Smash Chicken Tacos

smash chicken taco on baking sheet lined with brown parchment paper.

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Taco seasoned ground chicken smashed into a flat taco! Smash chicken tacos are loaded with flavor and get topped with any of your favorite taco toppings!


1/2 pound ground chicken
4 mini taco tortillas
1/2 packet of taco seasoning (about 2 and 1/2 tablespoons)
3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoons cumin
Olive oil

Plus any of your favorite taco toppings! I used queso fresco, Cotija, chopped lettuce, and chipotle mayo.


1. Add the ground chicken to a large mixing bowl and season with the taco seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and the fresh lime juice. Gently mix by hand until everything is well incorporated, then divide into 4 equal balls.

2. In a large frying pan, add a few teaspoons of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add two of the balls of ground chicken and use a spatula to flatten. You want this to be as flat as you can make them, so I found cooking two at a time worked best. Cook for 3 minutes.

3. Make sure you’ve cleaned your spatula from any contact with raw chicken, then flip the smash tacos and top with a mini tortilla using your spatula to flatten again. Cook for 2 minutes.

4. Flip again so the tortilla is now flat on the pan, chicken should be 165 degrees internally. Top the chicken with your cheese of choice…I used queso fresco and Cotija. Cook for 90 seconds to slightly toast the tortillas then remove to a plate.

Repeat until all ground chicken as been cooked! Add any additional toppings you’d like! I added a chipotle mayo sauce and chopped lettuce.