Tuesday, June 03, 2008
--Ground Chicken Tacos
Ground Chicken Tacos
The Best Chicken Recipes Copyright 2008
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, minced
3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound ground chicken
½ cup plain tomato sauce
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
Ground black pepper
8-12 store-bought taco shells, warmed
1. Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2. Add the chicken and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through but still slightly pink, about 2 minutes.
3. Stir in the tomato sauce, vinegar and sugar and simmer over medium-low heat until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the filling evenly among the taco shells and serve, passing desired accompaniments separately.
I got this book from the library. I do like this 'Best Recipe' series from Cook's Illustrated but I find the books sort of boring. I prefer America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.
I've made Beef Tacos from America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which is about the same recipe with cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper added (and some broth which is a good idea - this mixture was kind of dry). I'm not sure why they left them out of this recipe but knowing CI, they probably had their reasons. These were definitely a milder tasting taco but there were no complaints and no leftovers.
Blast From The Past: Easy Tacos from November 2006. Another variation. Gosh, that was a long time ago. I don't make tacos often enough. I think I'll have to add them to the easy-peasy list for after the baby comes.
Question of the Day: Do you make tacos at home? Do you load them all at once with at least the meat or do you have everyone make their own?