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California Love – BBQ Chicken Tacos

California Love – BBQ Chicken Tacos

Check out these California inspired spicy BBQ chicken tacos from Olivia Caminiti.
By Olivia Caminiti

BBQ Chicken Tacos
BBQ Chicken Tacos

Quintessential Californians will take any type of meat and “salsa” to make tacos. Tortillas are not just a vessel for fresh ingredients but rather the perfect vessel for whatever is being craved.

A regular at my work brought me in a late holiday gift which was his homemade barbeque sauce. Tush Whomp; that’s what he calls it. This name did not hint to me the deliciousness that was hiding inside of that Kerr jar. It is a little smokey, a little sweet, a lot spicy. Tush Whomp is a secret recipe so for the sake of this recipe use a barbeque sauce that fits the above profile of Tush Whomp.

Substitute BBQ

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California Love- BBQ Chicken Tacos

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  • Author: Olivia Caminiti
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 ppl 1x


Spicy BBQ chicken tacos. Mexican style with a California flavor.




  • 10+ corn tortillas
  • 6 (1 lb or 16oz.) bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1.5 cups (12.5oz.) spicy BBQ sauce
  • half 1 red onion, thinly sliced for garnish


  • 2 cups (370 grams) diced tomato, about 2 vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cups (370 grams) diced English cucumber, about 3/4 cucumber
  • 5 cup (92.5 grams) rough chopped cilantro, another small chopped amount for garnish
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 5 cup (4oz.) olive oil
  • salt & pepper, for salsa and chicken, to taste



  1. Preheat propane grill to medium heat
  2. Cut excess fat from defrosted chicken
  3. Lightly salt and pepper chicken thighs, lightly drizzle with olive oil
  4. Toss thighs in bowl to cover in seasoning
  5. Place on preheated grill for about 6 minutes on each side or until juicy and tender
  6. Remove and reserve to cool down a bit
  7. In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, pour BBQ sauce to warm
  8. Pull apart cooked chicken off the bone and into bit size pieces, put into warming BBQ sauce
  9. Put temperature on low to keep chicken and sauce warm


  1. Place diced tomato, diced cucumber, olive oil, lime juice and chopped cilantro in a medium bowl; salt & pepper to taste
  2. Toss until combined


  1. Warm tortillas on a flat grill top over medium heat
  2. Place BBQ chicken on warm tortilla and top with salsa
  3. Garnish is red onion and extra cilantro
  4. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins


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