Crock-pot Chicken Tostadas

21 Mar

Between changing work schedules, increased school work, and prepping for my internship placement I have even less time than I had before. I should know by now that whenever I feel like I have no time, it can always be less.

I have started taking time for myself during all of this, though. I started running (okay, so I walk and my friend runs), and riding my bike with my husband. I have also tried to cut down on cooking time without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.

I have also embraced one of the best kitchen inventions ever: my crock-pot. I try now and then to make something in it, put it away, and forget about it. It should just live on my kitchen counter. This week I made spicy chicken in the crock-pot that we enjoyed all week. Monday was tostadas, Tuesday was nachos, Wednesday was a burrito bowl, and today I’ll take the remainder for lunch. Easy.

Crockpot chicken tostada 3 18 13

Here is what you’ll need:

1 onion, sliced thickly

4 chicken breasts (I tossed mine in frozen)

2 7-oz. cans of Herdez Salsa Ranchera (which I can only find at my local Save Mart Supermarket)

2 c chicken stock

1 14-oz. can corn kernels

1 14-oz. can black olives (my husband can’t do without)

1/4 – 1/2 c taco seasoning (I use McCormick’s blend)

1 Tbl garlic salt (also McCormick’s – the California Style Garlic Salt)

Here we go:

In the morning, place the slices of onion on the bottom of the crock-pot. Add the chicken, 1 (ONE) can of salsa ranchera, and stock. 1/4 c taco seasoning, and garlic salt. Set to high and walk away.

When you’re just about ready to eat (or get home), the chicken should be falling apart. Shred the chicken (I scooped mine onto a cutting board for this), and pour the liquid into a fat separator. Throw the shredded chicken back into the crock-pot, add some liquid back (to your liking), add the corn and olives, and a bit more taco seasoning to taste. Also add the SECOND can of salsa ranchera to taste. Note: I used HALF of the SECOND can at this point, and used the other half to add to some rice I had made.

Serve however you like! Next time I think I’ll make my flour tortillas to go alongside. Mmm.

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