Pineapple Chicken Tacos

Ok friends, this is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever made.

Recently Payson and I have been starting to eat more healthy and this recipe meets all our requirements! There’s fruits, veggies, loads of protein and some healthy fats. Plus all the flavors are so bold, and make you want to do a little victory dance around the kitchen!

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There really aren’t many ingredients or skills necessary here, so I’d definitely classify this recipe as a beginner level. It’d also be great for a family BBQ or pool party because all the ingredients travel super well. These tacos have 3 layers, so I’m going to walk you through each layer, step by step.

Layer 1- Obvs the avocado

I love avocados. I know right now they’re super trendy, or whatever, but I 100% believe they make basically every meal better. Mash your avocado, add the salsa and seasonings to create a guacamole. I like to spread a thin layer of the guacamole along the entire tortilla to act like a glue that holds everything together. That way you reduce your taco spillage; because nobody likes messy hands, empty tortillas, and eating the fillings with a fork.

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** Also I think this goes without saying, but it’s necessary to warm your tortillas before serving. If you get them slightly browned or even a little crispy then the avocado won’t make them soggy. **

Layer 2- Proteins

I’m not a huge meat lover (except chicken. I looove chicken), but I totally value lean protein. It’s a nice way to give your body fuel that also helps you burn any extra stored fat (AKA the muffin tops we all created to become more like Santa during the holidays).

For these tacos I chose black beans and chicken. I put the beans on first, right on top of the guacamole. That way they don’t slide off and turn your taco into a disaster. Then I layer on about 3-4 pieces of thinly sliced chicken.

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Layer 3- Salsa

Oh baby the salsa.

Seriously I made this yesterday and we already made another batch, it’s THAT GOOD. I’m typically not a fan of fruit salsa, but I think that’s because I had only tasted store bought brands that mixed fruit into some tomato based salsa, which was the worst. This however, is probably what the bible talks about when it says God gave the Israelites “Manna” in the wilderness. Blasphemous? Probably. But after you taste it I think you’ll agree with me.

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It’s just fresh pineapple, mini sweet red peppers (you could also use bell peppers, but I prefer the mini sweets because… well, they’re just sweeter. And I think it tastes better), red onion, and cilantro. Finish it off with a little lime juice, black pepper and garlic salt. Super simple, raw ingredients just showcasing their natural beauty.

That’s it folks, the recipe for the perfect summer taco. Please try it out and message me on social media to tell me how it went! If you have any amazing summer recipes you’d like me to try or suggestions of what I should make next, leave me a comment below!

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Pineapple Chicken Tacos

Yields 8 Tacos                      Cook Time 15 minutes                  Total Time 20-25 minutes

**This recipe is technically three recipes, all in the same dish. I make each recipe in this order, and then put them all on a warmed tortilla to create a fantastic taco. **

Salsa

  • 4 mini sweet red peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 lime
  • Garlic Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Combine peppers, cilantro, pineapple, and onion in a small mixing bowl. Squeeze lime on top and season to taste. I typically use about 1/4 tsp of each.

Guacamole

  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Tbsp store bought Salsa or Picante Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper (salt and pepper can be adjusted to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Mash avocado then add salsa, pepper and garlic salt. Mix well.

Taco Proteins

  • 1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 large Chicken Breast
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of garlic Salt
  • Dash of Black Pepper
  • Dash of onion powder
  • 1 can black beans

Melt coconut oil in a skillet on the stove top. Rub chicken with spices and cook in skillet until juices run clear. Add beans to the skillet or warm them separately in the microwave.

Taco Building– Warm your tortilla and put the guacamole first. This helps so the rest of the fillings won’t slip out as much. Then layer the beans, chicken, and spoonful of salsa on top. Enjoy!

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