Delicious Chicken Taco Filling Recipe for Taco Tuesday

Listen up, fellow food lovers! Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the tastiest chicken taco filling recipe you’ll ever lay your taste buds on. Brace yourselves for Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe.

This recipe is the culmination of years of experience and passion for cuisine. It’s a masterpiece that comes straight from the heart of Kansas City – the Mecca of world-famous fried chicken. And believe me when I say that this dish has garnered both palatable and visual appeal with its various colors, textures, and flavors.

We all know how difficult it is to find an excellent chicken taco filling that balances zest and creaminess perfectly. But look no further because Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe is here to satisfy your cravings for an appetizing, hearty meal. The ingredients and tips I share today will change the way you make chicken tacos forever.

So buckle up, my fellow food aficionados! Let’s dive into Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe, and discover how you too can create an irresistible, mouth-watering meal that will leave everyone satisfied and wanting more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling
Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling

Are you tired of the same old boring chicken taco fillings? Do you want to spice things up and impress your taste buds with something new, fresh, and savory? Look no further than Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe!

Not only is this recipe bursting with flavor, it also includes a unique blend of ingredients that you won’t find in any ordinary chicken taco recipe. The combination of Gebhardt® chili powder, cumin powder, garlic cloves, diced tomatoes, yellow onion, bell pepper, and cilantro creates a symphony of taste that will leave you craving more.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is the addition of Gus’s famous fried chicken. Yes, you read that right! The tender and juicy pieces of fried chicken act as the perfect complement to the traditional shredded chicken taco filling. It’s like having two types of deliciousness in one bite.

And don’t worry if you’re not near Gus’s world-famous fried chicken restaurant in Kansas City. This recipe allows you to recreate that mouthwatering taste in your own kitchen with ease. Simply pull out those boneless, skinless chicken breasts from your fridge and follow the step-by-step instructions.

With Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe, you’ll not only enjoy the best tacos ever, but also have a chance to impress your family and friends with a unique and flavorful dish. So why wait? Try it out for yourself today!

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a flavor explosion in your mouth with Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling!
Get ready for a flavor explosion in your mouth with Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling!

Let’s dive into the ingredients you will need to make Gus’s incredible chicken taco filling recipe. Don’t worry, it’s not a difficult list to shop for and chances are you already have a few of the items in your pantry. Here is what you need:

Main Ingredients

  • One Whole Large Chicken (boiled and boned)
  • 16 Ounce Jar Pickled Mild Banana Wax Peppers
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Diced Tomatoes

Additional Ingredients for Extra Flavor

  • Cilantro
  • Gebhardt® Chili Powder
  • Cumin Powder

As you can see, the list of ingredients is fairly straightforward, but oh boy does it pack a punch! Duck into your local grocery store or farmer’s market and pick up these ingredients to get started on making Gus’s superlative taco filling.

The Recipe How-To

 Putting together the perfect taco just got easier with Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling.
Putting together the perfect taco just got easier with Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s how you can make your own Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe at home.


  • 1 whole large chicken boiled and boned, or 1 lb pulled chicken
  • 1 16 oz jar of pickled mild banana wax peppers
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons Gebhardt® Chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • A handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. If using a whole chicken, boil it until the meat easily comes off the bone. Remove the meat from the bones and chop it into bite-sized pieces. If using pre-pulled chicken, skip this step.
  2. Discard the juice from the jar of pickled mild banana wax peppers and chop them into small pieces.
  3. Chop the bell pepper, onion, and garlic cloves into small pieces.
  4. In a large pan or wok, heat up the olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the chopped bell pepper and onion to the pan and cook until they’re soft and slightly caramelized.
  6. Add the garlic and Gebhardt® Chili powder to the pan, stir for about a minute to toast the spices.
  7. Add your chicken plus the cumin, salt, and diced tomatoes to the pan and let simmer for about five minutes over low heat until all your ingredients are heated through evenly.
  8. Add your chopped pickled mild banana wax peppers, mix through thoroughly.

Serving suggestion

Serve with corn tortillas and shredded lettuce for an ultimate taco feast! Add in some sour cream or guacamole if you like creamy toppings.

This delicious recipe will be sure to impress even those who claim they “don’t usually like tacos.” Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Don't wait for Taco Tuesday to try out Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling.
Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to try out Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling.

When it comes to cooking, there’s always room for experimentation and creativity. While Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe is already a masterpiece on its own, there are many ways you can customize and tweak the ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

One way to switch up the recipe is by substituting the chicken with a different protein source. Instead of shredded chicken, try using pulled pork, ground beef, or even tofu as the base for the taco filling. If you’re feeling adventurous, experiment with different taco seasonings and spices to give the dish a unique and flavorful twist.

If you’re not a big fan of cilantro or garlic, feel free to omit these ingredients from the recipe. Similarly, you can swap out the diced tomatoes and bell pepper with other vegetables like zucchini, corn, or sliced mushrooms for added texture and nutrition.

For a healthier option, use boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of fried chicken. You can also reduce the amount of cheese and sour cream in the recipe or use low-fat versions for a lighter meal. If you’re watching your carb intake, consider using lettuce wraps instead of tortillas or pair the taco filling with cauliflower rice.

No matter how you choose to customize Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe, make sure to taste test along the way and adjust the seasoning accordingly until you achieve that perfect flavor balance. Happy cooking!

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is the real deal: Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling is your new favorite filling.
This recipe is the real deal: Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling is your new favorite filling.

When it comes to serving Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling, the possibilities are endless. You can enjoy them in soft or hard-shell tacos, as part of a burrito or quesadilla, or even on their own as a protein-packed entrée.

For a complete taco experience, I recommend pairing the chicken filling with fresh cilantro leaves and diced tomatoes, both of which add a bright and refreshing element to each bite. You can also sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top for added richness, or add a dollop of sour cream for a tangy contrast.

In terms of drinks, there’s nothing quite like washing down this delicious taco filling with an ice-cold beer. Mexican lagers, such as Corona or Modelo, perfectly complement the savory notes of the chicken and cumin powder. If you’re not a beer drinker, try pairing these tacos with a margarita made from fresh lime juice and tequila.

If you’re looking for a healthier option, why not try serving the chicken taco filling over a bed of leafy greens? It’s an easy way to increase your daily vegetable intake while still enjoying all the flavors and textures of traditional tacos. Alternatively, you could serve this filling alongside roasted vegetables or black beans for a hearty vegetarian meal.

No matter how you choose to serve Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling, one thing is certain: it’s sure to be a hit at any mealtime gathering. So go ahead and whip up a batch tonight – your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Add a little zing to your taco game with Gus's
Add a little zing to your taco game with Gus’s

Now, even if you don’t plan on serving Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe immediately after cooking, you can still enjoy the fantastic flavors of this dish thanks to its make-ahead, storing and reheating options.

So, if you’re wondering how to reheat chicken taco filling or you want to prepare it ahead of time, I’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know:


If you’re preparing this dish for a party or family gathering, you can make the filling ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to one month. Just be sure to let it cool down completely before storing it in an airtight container.


Once cooked, store the leftover chicken taco filling in the fridge for up to three days. Make sure to store it in an airtight container to prevent bacteria and other contaminants from spoiling the dish.


When reheating this dish, there are several methods you can choose from. If microwave is your thing, then zap it up for about two minutes until heated throughout but make sure not to overdo it as microwaving can make the chicken dry.

Another option is placing leftover filling in the oven and bake at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes or until heated thoroughly. This option will not only retain its original flavor but also gives the chicken taco filling a slightly crispy texture that is simply irresistible.

Finally, when reheating on a stovetop in a pot, add small amounts of water with low heat and stir occasionally until heated through.

So now that you know all about making ahead, storing safely and reheating correctly; it’s time for you to start cooking Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling recipe with confidence knowing that leftovers are always delicious.

Tips for Perfect Results

Listen up, amigos! If you’re looking for that authentic chicken taco flavor, then follow these tips for perfect results. Trust me, I’ve tried and tested this recipe numerous times; therefore, I know a thing or two about how to make this incredible chicken taco filling recipe stand out. So, let’s dive deeper into the secrets!

First of all, make sure to use Gebhardt® Chili powder in this recipe as it adds an incredibly rich and deep flavor profile that elevates your taco experience. Don’t even think about substituting with any other chili powder because trust me; it won’t be the same. Also, don’t forget a generous amount of cumin powder – it’s what makes the filling so aromatic.

If you feel like the chicken is coming out dry and tough, try using bone-in chicken instead of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It’ll add extra flavor and juiciness to the meat when you boil it. And when boiling, start by adding all the ingredients (onion, garlic, cilantro) after you place the whole large chicken in boiling water with Gebhardt® Chili powder and cumin powder. This way, you’ll ensure all flavors permeate your bird entirely.

Another suggestion is to use pickled mild banana wax peppers instead of regular jalapeños – it gives just enough heat and a lovely pop of tangy flavor that balances so well with the robust spices in this dish.

Here’s my last tip – do not shred the chicken while hot! Allow it to cool down completely before pulling the meat off its bones with your hands, as it’ll yield long strips of shredded chicken that will pair perfectly with soft tortillas.

So there you have it folks – my top tips for making sure your incredible chicken taco filling is just that…incredible! Follow these tips and tricks, and your taste buds will thank you later!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, folks. Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves Mexican cuisine. With its robust and flavorful ingredients, this chicken taco filling recipe will definitely spice up your taste buds.

Don’t be intimidated as this recipe is easy to follow and the ingredients are widely available in your local grocery stores. You can even experiment with some substitutions and variations based on what’s available in your pantry or what you desire.

Trust us, this recipe will make a delicious and satisfying meal for any occasion. Whether you’re cooking for your family, friends, or simply enjoying it on your own, this chicken taco filling recipe is worth the effort.

So go ahead, give it a try! And don’t forget to share this recipe with your loved ones. Who knows, soon enough the praises for Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe might turn into whispers of your own incredible cooking skills!

Thank you for reading through the article and I hope that this recipe becomes one of the favorites in your kitchen.

Gus's Incredible Chicken Taco Filling

Gus’s Incredible Chicken Taco Filling Recipe

This is a recipe that I invented about fifteen years ago and has been a favorite among my family and friends ever since. I make this in LARGE amounts, since it goes quickly and can be used in a variety of ways. You can fill toasted taco shells with this then top with lettuce, fresh tomato, cheese, sour cream and or guacamole. I like to put this on tostada shells, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on it, microwave to melt the cheese and then top with sour cream, quacamole and jalapeno slices. You can also do that with the round nacho chips. Another suggestion is to wilt corn tortilla in a skillet with a bit of oil, drain them on paper towels and place some of the filling into them, roll them up and cover with a white cheese and sour cream sauce and garnish with jalapeno slices. Depending on how you use it, this should serve between 6 to 10 people.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Brunch, Chicken, Easy, Inexpensive, Meat, One-Dish Meal, Poultry, Savory, Southwestern, Spreads, Stove Top, Tex-Mex
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 365.5kcal


  • 1 whole large chicken, boiled and boned
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar of pickled mild banana wax peppers
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon Gebhardt® Chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Boil and bone the chicken, reserve two cups of the broth. Finely chop the chicken and set aside. I use a food processor to do this. Take all the vegetable and mince or chop in a food processor. Sautee the minced peppers, onion, garlic and cumin until everything is nice and tender, then add the canned tomato. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the chicken, stirring well to mix evenly with the veggies. Add one cup of broth and simmer for about ten minutes to let the flavors mix. If it gets too dry, add the second cup of broth. Once it is heated, add the chili powder, stir in well, remove from heat and you are ready to serve in whatever way you choose.
  • If you leave out the MILD banana wax peppers or the chili powder, you will lose 99 percent of the flavor.NEVER overcook chili powder or it will get bitter. Gebhardt's is a very mild chili powder, so if you can't find it, try to substitute with the mildest you can find.

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Serving: 170g | Calories: 365.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.7g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23.6g | Saturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 135.9mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 3.8g

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