Chicken Lettuce Tacos

It should come as no surprise to you that I love Mexican food.  My adoration of all things chips and queso is pretty well known, as well as my appreciation for a good taco, enchilada, or fajita.  Naturally these are all dishes I try to recreate at home, but I can never seem to get them quite right.

This probably has something to do with the lack of lard and exorbitant amounts of cheese, or it could just be me. But, I’m usually pretty satisfied with the faux Mexican dishes I come up with because I know better than to expect them to taste like the original. I will never be able to recreate a botana at home, and trust me, that is a very, very good thing.

Ever heard of a botana? This may be something that is exclusive to those who grew up in southern Texas. If for any reason you ever find yourself venturing down to the valley in Texas, please do yourself a favor and get a botana. Order a “botana for one” and prepare to split it with four people. Completely delicious and worth every calorie.   All 24,293 of them.

If you are cool with a lightened up, extremely Tex-Mex version of a taco, then chicken lettuce tacos may just be for you.

It is a quick and easy weeknight meal, topped with my favorite tomatillo avocado salsa. I dug some crock pot black beans out of my freezer to add as well, and we were all set.

Chicken tacos
1 pound ground chicken
Mexican seasoning blend (cumin, cayenne, salt, garlic, lime juice) or a low-sodium chicken taco seasoning packet
1/3 cup water
1 can black beans or homemade black beans
6 large pieces Romaine lettuce, washed and trimmed
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
Cheese for garnish
Salsa for garnish

Brown meat in a large skillet. Drain any fat, then add in seasoning blend and water. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for five minutes.  Layer meat, black beans, salsa, tomatoes and cheese down the center of the lettuce.

It really doesn’t get much easier. I think this meal took about 15 minutes to throw together. And it provided leftovers, my favorite!

It definitely does not compare to the tacos from Mi Cocina and the likes, but they are a healthier option that definitely helps tone down my Mexican cravings

Any big weekend plans? Mine will be spent helping my mom find her “mother of the bride” dress for the wedding, and just relaxing with my parents and some good friends.  Happy Friday!

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