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  • Writer's pictureHunter Hedenberg

Blackened Chicken Tacos with Spicy Beet Salsa

An easy recipe that punches up Taco Tuesday with a combo of sweet and spicy.

Chicken is my personal favorite taco filling, but sub in steak, fish, or shrimp to mix it up.


Recipe Notes

  • Just in general, I cannot recommend enough that you get a rice cooker.

  • This is great for groups. This easily serves 2 (with leftovers). Double up the amounts for the chicken to feed a whole family.



Chicken Marinade

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp fresh mandarin juice

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp black pepper

  • 3/4 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, thinly filleted

Beet Salsa

  • 3 Love Beets cooked beets

  • 1 jalapeno

  • 1/3 red onion

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

  • Pinch of salt

  • Squeeze of lime juice


  • 1 cup rice

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed

  • 1/2 cup grated or crumbled cheese, cheddar, feta or cotija are all delicious

  • 6-8 corn tortillas

  • Avocado

  • Salsa

  • Hot Sauce


Making the Tacos

  1. Make the marinade. Combine olive oil, mandarin juice, and all spices in a large dish.

  2. Coat the chicken in the marinade, and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes.

  3. Cook your rice according to package instructions.

  4. Make the salsa: Dice the beets, jalapeno, and red onion. Combine all vegetables in a bowl, and mix with salt and olive oil.

  5. In a small pan over medium heat, cook the beets, onion and jalapeno for 5 minutes, until the onion just softens.

  6. Remove salsa from heat, and squeeze lime juice over the top.

  7. Once the chicken is done marinating, heat a cast iron over medium - high heat.

  8. Cook the fillets for 4 minutes until they are charred on the edges and crispy on each side.

  9. While the chicken cooks, prepare the rest of your toppings.

  10. Remove the chicken from heat, and slice lengthwise in to taco-sized strips.

  11. Pile your toppings up on top of corn tortillas, and try not to eat too fast!

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