Chipotle Chicken Tacos & Classic Margaritas

THE SUN IS SHINING! As you can see, pretty weather makes me very excited! Especially in London. Last night, Jaye and I decided to have a relaxing night in. I made my favorite food and drink pairing of ALL TIME, tacos and margaritas. Luckily, it is also one of Jaye's favorites! I think my Mexican side has rubbed off on him! 

Finding good Mexican food in England is hard. So I usually tend to just make my own at home, but even that can be hard. Finding authentic ingredients is nearly impossible so I have to improvise a bit sometimes. Luckily after a lotttttttt of searching, I was able to find some good corn tortillas. THANK YOU WHOLE FOODS! Now these are definitely not as good as the tortillas my Nana used to make, but they are definitely the most authentic store bought tortillas here. 

Tacos are one of my favorite things to make because they are so easy. Use what you have in the kitchen and make them delicious. These tacos have marinated chipotle chicken, roasted green peppers, avocado and cilantro. They were fresh and paired really well with the margarita. 

There are many stories about the history of the margarita. It was reportedly created sometime between the late 1930's and early 1940's. Some say it was created in Texas while others said it was created in Tijuana. Regardless of where the margarita was created, it has become one of the most famous classic cocktails and in my opinion, the best. It is simple and perfect. 3 ingredients to be exact. Lime juice (FRESH), Cointreau and tequila. 

I could have this meal every day for the rest of my life!


Ingredients for Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Chicken Marinade

- 6 chicken thighs (boneless)

- Juice of 2 limes

- 1/3 cup vegetable oil

- 1/3 cup olive oil

- 1 tablespoon chipotle paste

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon pepper

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Tacos

- 8 corn tortillas

- Marinaded chicken (sliced) *see recipe above*

- 2 green bell peppers (sliced)

- 1 large avocado

- Chopped cilantro 

- Lime wedges

Directions

Start by marinading the chicken thighs. In a large resealable bag, add chicken, lime juice, oils, chipotle paste, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Make sure all of the air is out of the bag and seal it. Move the bag around to make sure all of the ingredients are combined and the chicken is covered in the marinade. Keep in the fridge for at least 45 minutes to marinade.

Preheat the oven to 200 C/ 390 F. Take the chicken out of the fridge and arrange the chicken on a foil covered baking sheet. Make sure to drain off the excess marinade and discard of it. Place the chicken on the middle rack of the oven for 20 - 23 minutes. 

While the chicken is in the oven, work on cooking the peppers. Slice and de-seed the peppers and warm them in a nonstick pan over medium heat with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper until they are slightly wilted but still crisp, about 10-15 minutes. Once finished, remove from the heat and set aside. 

Once the chicken is finished, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting. Once rested, slice chicken and set aside.

Warm corn tortillas in a dry nonstick pan over medium heat for a couple of minutes until they are soft. Now it's time to start plating! In each corn tortilla, put sliced chicken, roasted peppers, sour cream, sliced avocado, chopped cilantro and your favorite hot sauce. Serve with lime wedges. 


Ingredients for Classic Margaritas

- 2 1/2 parts tequila

- 1 1/2 parts Cointreau 

- 2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice  

- Thick sea salt (for the rim)

Directions

I have put the ingredients in parts so you can make as much as you want depending on the size of your glass.

Begin by running a lime slice around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, place a handful of ice, the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and give it a shake. Once mixed, strain the cocktail into your glass and enjoy! 

Also, if it's an extra hot day, add some ice into the glass before you pour the margarita. 


I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe! And that you also make it!

What's your all time favorite food and drink pairing? Comment down below!