I love Mexican food. The main problem is that when we go out for Mexican I blow my calorie intake on the chips alone. It is so dangerous. But when I have a hankering for tacos or burritos I have a great go to taco salad recipe that does the trick. Top that off with a delicious and slow cooked chicken and you have the perfect fiesta salad. The best part is, I added the “unhealthy” part of the taco salad back into this meal in a much healthier way.
You can still have the shell of your taco salad but the key is to find medium sized tortillas and to read the ingredients. I found some great tortillas that came in at only 100 calories each. Use the cans from this recipe to bake your shells for 10 minutes at 350° and you have a version that tastes just as good if not better than the fried shell you find at restaurants. All you have to do is spray the shells with a little cooking spray (I love coconut oil spray) and then drape each shell on top of an empty, cleaned out can and then bake. Once they are hard to the touch and golden brown you have the base for your dinner.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of diced tomatoes with chilies
3-4 tablespoons of taco seasoning
1-2 tablespoons lime juice (Whatever your preference is, I add more because I like the zesty flavor of the lime with the tomatoes and seasoning.)
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1-2 chopped red and green peppers
1 chopped onion
1 package of 90 second Uncle Ben’s Spanish Style Rice
In the slow cooker place the chicken breasts, canned tomatoes and taco seasoning. Stir and then cook for 6-8 hours on low. Shred, add lime juice, and stir to combine before serving.
Bake the tortilla shells according to the directions above and place on plates.
Combine one part salsa with one part ranch dressing. This gives your dressing a nice kick and basically cuts your fat and calories in half.
I like to create a buffet style setting with the fixings for the salad. Go ahead and pile the veggies high in your shell. Remember that veggies are your friend. I love salads because I can load up on the healthy stuff and feel full without the guilt. When you are really hungry go ahead and add some extra base to your salad. Mixed greens, spinach, and kale are super low in calories but high in nutrients. Just take it easy with the cheese, chicken and guacamole. While the dressing is nice and light you will find that you hardly need any with how delicious everything is in this combination.