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Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos

If you’re looking for a quick, yet highly flavorful meal, try these Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos.

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Have you ever had the feeling like you were being watched, ogled, or stared at?

The entire gym was all eyes on me the other night as I was skillfully desperately trying to use the stair stepper for the first time. I saw several people using the dang thing as I was running on the treadmill, so I decided to give it a go after my run. It looked easy enough–get on and get to steppin’. Looks can be deceiving, because it’s not as easy as it looked, and, well, I’m not what you would call gym savvy. The treadmill is the extent of my gym knowledge.

So, what do you do when you clearly don’t know what you’re doing? You pretend. You fake it until you make it. You ignore the gawking eyes and continue on as if what you’re doing is the correct way to do it. So, I kept workin’ it.

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Clearly people were staring at me because I resembled an old dog strenuously wading through rough waters. The darn machine just wouldn’t cooperate. As if looking like a drowning old dog wasn’t bad enough, my effort to operate the machine was futile. The weight of my body kept making the peddles sink. I looked like a total loser standing on the peddles, which were now on the ground, and me looking up at the screen with my arm extended over my head frantically pushing any button within reach in an attempt get the machine to work so people would stop staring. I had no choice, though.

I had to keep going so it wouldn’t appear like I didn’t know what I was doing, even though it was clear I had no clue. So, I continued pushing buttons from the ground. Getting off would have meant defeat, and there was no way I was going to be defeated by a robot. So, I puffed my chest out and got to steppin’ like the stair stepper and I were old pals. Eventually, by the grace of the universe taking pity on me, the stepper began to rise. Thank you, Gym Gods! I managed to do a total of 10 minutes, thankyouverymuch!

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This story clearly has nothing to do with food. I just had to share a day in the life of Jennie.

Today is my day to post and easy meal for #WeekdaySupper. I’m bringing my favorite taco recipe to the table, smoky chipotle chicken tacos. If you don’t make any other recipe on this blog, fine, but you have to make these. Yup, they’re that good.

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Tender chunks of chopped chicken take a swim in smoky chipotle infused tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. The entire mixture is seasoned with earthy cumin, citrusy coriander, and smoky ancho chili powder. The result is taco perfection.

Squirrel puts in a request for these Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos every week. They’re so good, that I don’t mind eating them on a weekly basis.

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Yield: 4-6 servings

Total Time: 40 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes



  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans tomatoes w/ chiles (such as Rotel), undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 5 dashes Tabasco
  • Salt & pepper
  • 12 flour tortillas


  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado slices
  • Tomatoes
  • Lime wedges


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place your chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, pound the breasts, starting in the center and working your way to the edges, until they are a 1/2-inch thick. Salt and pepper each side.
  3. Place the chicken in the hot sauté pan. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reads 160 degrees F. Remove the breasts from the pan and place on a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Chop the meat into 1/4-inch cubes.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium, and add 1 tablespoon of oil to the sauté pan you just cooked the chicken in. Add the onion and green pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chipotle, coriander, cumin, chile powder, and Tabasco. Allow the sauce to cook and reduce slightly, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chopped chicken and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Scoop a generous amount of the chicken mixture onto the tortilla and add your favorite toppings. 
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9 Responses to “Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos”

  1. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — March 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    You’re a strong lady! Pshhh don’t you worry about those stares, they be hatin :P


  2. #
    Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier — March 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I love any Mexican dish, and these tacos look so delicious!


  3. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Dude, I hate it when people stare at the gym. It’s so annoying!

    These tacos on the other hand – YES! I may just have to make this for dinner tonight!


  4. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Haha, your gym experience sounds like my gym experiences, except that last time I tried to use a machine and didn’t really get it, I tore my meniscus and ACL and had to have surgery, so be careful!!

    These tacos are totally up my alley!


  5. #
    shannon @ a periodic table — March 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

    YUM! why have i not had tacos in forever? what is wrong with me? WINTER: winter is what’s wrong with me, because i associate tacos with, well…not snow drifts. :)
    girl, don’t you worry; i’m familiar with the feeling of everyone at the gym watching you do something dumb (I feel that way semi-constantly) but rest assured, they aren’t staring. Those stair steppers can be hard to master! And anyway, if it’s like my gym, there should be way other more goofy-looking people to watch, like how there’s always some dude running on a treadmill with 20% incline and hanging on for dear life, or there’s the person that slams the weights repeatedly, or…the list goes on. you’re good. :)


  6. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — March 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Now, see…I would have been tempted to get off the machine and yell out ‘hey, do you think one of the staring lot of you might come over here and help me?!’ I guess maybe I wouldn’t make a lot of friends at the gym? :) Big, big yes to this recipe!


  7. #
    Jill — June 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Found you on Pinterest searching for taco recipes & I am now a new follower. I like to cook and I like to read other blogs. The lead in story was awesome. When people stare at me, I pretend I am famous. I tell myself that they are staring because they want to keep their distance and respect my right to shop/work out/hang out with my kids at the playground like “regular folk”. I have most of the stuff for this recipe in my kitchen! Can’t wait to try it!



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