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Thursday, March 3, 2011

{salsa chicken & black bean nachos}

When it comes to making dinner, I need love recipes that are fast, easy, and that my kids will eat. So when I find one that meets all these criteria, it's definitely a keeper!

One of our absolute favorite dinner meals is Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Nachos, and my mouth is watering just typing this out! There are only 3 main ingredients, and as an added plus, it's made in the crock pot, which is my favorite way to cut meal prep time.

Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound fresh salsa
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

This is another reason I love this recipe! I actually just use frozen chicken breasts, which means I don't have to remember to put out meat the night before. Add the chicken to the bottom of your crock pot, then pour the salsa and beans on top. (Using fresh salsa is important! I actually buy it at our deli counter--it's cheaper than even the pre-packaged fresh salsa in the refrigerated section of the deli area, and it's made right there in our deli. It's something to look for in your own grocery store!) Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until chicken is fork tender. Using two forks, shred the meat into bite-size pieces.

To serve:

1. To make nachos, layer the meat mixture over tortilla chips (I like baked tortilla chips), then add freshly chopped tomatoes, green onions, cheese, and cilantro. Sour cream and guacamole are also yummy!

2. My husband also loves these as tacos. Heat up tortillas (we use corn, but flour is yummy too) in griddle, using a little oil to fry them in--just until slightly crispy. Add the chicken mixture, then top with desired items.




Blogger ~Rosanne said...

I'm with you - my mouth is watering too. This looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

March 3, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious - thanks for sharing! Gotta love the crockpot :)

March 3, 2011 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger angiet308 said...

Thank You! I need to make something out of chicken tonight and this will be perfect!

March 3, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Phyllis said...

Yummy! This sounds great. Thanks!

March 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Kalen said...

OMG! I want those so bad!!! With veggie chick'n of course, since I don't eat meat, but yum-o!!!

March 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger The Allen Family said...

Yum! I'm printing this off right now! Not sure all my boys will love it, but I'm sure my husband and I will. Thanks!

March 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Jessica and Justin Stoddard said...

Just an addition to the recipe: Add a small can of green chilis, canned corn & then right before serving add 8oz package of cream cheese. stir until melted then serve over the tortilla chips. YUM!

March 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

I have no idea where I ran across your blog at, but I'm glad I did. I love it! This sounds yummy! I think we have everything in the kitchen to give it a try. :-)

March 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

It sounds easy and yummy. I am always looking for quick and easy recipes.


March 3, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

We had this just the other night, but with exactly the same additions that Jessica and Justin listed above (I use fat free cream cheese). Then we put it in tortillas with a little rice and have it as yummy burritos if we're not in a "nacho" mood. This is definitely one of our favorite meals.

March 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

This looks delicious!!! I cook chicken in the crockpot all the time with just Salsa, but now I will add in the black beans! YUM!

I am your newest follower! :)


March 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

YUMMY!! Going to have to give this a try! I am pretty sure I can make this a perfect Weight Watchers meal. Thanks for sharing!!

March 5, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Catherine Grace Life Photography said...

Yum! I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

March 12, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Nicki said...

Wow! Crockpot and Mexican food. The perfect combination. Thank you!

March 31, 2011 at 12:17 AM  

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