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October 4th AKA National Taco Day

I’ve come to learn that there is a lot going on as part of “National Day of _____”. It’s actually quite comical to read through the lists of stuff “celebrated” each day or month of the year. Some of it I can’t help but wonder who was in charge of making it up. I’d also like to know what the process is to get something added to the list. Regardless of how it all comes to be, tomorrow is National Taco Day. Without question, this is something I can get on board with!

Mexican food is my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love food in general BUT not all food love is created equal. There’s a unique gravitation toward Mexican food whenever I get a chance (my husband doesn’t even ask what I want when we venture for a meal out – it goes without saying – drive me to one of the three locally owned Mexican food places in town that are my favorite and my heart stomach will be content).

So, in honor of National Taco Day I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite make at home taco recipes. As per usual, these are simple and delicious. And, in case you needed any further convincing, the meat can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge OR freezer!

National Taco Day: Chicken Tacos Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast (1.5 lbs)
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup salsa (whatever is your favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • Corn tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced avocado, tomato

National Taco Day: Chicken Tacos Instructions

  1. Put first six ingredients in crock-pot
  2. Set to low and walk away…for about 4-5 hrs
  3. When chicken is tender, and easily shred-able, shred chicken and return to crock pot
  4. Reduce heat to warm
  5. Prepare toppings
  6. Warm tortillas
  7. Assemble & enjoy

A couple suggestions

Double or triple the ingredients for the chicken taco filling and freeze leftovers. If you’re going to make a mess of the crock-pot you may as well get another meal or two in the freezer for another time.

I’ve found that corn tortillas tend to split and fall apart when they aren’t warm (plus they don’t taste as good when they’re cool). This can make problems for assembling several tacos at once. Inevitably a taco or two are going to fall apart before you can get to them. We assemble our tacos at the table and use a tortilla warmer/keeper to side-step the corn tortillas falling apart scenario.

The tortilla warmer/keeper I own is inexpensive, simple and non-breakable. Microwave (but not oven) and dishwasher safe. It definitely serves it’s purpose and we get a lot of use out of it (hint: you can keep waffles, pancakes and other goodies warm as well…it’s multi-functional). Norpro Tortilla Keeper.

There are some other options that would make for a beautiful table presentation – and they’re oven safe as well:
Terra Cotta Tortilla Warmer by Fox Run
Ceramic Tortilla Warmer by RSVP

I can’t decide which I love most…the terra cotta or red ceramic!

How will you be celebrating National Taco Day?

(Psst – tomorrow is also National Vodka Day…maybe that’s more up your alley? Tell us how you’re celebrating!)

 

 

Taco Photo Credit: dolvita108 on Pixabay
Salsa Photo Credit: remcoosculiflowers on Pixabay

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