Shredded Enchilada Chicken (Crockpot Recipe)

Since Mexican food is a favorite of mine, I’ve created and perfected, in my humble opinion, this version of enchilada chicken. It is creamy, juicy, cheesey, and full of flavor. The best part is that it’s so simple to make and it’s so versatile that it can be used in a variety of meals from tacos to burritos to Mexi-bowls. This is also a potluck crowd pleaser!

Something magical happens to chicken as it cooks low and slow in a crockpot. It soaks up sauces and stays moist from it’s own juices. My favorite part is that the beautifully flavored and tender chicken begins to fall apart all on it’s own. This shredded enchilada chicken is a great dish that tastes like your Abuela slaved over a hot stove all day. When in fact all you have to do is toss some ingredients into a crockpot and leave it to do all of the work while you take all of the credit.

Shredded Enchilada Chicken (Crockpot Recipe)

Turn up your typical taco night with this super tasty Mexi-Cali version of enchilada chicken. This shredded chicken can be used in tacos, burritos, Mexi-bowls, and more. It's so full of flavor that you won't believe how simple it is to make. 

Print Recipe
Course: Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs skinless boneless chicken tenderloins can substitute with chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup enchilada verde sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded (can substitute with 1 addition cup of cheddar)
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • your favorite add-ins rice, tortillas, avocado, lime, cilantro, sour cream, salsa...

Instructions

  1. Set your crockpot to the low setting

  2. Add your taco seasoning to the crockpot and then slowly add in the enchilada sauce while mixing it into the taco seasoning. You want to get a wet thick paste consistency that's not watery, so add as much or as little sauce as you need to get the right thickness. 

  3. Stir the chicken into the seasoning and sauce mixture. (The chicken doesn't need to be evenly coated) Cover and let cook for 4 hours (6 hours if you're starting with frozen chicken)

  4. While the chicken is cooking, shred your cheeses and set them aside for later.  

  5. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, pull out the chicken and shred. The chicken should be falling apart and easy to shred. I usually just use tongs and a fork. 

  6. Put the chicken back into the crockpot and stir in the softened cream cheese. Let cook for 10 minutes or until cream cheese is fully melted and incorporated. 

  7. Stir in the shredded cheeses until all of the cheese is fully melted.

  8. Then serve it any way you like it, in tacos, on top of rice, on a spoon...

    My husband loves to pile it into a burrito with some extra cheese, fresh salsa, and sour cream. 

  9. I love it on top of avocado with fresh salsa and sour cream for a tasty low-carb friendly Mexi-bowl. 

Crockpot Creamy Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

Soup has always been my comfort food and being Italian, tomato soup one of my favorites. I’ve tried for years to make a soup that my great grandma would be proud of and this is it! It has a classically rustic Italian flavor that warms and fills the belly just like Italian food should.

This soup has a slight sweetness from the roasted tomatoes that plays well will the herbaceous fresh basil. The creaminess gives it a beautiful texture that makes it a thick and hearty soup that is perfect as an entree or pair it with a salad for a light meal.

Creamy Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

This creamy smooth version of a classic tomato soup is bursting with flavor. The roasted tomatoes and fresh basil make it a treat for the senses. 

Print Recipe
Course: Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 10-12 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil finely diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar I used a low carb sugar blend
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Equipment

  • 5 quart crockpot
  • 1 immersion blender

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 450 degrees 

    Chop tomatoes, onions, and basil. Set the basil aside for later. 

Roasting the Tomatoes and Onions

  1. Spread tomatoes and onions on a large foil covered cookie sheet

  2. Sprinkle with salt to taste 

  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the tomatoes and onions

  4. Roast for 20 minutes until tomatoes and onions are soft to the touch 

  5. Pour the roasted tomatoes and onions into a bowl with as much of the juice as possible 

Making the Soup

  1. While the tomatoes are roasting, set your crockpot on the low setting

    You can cook on high but low and slow is my favorite way to crockpot 

  2. Add canned tomatoes (with the liquid), tomato paste, and all-spice to the crockpot 

  3. Stir in the roasted tomatoes and onions with their juice

  4. Stir in the chicken stock or broth 

  5. Let cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high 

  6. Here comes the fun part

    Blend everything in the crockpot with the immersion blender until smooth

  7. Slowly stir in the heavy cream

  8. Stir in the basil

    You could also put the basil in before you blend for a completely creamy feel

  9. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes or until the cream is fully incorporated

  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste

  11. Serve and enjoy

    This recipe makes 8 servings because I love leftovers 

Recipe Notes

Some tasty things that you might like to go with this soup are a toasted bread of your choice or chips made from cheese as a low carb option

You can make cheese chips in the oven by placing shredded cheese on a greased cookie sheet and cooking at 350 degrees until the cheese starts to brown slightly and let cool, they'll crisp up as they cool. Or you can make them in the microwave on a microwave safe plate and cooking at 30 seconds at a time until they begin to brown and then let cool. 

Parmesan and cheddar cheeses are my favorites but if you intend to use Parmesan you should cut back on the salt in the soup.  

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is getting to use my immersion blender. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one. You can use a traditional blender, but it will make for extra work.

This recipe was created with the intention to have leftovers so it can be cut in half if you desire.

 

How to Make Roasted Spaghetti Squash Marinara

I have never cooked a spaghetti squash before so I was a bit nervous.  After making my first, it is one of the easiest recipes that looks and tastes like it came from a professional chef.  I did cheat a bit and use a store bought spaghetti sauce, but I modified the flavor to make it taste more homemade and it matched the taste of the roasted spaghetti squash perfectly.

If you’re looking for a recipe with how to make spaghetti squash marinara, this is one that is incredibly easy and tastes great.  It also inspired me to come up with a few more twists which I’ll be trying shortly.

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Roasted Avocado, Butternut Squash, Potato & Chicken Recipe – Yum!

So I had nothing in the fridge except vegetables and chicken, garlic paste and an avocado. It was time for lunch, I didn’t feel like getting delivery so I decided to see what would happen if I would try roasting everything together. It’s hard to not roast something with garlic and not have it taste amazing, and this will definitely not disappoint you!

Here’s how to make roasted avocado, butternut squash and potato garlic chicken!

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Mini Fruit Pies – Perfect for Picnics & Parties

So making fruit pies scares me.  Getting the pie crusts to sit perfectly in the tin is a nightmare!  Yes, I admit it, I hate it, hate it, hate it…but that doesn’t stop me from trying over and over.  With that said, I discovered something magic that makes it the easiest thing in the world.  Mini pies.

Instead of trying to lay a perfect pie crust, you can use a basic cupcake sheet and simply push the crusts down.  Even if they fold, aren’t perfect, etc… it doesn’t matter.  The pies come out looking perfect and you can go as thick and somewhat thin as you want.  It’s a perfect serving size, delicious, easy to make and super fun!  Here’s my recipe for making mini pies in multiple flavors.

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Meringue Cookies Recipe

So I saw that meringue cookies only have roughly 30-35 calories (you’ll have to fact check yourself).  I had never made meringue before, but I was inspired and had an idea to make a really cool assortment of Valentine’s themed meringue cookies.  The first batch I tried to make was a serious failure, but the reason is that I didn’t know to keep blending the ingredients more.  I stopped when it was almost at soft peaks and gave up.  Don’t let this happen to you.  The end result is absolutely worth it!

Anyways, valentine’s meringue cookies are super fun, cute and really easy.  It’s a bit boring waiting for the egg whites to turn into meringue, but the payoff is worth it.  Below you’ll find step by step instructions as well as pictures for exactly what they should look like each step of the way.  If you get creative, you could make meringue cookies for any holiday like Christmas, Hanukah, Easter and others.

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Chocolate, Strawberry & Whipped Cream Cups – Easy Recipe!

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something up that is fun, easy and special for you and the one you love.  This recipe is super fun and super easy.  It’s to make a chocolate, whipped create and strawberry cup.  This one is soo easy (I made it up and didn’t even screw it up) so you can do it too and pretend to be a professional pastry chef!

What’s even better?  The recipe is easy and takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  So lets get cooking!  strawberry and cream pastry cups [Read more…]

Sauteed Red Pepper, Onion & Garlic Chicken Breasts – OMG Yum!

red pepper, onion and garlic chickenSo I am back on a diet and need to think of healthy ways to make yummy food which is how I came up with this idea for a diet friendly chicken breast.  It is my new sauteed red pepper, onion and garlic chicken breast.  Hold crap is it good!  My satueed red pepper, garlic and onion chicken is very easy and is very healthy as opposed to other things you could be eating in my opinion.  It takes about ten minutes to make with only 2 or 3 minutes of prep time.  However, before I share my sauteed red pepper, onion and garlic chicken recipe, I’d like to share a store below with you.  It is where I buy my pajamas and fun slippers and novelty robes.  By clicking on my link and buying even something for a couple of dollars you help to support this blog since I earn a small part of the sale and help me continue to bring you new recipes.

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Red Pepper, Onion and Garlic Chicken Recipe

Now we’ll get to what you’ve been waiting for.  My new diet friendly red pepper, onion and garlic chicken recipe.  To make this fun and fabulous dish, you will only need a few things.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Two Chicken Breasts
  • Sea Salt and Pepper (optional)
  • Crushed Garlic
  • 1/2 of a small chopped red onion
  • Julienne and then sliced horizontally red peppers.

Take a large frying pan with a cover and pour in some of the extra virgin olive oil.  You don’t need a lot.  Chop your red onion and combine it with your crushed and chopped garlic and throw it into the olive oil.  Now throw in your chicken breasts and throw on a small splash of sea salt and pepper.  Next toss in your red pepper rectangles and cover the pan.  Let everything sit on high for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly, flip the breasts over to brown them again real quick on the other side and carefully plate it all.

Making this fun and amazing red pepper, onion and garlic chicken is super easy and really good.  You’ll love it, your friends will love it and there is much that could make it bad for a diet.  One chicken breast with the veggies can be enough for an entire meal as well (I was shocked too).  Thank you again for visiting and if you enjoyed this recipe for red pepper, onion and garlic chicken, make sure to share this on twitter, pinterest, facebook or even better, click one of the banners and buy something small to support this blog.  However, if you use a coupon code I won’t get credit.  Thank you again and enjoy!

Superman Breakfast & Superman Bath Robes & Underwear

One thing that never gets old are superheroes and the people that love them.  From kids to adults, people love reading about them and always love collecting them.  That is  why when I saw the following superman bath robes and superman underwear for men and kids I instantly had to create a superhero breakfast that would go along perfectly.  Superman bath robes and superman underwear are timeless classics.  Men love to show them off and wear them and kids love to pretend they can jump the tallest buildings, shoot lasers from their eyes and fight the evil villains.  That’s why creating a protein packed breakfast that looks like the man of steel is essential for your guy when he is getting ready to tackle Lex Luthor and the corporate world.   Check out the superman bath robes and superman underwear below and buy them if you like them to support this site.  Then try our recipes to create a superhero breakfast that any fan would love to wake up to.

Superman underwear for men

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Superman bath robes for men

Superman bath robes for men

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Superman slippers for men

Superman slippers for men

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superhero breakfast

superhero breakfast

Superhero breakfast

This is one of the easiest things to make.  The first thing to do is to cook bacon into strips.  Now cook your eggs.  You can do three sunnyside up (eating raw or under cooked foods can be very dangerous so do this at your own risk) or scrambled.  Now, create the diamond shape (you can break and lay the pieces out or wrap the edges of the bacon together so that they cook and stick in this shape.  You do have to be careful they don’t shrink as much and come apart so it can be tricky.  Next cook your eggs.

If you do scrambled you are good to go.  Just put the scrambled eggs inside the diamond.  If you go sunnyside up, try to make them inside a smaller frying pan that is about the same size as the inside of the diamond.  Now take the sunnyside up eggs and place them inside the diamond.  Now create the S out of pieces of bacon or wrap pieces together so that when you cook them they will cook in an S.  Bacon shrinks so you want to make sure it starts out large enough so it can cover the diamond and not break apart.  Now if you did sunnyside up, break the yolks and the yellow should fill in underneath the bacon creating a cook looking emblem.  If you used scrambled then you just need to fill in the gaps.  Now you can outline the bacon in hot sauce or ketchup if you want more of a line and you are ready to serve a breakfast fit for a superhero.