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January 26, 2010

Ground Chicken Tacos

Ground Chicken Tacos

I love Mexican food! Seriously I think I could eat Mexican every day and be perfectly content with that fate. Jamison on the other hand isn't a fan. On Sunday I made him take me to have Mexican after church and he grinned and bared it like a champ. I don't usually drag him for Mexican, but sometimes you just want what you want! I couldn't help but tease him that my next husband was going to have to love Mexican food. Bless his heart for putting up with me! ;oP

When I make Mexican inspired dishes at home I like to lighten them up a bit. This version of tacos takes ground chicken and makes a really satisfying alternative to your basic taco. Top them the way you like and voila!...You've got a really great weeknight Mexican dinner that really his the spot!

What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 pound of ground chicken
A pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of ground chipolte chile powder
1 cup of water

Saute onions and pepper in a little extra virgin olive oil until slightly tender. Add ground chicken, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper and cook until chicken is done through:

Ground Chicken Tacos: Meat, Onions and Peppers

Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix:

Ground Chicken Tacos: Ready to Simmer

Bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until water is absorbed and mixture thickens slightly:

Ground Chicken Tacos: Ready to Make Tacos

Serve in hard of soft taco shells with cheese, tomatoes, avocado, etc.

Ground Chicken Tacos

Notes: This makes a great topping for nachos too! Also this process works with any ground meat.

Posted by Dianne at January 26, 2010 12:39 PM

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Comments

They look great! I had to laugh because while the chicken part is "ligher" the avocado and sour cream isn't. But what's a taco with those two?
~ingrid

Posted by: ingrid at January 26, 2010 10:21 PM

These look really good. I've never made tacos with ground chicken before, but I bet it would be good.

Posted by: Teri @ Make A Whisk at January 26, 2010 11:04 PM

I love ground chicken! It's so versatile.

Posted by: Dianne at January 27, 2010 9:26 AM

Oh and the sour cream and avocado do add fat, true. I use light sour cream and I don't worry so much about the avocado since it is heart healthy. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at January 27, 2010 9:31 AM

I've been using ground chicken and turkey for some time now. So much better the hamgerger. I do notice that the chicken does not absorb liquid as well as the beef or turkey, so I just cut back on the amount I use.

Posted by: Shannon at August 4, 2010 3:31 PM

I've been using ground chicken and turkey for some time now. So much better the hamburger. I do notice that the chicken does not absorb liquid as well as the beef or turkey, so I just cut back on the amount I use. That is if your like me and still use the cheat season packs :~)

Posted by: Shannon at August 4, 2010 3:33 PM

I've been using ground chicken and turkey for some time now. So much better than hamburger. I do notice that the chicken does not absorb liquid as well as the beef or turkey, so I just cut back on the amount I use. That is if your like me and still use the cheat season packs :~)

Posted by: Shannon at August 4, 2010 3:35 PM

I stopped using the packets because they had too much sodium in them. I love Mexican food though!

Posted by: Dianne at September 22, 2010 11:00 AM

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