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Quick Chicken Birria Tacos Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Chicken birria tacos are made with shredded rotisserie chicken and a quick savory sauce. It’s a simplified fried taco recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes.


  • 46 pound fully cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • Small corn tortillas
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • Fresh cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 8-ounce bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Optional lime wedges, for serving
  • Optional jalapeno slices, for serving

Adobo sauce

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 23 tablespoons adobo sauce (I buy chipotle peppers in adobo)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prep chicken, onion, and cilantro and set aside. Be sure to keep chicken shreds manageable so they fit in the corn tortillas. Place chicken in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine all adobo sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Stir until thickened and smooth.
  3. drizzle 1/3-1/2 cup of sauce over the shredded chicken and toss to coat. Season all over with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Bring 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet to medium-high heat. Dip both sides of a corn tortilla in the adobo sauce and place flat in the skillet. top with a thin layer of cheese. On one half of the tortilla, layer chicken, onion, and cilantro, followed by a little more cheese. Fold over the other half and press down with a spatula. Sear for 1 minute per side or until golden and crisped. Add more oil to the skillet as needed!
  5. Serve tacos with extra adobo sauce for dipping or sour cream.


You can make this with flour tortillas if you prefer. Always look for the small 6-inch taco size.


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 561
  • Sugar: 5.6g
  • Sodium: 848mg
  • Fat: 27.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.5g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 43.2g
  • Cholesterol: 131mg

Keywords: chicken birria tacos, simple birria tacos


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