How to Make Shredded Taco Meat in the Crockpot
This has been a nice relaxing week for us. Usually we are going non-stop to doctor appointments or viewing houses (we are currently looking for a new house to live in). But this week we decided to take a break from looking at houses and I did not have any baby appointments either. Of course, all it has done for this past week is rain, so we’ve been cooped up in the house and I think everyone is going stir-crazy! Even our dog! We’ve had to turn around my son’s crib again so he can’t get out because he kept trying to play with his toys during naptime. He’d been doing really well for a while but I think since we haven’t been able to go out on our walks like usual or get out of the house it’s been difficult for him to go straight to sleep.
But thankfully I think we are finally over the worst of our colds. My son had developed a really bad cough over the past couple of weeks and last week it sounded so bad that I went ahead and took him to the doctor. Fortunately he didn’t have an infection and his lungs sounded clear. The doctor prescribed him some allergy medicine to help clear up his congestion and drainage which we thought was causing his cough (very similar to what I was dealing with). So in addition to the allergy medicine, I also pulled out my steam vaporizer to put in his room during the night. I have been avoiding it because our house has such a bad moisture problem I was afraid that it couldn’t handle extra steam. But my son’s cough was so bad he was up all night and keeping me up all night as well. We both needed our rest. This particular steam vaporizer I really like because it has a little pool on top where you can place extra liquid like camphor or essential oils. So I also added water, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of lemon to the steam vaporizer to help my son’s breathing at night. And it worked amazingly!!! We have finally been able to sleep through the night. And after about a week I have been able to quit using the steam vaporizer as well so I don’t have to worry about the condition of his room being warped by the steam. Sweet victory was finally mine!
Since we have been recovering from such a busy schedule and finally starting to feel better, I wanted a meal that was cheap and easy to make. When I was still working, I threw this dish together one day out of desperation. It turned out so well that it has become a regular staple in my house. My husband absolutely loves it because the chicken turns out tender . . . and let’s face it, it’s Mexican. So here’s my recipe for shredded taco meat:
2-3 lbs of Raw Chicken Breast
1 cup of Water
1 Tbsp of Chili Powder
2 Tsp of Cumin
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Tsp of Pepper
1 Tsp of Garlic Powder
1 Tsp of Onion Powder
1 Tsp of Cayenne Powder (optional)
Place the raw chicken breasts in the crockpot. Pour 1 cup of water on top of the chicken. Sprinkle seasonings on chicken and stir in water. Set crockpot on low for 5 hours or until chicken pulls apart easily.
Once chicken is tender, pour out as much excess water as you can.
Using two forks pull apart the chicken until completely shredded.
When I first made this dish I was pleasantly surprised at how tender the chicken was and how tasteful it was with the seasonings. The seasoning is enough to taste but not punch-you-in-the-face overpowering. I personally haven’t been using the cayenne powder since Baby Girl won’t let me eat anything super spicy and so that my son can eat it too. I love this dish because it is so easy to prepare, you can have it cooking while you are working or out running errands. And you can use it for just about anything! You can use it for tacos and burritos. Since I am gluten free, I like to add it to a bowl of rice and add cheese, salsa or ranch dressing. This is also easy to add to my son’s meals.
This has quickly become a favorite in my house and I hope you like it too! Are there any other ways that you can think of to use this meat? Let me know what you think!