Healthy, delicious and fast – the tender chicken and flavorful sauce for this chicken taco salad can be made in the Instant Pot, slow cooker or stovetop!
Anyone else trying to figure out what kind of meal(s) to plan for family reunions or other large get togethers this summer? We should start a support group.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one in the midst of this agony since I’ve been receiving tons of emails and comments lately from many of you wondering what the heck you should make for your upcoming family reunion for a bazillion people that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day (and in some cases, several of you don’t even have access to a kitchen – my condolences).
Can I suggest taco salad as a super star front runner in that decision making?
It’s one of my favorite meals of all time any average Thursday night dinner, but it’s also fabulous for large groups, get-togethers, family reunions, you name it.
You can prep all of the ingredients ahead of time (hallelujah). And when making it for a crowd, I always serve it build-your-own style to cater to even the pickiest of eaters (leave those avocados for me, thankyouverymuch!).
Great for mixed allergen crowds, you can easily tailor taco salad to be egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and a lot of other -frees.
Today’s chicken taco salad is amazing and would be perfect for your upcoming gathering. If you’re looking for a more traditional option, here’s my favorite traditional chopped taco salad number.
The chicken gets a huge boost of flavor after simmering in a yummy concoction that takes seconds to stir together. It can be cooked in an InstantPot (or other pressure cooker), slow cooker or on the stovetop.
All of those instructions are included in the recipe. The sauce then doubles as dressing, and drizzling in swirls of creamy ranch, it is simply divine.
Taco salad doesn’t have to be old school and boring. A few simple steps to add homemade flavor can make a huge difference.
And don’t underestimate the glitz of serving this chicken taco salad with fresh lime wedges. Not only do those luscious limes add the best burst of flavor when squeezed over the colorful salad, but they add a bit of fancy-pants value with hardly any work.
If you’re looking for a few other family reunion/large gathering meals, here’s a step-by-step menu plan I did a while back for large groups with three great meal ideas.
And here are a few additional easy, delicious meal ideas that you can exponentially increase for whatever size group you are serving and won’t leave you missing out on the family olympics in order to get a meal ready:
Sloppy Joes (make ahead of time and heat up in a slow cooker or roaster)
Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos (these are great for family reunion lunches; make them ahead of time and people can heat them up as needed one-by-one or in batches in the oven)
Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks (another Mexican-themed meal but it’s so super easy, it’s hard to resist for large crowds; I’ve made it for upwards of 100 people and it is easy-peasy)
Ultimate Beef Stroganoff (served with rice and a salad or vegetable)
Italian Beef Sandwiches (another great slow cooker meal that can actually be made ahead of time and reheated to serve)
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (this sauce can be made ahead of time – and even frozen; it is easily reheated in a slow cooker or on the stovetop and can be served over any type of noodles)
What are your favorite meals to serve at family reunions?
Tomato Paste: it's really annoying to have to open a can of tomato paste for a couple tablespoons (I get it); try looking for tubes of tomato paste. My grocery store carries them as well as Trader Joe's. Just squeeze out what you need and refrigerate the tube until you need it next time. Cocoa Powder: also, you might be questioning the cocoa powder in the sauce. It's not a typo! The small amount adds a depth to the sauce; it's yummy, I promise (and it won't make the sauce taste like a brownie)!
Chicken and Sauce:
Tomato Paste: it's really annoying to have to open a can of tomato paste for a couple tablespoons (I get it); try looking for tubes of tomato paste. My grocery store carries them as well as Trader Joe's. Just squeeze out what you need and refrigerate the tube until you need it next time.
Cocoa Powder: also, you might be questioning the cocoa powder in the sauce. It's not a typo! The small amount adds a depth to the sauce; it's yummy, I promise (and it won't make the sauce taste like a brownie)!