January 10, 2013

Chicken Taco Chili

Well hay there ya'll!!!  Remember me!?!  I'm so sorry for being MIA for a few months.  My Etsy shop got super busy.  The open house I had was a great success, too, and before you know it I was up to my eyeballs in signs, stencils, and paint! 

 (The kiddos for our annual "line up on the steps after we decorate the tree" photo.)

Then, as things were winding down for the shop and Christmastime was here we were all busy enjoying the moments and then we all went and got sick.  We had a small break of illness in time for Christmas week and then the little guy and I got sick again.  I'm still a bit under the weather.  The house is a bit bare.  Christmas decorations are packed away and I have yet to decide where to put all my "usual" decorations.  (And yet to find some towels.  I packed away my regular kitchen towels to put out my Christmas ones and I just can't find them.  So we're still using Christmas towels in the kitchen.  *sigh*)  I want to re-do the living room, kitchen, and dining room (with all things I have on hand, of course), but I haven't felt inspired to do so.  However, I have been inspired to cook a few decent meals! 

 (Little Man smashing up his birthday cupcake...and very happy, might I add!)

After perusing Pinterest I found a recipe for Chicken Taco Chili. I've made a chicken taco chili recipe before and they didn't really love it. I've also heard of some of the epic fails that some Pinterest pins may be. So I had my doubts.  But... It smelled mighty good. And it looked pretty good. I had to wait on the results from the judges family.  After a few minutes of nibbling and tasting I asked who liked it and much to my surprise everyone.  Ev. er. y. one. had their hands up!  Even the little guy!  (He turned 1 in November, by the way!)  It was a hit!  They told me I must share it with ya'll!  Even told me to take a picture! (Even though my food styling skills are soooo bad!)

Chicken Taco Chili

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I cut each breast into thirds)
packet taco seasoning (I use my homemade taco mix HERE)
1 tbsp chili powder

1 can black beans  (soup can size...15 oz??)
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn kernels
16 oz tomato sauce
28 oz diced tomatoes

Place the ingredients in the crock pot in the order listed (I like the seasoning on the chicken to give it better flavor).  Cover and cook for 6 hours on high or 10 hours on low.  The last hour or so I stirred it up and broke the chicken up into bits.  Super easy!  I served it with sour cream, cheddar cheese (mexican cheese blend would have been yummy!), and tortilla chips. 

It was super yummy!  Very heavy on the chicken, though, so it's not as economical for us. There's only enough left for my hubby to take for his lunch tomorrow. Boo.  I like leftovers for lunch the next day! I think next time I might do 4 chicken breasts and then double the rest.  (Oh, and, I did 32 oz. of tomato sauce, and 14 oz.-ish diced tomatoes)

Hope you like it!  Let me know what you think! 

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