Well it isn’t taco Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t end the week eating tacos. Normally we stick to pizza Friday, but not this week! No sir! This week the husband and I will be feasting on these Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa!
These tacos you guys, where do I begin. Well let’s start with the inspiration for them. Last Sunday my husband and I were watching the movie Chef. Have you seen it? If not then you MUST! If you love food, humor, and an overall feel good movie, then it’s definitely worth watching. I won’t ruin the movie for you, but Cuban food is heavily involved. After seeing all the delicious dishes I got a crazy craving for some Cuban food. There is most definitely nothing near where I live that has anything remotely Cuban so I knew I would be making something.
I didn’t have pork so Cuban sandwiches were out, but I did have some chicken, plenty of citrus, black beans, corn tortillas, and spices galore. So obviously tacos popped into my head! I wanted these tacos to be easy to make, but bursting with flavor. To keep things easy I made the shredded chicken in the slow cooker. The chicken cooks in there with orange juice, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chili, soy sauce, and some honey for sweetness. Those boring old chicken breasts absorb all the wonderful juices and spices and leave you with deliciously moist and flavorful chicken!
Now let’s talk about these Cuban black beans. Wow! Talk about flavor! So easy to make too since I chose to use canned beans. The beans are flavored with onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cumin, oregano, and a bay leaf. They then get a punch of flavor from a little bit of honey and red wine vinegar. Sounds a little odd, but it tastes incredible!
The finishing touch on these Cuban inspired tacos is the pineapple salsa. So I have a confession. I absolutely love pineapple, but if I eat more than one piece I get a huge stomach ache. It makes me so sad because I love the fruit dearly and sometimes, like with these tacos, I pretend like it won’t affect me. Well, it affected me, but boy was it delicious while I was eating it! The salsa is super simple and only uses a few ingredients. Pineapple…obviously, jalapeño, shallot, lime juice, and cilantro. So simple, so fresh, and soooo good! Eat lots of it for me since my stomach and my mouth have different agendas when it comes to that lovely golden pineapple. Let’s change things up this Friday and instead of the usual pizza make these Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa!