The marathon kitchen project continues (we only have about 700 coats of polyurethane left to put on the cabinet doors), so yesterday I turned to my trusty Crock Pot. I tend to get away from using the Crock Pot when the weather warms up, but this dish is good any time of year. I would bet, too, that you can get some of the pickiest eaters to enjoy this.
I’ve heard several variations of this slow cooker recipe. A friend of mine made it with just a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a packet of taco seasoning and a can of tomatoes. I saw one in my Pillsbury cookbook, “Fast Slow Cooker” that expanded on that idea, including some canned green chilies and extra seasonings. I cobbled the two ideas together in my mind and came up with my own recipe. One thing I liked about it was the fresh Anaheim pepper. I think canned green chilies are too expensive, and in a Crock Pot dish, the fresh pepper is going to cook down to the consistency of a canned product anyway.
See the recipe, below:
Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (alternatively, use bone-in meat, then pick out the bones and skim off excess grease before serving. You can use bone-in split breasts or thighs)
1 large Anaheim pepper, stem removed, seeded, chopped (alternatively, use one can diced green chilies)
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning (alternatively, use a blend of your own spices, such as cumin, chili powder, coriander)
Hot sauce, to taste
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
Place everything except the cilantro and hot sauce in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the chicken has fallen apart completely and blends together with all of the other ingredients. Add hot sauce to taste and stir in cilantro (Note: I did not have a lime, but if I’d had one, I would have squeezed the juice from about 1/2 lime in when I added the cilantro).
Serve in soft taco shells. Top with any or all of the following: shredded cheese, salsa, chopped fresh tomato, lettuce, hot sauce, sour cream.