5.31.2012

Our New Favorite Chicken Tacos

I had such a beautiful afternoon with my almost sister-in-law. I can't wait for her to marry my little brother! We first went to Michael's so I could use up my gift card (Thanks Frugal Girls!)on some baking goodness (and a couple little summer toys for the manchild). Then we hit up the DI for some dishes and textiles. We found some life-sized plastic bald women heads. Always an adventure.

Then my stomach wouldn't stop grumbling....

So we came home and made some tacos together. To be 100% honest, this was the first time I've set out to make tacos without using the packaged taco seasoning. I know. Apparently that's weird in food land? No idea. However, they were fantastic! And oh-so-simple! But did they taste like "plain-chicken-tacos?" Heck no. WAY no.

We've had tacos hundreds of times at our house, so I wasn't really planning on blogging about trying this Rachael Ray recipe today. But there's just something deeply perfect about these "seemingly-boring" tacos - the combination of ingredients is just so healthy and crispy fresh to the point of absolute bliss. All the flavors complimented each other. The avocado was made for Mexican food - having it coupled with juicy tomatoes and the slightly crispy texture of the lettuce and scallions make such an amazing shell-fellow with the moist, tender chicken. After Ryan had one when he got home from work today, he has officially deemed these his favorite - and demanded the "blondie" family to make them with Rachael's recipe from now on.

I guess we've found our new Go-To taco recipe. Taco packet seasoning? We're so over it.

We omitted the "golden raisins" and "Spanish Olives" Rachael listed in her recipe. Very odd.

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Our New Favorite Chicken Tacos
recipe adapted from Classic Rachael Ray, 30 Minute Meals

1 T EVOO
1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 cup tomato puree
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 t chili powder
1 t ground cumin
salt & pepper
8 jumbo corn taco shells

Toppings:
shredded cheese
diced avocado
diced tomato
chopped scallion
shredded lettuce

Heat a big skillet over medium heat, add EVOO, and brown chicken. Add onion and garlic and cook another couple of minutes to soften onion. Dump in tomato puree, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a bubble, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Scoop filling into shells and have everyone add toppings at the table.


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18 comments:

  1. These look so yummy. I'm always looking for new Mexican dishes. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  2. These look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing at SweetTalkin' Sunday!

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  3. I love tacos, I love Chicken, so you are right up my alley. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and I WILL be trying out!

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  4. I love love love taco's! This recipe is going in my favorites right now. Will be trying it out this week! :0)

    I'd love if you'd come share this at my 'camping recipe' link party!

    http://onesweetappetite.com/camping-food-a-list/

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  5. These look delicious, and what beautiful pictures! I will be making this soon! I just hopped over from Church Supper. Thanks!

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  6. We love chicken tacos and this recipe looks amazing!! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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  7. These look incredible thanks for sharing at Bacon Time!

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  8. Yummy! I can't wait to try this! I hope you follow me at www.six-cents.com.

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  9. We love Mexican food at our house. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Can't wait to try this! Looks amazing!

    http://titus2eight.blogspot.com/2012/06/real-titus-2-woman.html

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  11. This looks delicious, I am going to show it off tonight at the Weekend Show Off Party, hope to see you again this week!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  12. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

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  13. That looks so good. I alwys made tacos with beef but will definitely try chicken now!

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  14. Nice use of avocado. It would be super if you linked this post in to Food on Friday Series which is all about avocado this week.

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  15. HELLO THERE- YOU ARE SO TALENTED AND IN COM'S SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT TALENT SHOW TODAY! HURRAY! winks, jen

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  16. We love tacos and Mexican food. This looks like a tasty option for a quick weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

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  17. Omg I want to eat these. Tacos are some of my favorite foods, besides cookies :)

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