Thursday, June 18, 2015

Low-fat Black Bean Chicken Tacos (Crockpot)

I have never been very good with 'dieting' per se, so recently I decided to switch it up and do a 'life style change' with my family's way of eating and daily activities. I have been preparing weekly meals that are not only low in fat and high in protein, but they are also really yummy too!

I find that not only eating nutritious, but also eating delicious keeps me on track much more than the bunny-rabbit, raw veggie, nibbling diets that I have attempted in the past.

Don't get me wrong, I love my vegetables but something about consciously knowing that I should eat them, makes me want to run as far as I can from them. So this new lifestyle of  'nutritious and delicious' is really working for me. Last week's prepped dinner was Low-Fat Black Bean Chicken Tacos, crockpot style. This recipe is super easy to throw in the crockpot before bed, or before work.

Low-Fat Black Bean Chicken Tacos for the Crockpot

Black Bean Chicken

Add all of the following ingredients to a large Crockpot. Cook on medium for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken is fully cooked and easy to shred.

4 cans of low sodium black beans
6 large boneless skinless uncooked chicken breast
3 cans of Rotel tomatoes&green chilies
1 medium red onion
4 gloves of fresh garlic (I love garlic, so I personally add 6 gloves)

1 teaspoon of each-Black pepper, white pepper, cumin, and a SMIDGE of salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

Making the Tacos

Corn Tortillas
Olive Oil

1 head of red cabbage, cut into thin trips for topping

1 lemon, cut into wedges

1 lime, cut into wedges

(or pre-squeezed lime/lemon juice, if not in season)

Sriracha Sauce (optional)

Fry up corn tortillas on stove top at medium-high heat. I like to use just a dab of Kirkland brand Mediterranean Oil because it gives a great flavor to the tortillas, but a dab of any cooking oil work fine.

Let tortillas cook to lightly crispy and place on napkin-lined plate to remove any excess oil.

Dollop two large spoonfuls of Black bean Chicken mix onto lightly fried tortilla, top with red cabbage, lemon, lime, and Sriracha sauce, if you like your tacos spicy.

3 black bean chicken tacos are under 350 calories and are VERY filling. I could actually only eat two during one meal.

Split into portion-sized containers and easily serve throughout the week.

This recipe is very easy and a healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy.


  1. Thank you for this recipe, I'll definitely have to try it out it sounds absolutely delicious! I saw your post on the featured fridays link party and just had to drop by!

  2. Balance, balance, balance! After your yummy fried taco bites it's good to make something "healthy". Thanks for sharing this recipe using black beans - a favorite any way I can fix them. Happy Fiesta Friday :)

  3. Looks delicious! I love to try something different and healthy. thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  4. These tacos look really good! We were just in a cool restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. They were serving some tacos that looked very much like yours.

    Thanks for sharing the idea. I came over on the #Totally Tuesday Link up. Glad to find your site~

  5. A lifestyle change is definitely a better route than dieting, much better for you!
    Sounds like you've got the delicious part down too, these look awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday!

  6. I'm always scared to make things like this in a crock pot because I'm so used to filling the whole thing with liquid/make sure it's all covered, but this sounds sooo good. I may have to try this, finally!

  7. I wrote a post "Diet is a Dirty Word". It is all about healthy eating not starving it is a lifestyle not short term. Thank you for sharing this with us at #WednesdaysWisdom.

  8. I love crock pot recipes and this looks wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm stopping by from the Let's Be Friends. Love your blog, following your social media :) Have a wonderful day!

    Alexis @

  9. Great looking dish! Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Please join us again this week.

  10. These look so good and I love crock pot recipes! I am also addicted to black beans! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  11. I agree, dieting doesn't work but lifestyle changes make a huge difference! Love these delicious tacos - it's nice they are made in the slow cooker too. Pinned and will tweet. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  12. This looks great and I love that it's healthy too! Thanks so much for linking up at Share The Wealth Sunday!


  13. This looks so amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  14. Cannot wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  15. i'll soon have red cabbage ready to pick in the garden. I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. I love Mexican food!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  17. Your Tacos look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen