Del Taco Chicken Soft Taco Recipe: How To

Last Updated on August 20, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at a copycat Del Taco chicken soft taco recipe. With summer almost here, there’s no better time to enjoy tacos for dinner. But the tacos from Del Taco are incredible, so it’s understandable that you want to recreate them at home. Moist chicken in a soft taco, with a Del Taco inspired sauce – what more could you ask for? Let’s take a look how to recreate these taco favorites.

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What Is Del Taco?

You’ll likely already be familiar with Del Taco if you’re from the US. Del Taco is a fast food restaurant that’s been around for almost 60 years. It has almost 600 locations across the US, and it’s hugely popular. While tacos are their specialty, they also offer burritos, salads, burgers, fries and milkshakes.

What is a chicken soft taco?

Hard shell tacos are more common when it comes to making tacos, but soft tacos are just as delicious too! Soft shell tacos are smaller-sized tortillas; much like the ones used for burritos. The shells themselves can be made with corn or wheat. They’re then filled with chicken, which has been marinated in a variety of herbs and spices; as well as fillings such as tomatoes, cheese, and lettuce.

What comes in a soft taco supreme

Ingredients in chicken soft taco

The ingredients in a chicken soft taco can differ depending on the recipe you’re using. However, our recipe uses the following ingredients:

  • boneless chicken thigh meat (skinless)
  • limes
  • garlic
  • taco seasoning mix
  • vegetable oil
  • brown sugar
  • shredded lettuce
  • large tomatoes
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas

Nutritional information of chicken soft taco

The nutritional value of chicken soft tacos can differ depending on the recipe you follow. Our soft chicken tacos contain the following:

  • Calories: 512
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Protein: 48g
  • Fat: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 234mg
  • Sodium: 491mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g

Del Taco Chicken Soft Taco Recipe

Now for the reason, you’re here – how to make these copycat Del Taco-inspired chicken soft tacos. This recipe is inspired by one from Onion Rings and Things.

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

For the tacos:

  • boneless chicken thigh meat (skinless)
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. of taco seasoning mix
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1/2 head of shredded lettuce
  • 2 diced large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. of milk
  • 1 tsp. of lime juice

What kind of sauce does Del Taco have

Recipe

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Marinate the chicken

Grab a bowl and add your chicken thighs, garlic, taco seasoning mix, lime juice, brown sugar and one tablespoon of oil. Using your hands, rub the ingredients into the meat and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 hours. Ensure it’s covered. If you can leave to marinate overnight, that would lead to tastier chicken. Now remove from the marinade and cut into small one-inch pieces.

Step 2: Cook the chicken

Heat one tablespoon of oil over a medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken is lightly browned, and the juices run clear. If you’d prefer, you can grill the chicken over coal until charred. Remove from heat and keep warm.

Step 3: Warm the tortillas

You can either warm the tortillas in the microwave for easiest results. Or you can place over a medium heat and cook in a skillet for around 20 seconds on each side; this definitely has tastiest results!

Step 4: Make the sauce

Grab a bowl and add the mayonnaise, milk, and lime juice and mix well. Leave to one side.

Step 5: Assemble

Add a few pieces of chicken in the middle of your tortilla. Next add some lettuce, tomato slices and a handful of cheese. Now drizzle the sauce over the top. Repeat until all tacos have been used. Enjoy!

 

Conclusion

I hope this post has given you an insight into a copycat Del Taco chicken soft taco recipe. It’s worth noting that you can also make these tacos with chicken breast, or if you’d prefer, another meat such as seasoned beef or steak slices. No matter what meat you’re using in your soft tacos, one thing’s for sure – they’ll be tasty!

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making chicken soft tacos? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Del Taco Chicken Soft Taco Recipe

Del Taco Chicken Soft Taco Recipe: How To

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Today, we're going to be looking at a copycat Del Taco chicken soft taco recipe. With summer almost here, there's no better time to enjoy tacos for dinner. But the tacos from Del Taco are incredible, so it's understandable that you want to recreate them at home. Moist chicken in a soft taco, with a Del Taco inspired sauce - what more could you ask for? Let's take a look how to recreate these taco favorites.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

For the tacos

  • boneless chicken thigh meat, skinless
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. of taco seasoning mix
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1/2 head of shredded lettuce
  • 2 diced large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. of milk
  • 1 tsp. of lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the chicken
    Grab a bowl and add your chicken thighs, garlic, taco seasoning mix, lime juice, brown sugar and one tablespoon of oil. Using your hands, rub the ingredients into the meat and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 hours. Ensure it's covered. If you can leave to marinate overnight, that would lead to tastier chicken. Now remove from the marinade and cut into small one-inch pieces.
    boneless chicken thigh meat, skinless, 2 limes, juiced, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tbsp. of taco seasoning mix, 1 tsp. of brown sugar, 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • Cook the chicken
    Heat one tablespoon of oil over a medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken is lightly browned, and the juices run clear. If you'd prefer, you can grill the chicken over coal until charred. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • Warm the tortillas
    You can either warm the tortillas in the microwave for easiest results. Or you can place over a medium heat and cook in a skillet for around 20 seconds on each side; this definitely has tastiest results!
    8 flour tortillas
  • Make the sauce
    Grab a bowl and add the mayonnaise, milk, and lime juice and mix well. Leave to one side.
    1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp. of milk, 1 tsp. of lime juice
  • Assemble
    Add a few pieces of chicken in the middle of your tortilla. Next add some lettuce, tomato slices and a handful of cheese. Now drizzle the sauce over the top. Repeat until all tacos have been used. Enjoy!
    1/2 head of shredded lettuce, 2 diced large tomatoes, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
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FAQs

What is in a Soft Taco?

Soft tacos are made from soft flour tortillas, instead of fried corn taco shells. With soft tacos, you usually fill with either chicken or beef, alongside lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese. It may sound simple, but it's absolutely delicious.

Are Soft Tacos the Same as Tortillas?

While they are essentially the same thing, soft tacos are a little different. Soft tacos are typically smaller than tortillas and also slightly softer. The soft taco is also different because it's folded into usually a boat type shape, which you can eat with one hand.

What Kind of Sauce Does Del Taco Have?

Del Taco have a few sauces to use on your tacos. The first is a mild sauce, which is the Original Del Taco sauce. The second is Del Scorcho, which is a medium spiced sauce. The third is Del Inferno, which is a hot sauce. They also offer ketchup too, if you're not into spice of any kind. 

What Comes in a Soft Taco Supreme?

The soft taco supreme from Taco Bell is without doubt, one of their most popular food menu items. And I'll be honest, if I'm craving fast food tacos - soft taco supreme is the choice I go for. The standard soft taco supreme contains seasoned beef, lettuce, sour cream (reduced fat), cheese and tomatoes. For an additional cost, you can also add nacho cheese sauce, onions, guacamole or spicy ranch; as well as a selection of sides such as black beans and seasoned rice. You can pick one up for just over $2.