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Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos with Creamy Charred Corn Salsa and a little bit of homemade avocado “crema” too. Shredded chicken in a spicy chipotle beer BBQ sauce stuffed into crispy tortillas with melted sharp cheddar cheese. These easy to make tacos are the best saucy summer tacos. Serve each taco with a creamy avocado crema and charred corn salsa. The perfect summertime twist on a classic taco that everyone will love!

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So here’s the thing, vacation and time off is truly a wonderful thing, but the day after returning? It’s not usually my favorite. I know some people will say they feel all refreshed and ready to jump back into things. But when I got home from Alaska Saturday night, I was tired.

Granted it was really Sunday morning when I got home because we didn’t actually get in until about 1 am, which meant bedtime was more like 3 am. Point? Sunday was brutal and I spent the day catching up on things I’d missed and digging through my inbox.

Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos with Creamy Charred Corn Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

But the one silver lining of returning home? Back to homemade meals! Look, it’s nice to not have to cook on vacation. But the truth is I really love cooking, and the first recipe I made was these tacos.

And they did not disappoint.

Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos with Creamy Charred Corn Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

The inspiration

Honestly, they just sounded good. Summery, spicy, BBQ chicken and charred corn are two summer favorites. Usually I make them separately, and usually on the grill. But I was craving a crispy cheesy taco like the ones Dad used to make when we were growing up.

I combined two favorites into one and the outcome was delicious!

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The Details

These tacos start off with the chicken. Instead of using overly sugary store-bought BBQ sauce, I decided to just do my own, but don’t worry, it’s easy!

Toss the chicken together with some smoky paprika, chipotle chili powder, garlic, cayenne, and salt. Cook everything together in a pot, then just add ketchup, honey, and a splash of you very favorite beer.

And that’s the chicken. Simply simmer it until you can easily shred it, then toss the shredded chicken with the sauce. It takes a few minutes for the chicken and sauce to cook up, but the homemade sauce is 100% worth it.

Spicy, sweet, smoky, and extra saucy!

While the chicken is cooking, make the creamy crema and charred corn salsa. You want to start with the crema since you’ll need it to complete the salsa. It’s simply avocado pureed with lime juice and sea salt. Basic, but also perfect.

For the salsa, I wanted to use charred corn, but I wanted it to be creamier, kind of like a Mexican corn salad. Instead of using mayo, I used the crema to make the salsa creamy.

You’ll have juicy sweet corn with creamy crema and it’s such a great combo! I tossed in fresh jalapeño, lots of cilantro, and some chives too!

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Assemble

Instead of using store-bought taco shells, I like to take corn tortillas and stuff them with the chicken and cheese. I throw them into the oven to bake until the tortillas are crispy.

Finish the tacos with the crema and spicy corn salsa. Everything is so delicious…from the saucy chicken, to the melted crispy cheese, to the crema and salsa. Definitely not your average taco!

These tacos remind me of summers as a kid in Cleveland. A mix of dad’s tacos and BBQ chicken…and I kind of love that.

Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos with Creamy Charred Corn Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other summer tacos? Here are a few of my go-to’s. 

Taco Stuffed Avocados with Chipotle Sauce and Cilantro Lime Ranch

Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Crispy Cauliflower Tinga Tacos with Honey Lime Avocado Crema

Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos with Cilantro Lime Garlic Sauce

Lastly, if you make these Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos with Creamy Charred Corn Salsa

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 525 kcal

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Ingredients

Salsa + Crema

  • 2 large avocados, halved
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 2 cups grilled or roasted corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, if desired, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pot, combine the olive oil, chicken, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, thyme, and salt. Set over medium-high heat and cook until the spices are fragrant, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, then add the ketchup, honey, dijon, and beer. Stir to combine and bring the sauce to a simmer.
    2. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add additional beer to thin. Once the chicken is cooked, shred with two forks. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
    3. Meanwhile, make the crema. Combine the avocado and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Season with salt.
    4. To make the salsa. In a bowl, combine the corn, jalapeño, cilantro, chives, and 1-2 spoonfuls of the avocado crema. Season with salt.
    5. Warm the tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave, until pliable. On a baking sheet, rub the tortillas with olive oil. Lay each flat and then layer evenly with cheese and bbq chicken. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling, gently pushing to adhere (see above photo). Transfer to the oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, then flip and cook another 5 minutes more, or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crisp. 
    6. Serve the tacos with a dollop of the avocado crema, the corn salsa, lime, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was DELICIOUS!

    My husband and I are very serious about taco nights, and this recipe is now one of our favorites! We were very excited for leftovers the next night.

    I started the chicken early, so it ended up cooking on low for about an hour. We also used flour tortillas as that’s what we had on hand. The flavors were excellent – this is going into our regular rotation!

      1. Hey Stacey,
        Sure, you could definitely do the chicken in the slow cooker. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Ditto what some other folks have said – this is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Made it yesterday and family is asking for it again tonight.

    I made a mix of corn and flour tortilla tacos and will say the corn ones fell apart. They might be better for a “tostada” situation if that’s what folks want. The flour ones were perfect though. My avocados weren’t ripe enough to blend so I just used a store bought avocado poblano salad dressing and it was delicious.

    1. Hey Melissa,
      The oil side will be the outside. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This was fantastic! Easy to make and EVERYONE loved it. I changed how long it cooked – kept it in the pot on very low for 2 hours, figured it’d be easier to shred the chicken that way. I definitely suggest saving the extra beer as the recipe states. After shredding, more liquid is definitely needed. I had 2 kinds of tortillas, flour and corn. The flour was a bit larger and the corn great for those who wanted a smaller portion. But everyone did ask for seconds!!! Thank you for another great recipe, it’s a keeper for sure.

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