I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to waste food. So quite frequently, I base a recipe off of a particular ingredient that I’m trying to use up.
This recipe came together because I was trying to figure out how to use the rest of an opened packet of taco seasoning. Yep, that’s right. I didn’t want to waste about 40 cents worth of taco seasoning. I crack myself up.
Shredded Chicken Fajitas
(serves 3-4 people)
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 packet taco seasoning (as I mentioned, I used half … but next time, I’d use a whole pack)
- 1/4 tsp each of chili powder and ground cumin (both optional, depending on your taste)
- 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, chopped in chunks
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- flour tortillas
- salsa, sour cream, and shredded Mexican cheese (all optional)
- Put chicken breasts in crockpot.
- Add taco seasoning, chili powder, and cumin. Then add about 1 cup of water.
- Set crockpot to “low” and cook 6-8 hours.
- About an hour before you’re going to serve dinner, take the chicken out of the crockpot. Shred the chicken in a bowl, place it back into the crockpot and stir.
- Chop green pepper and onion.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add green pepper and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, warm your tortillas (one at a time) in a skillet over low heat. Put the tortillas in foil to keep warm.
- Let everyone create their own fajitas!
These were really delicious. As I mentioned earlier, my only change would be that I would add an entire seasoning packet next time, for even more flavor. But my favorite part was the sautéed peppers and onions. Yum!
Question for ya …
Do you create meals just to use up certain ingredients? Or do you just throw the old ingredients out?