Easy Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos


Quick and full of flavor, you can adjust heat by removing the seeds from jalapeno. Garnish tacos with chipotle ranch, salsa verde, and avocado. I make the chipotle ranch with fat free sour cream to save a bit of calories.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 tacos


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 (16 ounce) package yellow rice

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided (Optional)

  • 1 pound boneless chicken, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • 1 (1 ounce) package chicken taco seasoning mix

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced olives

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease


  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add rice and 1/4 cup olive oil. Bring liquid back to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover saucepan, and simmer until rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir chicken and taco seasoning mix until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix rice, black beans, Mexican cheese blend, olives, and jalapeno pepper into chicken; cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Heat a separate skillet over medium-high heat; warm tortillas in skillet until pliable, 1 to 2 minutes per tortilla.

  4. Fill each tortilla with about 1/2 cup chicken-rice mixture, folding tortilla over filling.

  5. Heat bacon grease in a skillet over medium heat; fry the filled tortillas until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
14g Fat
49g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 1047mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 247mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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