Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Yields: 4 servings

This recipe is great for people who crave Mexican food but strive for fewer calories. The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic. And, with all four recipes with less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, they’re perfect for a low-calorie diet. It’s easy to adapt the basic recipe to fit your favorite flavor profile or a vegetarian diet using one of the variations below.

Potatoes are naturally gluten-free. To ensure this dish is too, check the label and skip or substitute ingredients marked with a (*).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb Yellow or red potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/4 cup poblano, Anaheim or bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Mexican seasoning blend*
  • 1/2 cup red chili enchilada sauce*
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese*
  • 8 small corn tortillas*, warmed or crunchy taco shells
  • Shredded cabbage or romaine lettuce, diced tomato, diced avocado, thinly sliced radishes, fresh cilantro leaves and salsa (optional toppers)
  • 8 lime wedges

Directions:

1) Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes.

2) Spray a large skillet liberally with cooking spray. Add potatoes and onion to skillet; cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring and coating with cooking spray occasionally.

3) Stir in chicken, pepper and seasoning and cook for 5 minutes more.

4) Add red chili enchilada sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

5) Place equal amounts of cheese on each tortillas and heat in a skillet until cheese is melted.

6) Add potato mixture and any other desired toppings. Serve with lime wedge.

*Soft homemade-style tortillas are best in this recipe and can be found at most grocery stores.

 

Variations

Chicken Verde Potato Tacos

Cook potatoes, onion, chicken and peppers as directed above. Omit garlic salt.  Stir in 1 tsp Mexican seasoning blend and 1/2 c green chile salsa.

 

Turkey and Red Chili Potato Tacos

Sauté potatoes and onions as directed above. Omit chicken and add 1/2 lb. 99% lean ground turkey with peppers and Mexican seasoning; cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in 1/2 c red chili enchilada sauce and simmer for 5 minutes over low heat.

 

Soy Chorizo and Vegetable Potato Tacos

Omit chicken. Prepare potatoes and onions as directed above and stir in 1/2 cup soy or vegetable chorizo, 1/3 cup each: diced zucchini, diced tomatoes and chopped mushrooms with Mexican seasoning. Cook for 5 minutes more. Great topped with scrambled eggs.

Nutrition:

Calories: 220

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 200mg

Vitamin C: 25%

Carbohydrates: 25g

Fiber: 2g

Protein: 19g

Potassium: 415mg

 

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 220

Fat: 5g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 200mg

Potassium: 415mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 19g

Vitamin A: 8%

Vitamin C:  25%

Calcium:  10%

Iron: 6%

 

Chicken Verde Potato Tacos nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 230

Fat: 5g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 340mg

Potassium: 397mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 18g

Vitamin A: 6%

Vitamin C:  35%

Calcium: 10%

Iron:  6%

 

Turkey and Red Chili Potato Tacos nutritional analysis per serving:

Calories: 250

Fat: 7

Saturated Fat: 2.5g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 500mg

Potassium: 303mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 23g

Vitamin A: 15%

Vitamin C: 35%

Calcium: 15%

Iron: 8%

 

Soy Chorizo and Vegetable Potato Tacos nutritional analysis per serving:

Calories: 190

Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 10mg

‘Sodium: 280mg

Potassium: 349mg

Carbohydrates: 26g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 9g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 25%

Calcium: 15%

Iron: 8%

 

Adapted from Potato Goodness Unearthed

One response on “Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

  1. I made this last night and thought it was great! I added some sauteed ingredients

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