In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to do something a little special. Normally I’m not very enthused to celebrate the holiday, but this weekend was Fredonia’s beloved FredFest and I was too busy with recitals and a concerto competition to enjoy what the weekend is truly all about.
I searched Pinterest to find Cinco de Mayo taco recipes, but to my surprise didn’t find anything that really intrigued me (or if it did, it required a crockpot and far too much time, both things of which I do not have at this point).
So with a little Jose Cuervo in hand and a skillet on the stove, I decided to embark on the journey of making chicken tacos. From scratch! And they were perfect.
Spicy Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos
What you’ll need:
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 (about 2 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
¼ cup of each: Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, water and lime juice (bottled or freshly squeezed)
Mission medium/soft taco whole-wheat tortillas
3-4 cups shredded lettuce
1 can organic black beans
2 cups pico de gallo (we used Marketside, mild)
1 cup Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican shredded cheese
( Yields about 4-5 soft tacos )
What to do:
In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot and rippling. While skillet is heating, pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Place the chicken top-side down in the hot skillet and let the chicken cook for 5 minutes until golden brown on top.
While chicken is cooking, heat black beans in a medium saucepan.
After 5 minutes, flip the chicken, add the tequila, lime juice and water, cover the skillet and let the chicken simmer over medium heat for 7-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Don’t overcook or it might be dry.
While the chicken is simmering, add addition tequila, lime juice and water if the liquid evaporates too quickly.
Remove the chicken from the skillet, let it cook slightly and shred.
Fill soft taco shells with shredded lettuce, shredded chicken, black beans, pico de gallo and shredded cheese to your liking.
Chris LOVED these!! And so did I! Loved loved loved. He said they were one of the best meals I’ve made so far (aside from the stuffed peppers)!
If you want something light and flavorful – let me just emphasize the flavorful! – that will leave you feeling full without feeling groggy or lazy afterword, this is definitely a meal worth trying.
Stay tuned for another Cinco de Mayo recipe, Banana Bread Churro Bites.