Crock Pot Chicken Tacos + Homemade Taco Seasoning

Good morning! :-D

I hadn’t planned to blog this morning, but I couldn’t sleep in any. I was going to try sleeping in until…get this…6:30am! I know, what an exciting life I lead. Yesterday’s commutes were much better than expected and I was in the car just under 3 hours all day. That sounds insane, but considering the mileage and the snow, that’s not bad at all!! When I expect the worst, I end up early…go figure ;)

Last night was another successful class. We talked about carbohydrates and the dangers of low-carb diets. I think I have them all convinced that carbs are good…especially the ones that contain fiber and are healthiest! :-D I feel like they are so engaged and interested in the topics we talk about, it really makes for a fun, engaging class. I hope they feel the same way, ha!

So yes, I couldn’t sleep in but maybe that’s because I was so anxious to share a new crock pot recipe with you all! As I had planned, the old crock has been getting some use and the results have been scrumptious! Not always pretty, but healthy and good! ;) Oh, and time-efficient, too!!

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Homemade Taco Seasoning from Sweet Life Kitchen as seen on Bean Town Baker

3 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp black pepper

Directions:

Mix it all together! The mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to a year! 2 1/2 tablespoons = 1 store-bought packet.

 

Crockpot Chicken Tacos from Sweet Life Kitchen as seen on Bean Town Baker

2 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix (recipe above) or 1 packet of store-bought
15 oz low-sodium chicken broth
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes and liquid
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 Tbsp adobo sauce
Your favorite taco fixins (lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc.)*

Directions:

In a large bowl or measuring cup pour the chicken broth in, and use a fork to whisk in the taco seasoning mixture.

Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Open the diced tomato can and pour all contents over the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay the chicken breasts on top of the tomatoes and pour the broth, seasoning, and adobo peppers and sauce over that. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-10 hours. The chicken should fork apart easily in the crock pot. Serve. Yield: 5 servings (4-ounces each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 146 calories; 2.8 g. fat; 65 mg. sodium; 460 mg. sodium; 5.8 g. carbohydrate; 1.6 g. fiber; 24.2 g. protein

Result: Ohhh my goodness! These were OUT of this world! Personally, I think the chipotle peppers in the adobo sauce are what made this taco meat so flavorful, but I’m probably a little biased since I made that addition to the original recipe. There is plenty of liquid to let this cook as long as you need to without drying out, and the meat just flakes apart with the touch of a fork. Reheats beautifully, too! *Nutrition information is for the meat only – tortilla and taco fixin’s are not accounted for. Enjoy!

Question: Hard shell or soft shell tacos?

I always do soft corn shells…so much flavor and healthier, too!

I’m off to work and then leaving for Chicago! My 15-hour work day yesterday more than makes up for a 3-day relaxing weekend with my family!! :-D Cannot wait!! I also can’t wait to get in a good workout…my last workout was shoveling on Tuesday. My parent’s gym will be seeing plenty of me!

“See” you in the Windy City!

Comments

  1. says

    Your commute sounds like mine! Sending long commute sympathy! :-) I love love crockpot recipes – these tacos sound SO good!!! YUM!!! Thank you for the awesome recipe – absolutely can’t wait to fix these!!!

    P.S. High five for healthy carbs! ;-)

  2. says

    I made your White Chicken Chili the other day with some of my own substitutions and it was SO GOOD! We’ve already made it three times in the past 2 weeks! Thanks. :-)

  3. says

    Haha you and i are so alike. I only dream about sleeping in until 6:30. It never happens. Sigh.

    Carbs rule! Especially good-for-you ones. Thanks for spreading the word.

    Mmm crock pot chicken tacos look delicious! Must have been so moist and delicious.

  4. says

    Homemade taco seasoning?! Great idea! I like the soft shelled tacos too, btw, so much more taste and of course they come in whole wheat varieties, so like you said, healthier. Good to hear you are convincing your students that low carb is NOT good! They need to hear that from a respected RD.

    Have a great time in Chicago! Shoveling is a heck of a workout, but it’s always nice to have a great gym to go to while traveling!

  5. says

    I prefer soft corn tortillas, too, but my husband likes the flour (I think because they’re bigger) so our dinner table usually has a mix. I’m a huge taco fan, so you have me craving it majorly and it’s only 8:45 am. This can’t be good.

  6. says

    Low carb diets = yuck…and so many college students are brainwashed that they’re the perfect weight loss solution. I think everyone could really use a nutrition class!

    That taco mix would really, really come in handy. I just whipped up some spice mixes, and they really come in handy when you want to save some time.

  7. says

    Its like you read my mind…been thinking and researching recipes to make my own taco seasoning…lol I will DEF give this one a try. have you ever tried popping your boneless , skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot frozen for recipes? I do…works out great…a real time savor AND they don’t dry out as much if you leave the crockpot go all day!!

    I posted a crockpot soup recipe today you will have to try. OMG..it was so good, and super easy! WW friendly too, as always! http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/2011/01/crockpot-tuscan-sausage-and-bean-soup.html

    Safe travels to Chi town and enjoy your three day weekend!

  8. says

    Depends on my mood for the shells. If I want something crunchy I go hard shells. If you keep shoveling you’ll get use to it and you’ll save money not putting gas in the snowblower :)

  9. says

    3 hours in the car? I’m glad you thought that was short but I know I couldn’t do it!

    that class sounds like so much fun! I’m glad they are engaged and learning about PROPER nutrition!! Love it!! and I’m jealous of that job ;)

    LOvely dish you made as well! I prefer flour tortillas personally!

  10. says

    I’m going to make home made taco seasoning next time instead of buying it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. As for hard or soft shells, hard shells are soooo good, but soft are healthier, so I have to say soft right now. And somehow fish tacos would just be wrong in hard shells…..so all that said, my vote is for soft. (that was a long ramble to get there, wasn’t it??? sorry…)

  11. says

    I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying your class so much, Nicole! I bet your students are having a fantastic time and learning a lot too! Mmmm, this looks like a great meal! There’s nothing like coming home to a crockpot with a delicious dinner waiting!

  12. says

    Welcome home! Hope you have a safe trip. I make that same taco seasoning as I found on Bean Town Baker – yum! So much cheaper than store bought and you can control the salt.

    Crispy, crunchy tacos all the way!

  13. says

    Have a nice long weekend. So glad your class is going well. This week my students are moving into proteins. We just finished fats. What textbook are you using? just curious

    Soft taco shells, but, now that Ryan bought me a taco shell maker, I may try my own out. It clamps the tortilla in the shape of the hard shell and holds it that way while you fry it. I also got a tortilla press, so either way, I need to start making some tortillas.

  14. says

    I prefer soft myself. Hard is hard to eat!

    I love it when nutritionists say “carb is your friend.” It’s just so refreshing to hear in this carb-phobic society.

  15. JMc says

    I love hard shell….finding a non GMO(that’s another story). We also use a corn soft tortilla. NEVER flour or whole wheat since I have a son with Celiac Disease. Certainly have learned the dangers we all face when eating wheat. I like carbs but I also think some of the healthiest people I’ve ever met are grain free folks who crossfit. There’s no denying it after you see the difference. Luckily, I don’t have to be grain free so I can eat GF carbs and enjoy them. This recipe sounds lovely…can’t wait to try it!

  16. Holly says

    This was delicious! 20 minutes to prep and so flavorful. My husband informed me that I can make this once a week! Thanks for another great recipe.

  17. Summer says

    I’m a new follower, and I absolutely love your blog. I made these tacos for dinner last night, and everyone loved them. They literally fell apart out of the crock pot. So good! Thanks :-)

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