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Pulled Chicken and Spicy Guacamole Tacos | Recipe

May 4, 2016

This week sees Cinco De Mayo celebrations in Mexico but also around the world, and what a great way to celebrate but with Pulled Chicken and Spicy Guacamole Tacos. 

Cinco de Mayo takes place on the 5th May and celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French in 1862 and the best way to celebrate is of course with food. The best thing about Mexican cuisine is that it can be really easy to make delicious and for those who want it, quite spicy dishes. We often enjoy ‘Mexican Monday’ or ‘Taco Tuesday’ in our household! I decided that for this recipe I would take the Old El Paso Stand ‘N’ Stuff Smoky BBQ Taco kit and put together Pulled Chicken and Spicy Guacamole Tacos. Despite the chicken taking a bit of time to slow cook, it’s very easy to make and makes a delicious dinner.

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Pulled Chicken and Spicy Guacamole Tacos
A super easy Mexican dish, perfect for any mid week meal as well as Cinco De Mayo celebrations!
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For the Pulled Chicken
  1. 8 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (fat trimmed)
  2. 500g Pasatta
  3. 1 Packet of Old El Paso Stand 'N' Stuff Smoky BBQ seasoning
  4. 1 tbsp Chipotle paste
  5. 1 Can of kidney beans drained
For the Spicy Guacamole
  1. 2 Large, ripe avocados
  2. 2 Red chillies, cut finely
  3. 2 Tomatoes, chopped roughly
  4. 1/2 Lime's juice
  5. Pepper to taste
For the Tacos
  1. Soft taco shells
  2. Grated cheese
  3. Shredded lettuce
For the Pulled Chicken
  1. Heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Lay the chicken in a oven proof dish and make sure the chicken sits in one layer.
  3. Rub half of the Stand 'N' Stuff seasoning on to the thighs then add the rest to a bowl with the passata, chipotle paste and mix with a spoon.
  4. Add 100ml of water to the passata mix then pour over the chicken making sure it is completely covered.
  5. Cover the oven proof dish with foil and cook for an hour. After an hour uncover the chicken, add in the kidney beans (mix them into the sauce a bit) and cook for 20 minutes at 200C.
  6. When cooked shred with two forks and cover with foil until you need it.
For the Spicy Guacamole
  1. Add the chilli to the tomato in a mortar and pestle and mash (or spice grinder and blitz).
  2. Prepare the avocado by taking the stone out and skin off, cut roughly.
  3. Add the avo to the tomato/chilli mix with some lime juice and mash again, if you want finer you could do this all in a food processor but I like it chunky!
For the Taco assembly
  1. Heat your taco shells as per instructions, cover with foil to keep warm if not ready for the table.
  2. When you're ready to eat... Get your taco shell, put in a bed of lettuce, add the pulled chicken then add your extras and enjoy!
  3. Be prepared to get really messy!
Notes
  1. Pick up Old El Paso salsa, sour cream and jalapeños for extras to add to your tacos, available in most supermarkets.
  2. You could use a slow cooker for the chicken, 4 hours on low and around 1 hour on high at the end to finish (add the beans in after 4 hours).
  3. The chicken can be cooked the day before then just reheated in a saucepan when needed.
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We enjoyed our Stand ‘N’ Stuff Tacos with extra jalapeños, salsa and sour cream, as well as with cut up lettuce and grated cheese. The chicken is so tender and the smoky BBQ adds a wonderful hit of flavour. The Stand ‘N’ Stuff make tacos much easier to eat than the hard shell tacos, although it can still be a bit messy.

The best thing about this recipe is the yield, we had quite a lot left over, so leftover pulled chicken for lunch? Yes please! This recipe also continued to fuel my love for avocado, although unlike most guacamole we chose not to use raw onion in ours, because neither Mr W or I like it, but if you prefer just add one finely sliced onion into the mix. For added celebratory vibes for Cinco De Mayo you could serve these with an ice cold beer or gin and tonic. Opihr Gin is a spiced gin that goes well with a lemon garnish and lashings of tonic and would go perfectly with this meal!

Are you a Mexican food fan? Do you have any plans for Cinco De Mayo? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. This post is an entry to the Foodies100 Cinco de Mayo recipe challenge sponsored by Old El Paso. The range of Old El Paso products is available in all major supermarkets. To find out more, visit their website

24 Comments

  • Reply Maria May 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    These sound AMAZING, definitely going to be trying these!

    Maria xxx

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Let me know if you do- hope you enjoy x

  • Reply Rebecca Ellis (@Sheintheknow) May 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    My goodness this looks fantastic, I’ll definitely be trying this for tea tonight! x

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    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Hope you enjoyed if you made them x

  • Reply Nisha May 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I love Mexican food, such an easy and cheap meal.. Which makes it perfect for students like me who want to eat a little better than instant noodles everyday! I’ve never seen these stand and stuff tacos though, I’ll definitely look out for some next time I’m shopping x

    nishKpatel | A Manchester Style & Beauty Blog

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      It is such a great budget food, but you can cram in the veggies too 🙂 The stand and stuff tacos are great, worth trying!

  • Reply em May 6, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I adore Mexican food but it’s something that we don’t have often in our house. I’m not sure why but we just don’t seem to have it often. This guac looks delicious too. The boyf hates guac so anytime I order anything with it in, I know it’s all mine ;)!

    I’ve not had pulled chicken before either. We have a lot of pulled pork because Jim has made his own special blend of seasoning spices but I might set him on trying it on chicken!!

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Definitely try pulled chicken, it’s a wonderful alternative! You need to make more Mexican food 😉

  • Reply Ting May 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I love Mexican food as it’s easy to have something tasty that is also dairy free. Old El Paso is a repeat purchase in our household!

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      It’s so easy to be dairy free for sure! I love Mexican food 🙂

  • Reply Cassie May 5, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Omg these look delicious and what a great excuse for Mexican food on the 5th may!

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you! It was a really yummy celebration 🙂

  • Reply Freya Farrington May 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I’m not a big fan of blended guacamole and this chunkier, tomato version is much more like me! Looks delicious!

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Chunky is always great, I’m not a huge fan of the smooth stuff either!

  • Reply Amy May 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’m seriously going to have to stop coming on your blog because it leaves me so hungry hahah!! Xxx

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Oh no! Hopefully hungry in a good way 😉

  • Reply Lauren king May 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I’m not a big fan of spicy food but I love the look of that pulled chicken I would love to try it!

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      This isn’t a spicy recipe at all, the pulled chicken is smoky. The guac is spicy but you don’t have to add the chilli.

  • Reply Anna @ Anna Can Do It! May 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Wow! Now that’s a serious Taco bar! Never made pulled chicken before, but it’s sounds so good and since I’m not really like pulled pork it’s a great substitute! The guacamole looks divine, but to be honest, anything with avos looks divine to me! Anyway, I love it! – Love, Anna

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      It was a mega taco celebration! Pulled chicken is so much nicer than pulled pork IMO! Glad you like my guac recipe 🙂

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice May 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

    This looks so yummy. Making me so hungry. Going to try it.

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  • Reply Laura May 4, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Omg I love Mexican food so much, these Tacos look amazing!

    L x

    • Reply MissPond May 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Mexican food is the best 🙂

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