Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa (Video!)

Chicken Tacos seeping with a rainbow of chili lime spices, topped with oozing Jack cheese, sweet and smoky Grilled Pineapple Salsa and drizzled with silky Avocado Crema.  Memorial Day worthy.  Every day easy.

This Chili Lime Chicken Tacos recipe is an explosion of YUM in every bite and might just become your new favorite chicken taco recipe EVER!  You can prep the chicken, salsa and crema ahead of time so your Chili Lime Chicken Tacos can come together in a flash at dinner time! 

Chicken Tacos Recipe Video

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with pine apple and lime.

Easy Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe

I made these Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple  Salsa last week and I was so in love that I sweet talked Ms. Strawberry Soup into letting us take her spot in this weeks line up so you could have them for Memorial Day along with Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Honey Lime Butter, homemade salsa and either  Cilantro Lime Rice or Mexican Rice.

Because you need them for Memorial Day.  Because nothing says “Hello Summer” like firing up the grill on Memorial Day and grilling your new favorite ever Mexican chicken.

Happy Memorial Day! May God bless all those who have died fighting for our freedoms and all who continue to fight for our freedoms every single day.  They allow us to to take much for granted.  May we strive to always honor their sacrifice and thank them for it.

Two Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with pine apple and lime on a blue plate.

Ingredients for Chili Lime Tacos

These pineapple chicken tacos come together with few ingredients but taste so flavorful! Here’s what you’ll need to make the BEST chicken tacos:

  • Chili Lime Chicken: You can find my recipe here. The ingredient list looks long, but it’s 95% spices!
  • Pineapple Salsa: Enjoy it fresh or grilled (recipe here).
  • Flour tortillas: May sub corn tortillas if you’re gluten-free.
  • Shredded cheese: Use your favorite.
  • Avocado crema: A delicious blend of avocado, sour cream, mayo, lime, cumin, and garlic powder. Do not leave this stuff off of your tacos!!

How to Make Lime Chicken Tacos

For these Chili Lime Chicken Tacos, the chicken is marinated either overnight or just 30 minutes in my easy All Purpose Chili Lime Chicken Rub bursting with fiestalicious spices all brightened by fresh lime juice and lime zest.  SO EASY!  You can either grill your chicken or cook it on the stovetop:

STOVETOP DIRECTIONS:

  1. If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, add chicken and cook, undisturbed for 3-5 minutes, or until nicely browned (or blackened if you prefer) on one side.
  3. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 5-7 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

GRILLING DIRECTIONS:

  1. If chicken has been refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).
  2. Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  3. Grill chicken undisturbed for for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F.)
  4. Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

So tender, so flavorful, so ready to be stuffed in a tortilla and then stuffed into your mouth.

Showing how to make Chili Lime Chicken Tacos by marinating chicken breasts.

What Toppings for Lime Chili Tacos? 

As much as we all want to start eating these lime chili chicken tacos NOW, let me first sing the praises of Grilled Pineapple Salsa.  I could have topped these Chicken Tacos with Homemade Salsa, Salsa Verde or Pico de Gallo but their rich smokiness was begging for vibrant, sweet, juicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa, much Tacos Al Pastor.

The Pineapple Salsa is made with grilled sweet and smoky caramelized pineapple, and GRILLED red bell peppers, red onions and jalapeno tossed with lime and cilantro and a hint of cumin and ginger.  This pineapple salsa is insanely delicious all on its own and the refreshing companion to our Chili Lime Chicken Tacos.   They make each other better even when you didn’t think it was possible.

Finally, the crowning adornment of this Chicken Tacos that brings everything together is the silky Avocado Crema.  Both Patrick and I are obsessed with this Crema.  Made with sour cream, a little mayo and just the right kick of garlic, cumin, salt and fresh lime juice.   It is so creamy that we prefer it hands down – way down – to guacamole.  I think you will too.  Just try and resist its silky siren calls.

A Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with pineapple and lime. with a grilled flower tortilla.

Tips for the Best Chicken Tacos

  • Quality tortillas. Try and use QUALITY flour tortillas – you can taste the difference!
  • Spice it up. The spice level as written is not very spicy, just flavorful. If your chicken feels like it’s missing something, it is probably a depth of heat.
  • Use fresh pineapple. For the pineapple salsa, fresh pineapple is a must. It’s just not the same with canned pineapple.

Recipe Variations to Try

  • Add beans. Add your favorite beans – some refried beans, black, pinto, etc. are all fabulous.  You can add them directly to the chicken or warm in a separate pan and add them to individual tortillas. 
  • Add veggies. You can add any veggies your heart desires from corn, bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, spinach etc. You can sauté the veggies separately or cook them with the chicken. 
  • Add fajita peppers. Stir fried bell peppers are always tasty.  You can follow the instructions for the peppers in my Pork Fajitas recipe.
Grilled Pineapple Salsa for Chili Lime Chicken Tacos.

Can I Prep Chili Lime Chicken Tacos in Advance?

You can make the chicken ahead of time and just reheat when ready to serve.  You can also prep all of your toppings ahead of time.  The avocado crema will keep for up to a day without changing color very much – just make sure to press a piece of plastic wrap directly against the surface of the guac/crema to prevent oxidation. 

How to Reheat Chili Lime Chicken Tacos

Reheat the chicken in the microwave or in a skillet over medium-low heat. The tortillas can also be gently warmed in a skillet to make them more pliable.

How to Store Leftover Chicken Soft Tacos

The chicken, tortillas, salsa, crema, and other toppings should be stored in separate containers in the fridge. The chicken will last up to 5 days, and the crema will last up to 2 days (it may oxidize, but that’s okay!).

Can I Freeze Lime Chicken Tacos?

The tortillas and cooked chicken can be frozen individually. The toppings must be eaten fresh.

  1. Prepare the chili lime chicken according to directions.
  2. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Add chicken to a freezer size plastic bag OR portion into smaller size sandwich bags.
  4. Press bag flat, squeeze out excess air to prevent freezer burn.
  5. Seal, label and freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. When ready to use, defrost chicken in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Remove chicken and reheat in a skillet or in a microwave-safe container in the microwave.
Close up of two Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with pine apple and lime.

What to Serve with Grilled Chicken Tacos

Looking for More Easy Taco Recipes?

If you love everything Tacos, be sure to check out some of my favorite:

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with a slice of lime on a serving plate.

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos seeping with a rainbow of chili lime spices, topped with oozing Jack cheese, sweet and smoky Grilled Pineapple Salsa and drizzled with silky Avocado Crema.  Memorial Day worthy.  Every day easy.
Servings: 2 -4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Avocado Crema

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Prepare Chili Lime Chicken And Grilled Pineapple Salsa according to directions.
  • To make the Avocado Crema, add all the Crema ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth, scraping sides down as needed. May make 4 hours ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container.
  • To assemble, melt cheese on tortillas in the microwave or stovetop then top with Chili Lime Chicken, Pineapple Salsa followed by Avocado Crema.

Notes

Don't miss the "how to make" recipe video at the top of the post!
Total Time does not include marinating chicken as this will vary depending on individual.

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58 Comments

  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor says

    This taco is the bomb! The salsa is fantastic—I love grilled pineapples, and I can only imagine how it elevates the entire dish.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much! Yes, grilled pineapple is AMAZING! It makes everything better – like these tacos 🙂

  2. Whitney says

    I came across this yesterday and knew I had to get to the store to get the ingredients! I did not grill, and I know that they would have been even better if I did, but it was all nonetheless delicious. I have a fairly picky boyfriend, and he just gobbled up 2 of them. I wasn’t sure about making pineapple salsa, but I think I like it. And the avocado crema, obviously great. It really was all a great combination, and your pictures are beautiful!!

    • Jen says

      Hi Whtiney, I am so happy you found this recipe and I love that you went to the store right away – and I am SO Happy they did not dissapoint – yay! I hope you find more recipes to love here!

  3. Martin says

    Damn that look tasty! I’ll put this on my cooking list.

    • Jen says

      Thank you! I am excited for you to make them!

  4. Rochelle says

    Made this for dinner tonight and received raving reviews from everyone! The flavor combinations were amazing! I had to keep myself from eating all of the avocado crema before the tacos were ready. 🙂

    • Jen says

      YAY! So happy the tacos received rave reviews and I hear ya about the avocado crema – it is SO addicting! Thanks so much Rochelle!

  5. Tanya says

    Looks yummy! What kind of tortillas are you showing in the picture? And are they toasted or soft?

    • Jen says

      Hi Tanya! They are soft flour tortillas that I toast in a dry skillet and then I charred the edges over an open flame – delicious but be careful 🙂

  6. Sheila says

    So very delicious! Chicken was so flavorful and I was thrilled it looked just like yours when completed. The pineapple salsa was so good I had to make another batch because we all ate it beforehand with chips. And the Avocado Crema sauce was the absolute best! Thank you so much, Jen.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Sheila! Thank you for trying my recipes and commenting – I love it! And I love that you loved these tacos, salsa and crema!!!

  7. Paddi says

    These tacos are amazing!!!! So flavorful, and so pretty!! Everyone -husband and 2 kids(6 &9)- devoured them!! I love grilled pineapple, and your salsa made all the chopping totally worth it!
    I have made 3 or 4 of your recipes and every one is a winner! You are my go to recipe site – I love that your recipes are healthy and so fresh! This one is my personal favorite. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!

    • Jen says

      Hi Paddi! You are too kind! I am so happy you loved the tacos and the other recipes of mine you have tied – yay! Thank you so much for making my day!

  8. Therese says

    WOW!!!! There is nothing not to love about these chicken tacos! love the flavors of the salsa from grilling the pineapple and veggies! Added mango too 🙂 And the avocado creme was so good we were eating out of the bowl! These are now our go to for tacos! Only been a couple of weeks since I made them and the family is already requesting them again!!!!! Can’t say no to these. 🙂 I’ve been spreading the word to my friends about your amazing recipes! May God continue to Bless you as you have been a blessing to us through your recipes!!!!

    • Jen says

      I haven’t made these tacos in a while but your comment is making me crave them right now, thank you! I love the complex flavors in this dish and like you, eat the crema from the bowl – I just can’t get enough! And I love that you added mango to the salsa – mango makes everything better! Thank you so much for spreading the word about my recipes, that is so thoughtful of you! Thank you for always brightening my day with your kindness, warmth and enthusiasm!

  9. Christina says

    I just made these last night and this recipe turned out AMAZING! I have a little “grill” pan for using on the stove, and everything worked just as well, im sure grilling this in the summer would be even better. Perfect amount of spicy and tangy, this will be something I keep cooking for years to come! I used the leftovers to throw over lettuce for my lunch today – still tasty :]

    • Jen says

      Hi Christina, thank you for your awesome comment! I am thrilled you loved this recipe so much and were able to use your indoor “grill” – perfect! I love the idea of throwing this over lettuce – I see a salad recipe in the near future 🙂 Thank you!

  10. Maria says

    I made these last night and I must say hands down the best tacos I’ve ever made and definitely some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Fantastic recipe ! I will definitely trying some of your other recipes. Only one question. Do you happen to have nutritional information for these bad boys?
    Cheers!

    • Jen says

      Hi Maria, thank you for the ultimate compliment of being the Best tacos! wahoo! Thrilled you love them so much! I don’t have the nutritional info but you can get it at http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator I hope you have fun trying more of my recipes!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Lucy, I think you will love them!

  11. Krista says

    I never comment on pins I’ve tried bc well, as a mom of 5 littles I just don’t have the time! I’m on the Internet enough anyway looking up what to make. Lol. But as my husband stole a bite of chicken off the grill and stated it was absolutely amazing, I knew I had to thank you! My kids said we should have this every week and the youngest are only 3 and 4! Every part of this was amazing! The chicken, mmm so flavorful, the salsa was sweet and fresh and the avocado crema was like the icing on top! Luckily I had all the ingredients on hand and it wasn’t too hard or time consuming to make. Another major plus for me. Thank you in helping us add another recipe to the menu!

    • Jen says

      Hi Krista, thank YOU for taking time to comment even with your crazy busy life! I am so flattered everyone from your husband to your kids loved these tacos and that they were easy to make! I hope you have fun exploring my site and hopefully find some more recipes to add to the menu! Thanks again!

  12. Maren says

    My guy is a picky eater, but something tells me that he’ll love this chicken tacos! Your photos are fantastic, btw. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

    • Jen says

      Hi Maren, I hope both you and your picky eater love these tacos! And thank you so much for your flattery – I have a lot of fun taking the photos!

  13. Judi says

    These are BEYOND amazing! The complex flavor combinations bring this dish to a whole new level for tacos! I will be trying this recipe using shrimp and also will try fish. The crema is superb as a dip with tortilla chips. And the salsa is great on it’s own, as well. So I will be making those two components at times just for munching purposes. Cannot say enough about the flavor profile of these tacos. They are our #1 taco of choice!

    • Jen says

      THANK YOU so much Judi for your sincere compliments! I am so flattered and pleased you loved each component so much and even more together and that they are your #1 taco of choice- yay! I hope you continue to love them all year long and find more recipes to love here!

  14. Betsy says

    This was amazing!! I was tempted to leave out either the salsa or the avocado cream sauce. So glad I didn’t! The combination is phenomenal. It definitely has some heat to it, so use less spice if you don’t like really spicy things. Definitely making this again and again!

    • Jen says

      Hi Betsy, I’m so happy you made both the salsa and the avocado cream sauce and that it was worth it, yay! Thank you so much!

  15. Abi says

    these tacos seems to be very tempting just want to grab them

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Abi, I hope you can make them soon and grab them in real life 🙂

  16. plasterer bristol says

    Oh delicious, i love this sort of food, Great recipe.

    Simon

  17. Judy says

    I would love to make these taco’s but I can’t have avacado as I’m highly allergic to it. Any suggestions on what I can use in it’s place??? Perhaps salsa???

    • Jen says

      Hi Judy, I would just use sour cream – the pineapple salsa is already very flavorful so they will still be delicious!

  18. Kirsty says

    Hi Jen
    These look so good!! Can’t wait to try them. Very different to the Mexican I’ve cooked in Australia. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Kristy! I love every type of spin on tacos! and hello all the way to Australia!

  19. Kristin says

    Absolutely delicious!!! Another family favorite to add to the meal plan 🙂 Thank you!
    Especially that avocado dip – wow!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Kristin! I LOVE the avocado dip too – I want to serve it with everything and have a hard time posting another taco recipe without! So happy it was a hit, thank you!

  20. Melissa says

    Made these for dinner tonight and got the thumbs up from everyone. One little tip of like to throw out there for marinading the chicken. I always cut deep hash marks in any chicken breast that I’m going to end up chopping up to serve. It allows for more surface area to absorb the tasty marinade and cooks faster. It may not look pretty, but it works flavor wise. Also, I threw in a jalapeño with the avocado cream. It wasn’t too hot at all and gave it just a nice amount of kick. We were dipping chips in to before dinner. That’s some tasty stuff! It will be on the menu often. I’m making baked empenadas with the left over chicken we have. Can’t wait.

    • Jen says

      Hi Melissa, so happy these were a hit with everyone – always so nice to find a recipe that gets everyone’s approval! Thank you so much for the tip on the has marks in the chicken- I will definitely try that next time! And I love your addition of jalapeno to the avocado crema – I can almost taste how delicious that must be! I need to make a separate recipe post just for that crema – it seems to be everyone’s fav! Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  21. Hugh says

    Made these for the first time last night. Did them on a griddle pan inside instead but even still they were so so good! Everyone loved them, especially the pineapple salsa. Will keep that up my sleeve to use with lots of other recipes. Thanks a lot for the recipe, I’ll definitely be making some more of yours now!

    • Jen says

      Hi Hugh, I am so happy this was such a hit, thank you! I agree, the pineapple salsa really makes this dish – I want to put it on everything! I hope you have fun trying more of my recipes!

  22. Kirsten says

    The spice rub and the salsa have become my go-to taco recipe. They are absurdly good!

    I’ve taken to making multiple batches of the rub (minus the olive oil, lime zest, juice and water), and storing the excess in the freezer until I need it. In the winter, when I can’t get outside to grill, I boil 2 chicken breasts until cooked, shred the meat, then toss with about 3 1/2 tablespoons of the rub, the zest & juice, and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water in a skillet until heated through. The boiling is an extra step, but because the meat is shredded, the spice covers more surface area.

    Anytime I hear of someone looking for a taco recipe, I point them here. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Kristen, I’m so glad you love the spice rub and salsa so much! Your method of making multiple batches and freezing/boiling the chicken is a genius way to eat this chicken all year long ad so nice to have dinner at your fingertips! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Siobhan says

    These were so, so good! The rub is amazing; it is slightly spicy but not overpoweringly so. We all enjoyed it! I served these tacos with some grilled achiote shrimp and homemade guacamole and chips. So yummy!

    • Jen says

      Your entire meal sounds SO delicious! Can’t beat homemade guacamole and grilled achiote shrimp – mmmm! So happy these were a winner! Thank you!

  24. Heidi says

    Loved this! I took a chance and made it for the first time when our pastor and his wife’s came over for dinner. It was a hit with everyone!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Heidi, I’m so happy it was a hit escpecially with important company 🙂 Thank you!

  25. Nicole says

    OMG!!! These were absolutely mouth watering!! My family devoured them!! Have you ever tried this chicken recipe in the crockpot?

    • Jen says

      YAY! I’m so pleased they were a hit with your whole family! I haven’t tried them in the crockpot but it should work great!

  26. Anne Lachney says

    I have made these several times and they are always a hit! Lately, I have doubled the recipe so my son (who hates leftovers) can have leftovers per his request. Great recipe! Thanks so much!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Anne, I LOVE hearing they are such a hit and “double recipe” worthy! Thank you!

  27. ANNE N LACHNEY says

    Your chili lime chicken recipe is awesome! It has definitely become a family favorite! Thanks so much!

    • Jen says

      That is awesome, thank you so much Anne!

  28. Liz says

    Jen! You are the GREATEST! I discovered your website two months ago and have been literally making your recipes at least 4 times a week with a couple family favorites thrown in there. There is SO MUCH FLAVOR and deliciousness to everything I have made! And the best part, you are literally teaching me how to be a cook. I have been afraid of the grill forever. I have now made two of your chicken marinades and learned from your blog essential grilling tips I never knew. My four teenage boys are LOVING it. I can’t wait until we can host large gatherings again so I can show off my new found skills and your incredible recipes. Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thank you for making my day Liz! I’m so happy you discovered my site and you’re loving my recipes! I am honored you’re learning new cooking techniques as well, thank you! I hope continue to have exploring and hopefully find some new favorites!