Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; then add the ground meat and crumble. When meat is no longer pink, add cumin and chili powder and stir to combine; then add the salsa, beans, and corn and cook through. Toss in some shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted.
Serve with chips and taco toppings, serve over rice, or use as a burrito filling.
This chicken is delicious in tacos, and then I used the leftovers for taco salad the next day. Chicken would also work great for burritos.
Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings.
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 TBSP olive oil
1 c. Herdez mild or medium salsa verde
1/3-1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. pepper
Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add all of the remaining ingredients . Cook on HIGH for 2-4 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
Remove chicken to a cutting board, and let rest 5 minutes before shredding (there will be a lot of liquid remaining).
Return shredded chicken and let cook on low for an additional 20-30 minutes to absorb some of the liquid/juices. Drain excess liquid before serving or use tongs to remove shredded chicken. Taste and add more honey for sweeter, lime for more tang.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until it’s light and fluffy, about 60 seconds. Use a spoon or rubber spatula to stir in green chiles, lime juice, salt, cumin, chile powder, and cilantro until well combined. Fold in cooked chicken.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream and salsa verde until combined. Place a large spoonful of the salsa verde mixture into the bottom of the prepared 9×13 pan and spread it out in a light, even layer, just enough to wet the bottom of the pan.
Assemble enchiladas by placing a big scoop if the chicken filling onto the center of a tortilla. Roll up the tortilla, tucking in the ends as you go. Lay it in the pan. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Pour the remainder of the salsa verde mixture over the top of the assembled enchiladas. Sprinkle the monterey jack cheese over the tops of the enchiladas to cover.
Bake in the preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. Place under the broiler setting for 2-3 minutes for extra browning. Garnish with more freshly chopped cilantro if desired.
Top with: Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and/or jalapenos
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1/3 cup enchilada sauce, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and diced green chilis. Mix until everything is combined.
Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan and spread it out until the bottom is covered. Use 3 tortillas to cover the bottom of the pan. I cut or tear them in half to fill gaps.
Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover chicken mixture with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce. Use 3 more tortillas to cover the first layer.
Add another 1/3 of the chicken mixture and spread out over the tortillas. Add 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese over the chicken mixture. Using 3 more tortillas, cover the second layer.
Add remaining chicken mixture and spread over tortillas. Add another 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over chicken mixture. Cover the third layer with remaining tortillas.
Using remaining sauce, pour over the entire top of the casserole. Try to cover as much of the tortillas as possible to keep them from drying out while the casserole bakes. Spread the remaining cup of cheese over the top of the sauce.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole nice and bubbly.
Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving for easy to serve portions.
Warm tortillas and toppings: crema, avocado, feta, cilantro, pickled onion
Chipotle Peach Salsa:
1/2 c. salsa verde
1/4 c. (or less to taste) chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped
1/2 c. chopped ripe peaches
In the bowl of the Instant pot, combine chicken through beer. Cover and cook on manual for 10 minutes; then quick release.
Preheat broiler. Remove meat from the Instant pot and shred. Add meat to a baking sheet and then add 1/4 c. of the cooking liquid and lime juice. Drizzle hone. Broil for 2-5 minutes, until crispy. Add more cooking liquid if necessary. Watch closely.
For the salsa: combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until combined. Season with salt.
To serve: add carnitas to tortilla and top with salsa and desired toppings.
Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas with Chipotle Peach Salsa:
1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
Serve with: sliced avocado, lime wedges, cheese, chopped chipotles in adobo, sour cream, and tortilla chips
Set the instant pot to saute. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, poblano peppers, paprika, cumin, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook 5-10 minutes, until very fragrant. Turn the instant pot off. Add the chicken, then stir in the tomatoes and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
Once done cooking, use the quick release and release the steam. Shred the chicken using two forks. Stir in the lime juice, and cilantro.
Ladle the soup into bowls. Top, as desired, with sliced avocado, lime wedges, cheese, chopped chipotles in adobo, sour cream, and tortilla chips.