Chipotle’s Crispy Tacos with Chicken

5 from 9 votes

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Chipotle tacos are perhaps one of the most craveable foods on this planet! Whether you have been to Chipotle or not, now you can enjoy Chipotle’s Crispy Tacos whenever you want.

Chipotles Crispy Chicken Tacos in a foil bowl.

Chipotle Tacos

We first fell in love with Chipotle while we were living in California. I’m not kidding when I say we tried pretty much everything on the menu, but the one thing we went back for again and again? The crispy Chipotle tacos.

When we moved to Boise, we were so sad not to have one in the area. I’m happy to report we now have several in the area. I actually have a scar from the first restaurant that opened here. I’ll spare you the details but it involved me locking my keys and phone in my car and running back into the restaurant way too fast in flip flops. 🙂

What can I say? I was distracted by the draw of those Chipotle tacos! These copycat Chipotle tacos are true to their namesake with a crispy shell, perfectly grilled and seasoned chicken, and corn salsa topped with cheese, sour cream and lettuce. To this day, I still order these tacos more than any other fast food item. The best part? You can make them at home!

Chipotle Copycat Recipe

There are several components that go into making the Chipotle tacos so good:

  • Crispy taco shells. You may be surprised to hear it, but the crispy taco shells are lower in calories than the soft tacos. Plus, they add a delicious crunch factor. They’re just plain fun!
  • Grilled chicken. The soft, grilled chicken is the perfect counterpoint to the crispy shell. The chicken in the Chipotle tacos are expertly seasoned, so our copycat had to be as well. We use taco seasoning with a pinch of paprika to keep it tasty and simple.
  • Corn salsa and pico. I’m pretty obsessed with the salsa offerings at Chipotle. It’s very similar to our fresh corn salsa, so we just use that to simplify things.
  • Shredded cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. You can leave these off if you like, but they definitely add to the flavor profile.

Another fun thing about these tacos is how customizable they are. If you want to try a different salsa, or even make these with steak, go ahead! You can even experiment with different cheese options, but if you want copycat Chipotle tacos, I recommend sticking with the recipe.

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Chipotles Crispy Chicken Tacos in a foil bowl.

Chipotle’s Crispy Tacos with Chicken

5 from 9 votes
Whether you have been to Chipotle or not, now you can have Chipotle’s Crispy Tacos whenever you want! There is something about the crispy shell, the perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken, and the corn salsa topped with cheese, sour cream and lettuce that makes these tacos
over the top tasty!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6


  • Outdoor BBQ Grill


For the Chicken


  • Filet the chicken so you have two thin halves of each breast. Mix together the taco seasoning and paprika and rub it all over the chicken. Grill over medium heat til you get nice grill marks and the chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken from grill and chop it into one inch cubes.
  • Warm your crispy taco shells, either in the microwave or oven (it makes them more crispy). Then layer each one with chopped chicken, salsa, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 706mgPotassium: 435mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1930IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love Chipotle but they aren’t close to my so it’s wonderful that with this recipe I can make these tacos right at home.

  2. 5 stars
    I think I have only made tacos once, so this came at the perfect time! Thanks so much for the recipe, bookmarked to make during the weekend 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is surely the best happy snack for my kids. Love the crispy Tacos and delicious chicken in it. Crunchy and yum.

  4. 5 stars
    Great flavor and the instructions were spot on which made these copycat tacos so easy to make. Saving the recipe to make again.

  5. 5 stars
    I love tacos and these ones look scrumptious! We don’t have Chipotles here in Italy but I can certainly enjoy these chicken tacos at home!

  6. Oh, these sound so good an I’m hungry. You should link these up to our Tips and Trick Link Party right now!!