Friday, April 22, 2011

Spicy Taco Bowls

I love making these, and they are super easy. You can make these as spicy as you want by getting hot instead of mild diced tomatoes with green chilies, or by using only one taco seasoning package. I call them Spicy Taco Bowls, but my sister makes fun of me and says it's just taco salad. Either way, I love em and so does my family. Andy hates lettuce (sad, I know...) so I leave that out for him and he eats his with corn tortillas. So, that is always an option as well. 

1lb Organic Chicken Breast
1 Package Taco Seasoning (I like mine super flavorful, so I use 1 1/2-2 packages)
1 Can Organic Black Beans (drained)
1/2 Bag Organic Frozen Corn
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (mild is spicy enough for me)
1 Bunch Cilantro
Cotija Cheese (mozzarella or jack cheeses are a decent substitute)
Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
3 Organic Romaine Hearts


Cook chicken breasts in enough water to coat the bottom of the pan. (This is how I avoid using oil. It won't brown as well, but it does make it moist) When thoroughly cooked, shred, add taco seasoning and stir it into the meat well. Then add black beans, corn and diced tomatoes with chilies. Allow all to cook through.

*Julienne cut your romaine hearts, ( This just means to cut into thin thin strips. I will explain it at the bottom of the post) chop your cilantro and shred cheese if needed.

To assemble: Put lettuce in a bowl. Put your chicken mixture on top. Sprinkle with as much or as little of the cilantro, and cheese as you would like. Top with a dollop of Greek Yogurt. (Sounds freaky I know, but it tastes EXACTLY like sour cream but is sooo much better for you!)

* Romaine Hearts are super easy to julienne. Lay the whole heart on a cutting board. Using a large chopping knife cut thin slices across the open end and work your way toward the connected end. Since the lettuce is made up of individual leaves, your cuts should fall apart into thin individual strips. about 1/4 inch in width.


  1. I just thought of you today...I was at Aldi (1 reason) second I was makeing a taco dip and I wondered if you could substitute for sour cream in non cooked dishes. ? though why greek yogurt and not just plain yogurt.

  2. Did you know they sell taco seasoning at the New Paris store? (I bet you did) I love it because I can use as much as I want when I cook. And it's cheap! I was just there today, and they now have Chia Seeds too!

  3. Nichole, Greek yogurt is thicker and is more the consistency of sour cream. It also has a closer flavor than plain yogurt. Not to mention it has almost 4 times the protein so it is better for you! :) Glad Aldi reminds you of me! :) And M.O.S yes I did know Neighbors in New Paris had the taco seasoning. I am glad to hear you like it! I haven't purchased it yet cause I had gobs to finish up at home first, but I am fresh out, so you know I will be buying it Tomorrow on my weekly trip! :) And the Chia seeds!!! Super high in omega 3's and they also are high in protein, antioxidants, fiber and calcium and a million other minerals! I will get some and see what recipes I can come up with so that you don't have to always eat em sprinkled on your cereal or yogurt! :)Keep an eye out for a Chia seed post! :)

  4. Brit, I just realized you are My October sapphire lol! ;)

  5. Yep! That's me :)
    I'd LOVE some recipes with Chia Seeds! I'm assuming it would also be a good "thickening agent" since it can do that gel magic (which I haven't experimented with yet)

    I'm going to try this recipe tonight!