Mexican Food + Versatile Dish = Speakin’ My Language
I could probably eat some variety of Mexican food nearly every day and my heart would be content.
I mean, what’s to hate about a genre of food that pairs exceptionally well with margaritas?
And you know that I loooooove dishes that are versatile (i.e. can be made in bulk and serve the purpose for several different main dishes).
Queso chicken with rice and beans checked all these boxes, plus was super yummy.
I worked off a recipe from Sweet Little Bluebird, changing things up just a touch AND added rice and beans because 1) they are delish and 2) they stretch a dish further, making them go the distance with very little added cost.
For this particular meal I rolled the queso chicken with rice and beans into large flour tortillas, wrapped them individually in foil and warmed them in the oven come dinner time.
The cheese sorta bound everything together so my kids were able to get through the meal without an exceptional mess (even after eating the from the tucked in end to start rather than the cut end). So, that was a secondary win that wasn’t necessarily anticipated.
Other ideas for this dish? Tacos. Quesadillas. Nachos. A salad topper (no additional dressing needed). Or you could even eat it right out of a bowl with a fork…it’s just that good.
And, did I mention simple? The crockpot does 90% of the work!
Queso Chicken with Rice and Beans
- 3 lbs chicken breast
- 1 can original rotel
- 1 can chopped green chilies 8oz
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 jar cheese sauce use your favorite, or whip up some at home
- 1 cup taco/Mexican rice prepared
- 1 can black beans rinsed
- Add all ingredients to crock-pot, minus the cheese sauce, rice and beans
- Cook on low 3-4 hours, until chicken is cooked through and easy to shred
- Drain off most of liquid leaving behind only a couple tablespoons
- Shred chicken
- Add black beans and rice, stir to mix
- Add cheese sauce to cover all ingredients
- Warm through and finish off as your heart desires….burritos, tacos, quesadillas, chicken taco salad, etc.