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Tasty Tacos and Tempting Tenders!

POSTED March 17, 2020

When it comes to quick fixings, it doesn’t matter how much time you save if it doesn’t taste great. That’s why we only collected the top-rated tacos and tenders’ recipes for busy weeknight meals. Food bloggers know, and home chefs will love — these tip top tastiest tacos and tenders – from all around the web!

Tasty Tender Recipes

Home chefs gave this recipe five stars and blogger Amanda AKA The Chunky Chef promises even the pickiest eater won’t turn up his/her nose at these Low-Carb Baked Chicken Tenders. These tenders aren’t breaded, (wait, what?!) it’s the mix of Parmesan cheese and a variety of spices that combine to make the “crust” of these tenders. And what a delicious crust it is! And crazy addictive. Plus, since they’re baked, there’s no babysitting a skillet over a hot burner. The recipe does involve a half cup of butter so don’t think you’re getting away with anything calorie-wise – just no gluten!

Another five-star recipe WITH breading, are these Juicy Baked Tenders from Crazy for Crust and food blogger Dorothy. The three-step coating process uses flour, egg-wash and panko (or breadcrumbs) and each layer is seasoned (with garlic, onion, salt and pepper) for maximum baked-in flavor. These juicy nuggets are the perfect alternative to the fried kind and are baked on a rack for 40 minutes, then dipped in your favorite barbecue sauce or ranch dressing.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Tenders from blogger Karina at Café Delites is another top contender, rated 4.9 on the tasty scale by home chefs. These bites are crispy, crunchy and perfect for dipping in honey mustard. Karina marinates the tenders in egg wash and garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a splash of oil – the secret weapon for homemade tenders. Coated in golden Parmesan panko, these bites are popular with kids, adults and anybody who likes finger food! 

Self-taught cook and fitness enthusiast Brandi, blogs from Stay Snatched and offers up this easy recipe for Parmesan Breaded Air-Fried Chicken Fingers. They’re lip-smacking tenders without any oil — and if you want to go KETO just eliminate the breadcrumbs. 

Tempting Tacos to Try 

Blogger Amanda at The Wholesome Dish separates herself from the crowd with Homemade Tacos and from-scratch taco seasoning. Traditional Mexican beef tacos are made with shredded beef on soft corn tortillas, but Amanda grew up eating ground beef in crispy corn shells. She starts with the leanest ground beef to eliminate draining – leaving just enough fat for flavor. And the ingredients for seasoning include chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, and tomato sauce. 

The rest is a matter of preference she says but the taco toppings she preps for fixings include shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, diced onion, sliced avocado, sour cream AND guacamole. Why prep a little avo, when you can eat a lot?

If you prefer to veg out, Epicurious has 42 taco recipes, many of them vegetarian. For example the Spicy Beans and Corn Tacos use black beans, avocado, corn marinated in lime juice with jalapeño, cilantro and toasted seeds. You can also try the Brussels Sprout Tacos with Spicy Peanut Butter, or the smoky Grilled Cheese Tacos, using grilled halloumi – a salty, smoky cheese you can buy at the King Soopers Marketplace on Promenade Pkwy in Castle Rock.

Epicurious also features tacos made with pork carnitas, shrimp, crispy fish, skirt steak, and braised goat as well as some dessert tacos that look good enough to eat first.

Sara, mother of three and blogger for Dinner at the Zoo, likes a good taco as much as the next mom, but says her kids love, love, love this taco casserole with layers of tortilla chips, refried beans and beef, all topped with plenty of cheese and baked to perfection. Add your favorite taco fixings such as lettuce, tomato and olives for a hearty and family-friendly meal.

Now You’re Cookin’ – in Crystal Valley

Oh, the dishes you’ll make in the contemporary kitchens in the new homes of Crystal Valley. If you’re a home chef, there are lots of new homes to fall in love with here, from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton. Set in wide open natural surroundings, with easy access to nearby amenities, there’s a floor plan to fit every home buyer — in ranch and two-story designs and priced from the $300s. 


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