This is one of my weekly go-to meals. Something I can make without even thinking about it and of course I always have the ingredients in the pantry. All three of us love it and it makes enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. Now it is not the prettiest of meals, but I always feel the uglier the food the better it usually tastes!
It is particularly good for when you have an after school activity that runs late and you want to prepare a meal earlier in the day. I often make this in the morning and then pop in the fridge and when hubby gets home he turns on the oven and puts it in. When I arrive home with my daughter from her horse riding lesson, all I have to do is throw together a quick salad and serve.
Oozing with cheese (which you can cut back on if you are trying to be a bit healthier) it is such a tasty meal and reheats really well. I often find it even tastes better the next day.
I currently use Old El Paso brand 90% of the time however if there is another on special I will swap it around. I am also working on making my own Taco Spice Seasoning (to try and reduce additives in our diet) however I have only been mildly successful as my last batch was WAY TOO SPICY! It nearly took my head off so I think I need to go back to the drawing board on that one. If anyone has a mild recipe for Taco Seasoning please feel free to message me and share so I can try it out.
I also try to use Organic Chicken where possible, however, as it is not always available so then I go free-range. I am trying to make a conscious effort to swap to organic products where feasible especially when it comes to meat. I am getting more concerned about added hormones and additives and it is something I want to look further into and educate myself.
I recently purchased a pressure cooker and will do a blog post on it soon to let you know my thoughts however the bottom line is I purchased a no-name cheap one from Catch of the Day and experienced instant regret. It does not have the same functions as an Instant Pot brand and as such, it is pretty much useless to make full meals in. So all those Pinterest and Youtube recipes I have been saving are not able to be made in the version I bought. Insert sad face here.
So first up I pressure cook the chicken breasts for 15 mins (or you can poach in water) and then quick release steam and place in my Kitchenaid mixer with a paddle to shred. This is by far the quickest and easier way to shred chicken.
Then cook onions (I cheat and use pre-diced frozen onion that I always have on hand) in oil until softened, add shredded chicken, refried beans, and taco mix and cook until mixed thru and bubbly.
Then I lay out the tortillas like a little Mexican kitchen production line and put a (very) large spoonful of mix in the middle. Then I top with cheese….mmmm….yum!
Roll them up and place on tray or in a dish with seams down. My dish makes them quite close together and squished but I don’t mind as it just becomes one oozy cheesy mess. Top with the salsa and extra cheese (the more the merrier).
Bake for 25 mins until bubbling and cheese has melted, take out and enjoy with a salad and top with sour cream, spring onions and a bit of lime juice makes it even yummier!