Personally, tacos are my favorite food. Well, my second favorite food. Spaghetti with meat sauce is my favorite food, but tacos are way easier to make…at least the Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco recipe is…I mean it’s right there in the name!
Anyway, I came up with this idea after eating some really tasty chicken tacos at a holiday party last year. The best part is that they were in a slow cooker!
So, I researched a few recipes and put together my own version of chicken tacos. One of the things I love about slow cookers is that they don’t heat up the house, so feel free to make this any time during the year. The only thing it requires is time.
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Tips:
Use frozen chicken.
Re-season the chicken once it’s done. It will probably be a bit bland. That’s why I suggest two (or one and a half) packets of taco seasoning.
Have both crunchy and soft tortillas for this dish. It’s great either way!
I’m always looking new recipes to include in my repertoire. My husband is a super picky eater. He doesn’t like mashed potatoes or rice. How can you not like rice? Anyway, you can see how challenging it is to find something we both like, much less is healthy.
So, when got the opportunity from Crowdtap to host a Hidden Valley Ranch party, I was so happy. He loves Ranch Dressing!
The party came with a few recipes. We tried out the grilled chicken, but I modified it a bit. We don’t have a grill and all I had in the house was some frozen pre-cooked chicken breasts. So, I grabbed an oven safe dish, doused the chicken in the olive oil, lime juice, and Ranch Dressing and put it in the oven.
He loved it! It smelled wonderful while cooking too. I served the chicken with some refrigerator biscuits. I think next time I will cut down on the olive oil. The recipe is meant to just marinate the chicken, not cook it in the mixture.
My friends loved it too. We ate chicken and biscuits, drank wine and laughed about silly things that happen in the kitchen…like my plumbing fiasco a few weeks ago. It’s gross. Don’t ask. One of my friends said she had never used a packet of Ranch Dressing before. She only had dressing from a bottle. I remember a time before the dressing came pre-made. You could buy a special carafe to make it in with a Hidden Valley logo on it. When it finally was sold already made in the stores, it changed food as we know it. Ranch dressing was no longer relegated to special events. It could be had every day.
So, I asked my friends what other recipes or foods would be good with a Ranch Dressing boost. See the notes above. What do you think would be good with a packet of Ranch Dressing in the recipe?
What should I have for lunch? This question plagues us all year long, but summertime lunches should be light and easy to make. I tend to crave salads or sandwiches, so I tracked down some yummy recipes to share.
Summertime lunch recipe #1 German potato salad.
Ok, yes, I know German potato salad is warm, but this one has bacon in it and it looks so delightful that I had to share it.
Summertime lunch recipe #2 Caribbean Salad with Sweet Orange Vinaigrette
Finding a salad without tomatoes is a challenge. I love them, but can’t eat them. This is a yummy recipe without tomatoes, but chock full of other good veggies. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good homemade dressing?
You know those chickens pre-roasted and for sale near the deli in most large grocery stores? This recipe uses that stuff in five different ways.
Summertime lunch recipe #4 Chinese Cabbage Salad
The dressing alone on this salad makes it worth trying. I’m a big fan of dressing. Hooray for peanut butter!
Summertime lunch recipe #6 No Mayo Avocado Chicken Salad
Finally, we have a recipe I featured on the blog not too long ago, but I love it so much that I have to share it again. If you love avocado, this is the sandwich for you. Many of the spices and nuts can be switched out for whatever you have in your cabinet or whatever you like.
Do you have a recipe you’d like me to share? Post a link in the comments and I’ll check it out.
About 12 years ago, my sister concocted a recipe for chicken salad without mayonnaise. That’s right. For those of us who dislike mayo, there is a better alternative. Maybe this is paleo, maybe this is gluten-free, but Brenda threw together this recipe from things in her pantry before those buzzwords were all over social media and before social media.
What’s the mayonnaise replacement? Avocado. Holy crap this is one great sandwich.
Even before Homer Simpson was a thing, or in LEGO form, I loved donuts. Did you know that there is a National Donut Day? The great thing about being an adult is that Donut Day is whenever I want it to be. Continue reading →
Every Thursday in our home is pizza night. We don’t always order the exact same thing, but we do have some favorite pizza toppings. We mix it up once in a while. My husband, however, is a picky eater, so we don’t get too crazy. We do have the Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Papa John’s once in a while, but mostly we get pepperoni. Continue reading →
Unless you’re from northern California, odds are you have no idea what I’m talking about and that’s sad.
I’m talking about the IT’S-IT ice cream sandwich…well, it’s the best ice cream sandwich,ever.
I’ve driven past the factory in the Bay Area and you can smell the oatmeal cookies baking. Oh the cookies!
Add to that a big old scoop of ice cream. My favorite was chocolate, but that was elusive. Vanilla was the most common and so was mint for some reason. Cappuccino was the back up for the chocolate. Continue reading →
If you are looking for a relatively easy and extremely delicious homemade brownies recipe, look no further. I found this recipe many, many years ago in the San Francisco Chronicle. Seriously, this was before the internet was a thing. Luckily, my mom cut it out and has copied it out for both me and my sister to use. Continue reading →