Coffee Roasted Pumpkin Seed Snack Clusters…Dipped in Chocolate.
You know about Taco Tuesday? Well, today I am all about Taco Monday.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Taco Monday in for the win!
Just made these as nachos. So good!
Oh that sounds delish! Thanks so much for the idea! xxTieghan
Couldn’t find any pomegranates, so I used cranberries! Stays with fall theme. I just processed really quick and added to apple. I wanted the red color and something that would hold up. Also added a few dried cranberries! These are delicious!
Love a good taco recipe. These taste great. Love the quick and easy braising method.
Thank you so much for making the recipe, I am thrilled it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan
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!
Awh you are too kind! I am so glad this turned out so well for you Jeannine! xTieghan
Hi, what size Staub cocotte is that in your photo and where did you buy your tray that you have everything sitting in?
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