Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos


Cheers to the weekend! Let’s celebrate with these Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos! I love the weekends and I seriously love these simple street tacos! I’ve always been a huge fan of street tacos, though sometimes I’m guilty of loading them with all the toppings when I make them at home, you can never go wrong with tomatoes or pico and cheese. Although here thanks to the addition of the not-so-typical avocado you don’t need any extra toppings than those listed. They are perfect just as is.

I love this recipe not only because they taste amazing but it’s one of those easy to through together recipes and you can also get a head start it a few hours in advance with the marinating. If you want to go all out you can serve them with carne asada street tacos as well. I love getting each kind when I get them on the street in Mexico or in restaurants so one of these days I’m going to feel ambitious and make all three at once (chicken, carne asada and carnitas). I guess that will just have to be the menu for my next party. That sounds like a great plan especially considering it’s finally starting to warm up again. Street tacos, Mexican rice, horchata, chips and loads of guacamole and salsa and tres leches cake or churros with chocolate sauce – sounds like the perfect menu to me. Try these soon, they are some of my favorite tacos and they’re perfectly mini and fun to eat! The kids will think they were made just for them with those itty bitty taco shells. 


Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos

5 from 5 votes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs trimmed boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled and smashed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For serving

  • (About) 22 - 24 mini corn taco shells, warmed**
  • 1 large avocado , cored and sliced
  • 1 small red or yellow onion , chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Mexican hot sauce


  1. Add chicken to a gallon size resealable bag. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin chili powder, cilantro, 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper. Pour mixture over chicken in bag then seal bag while releasing an trapped air. Rub marinade over chicken. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

  2. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat (it should come to 425 - 450 degrees). Remove chicken from marinade. Season lightly with salt and grill until chicken has cooked through (thickest center should register from 165), turning once halfway through grilling, about 4 - 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes.
  3. Dice grilled chicken into cubes. Layer together two tortillas per taco then add an avocado slice, diced chicken, onions and cilantro. Serve warm, spritzing each taco with lime juice and drizzling with hot sauce.
  4. *The cilantro wasn't originally in the marinade but the last 3 times I've made these I've added it and like it even better this way. But in the marinade it is optional.

  5. **If you don't want to double up on the tortillas you'll only need about 12.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Jo: These look amazing & great when you want a great meal with just a little work. What brand of tortillas did you buy? I bought mission for enchiladas & they were really thick. Hard to fine the thinner ones, I’ll definitely look for the minis. March 11, 2017 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They were Mission brand and I’m pretty sure that’s the only brand that’s commonly available for street taco size. March 13, 2017 at 11:50pm Reply

  • Leslie: These look amazing! I am a fan of street tacos too, well any taco really hah. March 11, 2017 at 7:54pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Sign me up for a plate full of these tacos! They look absolutely delicious! March 12, 2017 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Street tacos are the best, these are absolute perfection! :) March 12, 2017 at 11:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! March 13, 2017 at 12:38pm Reply

  • chris: These look so delicious that I wish I could have one right now and it’s 9:00 am! I would like to know how you warm your tortillas. They look like they have been grilled. March 13, 2017 at 7:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I actually just put them over the flame on my gas stovetop then transferred them to a plate and covered with a pan lid to seal in moisture. I hope you get a chance to try these Chris! March 13, 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous): yum! those grill marks on your chicken 😍 i do think i’d still be tempted to add some pico though 😉 (my motto should probably be “pico on everything”). March 13, 2017 at 3:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I like your motto :)! March 13, 2017 at 11:34pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: This looks so yummy! March 13, 2017 at 5:22pm Reply

  • Kathleen: I made these for dinner tonight and they are delicious. I will definitely make them again. March 13, 2017 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe Kathleen! Thanks for your comment! March 13, 2017 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch: Craving these gorgeous tacos, Jaclyn!
    Photos are so enticing – they look delicious! xo March 17, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Robyn! :) March 17, 2017 at 11:23am Reply

  • Lindsay: TACOS!!!! I could eat them all the time. I love this photos too. Happy to have found you! March 23, 2017 at 12:48pm Reply

  • Stephanie: These were so yummy!!! Question – if I wanted some sort of sauce, what would you recommend? They seemed a little dry for my taste, thanks! April 5, 2017 at 2:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Salsa, sour cream/Mexican crema, pico de gallo, Mexican hot sauce, cilantro lime crema (basically just a mixture of cilantro lime juice and sour cream), cilantro lime ranch or a creamy chipotle sauce would all be good choices :). April 5, 2017 at 11:43pm Reply

  • Jaye: Oh my, I love you! This was a great little marinade, and I don’t even have a grill to get that delicious grill flavor. But the chicken is still so flavorful and the really amazing part is that only an hour was needed to marinate the meat. Thank you thank you thank you! April 6, 2017 at 7:20am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to report back Jaye – Glad you loved it! April 18, 2017 at 1:11pm Reply

  • Susan: Ur tacos look awesome but how do u successfully warm the tortillas if u don’t have a gas stove ? May 3, 2017 at 6:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can just warm them in a skillet until the soften and are more pliable for about 10 seconds on each side then stack on a plate and cover with a lid so they steam and don’t dry. Or put them on a plate, cover the plate with damp paper towels and warm. Or warm in foil in the oven. Or warm in a little oil in a skillet. Hope that helps! May 3, 2017 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Rachael: These were delicious! We grilled up bell pepper and onion for a topping! May 9, 2017 at 6:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these Tacos Rachel! Can’t go wrong with grilled veggies! May 10, 2017 at 10:42am Reply

  • Jaime: This will be my second time making these in a matter of 2 weeks. These are insanely amazing!!!!! Too bad there is never left overs lol….doubling up this time so fingers crossed :) May 16, 2017 at 7:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve liked this street taco recipe Jaime :)! May 16, 2017 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Mindy: Great recipe Jaclyn! This will be a keeper in my house. :-) June 14, 2017 at 9:13pm Reply

  • Erin Brabant: These are so tasty! Thank you for your amazing recipes. June 29, 2017 at 9:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! You’re welcome! July 11, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

  • Fay: Jaclyn , what do you think about using chicken breasts instead of thighs ? Has anyone tried this method ? July 17, 2017 at 9:28am Reply

  • Christine Gindlesperger: The BEST tacos I have ever made. These were so easy and delicious. Although, I made them with chicken breasts because I already had them at home and substitute the avacdo for some homemade guacamole. Already want to make this again!! July 17, 2017 at 6:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you do make them again! Thanks Christine! July 26, 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Barbara: Delicious. I served it with fresh guacamole instead of sliced avocado. December 4, 2017 at 3:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yummy! Thanks for your review! December 5, 2017 at 10:37am Reply

  • Pepe: wow this TACOS are awesome, solid 5 stars! December 14, 2017 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Sarah Betty: hi! I was wondering if I could share this recipe in a blogger round up I am doing of tacos. This is one of the best taco recipes I have had and would love to share it. December 16, 2017 at 5:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would be great – thanks for including me! December 18, 2017 at 3:15pm Reply

  • Julie McArdle: These tacos are ridiculously good! I’ve made them several times and, although I usually don’t like corn tortillas, I decided to stay true to the recipe and I’m so glad i did! You have to heat the corn tortillas in a cast iron skillet or over an open flame. So dang good!! March 18, 2018 at 3:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you like them – thanks for your feedback! :) March 23, 2018 at 4:47pm Reply

  • Carrie R: A family favorite! I give my kids the option of making tacos or making nachos with this recipe. I also like to chop up all kinds of fresh veggies – the more I offer, the more the kids eat! ;) I dice up tomatoes, peppers, add corn, black beans, and whatever else I can find to keep the veggies going!!! Delicious- thanks for sharing!!! April 22, 2018 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great ideas! Glad they are enjoyed. :) April 24, 2018 at 11:42am Reply

  • Karrie: Love this recipe! I make it every couple weeks, and I usually make extra chicken and use it for salads and even chicken salad sandwiches. Delicious April 28, 2018 at 5:46am Reply

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