BBQ Chicken Tacos
Eat Well Sep. 10. 2019

BBQ Tacos And How To Make Homemade Tortillas

Sep. 10. 2019
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

These BBQ Tacos with coleslaw might be your next favorite taco recipe that’s ready in a flash.

We absolutely love tacos at Nutrition Stripped, we have more recipes in that category for entrees than any other. We’re also huge fans of cooking meals from home that are simple, delicious, and ones you’ll want to make again and again like these BBQ tacos.

The crunchy, tangy coleslaw, mixed with a smokey sweet BBQ sauce is the perfect combination. Throw in our hack to make fresh tortillas from scratch and you have a winning combination. We love to enjoy our BBQ tacos and homemade tortillas with our favorite Easiest Black Beans recipe and Massaged Kale Salad.


Use whatever protein you enjoy to fit your unique eating habits.

If consuming animal proteins isn’t for you, such as the chicken used in this recipe, don’t worry! For a vegan or vegetarian option of this recipe try using Crispy Tofu, your favorite tempeh, or roasted sweet potatoes such as the filling from this taco recipe. Just toss your tofu or tempeh in your favorite BBQ sauce and you’re all set.

For more information about animal proteins, what to look for, and how to shop for animal proteins check out our article Guide to Eating Animal Protein. Also, check out our factory farming article as it relates to animal proteins.

Healthy Hacks

How to make homemade tortillas

For the best tortillas, skip store-bought and make your own — here’s how you do it!

  1. In a medium mixing bowl add 1 cup masa, 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon avocado oil and a pinch of salt and mix until dough forms a ball and feels similar to play-dough. Add more water if needed.
  2. Cut dough into 6 pieces, roll pieces into balls and cover with plastic wrap. Cut 2 sides of a Ziplock bag and place 1 dough ball in the center. Using a tortilla press, or a flat bottom pan, press dough into tortillas, about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Heat a non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook tortillas until slightly golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Place tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel.

You can make tortilla dough in advance and store in your fridge for up to 3 days. Just form dough into a ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

The Recipe

Serves 4-6



1 pound chicken (if vegetarian option: use one 15-ounce package of tofu or tempeh or 2 cups coarsely chopped chickpeas)

1/2 cup of your favorite bbq sauce

1/4 large head green cabbage, core removed and finely diced

1/4 large head purple cabbage, core removed and finely diced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 large carrot, grated

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

Homemade Tortillas

1 cup ground masa

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon avocado oil


For the protein

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

If using chicken, coat chicken breast in BBQ sauce and bake on a rimmed baking sheet until chicken registers 165 degrees internally, about 30 minutes.

If using vegetarian proteins, coat tofu/tempeh/chickpeas in BBQ sauce and bake until firm or golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For the slaw

In a large bowl combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and celery seeds and stir to combine.

Add cabbage, parsley, and carrot and toss until well combined.

Step 3

Slice chicken into small pieces and top with coleslaw and additional bbq sauce, lime and cilantro.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop. Store coleslaw for up to 4 days in the refrigerator, and if using chicken, for 10 days in the refrigerator.

Can’t wait to see you try it!

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