Crazy Coyote Taco Recipe

I recently made a copycat Crazy Coyote Taco recipe, and it came impressively close to the real deal!

This Crazy Coyote Tacos Recipe Copycat is the closest thing you’ll find to the real deal!

Crazy Coyote Tacos is one of Southern California’s most revered roadside restaurants, so much so that even Anthony Bourdain was a massive fan. We’ve been trying to duplicate the Crazy Coyote Tacos recipe for years, and I think we finally nailed it.

Get your ingredients chopped and measured before starting the Crazy Coyote Tacos recipe.

The secret to this Crazy Coyote Taco recipe is to stew your bone-in chicken breasts in a mixture of spices and chipotle chiles, with a smidge of chipotle sauce for good measure. Then, make sure you place it on some really big tortillas, and ladle that saucy goodness on the taco, topped with a plentiful helping of chopped onions, cilantro, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Crazy Coyote Taco Recipe
Stew the chicken in the tomatoes and spices until tender.

If you want to visit Crazy Coyote Tacos and see how this recipe compares, they are located at 13033 Malki Road, Banning. Give them a call at (951) 849-2000.

Remove the chicken pieces and blend the tomato mixture until smooth.
Dice the cooked chicken and return it to the pot with the blended tomato-chipotle sauce.
Photo of the stewed chicken in the Crazy Coyote Taco recipe
Cook until the chicken and sauce combine and thicken slightly.
Photo of Jason's Crazy Coyote Taco Recipe
Serve on a warmed tortilla, topped with melted cheddar cheese, then the chicken mixture and the onions and cilantro.

Crazy Coyote Taco Recipe (Copycat)

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Crazy Coyote Tacos is one of Southern California's most revered roadside restaurants, so much so that even Anthony Bourdain was a massive fan. We've been trying to duplicate the Crazy Coyote Taco recipe for years, and I think we finally nailed it. Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Native American
Servings 12


  • 3 half-breast bone-in chicken pieces patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

For the Crazy Coyote Taco Assembly:

  • Large corn tortillas
  • Chopped onion and cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Monterey Jack Cheese shredded


  • Measure and chop all of your ingredients before beginning.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and brown chicken on both sides. Transfer to a platter.
  • Add a tablespoon of oil to the Dutch Oven and saute the chopped onions until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cumin, and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  • Add tomatoes, broth, chipotle and adobo sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pot occasionally.
  • Return the reserved chicken to the Dutch Oven and tomato mixture and lower to medium-low heat.
  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, flipping chicken occasionally.
  • Transfer chicken to a platter or large casserole dish.
  • Pour the tomato mixture into a blender and pulse for 30 seconds. Return the sauce to your Dutch Oven.
  • Shred the chicken into bite-size pieces, and then return chicken to the Dutch Oven with the sauce.
  • Cook the chicken and sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and everything is combined, roughly 10 minutes.
  • Stir in lime zest, juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Assemble the Crazy Coyote Tacos

  • Brown the flour tortillas over a hot flame on your stove.
  • Place shredded cheddar or Jack cheese on the bottom of the tortilla and melt in microwave.
  • Top the cheesy tortilla with the chicken, onion and cilantro. Add sour cream and guacamole if desired.
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