When we were house shopping almost 4 years ago (so hard to believe it’s been that long!), we knew our goal for our house was to use it as a resource for loving others. We wanted to make our house a safe place where people felt comfortable coming in and being themselves.
One way we decided to put this into practice was to have Sunday lunches at our house. We have a group of friends that we go to lunch with almost every Sunday after church so we decided in order to save everyone money, we should just have lunch at our place on Sundays. Bonus: this also saved us from having the “where should we go to eat” conversation which always led to indecisiveness and blank stares! This quickly became my most favorite part of the week. Sometimes only a couple of people could make it and other weeks we had as many as 10-15 people in our home. Our friends started inviting some of their other friends which was wonderful because we made new friends through the process. One of our couple friends would always bring a jug (yes, a jug) of sangria and I would cook the main meal. We would sit around the table and chat, laugh, and sip sangria and it was just the best thing ever. At one point I think we even had 2-3 people taking their Sunday nap in our house which was just a-okay with me. I love that our house became such a comfortable place for all our friends.
Since I wanted to have lunch ready when I got home from church, crockpot meals became my best friend. I wanted something that would make a lot in case we had a lot of people show up, and if not, we had some leftovers for the rest of the week.
This chicken taco recipe is so delicious and so so easy (for real - easiest recipe ever). It’s a nice, flavorful twist on just a normal chicken taco and it’s always a huge hit with our friends. If you double the taco seasoning recipe, you can save some for the next time you make these tacos - or any other time you want to add some delicious taco seasoning to a dish. This avocado salsa can be used for so many different things. I used it on top of my tacos, but you can also dip your chips in it as a little appetizer.
When it comes to cooking for friends, the great thing about tacos is you can make the meat, buy the tortillas, and have your friends bring the fix-ins (and the sangria, of course). This makes it a super cheap meal and really easy on you so you can enjoy their company.
Sunday lunches don't just have to be on Sundays. I challenge you to set a time to have people over on a regular basis in your home. It doesn't even have to be every week - maybe every other week or once a month. Gathering regularly is so great for relationship building and I know it's something that Will and I have both enjoyed immensely. Here's to good friends and good food!
Crockpot smoked cheddar & beer shredded chicken tacos with creamy avocado salsa
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cups beer (I used Full Sail Amber Ale)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cups grated smoked cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)
- whole wheat tortillas (HEB has the best homemade wheat tortillas)
- 1 rip avocado (large)
- 1 jalapeño, de-seeded
- 3 tomatillos, husked removed
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- juice + zest from 1/2 a lime
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. In a different small bowl, whisk 3/4 cups of beer with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning you just made (you make more seasoning than you need just in case you would like to add more later).
- Place chicken in the bottom of a crockpot and pour bear/seasoning mixture over the chicken. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- After your chicken has cooked, remove lid and shred chicken with two forks. Mix chicken into the juices. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then add your shredded cheese and mix until combined.
- During the 15 minutes you are letting the chicken sit, you can make your avocado salsa (it only takes about 5 minutes!). Place all ingredients into a food processor. Blend until creamy and smooth!
- Make your tacos and ENJOY!