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2 Ingredient Chicken Taco Meat and 7 Ways to Use It

2 ingredient taco meat, an easy 20 minute recipe on the stovetop or toss the ingredients into a crockpot. Whip up a big batch and learn seven ways to serve it or freeze some for later. The perfect weeknight solution for busy families.

A bowl of chicken and chorizo taco meat.

It feels weird to post a recipe with just two ingredients but this has been one of my all-time favorite go-to recipes for busy weeks.  I realized maybe you didn’t know about this little life hack.  I’m talking about chorizo.

Mexican chorizo sausage is a ground meat mixed with smoky spices, oil and hot peppers.  I always find it in a plastic tube instead of a casing.  It is added to other ingredients and is never an entree in itself.  It is used more as a seasoning than a sausage.

Chorizo is great in scrambled eggs for breakfast tacos and added to beans in a crockpot for Mexican beans.  You can add it to chopped steak for a beefy version.  It’s perfectly seasoned so you don’t need to add anything else.  That sounds like a weeknight meal to me.  Just heat the chorizo until it’s hot and bubbly then add your meat or beans and cook until done.

Chorizo cooking in a pan.

2 Ingredient Taco Meat

  • Chicken
  • Chorizo

That’s it!  Chicken and chorizo is perfectly seasoned and no other additions are needed.  You can also just call this a short-cut easy version of Chicken Tinga, which is chicken cooked in tomatoes, onions and chipotle peppers.

Chorizo makes weeknight meals easy.  This easy taco meat recipe is my go-to recipe for busy weeks.  It’s also a plan where I don’t need a shopping list.  With just two ingredients, I think I can handle this.  Chicken tacos are simple to make but very robust with all of the spices and toppings.

7 Ways to Serve Chicken and Chorizo Taco Meat

This chicken taco meat recipe is not just for tacos.  Enjoy these weeknight meal ideas.  Do you have a favorite method for serving taco meat?

  1. Tacos, burritos, tostados.
  2. On greens in a bowl as a Chicken Tinga Salad.
  3. Stuffed into a Chicken Tinga loaded baked potato.
  4. Add plain yogurt or mayonnaise and enjoy as a chicken salad for sandwiches.
  5. Use as a filler for a spicy panini.
  6. As a topping for nachos.
  7. Dressed over french fries or tater tots for street cart fries.

    Serve with Your Favorite Toppings:

    1. Creamy Jalapeno and Avocado Salsa
    2. For a sweet twist, Apricot Salsa
    3. Scallions and cilantro
    4. Cotija cheese
    5. Sour cream or Mexican crema
    6. Roasted Jalapeno Salsa for a hot kick
    7. Diced tomatoes or avocado slices
    8. Fresh lime juice
    9. Add black beans to the chicken and chorizo, a great way to increase the nutrition of this meal and you can stretch this meal if you have some surprise dinner guests.

The toppings are where you can really customize your taco meat.  This is also perfect for feeding a large group of people with different meal preferences.  Do you have picky eaters?  No problem, your discerning family members can choose their own toppings.

Coating chicken with chorizo.
Chicken cooking in a pot.

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Chopped chicken taco meat.
A bowl of chorizo and chicken taco meat.

2 Ingredient Chicken Taco Meat and 7 Ways to Use It

Yield: 14 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

2 ingredient taco meat, an easy 20 minute recipe on the stovetop or toss the ingredients into a slow cooker . Whip up a big batch and learn seven ways to serve it or freeze some for later. The perfect weeknight solution for busy families.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz of chorizo sausage for every pound of chicken.
  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Instructions

STOVE TOP

  1. In a large dutch oven pan, add chorizo and cook over medium heat, stir often.
  2. When chorizo is hot and bubbly, add chicken and mix well to coat evenly.
  3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Uncover and cook until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, cool, shred or chop into bite-sized pieces.

SLOW COOKER

  1. Place slow cooker heat selector to high heat.  Add chorizo, stir as it cooks down.
  2. When chorizo is hot and bubbly, add chicken.  Cook on low 3-4 hrs or high for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.
  3. When cooked through, shred meat with two forks or chop into bite sized pieces.

Notes

Use as the base for:

  1. Tacos, burritos, tostados.
  2. On greens in a bowl as a taco salad.
  3. Stuffed into a baked potato.
  4. Add plain yogurt or mayonnaise and enjoy as a chicken salad for sandwiches.
  5. Use as a filler for a spicy panini.
  6. As a topping for nachos.
  7. Dressed over french fries or tater tots for street cart fries.

Garnish with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, green onions, cilantro, avocado, guac, cotija cheese, black olives, salsa etc. I used 9 oz tube of chorizo with 3.5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs which made about 12-14 servings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g

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Hannah

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Such a great flavor for such an easy recipe. I made double the chicken we needed for taco night and am looking forward to using the rest some other way! Thanks for putting instructions on how to cook the chicken in the slow cooker...I love the different options.

Tina

Monday 18th of January 2021

Glad you like it Hannah. It's really a perfect recipe for busy people and new parents;)

Bea

Friday 12th of October 2018

Really, just two ingredients?! It looks fantastic and I really love the idea of serving this all week. Fantastic idea, I will be sure to try this out. Thanks!

Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I love all of your different suggestions for using chicken taco meat. We're definitely going to have to give some of these a try!

Lorie

Sunday 30th of September 2018

It literally doesn’t get any easier than this! What an amazing idea to combine the two and there really are so many ways to enjoy it!

Veronika's Kitchen

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I love very simple recipes! This 2 ingredient taco meat is just perfect, so easy to make and quick! Plus, you can use it pretty much anywhere!)

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