Beer Braised Chicken Tacos

Bring on the beer tacos! This mouthwatering meal features chicken, your favorite lager, Old El Paso™ Taco Shells and Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles. If you’re looking to keep the dishes to a minimum tonight, you’re in luck—the ingredients for these Beer Braised Chicken Tacos come together in just one skillet.
Prep 30 Minutes
Total Time 30 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup lager beer
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 box (4.7 oz) Old El Paso™ Stand 'n Stuff Taco Shells (10 Count)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup from 1 container (7 oz) Old El Paso™ Crema Mexicana
  • Lime wedges, if desired
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, cumin and salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in chicken, beer, chiles and brown sugar. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cook uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Heat shells or bowls as directed on box. Spoon chicken mixture into taco shells; top with cheese and cilantro. Serve with crema Mexicana and lime wedges.

Expert Tips

  • Cotija is a salty, crumbly Mexican cheese made from cow’s milk, similar to Parmesan cheese in texture. If you have trouble finding Cotija, try topping your beer chicken tacos with grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled queso fresco cheese.
  • We tested this recipe with a pale-gold German-style lager, but if you want to stick to the Mexican theme, a pale Mexican lager will work well, too. Since these are beer braised chicken tacos, keep in mind that the chicken will take on some of the flavor of the beer—so choose one that you enjoy!
  • The tiny amount of brown sugar in this beer braised chicken tacos recipe helps to balance the complex, bitter flavors of the beer and chiles.
  • Like soft tacos? Try Old El Paso™ Flour Soft Tortilla Bowls instead or mix and match and let everyone choose their own.


  • 1 Serving Calories 180 (Calories from Fat 90);  Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 4g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 35mg;  Sodium 340mg;  Potassium 100mg;  Total Carbohydrate 12g (Dietary Fiber 1g ,Sugars 2g);  Protein 10g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%;  Vitamin C 0%;  Calcium 6%;  Iron 4%
  • Exchanges: 1/2 Starch;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  1/2 Very Lean Meat;  1 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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