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Looking to switch up your routine this Taco Tuesday? Smoky, tangy, and satisfying, the flavor combination of the roasted chicken and goat cheese queso won’t require a smorgasbord of toppings like other tacos. Marleena, Recipe Hunter

Marleena Eyre

THE RECIPE

Smokey Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese Queso

Food-truck tacos made at home

You’ll be able to achieve the smoky flavor of the outdoor grill in the comfort of your own home with this week’s Taco Tuesday recipe. Smoked paprika and cumin amp up the flavor of the dish, and Jessica makes sure to use chicken thighs for more depth of flavor. By roasting the base ingredients—chicken, onion, garlic, limes, and seasonings—together in a casserole dish, all of the elements meld together for a mouthwatering experience. Once it’s done cooking, the meat easily falls apart with the help of two forks. You can store leftovers—if there are any—in the fridge, and this will only help to further develop the aromatic flavors. While traditional Mexican queso is an excellent finishing touch on tacos, Jessica mixes it up by subbing in goat cheese and blends it with pan-roasted jalapeno peppers for a spicy kick. It’s so good that we could drizzle it over just about anything.

THE CHEF

Jessica Merchant

Recipe Developer, Writer, and Blogger

Jessica Merchant - How Sweet It Is

When it comes to cooking (and eating), I like to think the more the better. Not in quantity, but in variety. I cook absolutely everything… and loathe following directions. I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, but I want my food to taste like I did.

Inspired by her grandmothers cooking in the kitchen, Jessica Merchant started How Sweet It Is after working in the personal training business. A bacon and chocolate enthusiast, her no-frills approach to cooking has garnered a faithful following and is captured beautifully in her photography, which she promises is all done in natural light for the most authentic result. While many of her recipes include indulgent baked goods, Jessica whips up comfort food and tasty vegan fare to entice her readers over to the savory side. Aptly named, the Crumbs section of her blog gives you a behind-the-scenes look on her life spent in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, family, and friends. From classic to quirky dishes, Jessica’s recipes are approachable and just as bubbly as her personality.

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THE TIP

How to Shred Chicken

Shredded chicken is one of our favorite convenience foods. This is the easiest way to shred any type of cooked chicken using just two forks.

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