Spicy Chicken Tacos: So Easy You Can Make ’em for Sunday lunch!

(Sorry I don’t have a picture!)

Last year, my roommate and I made many meals together because we liked to cook and because it was cheaper to split the grocery bill. Below is a recipe we both really enjoyed:


Prep time: 20 minutes after marinating chicken | Total time: 2.5 hours


  • 1 package of 3-4 boneless chicken breasts = $3
  • 2/3 cup of olive oil or canola
  • Lime or lemon juice *optional but adds great taste!* – 50 cents per lime/lemon
  • Spices – cayenne pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper, lemon pepper (or whatever’s in your cabinet)
  • Shredded Mexican cheese, or whatever your preference – $3 (note: a block is usually cheaper than shredded)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes or 1 cup fresh tomatoes – $1
  • Lettuce of any sort – $1.50/bunch or pkg.
  • Sour cream *optional* – $3
  • 1 package 8-inch whole wheat tortillas (10 in each package) – $3

Total price = about $12
Makes: 6-8 tacos


1. MARINATE the chicken (The best time is in the morning, or the night before.). Cut up the chicken into small cubes and place them in a gallon zip bag. Add the oil and spices, wash your hands with soap, zip up the bag and leave it in the fridge.

2. After at least a couple of hours, COOK the chicken in a skillet until it is well done (the chicken will look entirely white inside aside from the speckled colors of the spices). This took us about 15-20 minutes.

Believe it or not, this was all the cooking that was required! The only other thing to do was to assemble the tacos. I did mine this way: Cheese, chicken, tomatoes – microwaved for 45 seconds to melt the cheese. Then added lettuce.



3 thoughts on “Spicy Chicken Tacos: So Easy You Can Make ’em for Sunday lunch!

  1. Great idea! It won’t even cost $12 though, because you’re not using up all the ingredients for just 6 tacos. Just 6 out the 10 tortillas in the package, and not all the shredded cheese, and definitely only lettuce with be used unless you’re making monster tacos. It might be closer to $6 or $8. An even BETTER deal! : )

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