Crockpot Fiesta Ranch Chicken Tacos (THM E)
I love meals that you can spend 5 minutes prepping and then forget about for a few hours. Whether you have a busy afternoon schedule, work all day, or just don't want to give dinner all your effort, this meal is perfect for you.
The Crock-Pot pulls all the heavy duty - all you have to do is pile the ingredients in, set it, and forget it.
These tacos are seasoned with homemade dry ranch seasoning mix - don't be intimidated, it's SUPER easy to make at home! Added bonus? No sugar, dairy, or other additives like the stuff off the shelf. Then I spiced it up a little with some smoky paprika, cumin, and chili powder which lend flavor and spice but not heat (perfect for the kiddos!). The chicken simmers together with the spices, tomatoes, chiles, and onions until it's fork tender, juicy, and delicious.
[I mean, just look at that beauty! Tender, juicy chicken spiced to perfection and piled on warm, slightly crispy corn tortillas. Come. To. Momma.]
I chose to use gluten free corn tortillas as my wrappers. I was able to find Mission corn tortillas that were gluten free and THM compliant at my local Sprouts. If you have trouble finding them, these Del Campo Soft Corn Tortillas are similar in nutrition to Mission brand. Make sure that with any corn tortillas you always heat them gently in a dry skillet before using them - it enhances their flavor and helps draw out moisture so that they don't turn to mush.
As far as toppings go, use any E-friendly toppings you wish: fat free sour cream, red or green salsa, hot sauce, lettuce, lime, tomatoes, scallions, radishes, or a light sprinkle of part skim mozzarella cheese. I squeezed lime over mine and it gave the tacos a nice zing of freshness.
This recipe makes a fairly large amount, so it's perfect for a big family or a make-ahead meal for the week. This chicken would make a perfect salad topper as a rollover meal during the week - perfect for lunches or a quick-fix dinner.
My kids especially loved this meal! My daughter said multiple times, "These are the best tacos EVER," and she's in a bit of a picky phase. ^_~