In this article, I’ve gathered 14 delicious and easy sauces for chicken tacos that you must try.
From creamy and cheesy sauces, to tangy and spicy sauces, I’m sure you’ll find one that will become your favorite.
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The Best Sauces for Chicken Tacos
Don’t settle for the same old sauces!
Here are 14 easy sauces that will take your chicken tacos to the next level:
1. Creamy Cilantro Sauce
This creamy cilantro sauce recipe is an absolute must-have.
It’s simple, made with readily available ingredients, and absolutely delicious.
The key to this sauce is combining tangy sour cream or Greek yogurt with fragrant, fresh cilantro and garlic, a hint of lime juice, salt, and pepper.
You can also use it as a dip for veggies or as a topping for salads for added zest.
Head over to the stove – let’s whip up some deliciousness tonight!
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2. Lime crema
Lime crema is amazing on tacos, especially if you’re not a fan of hot sauces.
As a mixture of cream and lime juice, it adds the perfect balance to your taco.
Simply blend sour cream with chopped cilantro, ground cumin, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper for an unbeatable flavor combo.
The best part?
It takes just minutes to make!
I love adding this sauce to chicken tacos since feeding my family in less than 10 minutes is always a win.
But Lime crema also works great on fish tacos – an absolute favorite!
3. Yogurt Sauce
Yogurt sauce is one of my go-to’s! It’s super easy to make with just a few ingredients, so you can whip it up fast.
This recipe comes together with Greek yogurt, chipotle sauce, fresh lime juice, and seasonings like cumin and chili powder.
Be sure to add salt and pepper to taste too if necessary.
Drizzling this dreamy yogurt sauce over your tacos will instantly take them up a notch – plus it adds some creaminess that pairs nicely with the other flavors in the dish!
It’s an awesome way to transform any taco into something truly special.
4. Hot sauce
For any taco lover out there, hot sauce is an essential condiment for chicken tacos.
This version is made from a blend of chili peppers, garlic, and salt and it has the perfect balance of tangy and spicy flavors to really bring those tacos to life.
- To make this hot sauce, combine all the ingredients in a food processor until everything is finely chopped.
- Add more water or vinegar if you want it to be thinner or thicker respectively. You can also adjust the flavor by adding different kinds of pepper varieties such as jalapeños or habaneros depending on how “hot” you like your salsa!
- Finally, let this simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes before transferring it into a clean jar with a lid to keep refrigerated and use at will!
5. Enchilada Sauce
Taco night just got a lot more interesting with Enchilada Sauce.
This classic Mexican sauce isn’t as heavy or bold compared to other Latin-style sauces but it still packs serious flavor!
It combines ingredients like tomato, chili powder, cumin, and garlic in flavorful harmony.
Enchilada sauce adds an irresistible smokiness to your chicken tacos that will leave everyone wanting more!
To get the best results, sauté the cooked chicken thighs with diced onions then stir in the enchilada sauce before adding it to your taco shells.
Top off your tacos with radishes, lime cole slaw, cilantro sour cream sauce if you like, and some diced avocados for added flavor.
6. Peanut Sauce
If you’re looking for a deliciously unique spin on your chicken tacos, look no further than peanut sauce.
It combines the creaminess of peanut butter with Asian-inspired flavors like soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sriracha that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Combine all these simple ingredients into a blend until smooth and creamy—perfect for drizzling over tacos or as a dipping sauce.
Plus, it will take minimal time to prepare but deliver maximum flavor!
7. BBQ Sauce
BBQ sauce is an absolute classic when it comes to tacos.
It adds a sweet, smoky flavor profile that pairs perfectly with the tenderness of the chicken and crispness of taco shells.
When making your own BBQ sauce, I recommend this particular recipe because it offers a great balance of tartness from apple cider vinegar and sweetness from honey.
Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos will lend a hint of umami, while Stone House Seasoning acts as the perfect all-purpose seasoning for extra flavor complexity in addition to heat (add hot sauce for more kick).
A delicious homemade BBQ sauce full of depth and richness that will take your tacos to the next level!
8. Chili Sauce
If you’re a fan of chicken tacos and Mexican food, you’ll love this chili sauce.
It has sweet flavors with a subtle kick of spice that pairs perfectly with chicken tacos.
To make it, all you need is tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and allspice.
Stir these ingredients together in a pot over medium heat until they’re combined.
Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes or until desired thickness before using the results to top off your tacos!
Chili sauce will add an interesting flavor profile to your tacos and comes together quickly thanks to its simple four-ingredient recipe.
Move over salsa – there’s a new taco topping in town, and it’s pesto!
This quick-and-easy recipe is sure to take your chicken tacos up a notch.
Pesto packs some serious flavor and will add a fantastic creamy texture to your tacos.
It also gives you the opportunity to experiment with fresh herbs like basil or spinach as well as different kinds of nuts (walnuts work great here!).
The key is using quality olive oil and freshly grated cheese which really makes this sauce shine.
Once you’ve made it, just top off those tacos for deliciousness that packs a punch!
10. Mango Salsa
Mango salsa is a great choice when you’re looking to put some excitement into your tacos.
It’s a delicious mixture of diced mangos, red bell peppers, red onion, cilantro leaves, and jalapeño cheese with just the right hint of lime juice for brightness.
The ingredients work together in harmony – sweet from the mangoes, crunchy from the pepper, salty from the cilantro, and spicy from the jalapeño.
Plus it adds vibrant color to your dish that will make it even more appetizing!
This recipe can be customized as much as you like by adding chili powder or black beans for extra flavor.
11. Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is the perfect condiment to add a zesty, herby flavor to your chicken tacos!
It’s made with fresh ingredients like sweet tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro.
The vibrant flavors go perfectly with tacos and it can easily liven up any dish.
- To make Pico de Gallo, start by finely chopping white onion, and jalapeño peppers (you can also adjust the amount of heat according to your own personal preference), then add freshly squeezed lime juice and sea salt followed by chopped red tomatoes.
- Last but not least, add finely chopped cilantro for added texture and flavor.
- Mix everything together in a bowl until evenly distributed and enjoy!
Originating from Argentina and Uruguay, this sauce works surprisingly well with tart flavors like tacos.
It’s made by combining olive oil, red wine vinegar, finely chopped parsley, garlic cloves, chilies (which can be deseeded or have their ‘heat’ left in), oregano, and salt & pepper according to taste.
It will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight jar or container in the fridge – so make a big batch!
3. Chipotle Mayo
Making a great chipotle mayo to add to your chicken tacos is surprisingly simple.
The key ingredients are ½ cup mayo (or substitute with vegan mayonnaise, sour cream, or silken tofu), 1 tablespoon of water, lime juice, and seasonings such as chili powder, smoked paprika, and ground chipotle powder (you can also include one canned chipotle pepper for extra kick).
Mix the ingredients together until creamy and you have your own homemade sauce that is sure to make all your tacos healthier and tastier in no time.
14. Jalapeno Ranch
Tacos are the perfect weeknight dinner.
Delicious and full of flavor, they can satisfy everyone’s taco cravings!
If you’re looking to spice things up (literally), I suggest dousing your tacos with creamy Jalapeno Ranch sauce.
It’s a tangy blend of sour cream, jalapeños, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and garlic powder that will take your tacos over the top.
You can make it in less than 5 minutes with just a few simple ingredients.
Simply whisk everything together and let marinate for about 10-15 minutes so all those delicious flavors meld together nicely.
This spicy condiment is really versatile – dip your chips into it or drizzle it on tacos!
And if you’re feeling daring, try adding extra jalapenos!
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14 Sauces for Chicken Tacos You Must Try
- Creamy Cilantro Sauce
- Lime crema
- Yogurt Sauce
- Hot sauce
- Enchilada Sauce
- Peanut Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- Chili Sauce
- Mango Salsa
- Pico de Gallo
- Chipotle Mayo
- Jalapeno Ranch
- Pick your favorite sauce from this list to use with your chicken tacos.
- Prepare all of the required ingredients.
- Enjoy your meal in no time!
Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.