Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos (Plus 2 Bonus Recipes!)

So one of my go to favorite dinners for a busy day/night is Easy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos! (with two bonus recipes!)

Here's what you're going to need!

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Your favorite salsa
Homemade Fajitas Seasoning: Mix all the ingredients together
(I triple this recipe because we use it all the time)
     1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 
     1/2 tsp dried oregano 
     1/4 tsp salt
     1/4 tsp ground red pepper 
     1/4 tsp ground black pepper
     1/8 tsp garlic powder
     1/8 tsp onion powder
     (optional a little cayenne pepper for a kick)

Lime Rice (Toss in some chopped cilantro and it's just like the rice at Chipotle!)
     1 cup brown basmati rice
     2 limes 
     1 tbl butter
     2 c water
     (optional) handful chopped cilantro 

Toppings: Pick and Choose your favorites or lay them all out for a taco bar!
     Black beans

First up the Chicken! Grab your chicken, fajita seasoning, and salsa.

Place your chicken in the crock pot. Generously sprinkle your homemade fajita seasoning on top.

Dump most of your salsa on top of the chicken.

Place your crock pot on low and put on the top. Typically I use frozen chicken breasts but since I just picked up the chicken at the store that morning I had not portioned or froze them yet. I let mine cook on low all day. In a pinch turn it on high and give it a few hours and you'll have a quick dinner ready!

Once your chicken is thoroughly cooked (165 degrees!) take a fork and shred your chicken in the pot.

How good does this look already!

Bonus recipe Lime Rice! Start by putting a tablespoon of butter in to a hot pot with the juice from one lime. 

Once the lime butter is all melted and a little bubbly take your cup of basmati rice and dump it in and sauté it for about a minute.

Then add your two cups of water, bring the water to a boil, put the lid on a reduce heat and simmer for 30 min.

Once all the liquid is gone add the juice from your second lime. (You can also add chopped cilantro to make it like the rice at Chipotle if you like...our kids are at the stage where they won't eat food with green stuff in it. So we add it to our individual tacos.)

We prefer to eat Chicken Tacos in bowls. You can totally make this into a giant burrito if you prefer. To start layer a heap of your Lime Rice on the bottom.

Next I like to pile on some black beans.

Then go crazy with the chicken....go on put a little know you want to.

Diced avocado...yes please!

And why not add a little salsa to the top! I'm starving!

This is one of our favorite dinners. The littles thoroughly enjoy it too. They love to customize their own bowls too. And the best part is you can make this for just a few people with leftovers or throw in a couple more chicken breasts and serve a crowd....can you say TACO BAR!!!! You can even throw this over some chips and make nachos!

What's your favorite taco toppings?

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