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Bueno, Cheapo Cinco de Mayo Crock-Pot Recipe
Posted By Jeff Yeager On April 29, 2013 @ 5:22 pm In Money & Savings | Comments Disabled
I took four years of Spanish classes in high school, but like most things from my high school years — and the 1970s in general — I don’t remember much of it. So I recently vowed to relearn Spanish, starting with some of the words I now use most often.
To that end, I actually remembered the word for “money,” or dinero. And Spanish for “cheap” (barato) and “cheapskate ” (tacano) seem easy enough to master. But the Spanish translation for one of my other must-learn words, “Crock-Pot” or “slow cooker,” has me stumped. Would it be lento vasija, or perhaps paulatino cazuela? Maybe a Spanish speaking tacano can kindly help me out?
Related: Use Your Slow Cooker and Save Year Round 
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo (even I know that’s Spanish for the “fifth of May,” a day celebrating freedom and democracy, as well as Mexican heritage and pride), I’m breaking out my Crock-Pot — or would that be my caprichoso cacerola? — and whipping up a batch of this simple, delicious, barato recipe for dinner.
Margarita-style Crockpot Chicken
Coat the inside of the crockpot with spray oil to make cleanup easier. Mix beans and corn/hominy (including liquid from cans) with the rice, onions, garlic, and three-quarters of the taco seasoning mix. Place mixture in Crock-Pot. Put chicken pieces on top. Add chicken broth, then pour lime/lemon juice and tequila (optional) over the chicken, and sprinkle with remaining taco seasonings. Scatter the green chiles over the top of everything.
If you use fresh limes/lemons, I like to take the spent, quartered rinds and place them on top as well; they infuse additional flavor and can even be nibbled on as a condiment with the dish. Cover and cook on low for approximately 6 hours, until rice is fully cooked and the chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender. Serve in shallow bowls and top with sour cream, sliced black olives and chopped fresh cilantro if desired. I like to serve with warm flour or corn tortillas on the side. (Serves 4)
Feliz Cinco de Mayo ! Wait, I think that my high school Spanish is coming back to me now.
Photo courtesy of RTist MrB  via Flickr Creative Commons.
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 Use Your Slow Cooker and Save Year Round: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/19/use-your-slow-cooker-and-save-year-round/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
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