Chicken Taco Chili

Happy Tuesday Foodies! I hope you all had a great day yesterday; it was Halloween after all. In the past few years Nick and I have moved all over. We were traveling all over the state of Pennsylvania for about a year because I was going to school in Pittsburgh and he was going to school in Williamsport. Not only were we back and forth between those two cities, we were also in the Philadelphia area because Nick had {Army} Drill weekends. There were weeks that Nick would drive out to Pittsburg to rescue me, only so we could drive back to Williamsport in the same night. I know that may not mean anything to most of you, but the drive from Williamsport to Pittsburgh is about 4 hours. He would do that almost every week. He really is the best thing to ever happen to me. The year this was happening {that he was driving to Pittsburgh about two times per week} was the year he came home from Iraq. He is my hero.

In addition to traveling all of Pennsylvania, we moved to the good part of Mexico the summer after we both finished our graduation requirements, and only recently relocated to the east coast. As a result, we never {as a couple} have had trick or treaters. That is until last night. We had our FIRST trick or treaters ever!! I was so ecstatic! I was dancing around like a little kid on Christmas day! I was beyond ecstatic. I loved seeing the little kids dressed up. Our first little guy was dressed up like Woody from Toy Story. He was ADORABLE and super excited to be Woody. He did a little cowboy I’m Woooooodyy yell after he got his candy. It was a great way to spend the night. I hope next year we get lots more!  It will be the first time as a couple that we will have spent more than a year in the same place. I’m super excited about that kind of stability, especially right now.

It was pretty cold last night; I cannot remember being a little kid walking around in the cold Fall night to collect candy. However, I know kids do it and I know I used to walk around in the cool crisp night too. As the Fall nights come sooner and become colder, it’s imperative to try to eat hearty, warm and delicious meals but remain healthy {somehow}! Today I am making it a little bit easier to fill up with a delicious meal without much regret or fear of expanding your waistline. Take a look at this incredible Chicken Taco Chili. It is packed full of just enough spice and combination of flavors that you will think you’re eating a taco.

Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 1/6th + 1 tablespoon shredded cheese
Calories: 224.8
Fat: 3.1 g
Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
Fiber: 2.75 g
Protein: 31.25 g
Points+: 5

Here is what you will need:

2 large chicken breasts, {about 19 ounces}

  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 {15 ounce} can tomato sauce
  • 1 {14.5 ounce} can chili-ready diced tomatoes
  • 1 {10 ounce} can diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 ring slices jalapeno, small dice
  • ½ cup cheese, shredded
  • Tortilla chips {optional}

Directions:

  • Saute onion, garlic and jalapeno for a couple of minutes
  • Then, add the onion, garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and jalapeno in a crock pot

  • Place chicken on top and cover

  • Cook on high for 6 hours {or on low for 10 hours}
  • About 30 minutes before serving, remove chicken and shred

  • Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in
  • Top with 1 tablespoon shredded cheese and some tortilla chips

If you decide to use tortilla chips, they will add additional points. The amount of points added depends on the type of tortilla chips you decide to use and how many you add to your chili. I have not calculated that into the points value.

Nick LOVED this chili. We really love chili in our house. I will probably start making it more often as we continue into the fall and winter. The flavors in this dish were unbelievable. I did not expect the dish to taste the way it did, packed full of incredible {traditionally American} taco flavors. I ate a bowl of it faster than I’ve eaten anything in my life, I think. My bowl was finished BEFORE Nick was finished with his. That is unheard of. I seriously recommend giving this a try. It’s super easy to put together; you can put it together before work in the morning and enjoy it when you get home!

I hope you all give this a try soon. You will not regret it!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chicken Taco Chillin’

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