Slow cookers are great in the winter, but they often get shoved to the back of the cupboard in the summer. I live in an old farmhouse with no central air, and even with a couple of window unit air conditioners, it gets pretty hot in my house. Hot enough that I avoid turning on the oven at all costs. Once again, my many slow cookers come to the rescue! They let me prepare a nice meal for my family without heating up the house, and I can start dinner, take the kids to the pool, and when we all get home, dinner's ready!
I made these chicken fajitas yesterday, and was a little worried about my youngest not wanting to eat them, because he thinks he doesn't like peppers and onions. He also thinks he doesn't like tacos or fajitas, but he loves burritos. So ... whenever we have tacos -- or in this case fajitas -- I just roll his up like a burrito, hand it to him, and we're good to go. Everybody loved these, and the only thing I would change is that next time I'll make more! Everyone wanted seconds! I was a little afraid the chicken would fall apart and we'd have shredded chicken instead, but the strips held together beautifully.
Slow cooker chicken fajitas
2-3 cups sweet and/or hot peppers, cut into strips
1/2 onion, cut into strips
1 lb. raw chicken, cut into strips (I used boneless skinless thighs)
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder (or you could use fresh minced or garlic from a jar)
2 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray. Add chicken and vegetables. Top with spices. Toss to combine everything, and sprinkle lime or lemon juice on top. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or until chicken is done.
Serve on tortillas (here's a link to my recipe for delicious homemade tortillas) with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and whatever else you like! By the time this dish is finished cooking, there will be a lot of juice in the crock pot. I used that juice instead of water to make some instant rice, and it gave it a great flavor. If you're looking to save calories, skip the tortillas and serve the meat and veggies in lettuce wraps. Enjoy!
This recipe would also be great for the freezer. Just put all the ingredients into a freezer bag instead of the slow cooker, and freeze! Then all you have to do is just thaw the bag in the fridge, toss in the slow cooker, and go!