seasoning onto your chicken breasts. Lastly, pour salsa over your chicken breasts.
Step 3: Smoke your chicken
Smoke your chicken breasts at 230 degrees for 3 hours or until your chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees. Once your chicken reaches 165 degrees internally, remove the chicken from your smoker and shred with two forks.
Step 4: Add in your peppers and smoke again.
Add in sliced bell peppers and return to the foil pan. Return your pan to the smoker and smoke for an additional 30 minutes or until your bell peppers start to soften.
Step 5: Assemble your tacos.
Spoon about ⅔ cup of chicken and pepper mixture into the center of each tortilla and add your toppings. Enjoy these tacos!
Hint: I like to use a foil pan when smoking for easy clean up.
Don’t have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change this smoked chicken tacos recipe.
- Salsa– use fruit salsa in place of tomato sauce for a fresh and fruity taste.
- Gluten Free – use gluten free taco seasoning and corn tortillas for a gluten free meal.
Want to personalize this Smoked tacos recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Spicy – do you like your tacos spicy? Use a hot and spicy salsa to kick up the spice level.
- Deluxe – add guacamole, sour cream or any other toppings that your family prefers.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this smoked pork tacos recipe.
You only need three kitchen tools to help you make this Mexican Smoked Chicken Recipe.
- Foil Pan
- Cutting board and knife
Do you have leftovers? Store your leftover smoked chicken tacos in the fridge for up to three days. Do not store your tacos already assembled.
More Smoked Recipes
Do you like smoked recipes? Here some recipes you may also like to try:
Do you have questions about smoked chicken tacos? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about smoked tacos.
Reheat your leftover smoked chicken in the microwave for one to two minutes. Or, in a saucepan on the stove on medium heat until warm.
Yes! You can freeze leftover smoked chicken tacos. However, do not freeze your tacos assembled.
Yes! There is no need to double your cooking time.
I used apple wood pellets for my smoked chicken tacos.
Smoked Chicken Tacos
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Smoked Chicken Tacos
- Foil pan
- 1 pound chicken breasts or chicken thighs boneless, skinless – 4
- 2 cups salsa
- 3 tablespoon taco seasoning or 1 package
- 2 cups peppers green, yellow, orange or red, sliced
- 8 soft flour tortillas
- Gather all your ingredients needed.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
- Place your chicken breasts in a foil pan.
- Sprinkle or rub taco seasoning onto your chicken breasts.
- Pour on your salsa over your chicken breasts.
- Smoke your chicken breasts at 230 degrees for 3 hours or until your chicken reaches the internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Once your chicken reaches 165 degrees internally, remove the chicken from your smoker and shredded with two forks.
- Return the shredded chicken to the foil pan.
- Add in sliced bell peppers and return to the foil pan.
- Return your pan to the smoker and smoke for an additional 30 minutes or until your bell peppers start to soften.
- Spoon about ⅔ cup of chicken and pepper mixture into the center of each tortilla and add your toppings.
- Enjoy these tacos!