Monday, June 2, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Thank you so much for all of your encouraging words regarding Friday's post. I'm already enjoying my time off, the girls still have school until next Monday, but the little miss and I have plenty to keep us busy. We were able to grocery shop early this morning, go for a nice walk and watch our first grader and her class perform a cute little play at school this afternoon.

I'm sure I'm not the only one with busy evenings now that summer's starting. We don't have the usual softball schedule this year but we're still finishing up dance lessons right now and rehearsing for the girls' big performance that will take place next weekend. That means multiple trips to the dance studio each night and quick dinners.

That's when I especially love to make use of my crock pot. I threw together this chicken taco mixture last week and it turned out fabulous! The meat was so flavorful, I almost thought it had sort of an enchilada flavor going on. The rest of the family had theirs with flour tortilla shells but I really liked my serving on these large lettuce leaves I've been picking up at our farmers' market. We'll be sick of salads soon but I love taking advantage of all the fresh greens available right now.

Go ahead and use this chicken mixture for tacos, taco salads, nachos, enchiladas, even a Mexican style pizza. I love how versatile it can be and I bet it would be great to freeze. Make up a double batch and store half in the freezer for another meal. I love when I'm able to do that.

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes w/garlic & olive oil
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp chili powder
small handful chopped cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh tomato, bell pepper, lettuce and avocado for topping
tortillas, if desired

Place chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot. Pour all ingredients over top (do not drain tomatoes). Cover and let cook on low for 5-6 hours. Shred chicken and let cook one more hour in the sauce.

When ready to serve, you'll want to drain the chicken a bit. Serve over tortilla shells or using large lettuce leaves like I did. Top with desired toppings.

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