Why haven’t I made these before?! Everyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I’m a sucker for convenience and speed. We are so busy around my house, with two parents working outside the home, extra-curricular activities, a menagerie of animals to care for, and basic ranch upkeep, that as much as I would love to be able to make home cooked meals every single day, it just doesn’t happen that often. Not that we don’t cook, because we do, we’re just assisted with a frozen dish, boxed, or canned goods to get the job done. Don’t judge. Anyway, I’m always looking for recipes and solutions that help me make something a little more wholesome for the family while still fitting in with my daily time crunch and of course budget restrictions. Today I’ve come across a real jem. I know some of you may have seen similar recipes floating around the net, because hey, let’s be honest, I don’t exactly have the time to create brand new recipes from scratch, and there’s really no reason to re-invent the wheel. For those of you who haven’t tried this yet, I wanted to share one of my new family fave’s – my variation of Crockpot Chicken Tacos.
Here’s what you need:
3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (I used frozen because I always have some of those on hand, but fresh would work too if you’re really ambitious)
1 – 16 oz. jar of salsa (whatever kind you like is fine – we had Pace Mild in the pantry already so that’s what we used)
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
Tortillas or Taco Shells and sour cream, cheese, olives, cilantro, or any toppings that your family likes. What you use is really up to you and can be tailored to your families tastes.
All you have to do is put the chicken breasts in your crockpot (frozen is fine), dump the jar of salsa and the packet of taco seasoning on top and turn it on. I put mine on warm for 9 hours because I work all day, but you could also cook them on high for about 4 hours and get the job done. It really doesn’t get easier than that!
We always have tortillas on hand because my husband and son use them for sandwiches instead of bread all the time. Sour cream is pretty common too, and taco seasoning because tacos are a pretty common go-to at my house. If your household is anything like mine, you probably have at least ½ the stuff you need to make these one hand at any given time and that’s part of what makes these tacos an awesome, healthy, budget friendly option for a great family meal. These would also be great for a party or potluck since they’re simple, not overly common, and everyone could top their tacos to their liking.
These turned out awesome! I must say I was pretty proud of myself, and there are plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow which is always an added bonus. Next time I think I’m going to try a Verde salsa and see how that turns out.
What’s your favorite easy and cost effective crock pot creation? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!