Everyday Inspirations



There are a few simple ingredients I love so much that I swear I could write love songs about them. But I wouldn't subject you guys to that.

Case in point: corn tortillas. Oh, corn tortillas, I love you so much. You're so simple and beautiful and perfect. In fact, the only thing better than a corn tortilla is the amazing ingredients that get piled up in it... things like guacamole, chicken, cilantro, and onion.

On Sunday, Dan and I made us some homemade street tacos--which technically wouldn't be street tacos, as they were made and served in our kitchen. But I like the term "street tacos," so it stuck. Recipes like this make me so darn happy because not only are they delicious, but they are also chock-full of good-for-you ingredients. I love leaving the grocery store with a cart full of fresh produce. I also love that you can make these tacos your own. We made chicken tacos on Sunday, but it's also super easy to substitute pork, beef, or shrimp, or to go completely vegetarian.

Dan 'n' Smash's "Street" Tacos
For the Chicken
2 chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
Ancho chili pepper
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Season your chicken with the cumin, ancho chili pepper, and salt and pepper (to your taste). In a pan, warm up the olive oil and add the onions, cooking until translucent. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds (no burning!). Add your chicken and cook through.

For the Salsa
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the ingredients, and please, customize as you like! Let the salsa sit while you cook--it can only get better.

For the Guacamole
Two avocados
1 clove garlic, diced
1/2 tomato, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mash avocados together with the garlic. Gently stir in the tomatoes. This is my idea of heaven.

When everything is ready, assemble your ingredients in the corn tortillas. Add a squeeze of lime. Smile.
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3/30/2011 11:05:54 am

YUMMMM!!! That's all I have to say about that.

4/12/2011 10:10:09 am

So glad you like the recipe. I realized after I posted it that I forgot to mention that I also added green onion to the salsa. :) The simplest things are truly the best.

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