Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Chicken Tacos and Cabbage-Radish Slaw

My husband makes the best tacos. He's not opposed to a little chopping and marinating, making sure every component is tasty to create an excellent total package.

Speaking of tacos, have you seen the new flat-bottomed, "stand n' stuff" taco shells? They're ingenius, and I can't believed no one came up with this sooner (no one's paying me to say that). But Mike would never use those for his tacos. He does them south-of-the-border style, by which I mean Mexico, not Taco Bell. When you get an authentic Mexican street vendor taco, it's on a soft tortilla.

There's no recipe for our favorite chicken tacos because Mike does them a little differently every time. The main components are as follows:

1) Marinated, grilled chicken breasts (thanks, George Foreman grill)
2) Beans - Black beans with seasoning, or pintos simmered with a chunk of cheese and mashed
3) Salsa - This could be homemade pico de gallo, jarred salsa, or just some chopped up tomato
4) Something leafy - This is often julienned spinach leaves, but most recently Mike did a great spicy cabbage, radish and jalepeno coleslaw (see recipe below)
5) Something creamy (optional) - Good choices are avocado, cheese and sour cream; one or two of these is especially nice if you aren't doing coleslaw
6) Lime wedges - Squeeze over everything
7) Tortillas - I like corn, Mike likes flour; any size is fine

Spicy Cabbage-Radish Coleslaw
This is a smallish batch to generously feed about 3 people eating tacos. Double to serve more.

1/4 head cabbage, thinly sliced
4 to 5 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
2 jalapenos, cored and thinly sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (packed)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine cabbage, radishes, jalapenos and cilantro in a plastic container with a lid or a large bowl. Add sour cream and vinegar, cover and shake vigorously to combine (or toss in bowl). Season to taste.


Kristen said...

That looks so delicious! I'm impressed by your hubby's taco making talent.

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