Do you look for creative ways to serve “the same old thing”. That does not have to sound like a complaint but rather an opportunity.
I so enjoy the planning around my meals, my recipe ideas. I love brainstorming – with myself – different ideas. I think I have shared in older posts how I am thinking about recipe ideas all day long. I mean it. I can be sparked by a TV commercial, driving by an ethnic restaurant or a conversation where someone mentions food. My mind just begins to wander. I have so much fun.
I go into the grocery store with a plan and a list but also an open mind. As I walk through the produce section I frequently buy more vegetables to add to my recipe. I am always thinking about color and texture. I do not feel you have to be rigid in following a recipe or afraid to introduce a non-traditional item to a recipe.
The somewhat different ideas I introduce into this deconstructed chicken and beef tacos was turmeric to the rice, smoking the chicken and the beef and grilling the corn. I also sautéed the bell peppers with onions as if I was putting them on an Italian beef sandwich. There does not have to be rules when cooking. Be guided by what you enjoy to eat. This Mexican bowl is all that. Each ingredient are prepared the way I love to eat them. Then, they are all thrown into a bowl. Think of this recipe as one big mash up. A couple of other Mexican mash ups I have that we really enjoyed include this MEXICAN CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL and my ONE POT CHICKEN AND RICE.
The chicken and beef seasoned up.
The Deconstructed Chicken And Beef Tacos plated.
Deconstructed Chicken And Beef Tacos
Beef & Chicken Ingredients
- 5 Lbs Chicken cubed
- 5 Lbs Beef cut in strips
- 5 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning divided
- 5 Tbsp Lemon Pepper divided
Veggies & Rice
- 2 Cups Rice
- 1 Tbsp Turmeric
- 2 Tsp Adobo Seasoning
- 2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
- 2 Whole Green Bell Peppers sliced
- 2 Whole Red Bell Peppers sliced
- 2 Whole Yellow Onions sliced
- 1 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 6 Ears Corn charred
- 1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
- 2 Whole Beefsteak Tomatoes diced
Beef & Chicken Preparation
Heat your smoker with hickory chips. Add the beef & chicken in tins to the smoker. Cook for 75 minutes or so.
Cook the rice according to box instructions. Add the spices and mix well.
In a skillet, heat the oil on medium high heat. Add the peppers, onions and spices and cook until softened - about 5 minutes. Cook the corn on the grill for 5 minutes or so.
To assemble, place the rice in the middle and spread the meat and veggies around the rice.
Serve and enjoy!