2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
garlic (in the jar, already chopped, is just fine)
plain white vinegar (or water in a pinch)
Tortillas (flour, corn, soft, crunchy, your choice)
Iceberg lettuce chopped into small pieces
Avocado cut in small pieces
2 tomatoes diced
sm container sour cream
grated cheddar/jack cheese (Trader Joe's has a very reasonably priced Mexican-lite cheese already shredded in a bag)
jalapeno diced (if you like hot)
jar/container of salsa (again, we like TJ's green tomatillo salsa, but your choice)
2 cans black beans
1. Make the chicken
-put 4-6 tblspns chili powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tblsp chopped garlic and 1 tsp salt in a small bowl.
-Slowly drizzle the vinegar in whilst stirring. You want a loose paste. And if you don't have vinegar, you can use water. Taste is less intense but still good.
-line a jelly roll pan with tin foil, spread the chicken thighs out in one layer and paint with marinade on both sides. Better if done overnight, but same day is just fine.
- broil 5-6 minutes on each side, then slice into strips or roughly chop
2. Beans. Empty the two cans into a small saucepan, add salt to taste and a tblsp of chopped garlic. If you like cilantro, add that as well. My kids are in a "i don't like that' phase w cilantro, so I leave it out. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 min. You can let them simmer for longer if you want to.
3. Rice. Cooked the way you like. I add a 1/8th tsp of turmeric and 1/2 tsp of salt, adds a nice color/flavor. I usually make a cup and a half for 6 people, and have some left over.
4. Condiments. Put the lettuce, cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa, jalapeno, et al in small bowls/containers
5. Heat tortillas for 2-3 min in a warm oven
6. Put everything to the table and let everyone make their own taco/burrito. Ole!
Pairs Well With
We get together with friends and neighbors on Tuesdays, kids love the tradition and so do we! I marinate the chicken Monday night after dinner, so Tuesday when I get home from work I just have to stick it in the broiler. The kids (middle and high school age) take charge of all the other prep work; makes for a pretty relaxed evening for everyone.