It was 11:30 and we had just gotten home from church. I felt like I was starving, breakfast had been 5 hours ago and it was light, consisting of a vanilla instant breakfast. I didn’t want to just eat junk and wait several hours for dinner so I thought what can I make quickly and also with items that I would probably throw out in a few days if not eaten today.
Ta Da….. Chicken Taco Salad (I know this is nothing creative but it was quick and easy and that is what I was looking for)
yellow or white onion
yellow, red or orange pepper
Amounts depend on the size of your family and how much you like of each item. I made enough for Craig and I and 1 small leftover salad for Craig’s lunch tomorrow.
I used 4 tenderloins – cut bite sized. 1/4 of a pepper – chopped bite size. 1/6 of a large yellow onion chopped bite size. Add all these to a frying pan and cook until done. While sauteing sprinkle with the spices to taste.
While chicken, onions and peppers are cooking – tear lettuce into bite size pieces (we used about 1/2 of a romaine lettuce head), chopped tomatoes into bite size pieces (I used 3 small tomatoes), open can of pinto beans and drain, (sometimes I use kidney beans or black beans but I saw the pinto first in the pantry), peel and cut avocado (1 small to medium avocado was used) and grate cheese (I had about 3/4 cup of grated cheese).
I put each item in their own serving bowl and placed it on the table. Sometimes I used chili cheese Fritos but today was the last handfuls at the bottom of the Costco Kirtland Tortilla Strips. Yes, they were a little crumbled and broken already but you break them up for your salad anyway.
|back row – chicken, onions and peppers|
next row – avocado, tomatoes, pinto beans, lettuce
front row – cheese, tortilla chips
|Close up of the chicken, onions, peppers and spices|
Assembly your salad as you please, topping with salsa and sour cream. If you have thousand island dressing you might try it as your dressing, it is a different taste but I personally really like it. We just didn’t have any in the house.
|Assembled salad, ready to eat|
This meal was prepared from freezer (the chicken needed defrosting) to table in 30 minutes or less. Quick, easy and uses yummy vegetables.