Saturday, June 6, 2009

Chicken Street Tacos



Street Tacos

You might ask: Why are they called street tacos? If you walk down most streets in Mexico, you will smell BBQ steak or chicken. The street vendors are very proud to pass along their family recipes for the street tacos and each one will add that little something different. They are a small, hand held taco that is easy to eat but has tremendous flavor.

1.3 lbs. Chicken Breast (cut each one in half lengthwise)
Package of corn tortillas (5” La Tortilla)
1 medium white onion, small dice
1 Cup cilantro leaves loosely packed, then finely minced

Guacamole
2 Ripe avocados
½ t. Garlic powder
¼ t. Salt (add more after tasting)
4 to 6 grinds freshly ground pepper
1 t. Lime or lemon juice

Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the large seed. Scrape out the avocado from the shell and add to a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until creamy.

Spicy Rub
2 T. Chili powder
2 t. Garlic powder
¼ t. Ground red pepper
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. Salt

In a small bowl add all of the above ingredients and stir.

Assembly:

Prepare the chicken by cutting the breasts in half lengthwise and trimming any fat. Sprinkle the spicy rub on both sides of each piece of chicken. Over a medium to high grill, place the chicken breasts down and cook well. The chicken should cook for about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove and let cool. Cut into small pieces.

Mix the diced onion and cilantro together in a bowl.

Heat the tortillas over medium heat in a large skillet or stovetop griddle.

When ready to prepare, lay the tortilla flat, add chicken, onion/cilantro mixture and then top with the guacamole. You can add your favorite hot sauce. Enjoy!

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