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So, listen. I'm not going to make excuses about it.
I suck at eating burritos. And tacos.
I tend to overstuff them, which ends me in a saucy nightmare by the time I'm done with my share of grub. I also just don't use tortillas that often, if at all, so buying them just for burritos doesn't make much sense for my budget or my typical meals.
But that doesn't mean taco night is off the table. No, not when you got a one pot meal like this you can toss over a fresh cup of seasoned rice. Chicken taco bowls are easy to throw together, and they don't take that long to cook, either. I'd say in an hour, you've got the meal made, most of the few dishes from it washed, and the leftovers packed away for the next day.
Now, just like with my chili recipe, this can go either way: you can do magic here that's meant for blessing or for hexing, given how much spicy stuff is in here. But even if you just use a packet of standard taco seasoning, the main ingredients that I'm looking at here—beans, cinnamon, garlic, and onion—are all perfect for putting some extra pep in your step.
Magic in Chicken Taco Bowls
So, while I do use plenty of herbs and spices in my food, the fact of the matter is that kitchen witchery is made to be accessible. That's why, no matter what your budget is, knowing how certain fruits and vegetables themselves (especially canned or frozen ones) can be used in magic is really useful. Beans, for instance, are protective and helpful little things; they can give you a boost to your communication, given their association with air, and help you stay safe, increase your luck with love, and represent abundance and plenty.
The elements air and fire, as well as planets Mercury, Mars, and the Sun, help you get the kick of energy you need to feel inspired throughout the week: ready to take on life's challenges, light-hearted enough to see the opportunities waiting for you, and feeling lucky enough to run after them without any hesitation. The cinnamon, being associated with the Sun, will definitely help you feel the sunshine in your life and get some optimism back. With all that protective, exorcising, and wealth-attracting energy from the onion and garlic, you've still got plenty of magical precautions ready to put in place, too.
Chicken Taco Bowls
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Makes 4-6 Servings
2 bell peppers, diced
2 onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lbs chicken thigh, diced
15oz can black beans, drained
10oz rice, rinsed
1 1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp oregano
1 1/2 Tbsp chipotle
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp mustard powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Chop all your vegetables, then saute onions until translucent.
Add garlic & optional crushed red pepper, frying until fragrant
Add chopped peppers & mix together
Chop chicken into 1 inch cubes, then mix with peppers & onions
Drain & add can of beans
Add all your spices, stir, & let fry for 5 minutes.
Cover & let simmer on low.
Boil 1 1/2 cups of water (optional: add seasonings to your water to flavor the rice.*)
Rinse 10oz of rice thoroughly, then add to boiling water.
Let come back to a boil, then put on the small burner's lowest heat for 10 minutes, or until the water is evaporated & you can't see any bubbles.
When chicken & rice are cooked, serve in a bowl & top with fresh tomato, sour cream, cilantro, etc.
*I like to add a chicken bouillon cube to my rice, as well as 1/2 Tbsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp thyme, & 1 tsp parsley. It's delicious, and another opportunity for magic! But whether you want to take that step or not, there's plenty of flavor in the sauce of the chicken mix itself to soak into your rice and make a delicious, hearty meal. Enjoy! ♥