Taco Tuesday: Jamaican Jerk Tacos

If you haven’t already noticed, most of the tacos I make are with chicken. I’m a bit picky when it comes to meat, and chicken is my go-to for a lot of meals. I try to switch things up so I don’t get bored and tired of eating the same old thing over and over, and these tacos are the perfect way to spice up a boring weeknight meal rotation. They’re super simple, fast to make, and beyond yummy.

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The Jerk seasoning and style of cooking is native to Jamaica, where meats are cooked with a unique and (to some) spicy blend of seasonings. According to Anthony Bourdain, jerk chicken is one of the things you HAVE to try when in Jamaica. The full blend of spices and flavors taste like a spicy paradise in your mouth – and it works great in tacos! You can marinate or dry rub meats with jerk seasoning, pan fry, smoke, or grill it, whatever you feel like!

Jerk seasoning can be homemade relatively easily, or can be bought in store. For the sake of quickness, I bought McCormick brand – I feel like I’m cheating but it worked out well and was still delicious. We grilled our dry-rubbed chicken and paired it with a simple slaw, cilantro, lime, and a bit of jerk-seasoned mayo.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Jamaican Jerk seasoning
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Slaw mix – we used this bagged mix
  • Lime juice
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • Olive oil (if pan frying)

How To

  1. Trim fat off of chicken and pound each piece to approximately 1/2″ thickness to promote even cooking.
  2. Rub each piece thoroughly on both sides with jerk seasoning. We grilled our chicken this time around, but it can easily be made in a large frying pan – just drizzle a bit of olive oil and cook over medium/medium-low heat until well browned on all sides.
  3. While chicken is cooking, mix mayo with a splash of lime juice and several shakes of seasoning – probably 2-3 tablespoons worth. Stir and set aside.
  4. When chicken is done cooking, remove from heat and slice.
  5. Heat tortillas over medium low heat, then assemble your tacos! Top the chicken with a bit of undressed slaw, cilantro, a drizzle of lime juice, and a bit of jerk mayo.

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