Spicy Chicken Tacos

Thursday, 31 May 2018

I don't think I could ever under-estimate how much I love adore Mexican/South American flavours when it comes to cooking and eating.  I am sure that none of what I make is actually authentic, but my heart is in the right place and I always enjoy the results of my labours so that is what counts right?

 I take every opportunity that I can to cook and eat with these flavours.  That's why I got really excited when I saw the May Degustabox!  There were some of my favourite ingredients in it, by way of some lovely Latin American Coconut & Black Pepper Soft Tortillas.  This is the brand I always buy and I knew right way that is what I would be highlighting with a recipe.  You are going to love these.  We do and did! 

But first, more about the box.

I love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas gift. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try  new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes! They are great value for money spent. 

Here is what was in the May Box, which had a World Cup theme!

KIT KAT Senses Mix 1 X £3.99 

Made to share, the mixed box of KitKat Senses includes all three deliciously indulgent flavours: Salted Caramel, Double Chocolate and Hazelnut. Lift the lid to reveal a pop open bo designed for sharing, full of individually wrapped indulgent treats, with something for everyone to enjoy.

What can I say?  Chocolate?  KitKat which happens to be a real favourite of ours.  This was win/win/win. 

KITKAT Bites White 1 X £1.59

Mini crispy ywafer fingers coated in a thick layer of white chocolate. Perfect so share with others, with a movie or as a treat! 

Very tasty, but I do like milk or dark chocolate more.

Pitch is a delicious, soft brioche roll with a generous amount of dark chocolatre chips or chocolate filling. They are free from preservatives and artificial colours. They are also individually wrappedm, making them great for lunch boxes, sports, car journeys and much more. Loved by kids, enjoyed by all! 

I love Brioche and these are quite handy for grabbing for breakfast, etc.  Almost too handy, lol.

THE GOOD CIDER of San Sebastion  2 X

Our cider is a celebration of all the Good things in life. It is made by a family of Spaniards who have been making cider in the Basque region of Spain since 1918. The Good Cider is made from apples grown on the family’s very own apple orchard. The good cider is made from natural, fresh pressed apple juice. No artificial flavors, no concentrate. While The Good Cider comes in a variety of flavours.

We are not drinkers of Alcohol, so my neighbor is enjoying.

SAY ALOE Reduced Sugar 1 X £1.49

Say Aloe isn't your average drink. Real pieces of Aloe Vera give the drink its unique texture, and its clean refreshing flavour make it delicious different refreshment.  I received the Strawberry flavour.

I like that it has reduced sugar content and is rich in Vitamin C.

Discover the great taste of Lucozade Energy Original in the moment when you need it most! Whatever your day may hold, remember your energy beats everything.  Lucozade energy is best served chilled, so put your bottle in the fridge for maximum great taste! 

Todd really likes Lucozade.

WE MADE Lemonade 1 X £1.50

Refreshingly non-carbonated drinks with absolutely no artificial flavours, additives, preservatives or refined sugars. Unlike many other drinks today, these drinks offer a refreshing and genuinely strong flavour without being packed with a whole bunch of artificial nonsense.

Served chilled and over ice, this was very much enjoyed.

Caribbean Creamy Chicken Curry Seasoning Mix  1 X £1.00

Caribbean fare is a melting pot of cuisines and a food lover's paradise. This seasoning mix is inspired by Indo-Caribbean food and, with its mild curry flavour, goes perfectly with chicken and cream. Alternately use with vegetables and coconut milk to suit vegan, vegetarian and lactose-free diets.

Mini Coconut & Black Pepper Soft Tortillas 1 X £1.50

Soft and flavoures 6 inch wheat flour tortillas.  These irresistable little tortillas are deliciously flavoured with coconut, lime, and black pepper.  All typical Caribbean ingredients.  The slightly sweet flavour of  coconut and the tanginess of the lime make the perfect to fill with flavour-intense or spicy food. 

This was the Degustabox product of the month and no surprise here, the product that I chose to highlight with a recipe.

I use their products all the time, and not just the tortillas.  All of their mixes, sauces, etc. are really good. I love their tortillas better than any other kind.  They are nice and soft and supple, and always taste lovely and fresh.

Did you know you can really enhance your tortilla experience  with an easy trick I learned recently?  Toast the tortillas over the open flame of a gas burner.  I read about it some place and thought I would try it and it produced amazing results. Unfortunately you can only do it if you have a gas hob, which thankfully I do.  Just turn on the gas and using a pair of tongs place the tortilla on and leave it for about 30 secons or so, you will see it start to puff and bubble in a few places, flip them over and do the same on the other side, and then fold in half and set aside to keep warm while you do the rest.

I will never warm my tortillas in the old way again.  This really made for amazing tortillas for our tacos!  (Not that these aren't pretty amazing tortillas anyways!) 

The filling is pretty simple.  I started with an avocado base, which was simply seasoned mashed avocado with some lime juice, which serves a dual purpose. It keeps the fruit green and it adds a lovely tartness which goes great with the chicken filling.  I spread that on the bottom of the blistered tortillas and top with some shredded lettuce.

The chicken filling is really simple . . .  its just sauteed onion, some chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, cooked chicken (shredded), a few herbs, some tinned tomatoes and more lime juice.  You can adjust the heat of the filling by the amount of chipotle you use.  I use 2 tsp, and that is just enough for us! 

I topped simply with some sour cream, grated cheese and a bit of chopped red onion.  Again, very simple.  There is nothing elaborate, but simple things, done well, speak for themselves, and these were fabulous tacos!! 

*Spicy Chicken Tacos*
makes a dozen small Tacos

Quite delicious with just the right amount of spice and super simple to make. You can make these as spicy or as mild as you enjoy according to how much of the chipotle chili in adobe sauce you use. I find 2 tsp just right for us! 

For the Taco Filling:
375g shredded cooked chicken (3 cups)
1 TBS light olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce, or to taste
1 tsp dried oregano flakes
1 tsp dried coriander leaf
1/2 tsp dried ground cumin
120g tinned chopped tomatoes in tomato juice, undrained(3/4 cup)
1 TBS lime juice
Salt and black pepper to taste 

For the Avocado:
2 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and coarsely mashed
1 TBS lime juice
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and black pepper to taste

You will also need:
2 small red onion, peeled and finely diced
6 inch flour tortillas
Mexican cheese blend
shredded lettuce
sour cream

For the filling, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions. Cook, over moderate heat, stirring frequently until softened without browning.  Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Add the chicken, chipotle chili, oregano and coriander leaf, ground cumin, undrained tomatoes and lime juice.  Cook and heat through over medium low heat.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper.  Keep warm.

Make the avocado by mashing the avocado together with the lime juice, garlic powder and seasoning to taste.

Have ready your cheese, lettuce and sour cream.

Warm your tortillas.  How I like to do them, which blisters them beautifully, is to take a pair of tongs and cook them over a lit gas burner.  Just plop them on for about 30 seconds, flip them over and cook for another 30 seconds upon which time they will be beautifull blistered and have taken on a smokey flavour.  Keep warm, while you blister them all.  Alternately warm your tortillas according to the package directions.

Fill as follows and serve immediately.  A layer of mashed avocado, some shredded lettuce, the chicken filling, sour cream and chopped red onions on top.  They are a bit messy to eat but oh so tasty!

Every box does include an information card, along with some other bits, recipes, etc. from the brands included.  I find it really handy to have, to learn about the products a bit more and to also know how much the products would cost if I went on to buy them, and also for ideas on how to use some of them.

So, that was the May  Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com 

 Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of this box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Note - Although I was sent a box free of charge any and all opinions are my own.
Bon appetit! 


  1. They look great! Just saw on IG:)

  2. These look really good as chicken, much less as tacos. And it would be a great way to enjoy the leftover meat!

    1. It is a fab way to enjoy leftover meat Jeanie! xo


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