Thursday, December 20, 2012

slow cooker ranch chicken tacos

as my schedule gets busier and the weather gets colder, i'm falling more and more in love with my slow cooker.

i saw a recipe like this floating around pinterest using a packet of ranch dressing mix, a packet of taco seasoning, and chicken broth. while i'm not big into pre-packaged seasonings, i am into the awesome seasoning blends i have from our farmer's market, and i happened to have both a ranch blend and a taco blend in our pantry. if you don't have anything like that around the house, no worries -- just use the grocery store packets, or make your own blends at home! (here's a good recipe for taco seasoning; here's one for ranch!)

the chicken is awesome on its own, but put it in a tortilla with spicy smashed black beans, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and ranch dressing? well, duh.

slow cooker ranch chicken tacos
makes 6 tacos

you'll need:
1 lb. chicken breasts
3 tablespoons taco seasoning
3 tablespoons ranch dressing mix
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon butter
6 tortillas (as you can see from the photo, i used a southwestern-style tortilla from our grocery store, but use whatever you like!)
whatever you'd like to garnish with (i did a little shredded pepper jack, sliced jalapenos, and a drizzle of ranch dressing)

place chicken breasts in your slow cooker and pour taco seasoning, ranch mix, and chicken broth on top. mix. cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

when chicken is done, remove from slow cooker, along with a little of the broth, into a bowl and shred with two forks. set aside.

in a small bowl, mash black beans, cumin, and chili powder. (alternatively, you can buy refried black beans in a can and skip the mashing step!)

heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. fill tortillas with beans, chicken, and whatever else you're using, and fold. cook tacos in skillet until a bit browned and crispy on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

we were kind of obsessed with these tacos. hope y'all enjoy!


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