beer braised chicken tacos with jalapeño relish


  • 3 Jalapeno, seeded & diced

  • 1/4 Cup red onion, finely diced

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 67/100 Cup white wine vinegar

  • 1/3 Cup water

  • 4 Tablespoon sugar

  • 4 Tablespoon salt

  • 2 Cup shredded red cabbage

  • 1/2 Cup white wine vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoon salt

  • 2 Tablespoon sugar

  • 2 Pound Chicken, thighs - bonless skinless

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 Teaspoon salt

  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded & diced

  • 1 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1 Teaspoon chili powder

  • 4 Tablespoon Adobo Sauce

  • 2 lime, juiced

  • 1 Can 12-oz Modelo beer

  • 1 Chile from Chipotle in Adobo Sauce

  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder

  • 12 Tortillas (small), flour

  • As Needed Cotija cheese

  • As Needed cilantro

  • As Needed your favorite hot sauce




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


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


Transfer both the relish and pickled red onion to the refrigerator and let sit a couple hours to overnight.


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


Add 1 Tbsp butter to the dutch oven and set over medium-high heat. When butter is melted, add onion and jalapeño and sauté 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant.


Add chili and garlic powder, adobo sauce, chipotle chile and lime juice. Add chicken thighs back to the dutch oven and pour in beer.


When ready to cook, set the Z Grill 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.


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