Weeknight Tacos

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Aaron bought the kids new baseball mitts over the weekend. We are going to see a Mariner’s game in a couple weeks and I guess he thought he would get the kids in the spirit. For two days straight the boys played ‘baseball’ in the field with an ax handle (blade part removed for safety. obviously) and a tennis ball.

On Sunday I stepped in and offered to buy a baseball bat. Somehow the ones we used to own didn’t make it in the move. Off to the store we went and came home with a bat. In the meantime Aaron mowed a baseball diamond into the field and now we have our very own Field of Dreams right out our back door.

The neighbor kids have been over constantly and if this isn’t the epitome of summer I don’t know what is. It’s a welcome shift from the squabbling and mess-making that also comes along with summer. Aaron brought home a bottle of wine for me last night after I sent him a picture of the boy’s bedroom completely torn apart just hours after I had painstakingly worked alongside them to clean and vacuum it. I mean the mattresses weren’t even on the bed frames.

For this and so many other reasons, dinner has taken a back seat. But the tacos I threw together last night hit the spot and I thought I would share the recipe.

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Chicken Tacos

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (red and orange)
  • 1/2 large walla walla sweet onion
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper

Dice the onion and bell peppers into small pieces. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Throw in the veggies and sauté until the onion and peppers have softened. Salt and pepper. Cut the chicken into 2 inch pieces and add to the pan. Sprinkle the spices over the chicken and peppers and juice the lime directly into the pan. As the chicken begins to cook all the way through use a wooden spoon or a fork to break apart the chicken so that it shreds. Stir in the black beans and salt and pepper one more time. Remove from the heat and start making tacos.

Use whatever kind of tortilla you like best. Spoon the chicken mixture into tortillas and sprinkle with cheese, lettuce, sliced avocado and salsa. I made a salad out of mine by filling a plate with spinach, adding the chicken and topping it with a little avocado and salsa. The kids like extra cheese and sour cream and of course there’s always one who protests but overall everyone was happy.

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