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Fresco Chicken Tacos

Fresco Chicken Tacos are light, filling, and delicious! Chicken is marinated in a citrus blend, grilled, and served in a warm corn tortilla with a scoop of pico de gallo.

What’s my favorite food in the entire world… TACOS! I mean savory over sweet always for me. These Fresco Tacos are so easy to make, you could grill the chicken or cook it in a cast-iron skillet. If you haven’t yet I highly recommend you get a cast iron grill pan, pretty much gives the bbq taste from your stovetop! I use mine all the time!

So when it comes to tacos there is no wrong way to eat them. Fresco tacos are lighter than most tacos and topped with Pico de Gallo. If your looking to save time you can always purchase a premade pico de gallo, I’ve seen it in just about every grocery store. For the chicken I used thighs, however, the breast will work great too! You could always add more toppings like cheese, lettuce, and avocado if you fancy!

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Yield: 6 servings

Fresco Chicken Tacos

Fresco Chicken Tacos

Fresco Chicken Tacos are light, filling, and delicious! Chicken is marinated in a citrus blend, grilled, and served in a warm corn tortilla with a scoop of pico de gallo.

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Chicken and Marinade

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste (I used about a 1/2 tsp)

For the Tacos

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • pico de gallo
  • limes, for serving
  • shredded cheese, for serving
  • avocado, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large ziplock bag or glass bowl combine marinade ingredients. Place the chicken in the marinade, seal or cover and let marinate in the fridge for 2+ hours.
  2. Brush your grill with oil and preheat it to medium-high heat.
  3. Place chicken on the grill and let cook 6-8 minutes per side, or until done, discard the marinade.
  4. Let chicken rest 5 minutes. Chop chicken into bite-size pieces.
  5. Serve in warm corn tortillas with pico de gallo and desired toppings. Enjoy!

Chicken tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

These shredded chicken tacos are nothing short of amazing! Juicy shredded chicken wrapped in a warm tortilla and topped with all your favorites!

We all love 30-minute meals that taste like you spent hours on! These shredded chicken tacos are a family favorite. Taco night is everyone’s favorite. When I am short on time this is usually my go-to meal. I will never be one to turn down tacos. They are and will always be my favorite food!

Each bite of this chicken is saucy and delicious.

How to make Shredded Chicken Tacos

  • Lightly sauté your onions and garlic in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
  • Pat your chicken dry and season both sided with salt and pepper. Move garlic and onions to sides of the pot and place your chicken in browning each side for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and pour salsa, chicken broth, adobo sauce, and lime juice over your chicken breast. Stir combining all ingredients. Cover and simmer chicken for 15-20 minutes, flipping chicken after 5 minutes. 
  • When chicken is cool enough to handle shred chicken into bite-size pieces with 2 forks. Cook chicken in the sauce for 7-10 minutes. 
  • Serve chicken into the center of each warm tortilla, and top with your favorites. We enjoy pickled onion, queso fresco, and avocado chunks. 

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Yield: 5 people

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos

These shredded chicken tacos are nothing short of amazing! Juicy shredded chicken wrapped in a warm tortilla and topped with all your favorites!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 onion sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12-ounce jar salsa, I used double roasted from trader Joe's
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce, from can
  • 1 lime, juice of

Instructions

    1. Lightly sauté your onions and garlic in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. 
    2. Pat your chicken dry and season both sided with salt and pepper. Move garlic and onions to sides of the pot and place your chicken browning each side for 1-2 minutes. 
    3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour salsa, chicken broth, adobo sauce, and lime juice over your chicken breast. Stir combining all ingredients. Cover and simmer chicken for 15-20 minutes, flipping chicken after 5 minutes. 
    4. When chicken is cool enough to handle shred chicken into bite-size pieces with 2 forks. Cook chicken in the sauce for 7-10 minutes. 
    5. Serve chicken into the center of each warm tortilla, and top with your favorites. We enjoy pickled onion, queso fresco, and avocado chunks. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

These Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with a tangy cream make for a perfect vegetarian meal. 

Tacos, there is nothing I love more than tacos! I mean any kind, seriously! Let’s talk about Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with tangy Ciltrao Lime crema. What a better day then Tuesday to talk tacos. We eat lots of tacos around here they are easy to make and always delicious. Toppings have an endless possibility and they never disappoint.

Give me all the cauliflower

It really is such a versatile vegetable, have you had my Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Bacon, Cauliflower Pizza Crust, or Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese Soup? Such delicious ways to eat cauliflower. So it was just a matter of time before I brought you these amazing Roasted Cauliflower tacos! Taco seasoned cauliflower, warm corn tortillas, and tangy crema is a match made in heaven. 

How to make Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

This one speaks for itself guys, roast your cauliflower coated in taco seasoning. While that is happing get your topping ready here are a few of our favorites.

  • shredded cabbage
  • onions and cilantro
  • tangy Cilantro lime crema
  • salsa
  • avocado slices

Tangy Cilantro Lime Crema

Are you ready to take these tacos to the next level, great, then make this! Blend together, greek yogurt, sour cream, cilantro leaves, lime juice, garlic, avocado, and water for the smoothest most delicious sauce. It completes the tacos so well, you might even want to dunk your tacos in it! 

 

Yield: serves 5

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

These Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with a tangy cream make for a perfect vegetarian meal. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets 
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • tortillas
  • cilantro and onion, finely diced
  • shredded cabbage
  • avocado slices

Tangy Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl toss the cauliflower florets, taco seasoning, and olive oil. Spread cauliflower out on a large baking sheet.
  3. Bake cauliflower on center rack for 25 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender with crisp edges.
  4. Prepare tangy cilantro-lime crema by placing all ingredients into a small blender or food processor. Blend till smooth and creamy.
  5. Warm tortillas and prepare toppings
  6. Add the roasted cauliflower to the tortillas and top with your favorite toppings. Drizzle with the crema, serve immediately. Enjoy!

Authentic Carne Asada ( Easy & Delicious)

This Authentic Carne Asada is packed with flavor. Marinated and grilled to tender perfection you will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Being able to travel to Mexico many times, I have had my share of some pretty amazing carne asada. Honestly, there is no ‘true’ Authentic Carne Asada recipe, in fact, I have had so many variations even in Mexico! This recipe I created is tired and true, it is a FAMILY FAVORITE and will keep everyone coming back for seconds!

Growing up in southern California we are pretty accustomed to some of the very best Mexican food on the planet! Great Mexican food is full of so many fresh ingredients, herbs, and flavorful spices.

Since being put on a ‘stay at home’ order I feel like I’ve been cooking meals non-stop. Three meals a day means way too many dishes, I’m starting to cringe at the thought of more dishes. So this week I am trying to simplify things around here, I am making enough of Authentic Carne Asada for 3 meals. No, not the same meal we will use it for tacos, quesadillas, and nachos!

What cut of steak to use

I prefer flank steak however skirt steak works great. You do not want your flank steak to thick, I always cut mine down the middle for a thinner slice of meat. Don’t worry about finding a more expensive cut of meat, you will thinly slice and dice this up for your tacos, nachos, and burritos. 

Carne Asada Marinade 

Simple ingredients

  • lime juice
  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • jalepeño, seeded
  • spices (chili powder, cumin, oregano)
  • avocado oil
  • apple cider vinegar 
  • salt and pepper  

How to make carne asada

Start by placing all your marinade ingredients into your food processor. Process till cilantro, jalepeño, and garlic is broken down about 1 minute. I find processing them really gives the steak so much more flavor than just whisking ingredients together. Marinate for 1-4 hours in the refrigerator.

Once your steak has marinated go ahead and heat your grill or cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat. Grill each side for 6-8 minutes. You’ll want that nice char on the outside that offers Carne Asada so much flavor. Let the meat REST at least five minutes before slicing. If you like more rare meat adjust the time to your personal preference. 

Thinly slice your meat against the grain and from there you can cube it up into the perfect bite-size pieces.

Making tacos, do not forget to serve it up with some delicious Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Cashew Cream!

Yield: 8

Authentic Carne Asada

Authentic Carne Asada
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs flank steak
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon, juice of (3 tbsps)
  • 1 orange, juice of (1/4 cup)
  • 3 limes, juice of (4 tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, packed 
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all your ingredients into a food processor. Process till cilantro, jalepeño, and garlic are broked down about 1 minute.
  2. Add steak to a glass baking tray and pour marinade on top. Make sure both sides are well coated. Cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to marinate for 1-4 hours.
  3. Heat your grill or cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat. Grill each side fo steak for 6-8 minutes, creating a nice char on the outside. If you prefer a more rare steak adjust time as need be.
  4. Let meat rest a minimum of 5 minutes before slicing against the grain. Enjoy!

 

 

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a Mexican salsa made of fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime. It is the ultimate topper to your nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and tacos! Best of all its always delicious with some tortilla chips! It is so versatile and tastes great on so many dishes!

Pico de Galo

 Growing up with a Mexican mother I was absolutely spoiled with some of the best authentic Mexican food! Pico de Gallo is an easy salsa and tastes great on just about anything, it is also great as a lower calorie salad dressing replacement! Currently, I am eating it with tortilla chips as I type and get crumbs all over myself, ha!

Storing it is easy and one of my favorite ways to do so is in a wreck jar, it will last 3-4 days in the fridge. This week, in particular, we are having lots of Mexican dishes. I made 3lbs of Authentic Carne Asada for some tacos, fajita quesadillas, and some nachos of course! And guess what?! They will all be topped with this insanely delicious Pico de Gallo! 

How do you make pico de gallo

  1. Dice tomatoes, onion, and cilantro and place in a bowl.
  2. Squeeze in your fresh lime and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Serve with some tortilla chips or on some of your favorite Mexican dishes!

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Yield: 6

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a Mexican salsa made of fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and lime. It is the ultimate topper to your nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and tacos! Best of all its so fantastic to eat with some tortilla chips! It is so versatile and tastes great on so many dishes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced finely ( Roma tomatoes work great too) 
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced 
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced 
  • 1 small head cilantro, chopped finely 
  • 1 1/2 limes, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Toss your tomatoes, onion, and cilantro together. Squeeze in your lime just and season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in the fridge. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican dishes, enjoy!

Notes

If you are more sensitive to spicy foods remove the jalepeño seeds.

Chicken Street Tacos

Chicken street tacos

Mexican Street tacos are one of my favorite foods! I love how easy they are to make and my family goes crazy for chicken street tacos. There is no marinating necessary just a simple dry rub for the chicken thighs and your ready to grill. Serve on a warm tortilla and top it with cilantro, onions, and the very best Chipolte Crema!

I love cooking chicken on my cast iron grill style pan because it always comes out perfect. There is nothing quite like chicken street tacos. The combination of the perfectly grilled meat, zesty toppings, and finger-licking good sauce results in the ultimate meal. The flavor of these street chicken tacos will keep you coming back for seconds, thirds, maybe even fourths! My entire family loves these tacos and they can be served as a taco bar and have everyone customize their own or they can be prepared.

Use boneless chicken thighs they are always more tender and juicy than the breast. Traditional street tacos are simple no need to over complicate things. Top them with fresh cilantro onion and the very BEST chipotle crema. The creaminess of this sauce is the NEXT LEVEL. You can put it on any kind of taco and it will taste amazing. There is no wrong way to eat a taco however I highly recommend you never skip the spicy chipotle crema!

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Yield: 6

Chicken Street Tacos

Chicken Street Tacos

Delicious tacos everyone will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs

Chicken Dry Rub

  • 1 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Chipolte Crema

  • 1/2 cup sour cream,, can sub greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotles
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro dried, can sub fresh just dice very small

Taco Toppings

  • 1 head cilantro diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine all dry rub spices.
  2. Sprinkle over your chicken thighs coating both sides.
  3. Spray your cast iron with cooking spray and heat to medium-high heat. You can also use your outdoor grill to keep the temperature between 425-450 degrees.
  4. Cook chicken till it has cooked thru, or till center reads 165. Flip once halfway about 6-7 minutes per side, you want a nice char on the outside.
  5. Transfer to plate and cover with foil. Let rest 5 minutes.
  6. Dice chicken up in small cubes.

Chipotle Crema:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together till smooth and creamy.

Assemble Chicken Street Tacos:

  1. Sprinkle chicken over a warm tortilla. Drizzle chipotle crema and sprinkle the cilantro and onions. Serve immediately! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g