Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday: Cuban Chicken Tacos, Black Beans and Rice

This recipe has been quite a project! After going through several Cuban recipes, I was able to determine the main ingredients needed to make a Cuban marinade. After several trips to different stores in one day (looking for different ingredients!), I was finally able to come up with this recipe... and I LOVE IT! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Here is what you need:

1 lb cooked & shredded chicken (check out our how to: cook a crock pot chicken; it is exactly how I got my shredded chicken), 1 can of black beans, corn tortillas, orange juice, white rice, 3 cloves garlic, not pictured: red hot sauce, salt, olive oil, lemon juice

shredded cheese, cilantro, tomatoes, lime, avocado (not pictured)

Step 1: Create your marinade

I cannot believe I didn't take more pictures of this process. Maybe my camera ate my photos?!

To make the marinade:

Combine in a blender: 1/2 tsp-3/4 tsp. ground cumin seed, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 tsp (or more depending on how spicy you like it) red hot sauce, 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 TB olive oil, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 TB lemon juice
and the juice from 1/2 of a lime.

Step 2: Add Chicken, put in refrigerator and allow to marinade for 2 1/2 hours or more. (This is a good time to taste your chicken to see if you want to add more hot sauce, orange juice, lime/lemon juice.)

Step 3: Make your white rice (according to package). Then add black beans, rice, 1 tsp. Cumin and heat.

Step 4: After marinading, heat chicken up in saucepan until warm.

Step 5: Heat up Corn Tortillas in a skillet; 15 seconds each side.

Step 6: Dish up your meal:

Serve with cilantro, avocado, cheese and tomatoes. Squeeze fresh lime juice over your chicken and Enjoy!

Cost of meal for a family of 4: $6.00

Cost person: $1.50

Do you have a great Cuban recipe you love?

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Charlotte and Mike said...

That looks fabulous...can't wait to try it!!

LessPayGourmet said...

This looks interesting and yummy...must try soon. It's like Cuba meets Mexico! I'm of Cuban descent (my parents are from Cuba and my grandparents from Spain). Unlike Mexican food, Cuban food is not spicy hot. Instead, it gets its flavor from garlic, onion, bell peppers, olive oil and the cumin you used is absolutely spot on! Thanks for adding a Cuban meal to your meal plan, MP Mommies! Cuban food is healthy, tasty and thrifty, too!