Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe

These Chipotle Tacos are a flavor explosion you will crave for days! 

Chipotle Tacos stuffed with juicy, flavor packed Bacon Honey Chipotle Chicken (yes BACON chicken!), piled with crispy BLT Slaw and creamified with Cilantro Lime Crema!  

This Chipotle Taco recipe is sponsored by McCormick for sponsoring this Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos post.  All opinions are my own.

 How to Make Chipotle Chicken Tacos


up close of Chipotle Chicken Tacos piled with honey chipotle chicken, tomatoes and avocados


Chipotle Tacos

I am still craving these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos.  And I will every single day until I devour them again.  Patrick was almost speechless as he gobbled chipolte taco after taco after chipotle taco.  Or in other words, we are both pretty much obsessed.

And there is a lot to obsess about starting with the Bacon Honey Chipotle Chicken.  Heavens yes.

These are ADDICTINGLY DELICIOUS!  Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos stuffed with wonderfully juicy, flavor packed Honey Chipotle Bacon Chicken (yes BACON chicken!), piled with crispy BLT Slaw and creamified with Cilantro Lime Crema!  

The best chicken for Chipotle Tacos

Are you looking for the perfect dish to serve at your 4th of July BBQ?  Do you love smoky bacon?  Do you love spicy chipotle?   Then you are going to think this chicken is the next best thing after bacon itself because McCormick has found a way to bottle up all that bacon chipotle flavor into McCormick Grill Mates Bacon Chipotle Seasoning!  

This is epic.  It means we can now infuse practically anything and everything with bacon chipotle goodness!  Bacon chipotle chicken tacos, you got it.  Bacon Chipotle steak, you got it.  Bacon Chipotle dressing, you got it.  Bacon Chipotle potatoes, you got it.  Bacon Chipotle broccoli, you got it.  Bacon chipotle pasta sauce, you got it.  epic.

This McCormick Grill Mates Bacon Chipotle Seasoning is a spicy blend of REAL cured bacon, chipotle chili peppers, onions, garlic and paprika.  Its bold and spicy so you don’t need much to conveniently elevate your grilled chicken/steak/pork or veggies to the next level and it would be dynamite in your next hamburgers – I can’t wait.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken: Pound boneless skinless chicken breasts to 1/2” thickness using a meat mallet or side of a can. This tenderizes the chicken and helps it cook more evenly.
  • Cheese: Use shredded Mexican cheese blend or a combination of cheddar and Monterrey or cheddar and Pepper Jack if like more heat.
  • Tortillas: Use 6-8 taco flour tortillas (I like Guerrero brand) or 10-12 corn tortillas (I like La Tortilla brand). You can even have both flour and corn available and let everyone pick their fav.
  • Marinade: Honey, Dijon, ketchup, cider vinegar, lime juice and McCormick® Grill Mates® Bacon Chipotle Seasoning combine to create a tangy sweet heat marinade that’s dizzyingly delicious.
  • Cilantro Lime Crema: Sour cream or Greek yogurt, mayo, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder and salt are whisked together to create a tangy, creamy reprieve from the chicken that marries all the flavors together.
  • BLT Slaw: Cook bacon in the oven or on the stove (or even use shortcut bacon bits), then combine with thinly sliced cabbage, chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, and cilantro. The secret ingredients of a splash of the reserved marinade and Cilantro Lime Crema really make it pop!

How to Make Honey Chipotle Chicken

  1. This Honey Chipotle Chicken is super simple to make.  Simply whisk up your bold marinade of olive oil and honey with splashes of Dijon, ketchup, cider vinegar, lime juice, coriander, oregano and of course Bacon Chipotle seasoning.  
  2. After bathing in this marinade for 2-6 hours, the chipotle chicken emerges incredibly juicy bursting with glorious sweet heat that’s not too hot for the kiddos in my opinion, just mega mega flavorful and destined to become a new favorite chicken.
showing how to make chipotle tacos by marinating chicken

How to make Chipotle Tacos Ahead

Yes!  You can make the BLT Slaw and Cilantro Lime Crema entirely in advance and refrigerate in airtight containers until ready to serve.  You can marinate your chicken so all that’s left to do is cook your chicken and it’s dinner time!  You can even cook the Chipotle Chicken in advance but it won’t be quite as moist if refrigerated and reheated.  

showing how to make chipotle tacos by brushing grilled chicken with reserved marinade

Chipotle Chicken Tacos Recipe Substitutions

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes!  These Chipotle Tacos are fabulous with either chicken breasts or chicken thighs.  I chose chicken breasts because they are leaner AND extremely juicy due to the marinade, but either will work great. 

Can I Grill My Chicken?

Yes!  You can either cook your chicken tacos on the grill or the stove top.  I love to grill my chicken because it infuses the Chipotle Tacos with a smokey layer of flavor. 


  1. Grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  2. Grill chicken undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F.), basting with Reserved Marinade halfway through cooking.
  3. Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before chopping. Toss with any remaining Reserved Marinade.
glazing chipotle chicken for honey chipotle chicken tacos

Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos Toppings

The honey chipotle chicken is stand-alone delicious, but what really elevates these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos is the BLT SLAW.  

This BLT slaw adds a refreshing crunch to the chipotle tacos and could be a stand alone side dish  – it’s that good.  It boasts crispy cabbage, juicy tomatoes, punchy red onion and of course BACON!  It’s infused with some of our heavenly Cilantro Lime Crema and some reserved marinade for added flavor without any added work.  You can also add guacamole, pico de gallo, hot sauce, extra cilantro, etc.

What is the Best Taco Sauce for Chipotle Chicken Tacos?

Finally, the crowning glory of these Chipotle Tacos – Cilantro Lime Crema.  It is lusciously creamy, seasoned to perfection and adds the complementary fresh and tangy zip to the savory honey chipotle zang.

It is made by whisking sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice ground cumin, garlic and salt together.  Can you taste it now?!

Pile all those layers  – the melt in your mouth bacon honey chipotle chicken, the fresh crunchy BLT slaw and silky Chipotle Lime crema on a cheesy tortilla and serve with a big pile of chips with homemade salsa, and we have an epic Honey Chipotle Chicken Taco meal that’s almost as epic as Bacon Chipotle Seasoning itself.  Almost.

What to Serve with this Chipotle Chicken Tacos Recipe

We love Chipotle Chicken Tacos with the following:

showing how to serve chipotle tacos by piling with BLT slaw

How to Store Honey Chipotle Chicken

All the components of Chipotle Tacos should be stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.  When stored properly, they can be stored for for 2-3 days.   

side view of best chipotle tacos topped with chipotle chicken, tomatoes and sour cream

More like this Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe

These are ADDICTINGLY DELICIOUS!  Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos stuffed with wonderfully juicy, flavor packed Honey Chipotle Bacon Chicken (yes BACON chicken!), piled with crispy BLT Slaw and creamified with Cilantro Lime Crema!  

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These are ADDICTINGLY DELICIOUS!  Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos stuffed with wonderfully juicy, flavor packed Honey Chipotle Bacon Chicken (yes BACON chicken!), piled with crispy BLT Slaw and creamified with Cilantro Lime Crema!  

Honey Chipotle Chicken

Chipotle Tacos stuffed with juicy, flavor packed Bacon Honey Chipotle Chicken (yes BACON chicken!), piled with crispy BLT Slaw and creamified with Cilantro Lime Crema!
Servings: 6 -8 tacos
Total Time: 57 minutes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2” thickness
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese more or less to taste
  • 6-8 taco flour tortillas or 10-12 corn tortillas

Honey Chipotle Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Grill Mates® Bacon Chipotle Seasoning * (See Notes for Substitution)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried oregano, salt

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp EACH ground cumin, garlic powder, salt

BLT Slaw

  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 large roma tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro Lime Crema in directions
  • 1 teaspoon Reserved marinade in directions


Honey Chipotle Marinade

  • Whisk together all of the Honey Chipotle Marinade ingredients in a shallow dish or large freezer bag (whatever you are going to marinate your chicken in) and remove 3 tablespoons (for basting and Slaw). Add chicken to marinade and marinate in the refrigerator 2-6 hours.

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the Cilantro Lime Crema ingredients. Add one tablespoon Cilantro Lime Crema to a large bowl for BLT Slaw. Refrigerate remaining Crema.

BLT Slaw

  • Add all remaining BLT ingredients to 1 tablespoon Crema EXCEPT bacon. Add 1 teaspoon Reserved Marinade (from Reserved 3 tablespoons). Toss until evenly coated. Refrigerate. Toss with bacon just before serving so it stays crispy.
  • When ready to cook, let chicken sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (time permitting).


  • Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  • Grill chicken undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F.), basting with Reserved Marinade halfway through cooking.
  • Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before chopping. Toss with any remaining Reserved Marinade.


  • 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. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 4-6 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F).
  • Remove chicken from and let rest 5 minutes before chopping. Toss with any remaining Reserved Marinade.


  • Melt desired amount of cheese on tortillas (I cover the entire tortilla in cheese) then top with Honey Chipotle Chicken, BLT Slaw and Cilantro Lime Crema. Serve with hot sauce for more heat if desired.



*Unfortunately it seems this seasoning has been discontinued.  Try swapping it for 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper and 1 teaspoon regular chili powder.  

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  1. Darlene Medford says

    Everything on your web site is amazing. Love everything I have made.

    • Jen says

      What a kind, thoughtful comment, thank you so much Darlene, I absolutely love hearing that! I hope you love these just as much!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Becky! I am excited for you to make them! They truly are incredible!

  2. sarah says

    I made these on Sunday and they are sooo good! My husband thinks they rival a pork belly taco we’ve had at a local Asian fusion restaurant. (Believe me, it was high praise.) We ate leftovers cold for lunch the next day of the coleslaw with the diced chicken and a little of the crema on top, and it was different and still delicious. Thank you for another great recipe. Also, I can’t wait to experiment with that grill seasoning in some of the ways you suggested.

    • Jen says

      I am so sorry for the delay Sarah, as I am super behind after recovering from pneumonia but thanks for taking the time to comment! I am flattered your husband gave these tacos the highest praise and that you even enjoyed cold leftovers! I hope you continue to find more recipes to love here!

  3. Emily says

    Thank you for this great recipe! I made them tonight and we LOVED them! I am seriously bummed that I have lunch plans tomorrow and I can’t take leftovers to eat! Maybe I will just have to have them for breakfast! LOL

    I used the pan method – after cooking for 6 minutes on each side, I still had to throw the chicken in the oven for a couple more minutes to finish them off – but I think I didn’t pound them thin enough.

    I also burned my bacon – and didn’t add that to the slaw – and it was still amazing! My only change next time would be to not add tomatoes to the slaw – I didn’t think it needed it!

    • Jen says

      Hi Emily, sorry for the delay as I am way behind after recovering from pneumonia, but I so appreciate your comment! I am so happy you loved these tacos so much that they left you craving more! You are right, the chicken was probably not thin enough but I’m glad you were able to throw them in the oven and it all worked out 🙂 Hope you have fun exploring my site and trying new recipes!

  4. Robin H says

    Got my chicken marinating and the crema sauce chillin in the fridge. CANNOT WAIT to try these.

    • Jen says

      I hope you loved them Robin!!!

  5. Ali says

    We just made these tonight and they were fantastic! We’re already kicking ourselves for not doubling the recipe. Thanks for a great dinner idea!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Ali, I am so happy they were such a hit! Thank you!

  6. Raven says

    I made these tacos tonight and they were AMAZINH!! My husband loved them. I added a little bit of Siracha sauce to the cream and it added the perfect amount of spice. Seriously soooo good! We will definitely make this again!

    • Jen says

      I am thrilled you loved them so much Raven! And I LOVE your idea of sriracha in the crema – sriracha is always a good idea in my book 🙂

  7. Lisa says

    a step isn’t explained in the video or written recipe. do you just lay the tortillas on the grill and top with cheese until it melts??

    • Jen says

      Hi Lisa, I use the microwave 🙂

      • Lisa says

        thanks! they looked grilled though, I may place them on the grill after the chicken

        • Jen says

          I toasted the tortilla on the burners of my gas stove and then microwaved them to melt the cheese. If you do end up grilling them, just be careful not to grill to long or they can get crispy.

  8. Jackie H says

    This recipe is absolutely delicious. Made it for my family tonight and everyone loved it. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Jackie! I’m so happy it was hit with the entire family – yay! Thank yo so much!

  9. Christine says

    Made this in the crocpot. Delicious.

    • Jen says

      Awesome, thanks Christine!! I’m going to have to make a crockpot version!

  10. Layne says

    You’re a taco WIZARD! So delicious!

    • Jen says

      LOL! Thank you Layne! Everything is more delicious in a taco!

  11. Skye says

    Hello! I love all your recipes and I really want to try this one. However I live in an area where I can’t buy that’s live mix. I was wondering if chipotle in adobo with honey would come close to the same flavours? Having never eating anything with that spice mix I’m not sure what to substitute with! Any help is appreciated 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Sky, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes, thank you! The spice mix tastes like chipotle and bacon so I would just substitute chipotle chili powder. I am guessing you would need less because its concentrated chipotle without the bacon – so I would try 1/2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder. I hope that helps!

  12. Chantry says

    I know this is maybe a ridiculous question… but do you cook the slaw?

    • Jen says

      No ridiculous questions! Nope, super easy, just eat it fresh, enjoy!

  13. Haley says

    Thanks for the recipe! The chicken came out juicy and tender. I paired it with cilantro, lime black beans and rice!!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Haley, I’m thrilled it was a hit! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  14. Angela says

    I made the honey Chipotle chicken tacos, omg they were incredible! The only suggestion I could make would be to double the sauce. Thank you for the recipe. They are my new favorite taco. You have a great talent for food. Keep it up.

    • Jen says

      I’m thrilled these are your favorite taco, recipe, thanks Angela!!!

  15. Marysue says

    These Taco’s look amazing ! If was wondering how you have such a terrific char on the tortilla’s do you have any tricks on how to cook them ?

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Marysue as I’ve been in Italy for two weeks, but thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I use my open flame gas stovetop and place the tortillas directly on the tortillas on low and flip with tongs.

  16. CC says

    OHHH MYYYY GOOOOOSSSSSSHHH!!!!!! These are literally the best tacos I have ever eaten. I have made these about 10 times and it comes out perfectly every time!!! If you like tacos (who doesn’t) then you need these!!

    • Jen says

      Yessss! Thank you for your awesome review! I LOVE hearing these Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos are such a repeat favorite!

  17. Robert says

    I am looking forward to making these but where it is impossible to find the Bacon Chipotle seasoning in grocery stores. What is the best alternative to use in its place?

    • Jen says

      Hi Robert, the spice mix tastes like chipotle and bacon so there really isn’t a good substitute for the bacon you can try 1/2 tablespoon chipotle chili powder. I hope that helps!

      • Robert says

        Thank you for the advice. My specialty grocery store sells a Bacon Seasoning in their bulk section. Would that be a good experiment to add some in with the Chipotle seasoning?

  18. Jen says

    Can I marinate these for longer (like 24 hrs) if something comes up and I can’t cook them the day I started marinated them?

    • Jen says

      Hi Jen, you don’t want to marinate for 24 hour or you run the risk of mushy chicken.

  19. Megan C says

    We have made these over 10x. This is one of my favorite recipes! The marinade on the chicken is super delicious! Sometimes I made just the chicken and serve with other sides. Thank you!!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thank you so much Megan!

  20. Tammy says

    Omg! Mouth-watering deliciousness. So fresh with perfectly balanced lime notes. The coleslaw – yum! Screw regular beef tacos. These are our new go too for taco Tuesday! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the awesome review Tammy, I’m so pleased these chipotle tacos are a new repeat favorite!

  21. Jennifer Fulk says

    Hi Jen ! The Chipotle Bacon seasoning is discontinued and impossible to find. My grocery store has Grill Mates Chipotle and Roasted Garlic seasoning. Do you think I could use that? The bacon flavor will be in the slaw from the fresh bacon so I was thinking it might work?

    • Jen says

      Yes, I think that would work. You could also try swapping the Chipotle Bacon seasoning for 1 tsp each chipotle chili pepper and regular chili pepper. Please keep me posted!

      • Patrick says

        I used the brown sugar and bourbon seasoning and some Chipotle powder!

  22. Vesta says

    Hands down, best tacos I’ve ever had!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thank you!

  23. Teice says

    I have made these multiple times for my family and my daycare children and they LOVE the chicken.

    I’m still working on getting anyone, but me to mix all the flavors together but I double the chicken and marinade and rarely have much left over.

    These are as good as they look.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for the glowing review Teice, I’m so pleased these tacos are a repeat favorite!

  24. Amanda says

    Can I make the slaw in the morning and refrigerate it all day (less the bacon)??

  25. Christine says

    I’m trying the smokey bacon bbq rub from McCormick, along with some chipotle chili pepper. We’ll see how that does instead. I’m bummed they discontinued the original.

    • Jen says

      Hi Christine! I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

  26. Amy Gonzalez says

    I use 1 TBSP of McCormick Smokehouse maple seasoning with alittle chipotle in it. I couldn’t find the
    bacon chipotle seasoing and this one does really well. One time I goofed and put it in the crockpot. In the crockpot it makes it tender and easy to shred.

    • Jen says

      I’m so glad that it worked out great using the crockpot!