Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Slow Cooking Dinner: Salsa-Lime Chicken Nachos

Continuing on my quest to come up with 25 dinners for the slow cooker that most of my family will eat. 

This week, I made salsa-lime chicken nachos. This is just a bit of a tweak on another recipe I had planned to try. That recipe relied on cilantro, which I didn't have.

Of course, you can't make nachos totally in the slow cooker.

But the first part you can do in the crockpot and it is so easy!

Here's how I made these:

  • I dumped most of a jar of red salsa (about 16 oz total) into the crockpot. I used mild salsa, because otherwise Rose wouldn't eat it, but I think this would be even better with spicy salsa. 
  • I added the juice of one lime. Something about lime juice really perks me up, so I love using it in the slow cooker, especially when I am tired...like today!
  • I added some seasonings: about 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 1/2 tsp paprika. 
  • I stirred it all up, added three chicken breasts, and stirred to coat. 
  • I set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. I had planned to do 6-8 hours on low, but I got a late start. 
  • 30 minutes before dinner, I shredded the chicken using two forks, then returned it to the slow cooker to soak up the sauce for a few minutes. 
  • 15 minutes before dinner, I lined a big sheet pan with foil, sprayed it with a bit of cooking spray, and tossed on a base layer of tortilla chips. The chicken mixture went on top, then a whole bunch of shredded Mexican cheese. 
  • I baked the  nachos in a 350F oven, until the cheese melted (about 10-15 minutes).
I served these with Greek yogurt, green salsa, and hot sauces for those of us that like more spice.

A definite hit!

A recap of what we've tried so far:

1. Santa Fe chicken

2. Sloppy joes

3. Baked potato bar

4. Sweet potato & black bean burritos

5.  Pumpkin turkey chili

That makes 6 recipes down, 19 to go!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds SO good! I am trying to find great crockpot recipes too, so I'm stealing his one.


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