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These slow-cooker chicken chili tacos are easy, cheap and give you leftovers

These tacos are a low-cost (it uses inexpensive chicken thighs) triple threat -- it's also a slow cooker meal and yields delish leftovers.
/ Source: TODAY

Like meal plans or batch cooking, I consider a one-pot meal a strategy. I guess some could say it’s not a true strategy, but who would be silly enough to debate the point with me at the end of dinner when I’m standing amongst a pile of pots? A one-pot meal is the ultimate in clean-up tactics, especially when you want to be enjoying every drop of the season. If you can fill your dinner roster with a few one-pot wonders, then you can lean on those dishes during the work week when schedules won’t allow for a lengthy post dinner tidy. And they’re ideal for the weekend when you want more time for doing anything other than being in the kitchen. Also, when it comes to the lack of dinner mess after a long day, it’s nice knowing there is a light (and a cookie) at the end of the tunnel.

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This one-pot meal is a low-cost (it uses inexpensive chicken thighs) triple threat since it’s also a slow cooker meal, and it yields some pretty delish leftovers, especially if you double it. Can anyone say tomorrow night’s dinner too?

Chicken Chili Tacos

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Chicken Chili Tacos

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