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Santa Fe Chicken Salad is a family favorite way to put on a classic chicken salad. Chunks of chicken, black beans, fresh vegetables, and corn are mixed with a creamy Santa Fe sauce. Wrap it up in large flour tortillas with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado slices and you have the best easy, no oven dinner or lunch recipe. 

I love making chicken salad because it can be made ahead of time and there are so many ways to mix it up. Try my Dill Pickle Chicken Salad, this fruity Pineapple Chicken Salad, or Chicken Caesar salad Wraps

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps have a creamy santa fe chicken salad wrapped inside a tortilla with shredded lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices. Perfect for lunch or a grab & go dinner for busy weeknights.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Salad is a great recipe to have for those busy weeknights when you need a quick, grab & go dinner, or for lunch prep through out the week. It’s also the perfect easy dinner because you can make it ahead of time and then it’s ready when you are. 

I love this Santa Fe twist to classic chicken salad. It has a creamy spiced dressing with cilantro and taco seasonings, chunks of chicken, bell peppers, corn, and black beans. You can eat it as is or try putting it inside a croissant or wrap it up in a flour tortilla with some shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and avocado slices. Our favorite way are the flour tortillas!

Another way my family loves to eat chicken salad is as a hot oven baked sandwich like these Hot Chicken Salad French Bread Sandwiches. It’s like an open faced hot chicken salad. So good!

A chicken salad wrap cut in half and leaning on each other over a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredient list may look long for these chicken salad wraps but it comes together really quickly with convenient ingredients like canned items, dried seasonings, and already cooked chicken. 

  • Santa Fe Creamy Dressing
    • Sour Cream – I prefer the taste of the full-fat sour cream but lite sour cream can be used as well. 
    • Mayonnaise – Again, I prefer the name brand (Best Foods) full-fat, regular mayo in this recipe. 
    • Green Onions
    • Chopped Cilantro
    • Fresh Lime Juice – Use fresh squeezed and not bottled lime juice!
    • Salt & Pepper
    • Dried Seasonings – You’ll need chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin for this recipe.
  • Chicken Salad
    • Cooked Chicken – You can use chunks of chicken or shredded chicken. I prefer chunks of chicken in chicken salad recipes.
    • Black Beans – Drain these well so there is no extra liquid in the chicken salad.
    • Fire Roasted Corn – This is canned corn and it’s the best one to use in this recipe. If you can’t find it then go ahead and substitute with canned yellow corn. 
    • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Wraps
    • Large Burrito-Style Flour Tortillas 
    • Shredded Iceberg Lettuce – You can find a pack of shredded lettuce near the bagged lettuce mixes at the grocery store. 
    • Sliced Avocado
    • Halved Cherry Tomatoes

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps have a creamy santa fe chicken salad wrapped inside a tortilla with shredded lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices. Perfect for lunch or a grab & go dinner for busy weeknights.

How To Make Santa Fe Chicken Salad

With only a few easy steps this is a simple recipe to make. Bonus is that it can easily be prepared ahead of time so it’s ready after a long day!

Creamy Dressing : Combine all the Santa Fe dressing ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together well with a wire whisk. 

Chicken Salad : To the same bowl add the chicken, black beans, corn, and chopped orange bell pepper. Stir together until everything is coated in the creamy sauce. 

Wraps : At this point you can refrigerate the chicken salad mix until ready to serve (I prefer it cold) or you can serve right away. Lay out one flour tortilla and put 1/2 cup of chicken salad in the lower half of the tortilla. Add some shredded lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, and avocado slices. Roll in the sides and then roll up like a burrito. Cut in half and serve. 

Horizontal photo of chicken salad, avocado halves, lettuce, and flour tortillas for wraps.

Tips For Success

  • Make It Easy! – Use a rotisserie chicken to make preparing this recipe a breeze! You can also throw some frozen or fresh chicken breasts into the crockpot with a can of chicken broth and cook on LOW heat for 5-6 hours. Shred it up with two forks and use that. I prefer to use the rotisserie chicken because it’s so simple and it’s already perfectly seasoned. 
  • Want It Spicy? – Add some chopped jalapeño peppers, add more chili powder, add some cayenne red pepper. 
  • Lighter Chicken Salad – You can feel free to experiment with using plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise if wanted. The flavor will be affected just because Greek yogurt has a strong flavor to it. You can also use lite or reduced-fat sour cream as well. 
  • Corn – Please use the fire roasted corn. It will be by the other canned corn items and it really is so good in this recipe. Adds a nice flavor to the chicken salad. 

Variation & Substitution Ideas For Chicken Salad

There are several ways that you can change up this recipe. No need to make it the same way twice if you don’t want to! Here are some things you can try to switch it up. 

  • Bell Pepper – Use a yellow or red bell pepper instead of the orange pepper. 
  • Beans – You can use any bean you love or leave the beans out entirely. Pinto beans or light red kidney beans are good options. 
  • Green Chilies – Add a can of diced green chilies into the chicken salad mixture. If you want it extra spicy then try adding a can of chopped jalapeños (make sure to drain it if needed). 
  • Make It Meatless – Substitute the chicken with an additional can or two of beans for a meatless “chicken” salad recipe. 
  • Wraps – We love the tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado slices but feel free to use whatever you prefer inside the wraps. You can use romaine lettuce, add some cilantro, guacamole, pico de gallo, chopped black olives, etc. 
  • Protein : If you have some leftover pulled pork, I think that would be a fabulous substitute for the chicken in this recipe. 

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps have a creamy santa fe chicken salad wrapped inside a tortilla with shredded lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices. Perfect for lunch or a grab & go dinner for busy weeknights.

Serving Suggestions For Santa Fe Chicken Salad

There are so many ways to serve this chicken salad.

  • We love it served inside flour tortillas with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced avocados.
  • You can also serve this inside croissants or rolls with some green leaf lettuce and sliced tomatoes. 
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce for a Santa Fe style salad. 
  • Scoop up with some crackers or tortilla chips. 
  • Use the chicken salad filling inside smaller flour tortillas for soft tacos topped with all your favorite taco toppings. 
  • You can also serve the chicken salad filling over some nachos with whatever toppings you want. 

Close up shot of a halved chicken salad wrap cut in half and displayed on a wooden cutting board.

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

Instant Pot Santa Fe Chicken Burrito Bowls : Everything cooks in the Instant Pot in this easy recipe. Serve over rice and top with all your favorite taco toppings. 

Quick & Easy Chicken Flautas : One of my family’s favorite dinners! Ready for the oven in just about 10 minutes. 

Chicken Mexican Haystacks : Made in the slow cooker! A twist to classic haystacks with a creamy sauce, chicken, and served over Fritos and rice. 

Fiesta Chicken Casserole : An easy Mexican inspired pasta casserole that’s great with leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. 

A chicken salad wrap cut in half and leaning on each other over a wooden cutting board.
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Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Author Jessica
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 wraps
Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps have a creamy santa fe chicken salad wrapped inside a tortilla with shredded lettuce, tomato, and avocado slices. Perfect for lunch or a grab & go dinner for busy weeknights.


Santa Fe Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

Chicken Salad

  • 3 cups chopped OR shredded chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted corn drained
  • 1 orange bell pepper finely chopped


  • 8-10 large burrito style flour tortillas
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced avocado


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the creamy dressing ingredients and mix together well.
  • Add the chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper, and stir together well until everything is combined and covered in dressing.
  • Lay a flour tortilla on a plate and place about 1/2 cup of the chicken salad onto the bottom half of the tortilla. Add shredded lettuce, halved tomatoes, and avocado slices. Fold up the sides and then roll up like a burrito. Cut in half and serve.
  • * Chicken salad can be eaten right away or refrigerated for several hours before serving. Leftover chicken salad can be refrigerated, in a covered container, for 3-4 days.
    ** I prefer to refrigerate the chicken salad (for 2-3 hours) before serving.
    *** If serving at a later time, simply store the chicken salad in an air-tight container in the fridge, and store the wrap ingredients separately. When ready to serve, assemble the wraps.



Corn : After years of testing and making this recipe, the fire roasted canned corn gives the chicken salad the best flavor. But yes, you can use another canned corn variety.
Serving Suggestions : This chicken salad can also be eaten with a spoon, over lettuce for a salad, inside a Croissant, or use crackers to scoop it up. 
Lime : It's best to use fresh squeezed lime juice. You will need 1 lime for this recipe. 


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 649IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Kelly Kemery says:

    Hi there, these look amazing! Do you know what the calorie count is?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Hi Kelly. Thank You 🙂 I am not sure of the calorie count, but if it’s something you are worried about then I would just replace the sour cream & mayo with plain yogurt and maybe use a low carb or whole grain tortilla. Greek yogurt is very bland so I would maybe up some of the spices to compensate for the lack of cream/flavor that the mayo and sour cream give. Hopefully that helps. Thanks so much for commenting and visiting.

  2. I made these tonight and I was skeptical that all of my children would like them. It is a rare meal that everyone is happy ?. But to my surprise even my picky 9 year old, who usually hates main dishes, was half way through his wrap and said he liked it. So this is a great, nutritious meal. It’s also very versatile. I subbed with ingredients, I had on hand. Thanks!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Hey Anne! Your comments always make me smile 🙂 I think kids surprisingly like these wraps because they can eat with their hands! Your right, it’s super versatile which is nice too. Thanks for letting me know what you thought.

  3. What kind of dressing is in the wraps or is it just mayo/sour?

    Thank you!

    1. Together As Family says:

      It is just the mixture of mayo, sour cream and spices. If you want extra saucey wraps then maybe double the sauce recipe and reserve some of the dressing to drizzle on the wraps or dip the wrap into it. The recipe as is, is plenty “moist” for the wrap. I hope that helps. Enjoy!

  4. Can you share the how to roll the wrap video

    1. Together As Family says:

      Hey Krissy. I actually don’t have a specific video. I just googled ‘how to roll a wrap’ and a youtube video came up 🙂 A short answer is to put the filling on the tortilla (there is a picture in the post that shows this) Fold the tortilla over the filling, fold in both sides and then continue rolling and tucking until you get to the end and you have a burrito. I then cut it in half to serve these. I hope that helps a little bit….

  5. I just made them for a quick lunch and they were amazing! I didn’t have any chicken on hand or enough mayo so I kept adding sour cream and the dressing still turned out delicious. They are so filling and super easy to make! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Awesome! So glad you loved these. Thank you for commenting to let me know 🙂

  6. Why do these have to be served right away?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Hey Lyndsey. These don’t have to be served right away. I prefer to make the chicken salad mixture and then let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before using. You can also just use it right away. Either way works 🙂

  7. I can’t wait to make these! Your photo is sooooooo amazing and delicious looking I wish I could just jump into it and gobble it up!!!!! It’s not anything anyone else in my family would like so I’ll have left overs for myself. Mmmmm…

    1. Together As Family says:

      Thank you Myssi! Yes, there is plenty of this for leftovers all week 🙂

  8. This looks amazing! How many servings will this make? It seems like only 1 burrito but I’m imagining that there is enough chicken mixture to make several….?

  9. Angenell Jones says:

    I love to make variations to chicken salad, and I can’t wait to try this one. The black beans should really be delicious.

    1. Together As Family says:

      I love chicken salad too! One of my favorite foods. I hope you enjoy this 🙂

  10. Hey! Can I make these the night before serving them for lunch? Could I wrap them up and hold them in parchment paper?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Good question! I would probably just prepare it all separately and then make them the next day for lunch. When I make these, I leave the leftover creamy chicken filling in a bowl and then make one at a time as I need it. I hope that makes sense…. I am worried that if you prepare them and roll them up, the tortilla and salad would get soggy.

  11. These look great, but would you recommend freezing extra burritos?

    1. Together As Family says:

      No I don’t. The ingredients would not freeze well at all. The filling can be put in the fridge for a few days, and the topping can just be added as you need another burrito. I don’t think there is any reason to freeze them.

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  13. These look so good! What a great lunch meal prep for the week. Easy to make GF too!

  14. Thanks for sharing! Do you use the dressing in any other ways/recipes?

  15. We made this 2 x and love it. We put some shredded cheese in when we build them, This last time I had no cilantro so we used parsley and garlic powder still good. I love how we have extra and eat it the next day too on rolls and crackers

  16. I whipped this up after work and it was delicious!!! It was flavorful and not spicy. It was fresh and filling. I loved all the ingredients and the sauce is what makes it! Thank you so much! This is a new staple recipe in our house for sure!!

  17. I just made these and they are absolutely delicious!! The dressing is soooo good I was eating it by the spoonful and dipping my wrap in it! I used canned chicken and a low-carb spinach tortilla and it was amazing!! Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely be making again! 🙂

    1. Together As Family says:

      So happy to hear this! I actually love canned chicken in chicken salads so I have used that too. Have you tried the carb balance flour tortillas? Those are my favorite to use for these wraps. The spinach one sounds yummy!

  18. I have to say that I never leave reviews for recipes but this turned out amazing! I halved the spices because I’m always afraid the spices will take over the taste of the food. Next time, I won’t do that. This salad was delicious as a wrap and as a bowl of salad and looked just like the picture. I was impressed!

    1. Together as Family says:

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much! It is wonderful to read comments like yours. I’m so happy it turned out great for you.