Spicy Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
If you’re craving a light dinner, you should try one of our easiest and most flavorful dinner recipes: spicy chipotle chicken tacos topped with homemade pineapple salsa. While it might sound complex, it really only requires you to prepare the chicken and the pineapple salsa. Put these two homemade dishes together on a tortilla and you’ve got yourself a delicious, spicy dinner on the table in 20 minutes.
Begin by chopping your pineapple, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro
Add all of these diced ingredients to a bowl
Dice your tomatoes by removing the seeds and damp insides, so that you have a cleaner tomato to add to the salsa
Mix the tomatoes into your diced ingredients until well combined and coat the salsa in lime juice
Put that aside and cut your raw chicken into cubes
Be sure to clean up after your raw chicken, so that you do not contaminate any part of your kitchen
Top chicken with all spices and chipotle peppers
Cook chicken in a skillet with neutral oil on the stove for 5-7 minutes until cooked all the way through
Serve the chicken in a flour or corn tortilla and top with the fresh pineapple salsa
Spicy Chipotle Chicken: What’s the Flavor?
These spicy chipotle chicken tacos are unique for their chipotle flavor that is both warm and spicy. I used chipotle peppers that were marinated in adobo sauce in order to get the flavor that is so identifiable with this dish. You can buy this for under $5 at Target.
The reason I like these particular chipotle peppers is because they add a ton of heat, but also warm and spicy flavor. They also leave a beautiful red color on the chicken, which makes the entire taco dish look much more interesting and colorful.
I am not one to eat and enjoy chicken on its own, so I love adding sauces or strong flavors to my chicken dinners to ensure I eat enough protein.
Pineapple Salsa Tips
When you’re making your pineapple salsa to go on these tacos, make sure you choose a pineapple that is ripe. This will sweeten your salsa, which is important when making these spicy chipotle chicken tacos. Without a sweet pineapple salsa topping, the whole dish will become too spicy and too tart.
Another tip is to make sure you keep this salsa in the fridge to marinate in its flavors while you cook the chicken. The cool salsa pairs great with the warm (in both spice and temperature) chicken.
Pulling Off This Easy Dinner
Overall, with a few fresh ingredients from the grocery store, you can have these spicy chipotle chicken tacos ready on the table in 20 minutes. The main labor required to make this meal is chopping up the fresh ingredients both for the chicken and pineapple salsa. The cook time is relatively low and the assembly is super simple.
You can use flour or corn tortillas to assemble these tacos depending on your preference or dietary restrictions. In my experience, it is great to serve both at the table because people tend to feel strongly as to which type of tortilla is their favorite.
Enjoy this easy, healthy, and light chipotle chicken taco recipe all year long.
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