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You know about Taco Tuesday? Well, today I am all about Taco Monday.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Really I could do tacos everyday, but you know that may eventually get a little old.

It’s actually been a really long time since my last taco recipe and when I realized this the other day, I kind of made it my mission to change that. Plus, my family like really loves tacos, so it was a win, win situation, since everyone would actually eat these. Well, at least the chicken part of the tacos, the salsa part? Yeah, not so much, but that just leaves more for me, which is a good thing since the salsa is my favorite.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Since I am currently obsessed with all things fall, I just had to make these using fall flavors. Don’t worry though, as weird as a fall taco sounds, I promise these are the farthest thing from weird, gross or anything that does not sound good. They are easy, healthy and packed with spicy flavors. If you hadn’t noticed, I tend to go for the spicy foods.

Plus, just look at those colors. Umm, I love, love, love them. So fun – and on a Monday too. If you ask me, these are just what Monday calls for, happy, sweet + spicy, colorful tacos!

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

There is just so much to love about these Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos. Like the fact that on a Monday you can eat AND drink your beer… all at once. Or the fact these are the easiest thing to make. Or the fact that just about everyone will eat these (if we didn’t have any issues, I doubt you will!). Or the fact that these are pretty healthy tacos, without sacrificing flavor (definitely do not slump on the cheese though). Or maybe even the fact that if a crockpot works best for you, you can start the chicken in the morning, then come home to the best tacos at night. Add a cold beer (or whatever you drink) + lots of apple salsa (because it is so good), and no matter what went on during the day, your Monday will end right. See, so much to love.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok, so the tacos start with the chicken – I used my favorite seasoning combo to spice it up. The seasoning is a mix of chipotle peppers, cumin and a few other spices, but the real secret to this braised chicken is the mix of beer and apple cider. The beer lends itself to the savory part while the cider adds in the sweet. It’s the perfect combo and it keeps the chicken moist and flavorful. I used a pumpkin beer, but whatever your favorite beer is will work. Once the chicken is all shredded and tossed with the cider beer sauce, you add the final kick. Just a little enchilada sauce. Yes oh yes. Told you, these are some good tacos.

That’s it for the chicken, simple, but so good. You could use the chicken for wraps, enchiladas or even just served over rice. Obviously, putting it in tacos is my favorite.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Hmm, so what else. The salsa. I know apple salsa might sound a little strange, but I’m hooked. Like eat by the spoonful hooked. Also, I am giving you fair warning that pomegranates are going to be a weekly thing around here from now until I can’t find them anymore. I’m basically adding them to anything I can. One, because they are delicious and two, because they are so pretty. Like tiny pinkish, red jewels.

I also added a little sweet Thai chili sauce to the salsa for added sweetness + spiciness. FYI, sweet Thai chili sauce is like my secret weapon, when in doubt – I add sweet Thai chili sauce. It always livens things up a little, whether it is a Thai dish or not. All is fair game with sweet Thai chili sauce.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So yeah, the bottom line for today – your Monday needs a taco. This taco to be exact!

And with that I will end my rambling, because wow, I think like every sentence today was a run on.

Ugh, Monday.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w/Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 336 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 in chipotle chilies adobo minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or more or less to taste
  • salt and peper
  • 1 (8 ounce) beer
  • 1/2 cup apple cider plus more if needed
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup enchilada sauce
  • 8 warmed flour or corn tortillas for serving
  • sharp cheddar cheese + cotija cheese for serving

Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa.

  • 2 honeycrisp apples finely chopped
  • arils from one small pomegranate
  • 1 jalapeño seeded (if desired) + chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2-4 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce (I used 3 but use as little or much as you would like)

Instructions

  • Add the chicken to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the garlic, minced chipotle chilies in adobo, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, brown sugar and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Toss well to combine, making sure all the chicken gets coated in seasonings.
  • Heat a large brasier or dutch oven over medium high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and sear on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side. Reduce the heat slightly and pour in the beer + apple cider. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make the salsa. Add the chopped apple, pomegranate arils, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and sweet thai chili sauce to a bowl. Toss well to combine, taste and adjust if needed. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pot and shred with two forks. Meanwhile reduce the sauce that is left in the pot down to about 3/4 of a cup. Add the shredded chicken back to the sauce in the pot and toss. Now add the enchilada sauce and continue to cook about 2 minutes or until warmed through. If the sauce gets too thick, add a splash of apple cider.
  • To serve, add the shredded chicken to a warmed taco shell. Top with cheddar, avocado and then the apple salsa. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. Happy taco eating!

Notes

*To make these in the crockpot, add all the ingredients for the tacos (minus the cheese + tortillas) to the bowl of your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or low 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken and return to the crockpot. If needed cook the chicken oh high for 30 minutes with the lid off to help thin the sauce.

Spicy Cider Beer Braised Chicken Enchilada Tacos w-Sweet Chili Apple-Pomegranate Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Taco Monday in for the win!

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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make these tacos…they are delicious!!! And the salsa is so creative and fantastic! Thank you so much for the time and energy you put into you recipes. Every single one I’ve tried is fantastic!

  2. Hi, what size Staub cocotte is that in your photo and where did you buy your tray that you have everything sitting in?

    1. That is the 8 ounce cocotte, the smallest size! The trey is vintage. It’s from an antique store. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times, and they are always a hit. A few modifications others may like:

    – substitute chicken broth for beer (for those who don’t drink)
    – dump all chicken ingredients in an instant pot and cook on the “chicken” setting
    – MY FAVORITE: make as a salad … use a simple cilantro lime dressing (cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt, olive oil) and put cooked chicken, apple salsa, and taco extras (cheese, avocado, etc) over dressed salad greens

    Dare I say it’s even better as a salad than as a taco?!? I know … blasphemy. 🙂

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