Salsa Chicken Tacos

Salsa Chicken Tacos in the Instant Pot

Easy, fast and minimal ingredient recipes are the way to my heart. The weeknights are always crazy – between wrangling a toddler, and feeding an infant, I don’t have much time.  I want something that will taste great that everyone will love, and doesn’t keep me in the kitchen for hours. Here’s an easy go to recipe for those taco nights!

 

Salsa Chicken Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Chicken Breasts (2-3lbs)
  • Herdez Salsa 16 oz (or any red salsa of your choice)
  • Fiesta Ranch Dip mix packet

Taco Filling:

  • Crispy taco shells
  • Salsa Chicken
  • Avocado
  • Cheese

Directions:

  • Place uncooked chicken breasts on the bottom of Instant Pot. Pour salsa to cover chicken breasts. Sprinkle Fiesta Ranch Dip on top (I used half a packet).
  • Set Instant Pot on High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Let Instant Pot naturally release – (takes around 10 minutes).
  • Remove chicken and shred.
  • Return shredded chicken back to the liquid mixture in the Instant Pot.
  • Use chicken and make your tacos!

I top my tacos with sliced avocado and cheese. Delicioso! You can make with rice and beans or just eat 12 tacos like Daniel does.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can do the EXACT same thing with a Crockpot – just cook on High for 4 hours or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

 

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Oreo Balls

I have decided to share one of my most well-loved recipes. Oreo Balls.  I will warn you now, you can not eat just one.

I have been making Oreo Balls for years now. It has to be the easiest, crowd-pleasing dessert recipe I have. Wherever you take it, or if you keep it for yourself, it will be gone within minutes. This is the first recipe I’m posting on my blog so I’m hoping it translates and makes sense to you!

 

OREO BALLS

Makes approximately 2 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Oreos
  • 1 pack of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • Vanilla Coating (16 oz)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

  1. Smash Oreos into crumbs.
  2. Mix cream cheese and Oreo crumbs together.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls (or however big or small you prefer).
  4. Place into refrigerator for 1 hour to cool (this helps when you dip them into the vanilla coating so they don’t fall apart).
  5. Cover with vanilla coating and sprinkles.
  6. Refrigerate (optional).
  7. Enjoy!

 

Here is the recipe in pictures!

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Only three ingredients! Yay!

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I like to put the Oreos in a plastic bag and then use a rolling pin to crush them.

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Mix crumbs and cream cheese together.

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Roll into balls and then refrigerate.

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Make sure to follow the warm-up directions on the vanilla coating package. I use a fork to dip them. It’s not professional looking by any means, but it works for me.

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Let the excess coating drip off.

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Sprinkles are optional, but I like the crunch it gives! Kapri LOVES doing the sprinkles.

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There you go! Oreo balls! Enjoy!

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Try not to drool!

 

 

Surprise Date Challenge No. 1

Hey ya’ll! So my husband and I started a challenge, a Surprise Date Challenge. We usually struggle to decide where to go or what to do, or go on the same date – sushi and a movie.   We love our traditional date, but I wanted to change things up. That leads us here, to the beginning of the Surprise Date Challenge.

The challenge rules:

(We will use “the surprised” and the “date planner”)

  1. The date planner must not disclose any details of the date ( Some clues are fine. I chose no clues muahaha.)
  2. The date planner is to advise what ‘the surprised” should wear – don’t want to wear a dress to go hiking, right?
  3. The date planner and the surprised switch roles each month.

(Daniel drove everywhere, I just told him where to go. I still like to be chauffeured. Hehe.)

I was the one to start the challenge as the date planner.  Sometimes <cough-cough> my husband needs me to show him how things are done. I felt like I set the bar pretty high. You be the judge.

Our first stop

Vines on the Rocks Winery. We have driven past this vineyard millions of times (it is literally 5 minutes from our house) and have always wanted to stop.   I thought it would be the perfect place to start our date.

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We did a wine tasting and it just so happened, they were offering a FREE glass of wine in honor of Fiesta! Viva Awesome!

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I got a glass of sweet red wine and Daniel got the Tempranillo – which is one of their wines straight from the vineyard. The atmosphere was amazing and the people were even better. They made us feel right at home. We could’ve spent all evening there.  I can’t wait to go back. First stop was a success!

The second stop: 

Dinner at Burgerteca. It was a cute, casual and relaxed little place in Southtown of San Antonio, next to the San Antonio River. We started dinner with some drinks. Michelada for Daniel and a Sangria for me – one of the best I’ve had.

 

Then for our meal: Chile Con Queso Burger, Mexican Street Dog, Big Tex Crispy Dog and Queso Fundido Fries. I’ll leave the pictures so you can salivate.

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And yes, it tasted as good as it looks. It was deliciosooooooo yummy. Hungry yet?

 

The last stop: 

Dessert at Steel City Pops. It was just a few blocks away from Burgerteca in South Town. Gourmet popsicles with a very industrial modern atmosphere.

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Daniel tried the Lemon Creme and I got the Strawberry Shortcake dipped in white chocolate with drizzle of milk chocolate on top.

It was the perfect end to our date!

We had an amazing time and Daniel loved it. He had no idea what I had planned, which made it so fun! It’s not easy to make time for each other with two kids, but we’ve learned it is SO important!  I remember with Kapri, we didn’t go on a date until Kapri was one! (We did have to stop at Walmart after all the shenanigans though, had to get Ezra some bigger pajamas for his chub self – always living that parent life.)

Next month, it’s Daniel’s turn. He says he already has it all planned out (I’m pretty sure he’s freaking out trying to think how he’s going to top mine)…. I guess we shall see. Stay tuned for next month!

Are you ready to take the challenge?

 

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