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Chicken carne asada tacos

These soft tacos are filled with salad, guacamole, cheese, chunky salsa and slow barbecued chicken that has been marinated in Old El Paso Spice Mix for Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajitas.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinading2 hrs
Total Time35 mins
Course: Spicy mains
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carne asada, chicken, Mexican, tacos
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 573kcal
Author: Emily Leary


  • 35 g fajita seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 g boneless chicken fillets
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 3 salad tomatoes
  • 8 tbsp guacamole
  • 8 tbsp salsa
  • 100 g iceberg lettuce
  • 100 g mature cheese grated


  • Mix the fajita seasoning with the oil in a shallow bowl, add the meat and rub all over
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge to marinade for at least a couple of hours
  • When your barbecue has been lit and the coals are covered with ash, push some of the coals to one side. This is what allows the chicken to cook more slowly, ensuring it’s safely cooked through and still succulent and juicy.
  • Shake off the meat to remove the excess oil and place on the grill, to the side of the area you cleared of coals. Turn regularly until cooked through – it should take up to 25 minutes depending on your barbecue but as this is chicken, you need to be absolutely sure it’s safely cooked through before serving – you’re looking for clear juices and absolutely no pink bits. If you have a meat thermometer, aim for a core temp of 75C/165F.
  • When cooked, transfer the meat to a plate and leave to rest while you prepare the remainder of the dish
  • Warm the tortillas briefly on the barbecue to soften
  • Fold each tortilla in your hand to create a soft C shape. If you want to keep them together before your guests arrive, you can line them up in a roasting tin as you work
  • Fill with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes
  • Thinly slice the rested chicken and line on top of the salad
  • Top with salsa and guacamole
  • Finish with a pinch of grated cheese


Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1393IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 4mg