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Chicken Tacos

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I’m not a big fan of the processed seasoning or the beef for tacos, I really have no clue what it is but my stomach revolts against it. They taste SO good at the time I eat them anyway and later regret it. So I decided to make a taco without the beef and with a homemade taco seasoning. Serving size is 3-5 but when I eat with Ben, it’s serving size of 2 because he eats enough for 4 people. So if your significant other eats a lot, be prepared because this is delicious and won’t last long!


This kind of meal has a LOT of opportunities to swap ingredients and add on what you like. Let me know what variations you’ve tried and how you liked it!

Chicken Tacos!

Chicken Tacos!

Prep Time:  12 min

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 3-5



1-1 1/2 lbs Chicken strips (or chicken breasts you can cut into strips, these tend to be cheaper)

1/2 diced Onion

1 diced Red Pepper (Choose any color you’d like)

1 1/2 or 2 diced Avocados

1 Package of wheat tortilla wraps or pita bread (we used Flatout flatbread: multi-grain with flax, but you could use anything you want to)


Taco Seasoning:

( I typically don’t use all the seasoning, I just sprinkle on some until I think it’s enough 🙂 )

1 Tbl chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder/minced onion

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika (if not available, use more chili powder)

1 1/2 tsp cumin  (if not available, use more chili powder)

1 tsp salt

1tsp black pepper


Pretty spices!


For Serving:

Sour cream

Shredded cheese






  1. Heat up two pans with olive oil on medium heat
  2. If you grabbed chicken breasts, just cut down them down to equal strip sizes.
  3. Chop up the onion, peppers, and avocado
  4. Toss the chopped vegetables in a pan and add some black pepper, garlic powder, and a few drops of lemon juice and saute, stirring every few minutes. Cook for a total of about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Lay the chicken strips in the second pan and sprinkle on some of the seasoning on top and cook for about 5 minutes on each side then flip. I typically don’t use all the seasoning and may only use 1/3 of what I make.
  6. Once chicken is cooked, lay on plate a take a knife and fork and cut/shred into smaller pieces then put back in pan on low.
  7. Gather up utensils and start the taco assembly line! Enjoy!










DSC00897Finished Product!



Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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