“Back to the Dinner Table” is this month’s Recipe Redux theme since many of us are headed back to school in August. We are all getting back into a routine after the “lazy” days of summer so we were challenged with sharing our favorite recipe that gets our family back to the dinner table.
Of course we love this theme as it is right up our alley! Menu planning and getting the family together around the dinner table go hand in hand. And while we firmly believe that menu planning is a year-round endeavor (I’d be crazy lost without it), we know that not everyone is as structured as we are when it comes to planning out dinners and getting everyone together most nights.
Lesley and I went back and forth about some of our family’s favorite recipes. The one that stood out was one we shared in our July menu plans, Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken. All five of our combined children and both husband’s love this recipe. And we love it for the following reasons:
It is super easy and can be quickly thrown together in the morning so that dinner time is a breeze.
This recipe makes a lot, which is perfect for leftovers and it freezes really well.
It is very versatile – it can be eaten as a taco or burrito filling or over rice. It would also make a great potato stuffing for another creative way to eat it so your family will hardly notice they are eating leftovers.
Put the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, salt and pepper to the slow cooker and stir well to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, remove the chicken breasts and add the beans and corn to the slow cooker. Shred the chicken with 2 forks then stir back into the slow cooker. Continue cooking on low until heated through. Right before serving, stir in the cilantro.
Serve with tortillas or over rice with guacamole or sour cream.
Chef’s Note: Want to add some kick? Stir in some cayenne pepper or Chipotle chili powder at the end of the cooking time.
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1 g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 22g7%
Dietary Fiber 7g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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