Happy Cinco de Mayo!
We’re having a rainy stupid sick Cinco de Mayo here in South Florida. Blake had quite the run last week and was home sick the entire week with the adenovirus. Luckily his doctor is awesome and knew it was the adenovirus before the test results came back confirming it. Last week was filled with stupid fevers of 104 that lasted six days. Stupid pink eye. Stupid upset tummy’s. Stupid horrible congestion. Stupid super sore throats and stupid adenovirus.
The good news is Mr. Blake is feeling a whole lot better now and is back at daycare. The stupid news is – now Mom & Dad have it and are home sick…pink eye and all.
So in honor of this stupid virus – which the news just declared there is an “outbreak” of in South Florida – I’ve decided to make stupidly simple chicken tacos for Cinco de Mayo dinner. They’re stupid delicious and so stupidly easy I’m going to throw it all in the crockpot and then put my sick self back in bed. There won’t be any Cinco de Mayo celebrations for our household this year but at least we can say we had tacos! Ole!
Stupid Chicken Tacos (because they’re so easy to make it’s stupid!)
- 4-6 bonesless chicken breasts
- 1 can mild green enchilada sauce
- 1.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 4oz onion & chive cream cheese
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- 1 small yellow onion sliced thin
- 1 green, yellow or red pepper sliced
- 1 packet taco seasoning (I make my own taco seasoning to avoid the MSG in the prepackaged stuff…recipe is below)
Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot and mix until well combined. Add the chicken breasts and mix around so they are well covered.
Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours.
When you have only one hour or so left of cooking, the chicken breasts should be super tender and falling apart. Use two forks to gently shred the chicken, return to the sauce and let finish cooking for the last hour.
I like to serve these in soft white corn tortillas.
Top them with your favorites: guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese etc.
To add some variety to the recipe you can also toss into the crockpot: your favorite beans, corn, fresh cilantro (only use a little, that stuff has some power!).
This is also a great freezer meal. You can combine all the ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag and toss it in the crockpot at a later time.
A few people have asked which slow cooker I use. I have the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker and I love it. It’s pretty inexpensive and I love that you can lock it and bring it with you and it won’t spill or leak. It’s actually on sale on Amazon right now:
Homemade taco seasoning:
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (add more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika