I absolutely love Tacos! I am always telling Dan that we should make all kinds of recipes to put in taco shells or on a salad. Last week we had some steak so I marinated it in this Teriyaki Marinade from my favorite place, Trader Joe’s. When I got home I sautéed green peppers, mushrooms, and onions with the steak and then we put it in the corn tortillas, with fresh pico de gallo, cheese and a little sour cream (all from Trader Joe’s, as well). I really love the mild Trader Joe’s Pico de Gallo. It’s so delicious and tastes so fresh. You can usually find it over with all the dips at your TJ’s. This recipe was so easy and we both loved eating it. I also used the leftover steak to put on a salad later in the week. We also fairly recently made tacos with salmon. I used the salmon recipe that I always use with the cold oven (see here for recipe: https://hollyontheblog.com/2015/11/03/best-way-to-cook-salmon/). I put the same teriyaki marinade on the salmon and then baked it. We then put the salmon in soft taco shells with ripe avocado. It was so yummy and so easy. The other thing that is great about tacos is that if you are trying to be on the healthier side and limit your complex carbs, you can always use lettuce as your shell. I prefer to use a head of butter lettuce when I do this because it usually comes off the head of the lettuce in nice uniform cup like leaves.
The recipe I am going to feature today is a chicken taco recipe that you can make in the crock pot before you head out for work. I realized that I have a lot of recipes on here for the crock pot, haha. I must be a little obsessed with my crock pot–thanks Gram for buying one for us! This recipe really couldn’t possibly be easier. The other thing that is fun about it, is that you can top it with whatever toppings you would like. We like black olives, guacamole, sour cream, chopped tomatoes and a little cheese. One thing that I learned from my father-in-law is to put the soft shell in the oven with a little cheese on it, so that it melts onto the shell and warms up the shell a bit. It makes it so much more delicious in my opinion. We pretty much always do this when making tacos. This recipe is also great for a large group because you can add extra chicken breasts based on the number of guests you plan to entertain. Lastly, I love this recipe because there always seems to be leftover chicken. I usually will make quesadillas, salad with the leftover chicken on top, or just eat the chicken over rice. It’s an easy thing to make and then reinvent with through the week, so you don’t have to keep cooking additional meat.
You will need:
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (I usually use two large pieces for Dan and I)
- 1 Packet of Taco Seasoning (I prefer the low sodium version, however if I don’t have any, I just use cumin, chili pepper, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, and a little paprika)
- 1 Jar of Salsa (I use a large jar from a regular store–not Costco size–you can really choose whichever kind you like!)
I like to put the chicken breasts on a plate and season them with the taco seasoning packet or my spice combination. I usually only use about a quarter of the packet for that. Once I feel like they are nicely seasoned, I put them in the crock pot. I, then, add the salsa and the remaining seasoning from the packet. I give it one good mix, although I’m not really sure you necessarily need to. Then, I turn the crock pot on low and cook for about 6-8 hours. You can tell the chicken is ready by opening the lid and seeing if it easily shreds. I shred the chicken up with two forks and then put it into my yummy cheese melted taco shells.
It is such a great recipe that is SO easy. I saw a variation of it on Pinterest where the girl used a packet dry ranch dressing and added it to the mixture, and then instead of salsa she used a can of chicken broth. If you are making a lot of chicken breasts, you may want to add two jars of salsa and two seasoning packets. I would say anything over 4 large chicken breasts, I would double the salsa and seasoning packet.
If you try this, be sure to send me over some pictures of your finished product! You can tag me on Instagram @HOLLYontheBLOG or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂
Here is my picture of the day:
This picture does not have tacos in it, but it is a picture of my husband when he was just a little guy. It will forever and always be one of my favorite pictures. Even at 2 years old, he had a pizza obsession–which hasn’t changed much! He takes pizza very seriously, and is sure to incorporate it into his and my diet at least once a week…haha!