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Creamy Cheesy Chicken Tacos w/ Black Bean, Corn, & Mango Salsa

on February 17, 2014

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Salsa is all it needs... other toppings are optional!

Salsa is all it needs… other toppings are optional!

I really like chopping.

Much  more than cleaning.

This recipe involves quite a bit of chopping, but if you’re more into cleaning than chopping, you could use a food processor.  🙂

Peppers, corn, and beans go in both the salsa and the crock pot.

Peppers, corn, and beans go in both the salsa and the crock pot.  Prep once, add twice!

After I added all the salsa ingredients, I needed a bigger container.

After I added all the salsa ingredients, I needed a bigger container.

Isn't it pretty?

Isn’t it pretty?

I removed half the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno to cut back a little on the heat.  If you like it hot, leave it all in!

I removed half the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno to cut back a little on the heat. If you like it hot, leave it all in!

You could do all the prep work early (say, during a nap), then only take a minute to dump it all in the crock pot when it's time to start it.

You could do all the prep work early (say, during a baby’s nap), then only take a minute to dump it all in the crock pot when it’s time to start it.

Again, ISN'T IT PRETTY?!?!

Again, ISN’T IT PRETTY?!?!

... 5 hours later. Yum.

… 5 hours later. Yum.

I had other toppings available, but truthfully, just the creamy, cheesy chicken mixture topped with salsa is the best!

Tonight I had other toppings available, but truthfully, just the creamy cheesy chicken mixture topped with salsa is the best!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 15 ounce can of corn
  • 15 ounce can of black beans
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 scallions
  • ½ mango
  • ¼ c cilantro
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 8 ounces Neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese)
  • hard and/or soft taco shells

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken in a crock pot.
  2. Chop the bell peppers, putting half in a container for salsa and the other half on top of the chicken.
  3. Rinse and drain the beans.  Add half to the container for salsa and half in the crock pot.
  4. Spoon out half the corn and add it to the salsa.  Add the other half with liquid into the crock pot.
  5. Chop the tomatoes, scallions, mango, and cilantro.  Add to the salsa.
  6. Add garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and olive oil. Mix and chill.
  7. Chop the onion and add it to the crock pot.
  8. Mince the jalapeno and add it to the crock pot. (Remove half the seeds and membrane if you don’t want it too hot.  Keep them if you like the heat!)
  9. Add chili powder and cumin to the crock pot.
  10. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  11. With about a half hour left, remove the chicken, chop it up, and return it to the crock pot.  Add the cheese and cover, allowing it to soften.
  12. Stir to incorporate cheese.  Serve on shells topped with salsa.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have him decide how much half is and add the peppers, beans, and corn to the salsa container and crock pot.
  • Have him squeeze the lime. (Tip: Cut it into wedges so it’s easier for little hands to handle.)
  • Perhaps our favorite way to be involved in this recipe is plopping him on the counter and letting him munch on the peppers, tomatoes, and mango as I finish chopping them!
I thought it was worth noting that after dinner, Danny took a ride on his magical flying lion.

I thought it was worth noting that after dinner, Danny took a ride on his magical flying lion.

 

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