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Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Relish

Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Relish

By Traeger Kitchen

We're giving you something to taco bout. These wood-fired chicken thighs are braised in a chipotle beer sauce, loaded onto tortillas and served with a homemade jalapeño relish, queso and cilantro.

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time

40 Min




This recipe serves:


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3 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1/4 Cup finely diced red onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2/3 Cup white wine vinegar
1/3 Cup water
1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
Pickled Cabbage
2 Cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 Cup white wine vinegar
2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Black pepper
12 Small flour tortillas
1/4 Cup cotija cheese
1/4 Cup chopped cilantro
your favorite hot sauce
Braising Liquid
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 yellow onion, diced small
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Teaspoon chili powder
1 Teaspoon garlic powder
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce plus 4 tablespoons adobo sauce
2 limes, juiced
1 Can (12 oz) Modelo beer


  • 1

    For the jalapeño relish, combine all ingredients in a non-reactive dish and set aside.

  • 2

    To make the pickled cabbage, combine all ingredients in a non-reactive dish and set aside.

  • 3

    Transfer both the relish and pickled cabbage to the refrigerator and let sit a couple of hours to overnight.

  • 4

    Season chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the chicken thighs skin-side down and brown in batches. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • 5

    Add 1 tablespoon butter to the Dutch oven and set over medium-high heat. When butter is melted, add onion and jalapeño and sauté 3 to 5 minutes until translucent. Add minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chili and garlic powder, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and lime juice. Add chicken thighs back to the Dutch oven and pour in beer.

  • 6

    When ready to cook, set Traeger to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place Dutch oven in the grill and braise for 30 minutes or until chicken is tender and falls apart. Remove chicken from braising liquid and shred.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C


  • 7

    To build the tacos, place shredded chicken on tortilla, top with jalapeño relish, pickled cabbage, cotija cheese, cilantro and finish with hot sauce. Enjoy!

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