Jerk Chicken Tacos

We love tacos , my son loves tacos , i think he can eat tacos almost everyday , it’s his favorite food . No wonder when i was pregnant i actually ate mexican food almost everyday LOL. I remember my mother in law and i used to go out lunch every two days for mexican food , we loved the local taco shop back in Indiana , i am not sure if they still exists though .

There are regular mexican tacos , there are fish tacos , so why can’t we use different seasoning for tacos ? Nobody says that you only have to use the typical taco seasoning for making chicken tacos , right ? Just like you can do your fish tacos , fried or grilled or however you wanted it .

Even though this uses slow cooker , it doesn’t take long . Given your chicken is already thaw out LOL . Only about 4 hours on high in slow cooker and the chicken part is done . The rest , is just making the salsa , which doesn’t take long either . These days i am about to make dishes that doesn’t take long , and doesn’t use stove or oven , because it is too dang hot !

Since this requires Jamaican Jerk seasoning , you have two options , either you run to the store and buy the ready made seasoning, or you can always make it yourself , especially if your pantry is fully stocked with spices . I made my own seasoning , i wasn’t willing to pay over $5 for a small seasoning when i can just mix it myself at home . LOL

Ingredients ( for Jamaican Jerk spice rub )

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground allspice ( i used 1/2 tsp cinnamon , 1/4 tsp ginger and 1/4 tsp cloves )
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl , store in a jar .

Ingredients for tacos :

  • about 1 kg of boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of half lime
  • juice of large orange , about 1/4 cup
  • corn tortillas

Directions :

  • Rub the chicken with the jerk seasoning all over , place in the slow cooker , add in the lime and orange juice .
  • Cover and cook on high for about 3-4 hours .
  • Check by then and you can start to shred the chicken , if it’s still not tender enough, cook for another hour . Otherwise , shred the chicken , mix , cook for another hour in the slow cooker .
  • Assemble your taco , and top with some salsa , i like to use this mango salsa . Recipe below

Ingredients for mango salsa :

  • 1 large ripe mango
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped jalapeno or scotch bonnet
  • bunch of cilantro
  • juice of half lime
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • kosher salt and pepper

Mix all these above ingredients together in small bowl . Chill in the fridge until ready to be used .

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