Margarita Chicken Tacos

3 minutes
January 30, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

I would take a quiet dinner at home with my husband and these Margarita Chicken Tacos over a night out on the town any day!

Tender margarita chicken marinated in tequila, lime juice, and spices is perfect to fill your tacos!

Do you watch much TV? I really don’t. I haven’t watched normal television in years. I would much rather play a video game or work on my laptop than passively sit and watch a show. Even when I’m sitting and relaxing, I still want to be doing something. We rarely watch movies because I don’t have the attention span for that. Sitting still and quiet for two hours is practically torture.

We don’t have cable but sometimes watch streaming Netflix, usually a standup comic or some nerdy show or documentary. For example, right now we’ve been watching an episode of Star Trek Voyager every night or so. Yes, the one from the 90s. (We watched the full series of The Next Generation when I was pregnant the first time. I was so sad for that one to be over!) Since I am watching 20-year-old television, you can imagine how on top of pop culture I must be. I seriously know who NO ONE famous is. (Did I mention that I never listen to pop music either??) Ask me about a current celebrity, and expect a blank stare.

Tender margarita chicken marinated in tequila, lime juice, and spices is perfect to fill your tacos!

Sometimes I think I should get out of this bubble I’m living in, but it’s just so cozy in here. There is nothing I’d rather do than watch commercial-free, classic sci-fi and eat dinner with my husband. Those are the nights when I feel like life couldn’t get any better, especially when the dinner involves Mexican food like these Margarita Chicken Tacos. Did you see yesterday that I made homemade corn tortillas? They went so well with this flavorful chicken, and we topped them with cucumber salsa. Add in some Captain Janeway, and it doesn’t get any better than that!

Tender margarita chicken marinated in tequila, lime juice, and spices is perfect to fill your tacos!
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Tender margarita chicken marinated in tequila, lime juice, and spices is perfect to fill your tacos!

Margarita Chicken Tacos

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Tender chicken marinated in tequila, lime, and spices makes a perfect filling for your tacos!

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x





  1. Combine tequila, lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt into a large, resealable container. Add chicken, and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Pour chicken with marinade into hot pan, and bring to a low simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Shred chicken with two forks, and simmer for a couple minutes longer to allow flavor to penetrate meat. Use a slotted spoon to serve.
  4. Assemble tacos with warm tortillas and desired toppings.


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Passive Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

You know what else goes great with these tacos? These recipes!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


6 months ago

These margarita chicken tacos sound delicious and easy to make! I can’t wait to try them out at home.

Valle Newman Moretti
4 years ago

I have been making these for a few years and have saved on Pinterest. The last few times I’ve gone to the saved recipe there is a picture placed over ingredients!!! Is there a way to fix this? Even if a resale the recipe from the website it still dies this!

4 years ago

I had the same problem. I ended up googling the recipe and it refreshed the page to show the ingredients! I searched for an entire day till I finally figured it out
1-1/2 ounces tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cloves garlic crushed (or substitute 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
6 small tortillas
Your choice of ingredients

9 years ago

I just made these tonight. Put the marinade together in the morning and marinated the chicken while I was at work. Made for a quick, tasty dinner in no time at all. Loved by the kids too, which is always a plus. Thanks for the easy, yet yummy, recipe!!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Maria! I”m so happy that it was a hit at your house! xo

Kate @ Diethood
9 years ago

Oh my!! Date night with chicken tacos? YUSSSSS! And a tall pitcher of frozen margaritas by my side! haha ;-)

9 years ago

We’re on the same wavelength except I like my margaritas on the rocks. Cheers, Kate! :)

Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar
9 years ago

Haha, you are very unique Andi, but that’s what I love about you! :) As for these tacos, I NEEEEED them in my life asap. That cucumber salsa sounds so refreshing paired with the spicy chicken!

9 years ago

I know what you’re trying to say, Jessica. “Unique” means nerdy and weird ;) I’m glad you love me anyway! xo

Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
9 years ago

I am always working on my computer or playing on my iPad while watching TV. Short attention span I contribute it to! And these tacos? Right up my alley!

9 years ago

If I do watch TV I like to be doing something else at the same time too. Often times I’m happy to just have silence in the background though because my kids talk every waking minute. When they are in bed, the silence sounds pretty good ;) Thanks, Meg! xo

Kelley Grant
9 years ago

I saw the title of these and immediately thought “Yup, I wanna eat that.” And after seeing them I TOTALLY want to eat them! And we dont have cable either. Netflix and dvds for us!

9 years ago

I know you love Mexican food like I do. Glad you like this one, Kelley!

Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
9 years ago

I’m guilty of just sitting with my computer working on my blog and half watching a show. Sometimes I like the distraction but at times its too much of a distraction and I become unproductive.. not good!

But this margarita chicken recipe looks soo good! Can’t wait to give this one a try Andi!

9 years ago

I hear you. It can definitely be distracting or just a little overstimulating for me to hear talking in the background. I like to just listen to music or nothing mostly. Could I be any more boring?? ;) Thanks, Krista!

Joanie @ ZagLeft
9 years ago

We don’t have cable either and when we do watch TV, it’s usually something from Netflix or Hulu. You hooked me in with “margarita” and these tacos look and sound wonderful, perfect for a movie-date with my husband.

9 years ago

I wonder if you feel a bit sheltered from the world because you don’t watch commercials or if that’s just me. I never know what’s going on, but I’m usually OK with it! Thanks, Joanie!

David Hogman
11 years ago

Thats adding all new flavors to yummy fajitas. Lovely recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank YOU for your kind comment, David!

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