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Since I'm making this again today, I thought I'd share! Eventually I'll put it in a nicer format and get it up on my cooking page/website but for now, here you go:

Ingredients:

1 whole roaster chicken
2 cans Ro-tel (find this near the tomatoes/sauce in almost any grocery store - if you cant find it you can use a can of diced tomatoes and a can of green chilis)
1 packet taco seasoning
Cumin - Salt - to taste

Take chicken, cut off some of the excess fat. Rinse and pat dry. Place in slow cooker.
Cover chicken with two cans of Ro-tel. Brush tomatoes off chicken so they fall to bottom of cooker.
Sprinkle whole chicken with taco seasoning. Cut breasts/thighs and rub seasoning in. Sprinkle with extra cumin and a little salt if desired.

Cook all day on low (till chicken starts falling off the bone, totally cooked - about 6-8 hours depending on cooker). Skim fat from top layer of juices periodically, discard.

When chicken is cooked, remove and put on cutting board, let cool.
Throw away the skin and bones, put good chicken back into sauce mix in cooker, stir.

Continue cooking for 1/2 hour or so - then leave on 'keep warm' until you're ready to use it.

This mexican chicken is seriously delicious - better than you'll get at most restaurants! It makes a large amount for under $4 (chicken + spices/cans) and can easily feed 4-8 people depending on what you do with it.

Make enchiladas, tacos, etc. :)



My favorite thing to do with it:

'Mexican Pizzas'

8 flour tortillas (try whole wheat or multi-grain, these are great!) - fry each of these individually in vegetable oil until crisp/golden brown. Place on paper towels to drain.

Place tortillas on baking sheets (with lip to catch juices) - cover with refried beans, chicken, cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and any favorite veggies (olives, etc.) This sounds dumb but Land-o-lakes White American cheese is delicious on these. I found out by asking that's what most of the restaurants here use! (And I thought it was some fancy mexican cheese, ffft.)

Bake in oven at 350 until cheese melts. Serve hot! These are absolutely awesome and make good leftovers, too. You can cut them up into 'pie' slices with a pizza roller and use them as appetizers as well. Serve with guacamole or sour cream, salsa if you wish.

Bonus: The tortilla packs usually come in 10s, so fry the extra 2 tortillas. Sprinkle one with cinnamon/sugar and honey. Add ice cream. Top with second tortilla, repeat. This makes a quick, delicious desert that complements the mexican meal perfectly! Ghetto fashion sopapillas. :)


Enjoy! Now, for me, back to painting!!

Comments

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foxfeather
Apr. 12th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
They are really easy to make, definitely give them a try!
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foxfeather
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Most of the big grocery stores carry it as a bulk item. I just get a big chunk of it, usually only $3-4 a pound.
Seriously, when I was first trying to make these I went to a mexican market and bought all sorts of weird Mexican cheeses and researched them online as well... they were all SO gross! I had given up on figuring out what one my favorite restaurant used when I asked a server again (they didnt tell me before when I'd asked) and they said it was just that - Land-O-Lakes white american. Ha! Not normally a cheese I would buy or eat, but its got just enough flavor, is soft and melts well and makes great on Mexican!
nyc_coyote
Apr. 12th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
That sounds soooooo delicious! I almost want to go buy a slow cooker just to make this dish. Maybe one of my local friends has one... I may try adapting this for one person, in the oven in a dutch pan. Think it'd work?
peachtales
Apr. 12th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I am cooking just for one person, and a slow cooker is a worthwhile investment, especially since many things you can make also freeze very well :)
foxfeather
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with Peachcat - slow cookers are well worth the cost - you can usually find reasonable ones at Target/Walmart/wherever for around $30-40. As long as they have a ceramic inset they pretty much last forever! They are nice because you can put meat and veggies in there to cook all day and end up with a delicious roast even with cheap/tough meat.
A dutch oven should work! I use mine interchangeably with the slow cooker depending on the size of the meal I'm making. If you used a very small chicken (or if you're cooking for one - half a chicken!) you should be able to do it just fine! I've never put my dutch oven in the oven yet, I always just have it on the stove simmering on the lowest setting all day. But I think eithe way works!
peachtales
Apr. 12th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, all of it sounds delicious!

And because once a proofreader, always a proofreader - did you mean to say "...Throw away the skin and bones..." rather than meat and bones?
foxfeather
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for catching that! I edited it - yes I meant to say skin and bones. Keep the meat!
This freezes really well too and if you're really thrifty you can use the stock it produces as a soup base (tastes absolutely great with rice or beans!) later, too.
peachtales
Apr. 12th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oooh, another nice idea! I have been making variations on a pork loin (when they're on sale) roast in the slow cooker that is wonderful. I will try to send you the recipe.
ilyat
Apr. 12th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That sounds really good (and easy). I'm going to try it sometime in the next couple of weeks!
foxfeather
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I think for such a nice meal it literally doesn't get any easier! :) If you try it, let me know what you think. It's got me cooking mexican at home and not bothering to go to the local restaurants anymore for it. ^.^
skorzy
Apr. 12th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Niko has assailed me with tales of your cookery. I'm jealous!
thorintatge
Apr. 14th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
A chicken for under $4? Wow!
foxfeather
Apr. 15th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Are they so much more up there? You can get whole small chickens here for $3-4.
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