Chili, Garlic & Lime Tacos with Cilantro and Queso Fresco

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Steven's Chicken Tacos

Time for tacos! I hope you love tacos as much as my family and I do… which is A LOT.

My brother, Steven, and his wife, Jamie, unfortunately live all the way in North Carolina. And especially around this time of year, during the holiday season, I miss them and their three munchkins (one of which I haven’t even met yet, sad face) a lot. Besides reading Jamie’s amazing blog, The Bright Light Forever Feeling, on motherhood and life hacks, one way I try to feel connected to them long-distance is by cooking by brother’s famous and delicious taco recipe- chili, garlic & lime chicken tacos on white tortillas served with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, salsa verde and queso fresco. Steve and Jamie make these tacos every Tuesday with their cute family (see pics below) and I think I may need to adopt the same tradition because they are relatively simple to put together and yet AMAZINGLY delicious.

Steveb & Jamie & Faily Taco Tuesday

Steven explained their family tradition recipe using phrases like “a little bit of this,” and “more than you would think of that,” so I did my best to quantify the ingredients, but this is definitely one of those recipes that you can adapt to your taste by adding more or less spices, lime, toppings, etc. I hope your family enjoys these tacos as much as we do and that you get a chance to make these for a Taco Tuesday soon!

Chili, Garlic and Lime Chicken Tacos with Cilantro and Queso Fresco

Steve's Tacos


Chili & Lime Chicken Tacos with Cilantro and Queso Fresco


  • chicken breasts, 2 large
  • chili powder, 1/2 T - 1 T
  • garlic powder, 1/2 t
  • white corn tortillas, 10-12
  • olive oil, 3 T
  • sea salt
  • vine ripened tomatoes, 2 cubed
  • cilantro, 1 small bunch
  • onion, 1 small
  • limes, 2 large
  • sour cream, optional
  • salsa verde, 1 jar
  • queso fresco, crumbled


  1. prepare cilantro-onion-lime topping by combining roughly chopped cilantro leaves (I use my kitchen scissors for cilantro), and finely chopped white onion. Squeeze half of a fresh lime over the top and set aside.
  2. cook your chicken breasts by either grilling or sauteing on stove in olive oil until fully cooked through.
  3. cube cooked chicken
  4. heat olive oil in a frying pan and add garlic powder, and chili powder, (start with 1/2 T and work your way up to 1 T if desired, to taste). Mix in cubed chicken and saute for a few minutes.
  5. Squeeze half of a fresh lime over the chicken. Cook for a minute or so longer, add salt to taste and then take off the heat.
  6. Prepare White Tortillas by brushing them with a little olive oil, sprinkling with sea salt and placing in the oven with the broil setting on. Keep a close eye on the tortillas and only keep in the oven for up to a few minute; once they start bubbling and just barely browning they are done.
  7. Assemble the tacos by putting a spoonful of chicken, cilantro-onion topping, tomatoes, queso fresco and salsa verde on a tortilla. Serve with lime wedges.


If you have kids or family members who don't like chili heat, cook up an extra chicken breast and leave it with just salt and pepper for the picky-eater tacos.

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  1. I am always looking for yummy taco recipes (can’t eat too many tacos). Thanks!

  2. Anything with garlic is a huge YES for me, so Iā€™m loving this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! šŸ™‚

  3. I might attempt this for dinner!

  4. Love that I have everthing to make this already.

  5. This looks nice and simple, but full of flavor. So great to have a recipe that makes you feel closer to family.

  6. Those tacos look amazing!

  7. YUM! these look amazing, they look like theyre straight out of a restaurant!

  8. What a cute tradition!! It really brings everyone home when they cannot be there šŸ™‚ And tacos are just amazing so I would be totally down for these!

  9. This recipe looks so good, I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!! Have a Happy Christmas!

  10. These are like the perfect taco! Has all of my favorite flavors in 1!

  11. These look totally amazing, my kids are loving tacos these days so I’m putting this on the must-try list, I think I’ll make them next week after all the holiday festivities šŸ™‚

  12. I’m pretty sure I could eat these once a week. They sound delicious!

  13. These look so fresh and delicious, it’s no wonder they make them each week! I love the bright colors, and can imagine the wonderful flavors in each bite.

  14. Rocio Chavez says:

    OMG yes! Give me a tortilla, cilantro, y queso freso and I’m a happy girl. Throw in this yummy chicken and done. Great meal!

  15. I think that’s the reason I love cooking so much, it makes me feel connected to the people. My obsession with it started after my mom passed away. Cooking her recipes made me feel nostalgic.

    I love this recipe, tacos are always welcome at our house. And the more tacos the better.

  16. Sharon Park says:

    I just tried this recipe today with my kids and they were OUT of THIS WORLD!!! Amazing taco recipe and so simple to make them.

    • I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed these tacos! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment with your review!

  17. Definitely a hit at my house! We used warm butter tortillas instead of corn and they were awesome! Paired with black beans and spring salad on the side.

    • This makes me so happy that your family enjoyed the tacos!

      And butter tortillas along with your side pairings sound amazing!

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