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Chicken Sausage Tacos with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

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I’m not exactly sure what happened here.

It’s not Mexican food. It’s not Greek food. It’s…well…..

It all started like this:

Me to Aaron, “Hey, do you want some chicken sausage tacos for dinner tomorrow night? We’ve never done that before.”

Aaron, “Yeah, but instead of a tortilla, maybe use pita bread?”

Me, “I guess…but if I use pita bread then it will be all Greeky, and I’m not sure I’m feeling that. Plus I saw this rad cooking demo at the food blog forum, and the dude used yogurt and cilantro for his sauce. I was thinking about making something like that.”

Aaron, “Yogurt? Like GREEK yogurt? Just make a tzatziki-style sauce and call it a day.”

Me, “Yeah, but I don’t have any dill or cucumber, and I really need to use this cilantro that I bought, FOR TACOS.”

Aaron, “If we’d grown dill in our garden this year, we’d have the dill to use.”

Me, “Well, we didn’t grow any dill this year and we don’t have any on hand, but we DO have cilantro. For tacos. With tortillas.”

Aaron, “Just try the pita. I’m sure it would be good.”

Me, “Fine.”

Um, I tried the pita, you guys, and something went wrong. I couldn’t get the knife THROUGH the pita pocket to open it up. And I also tried folding the whole thing over, but it ripped.

#PITAFAIL

This just goes to show, my friends, that my purpose in this world I live in, and in this life I lead, was undoubtedly meant for tacos.

Amen.

Chicken Sausage Tacos with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce:

This is in case you need a visual for the possible pita route.

And this is in case you need the visual for the taco route.

 What it took for 2:

* 1 cup chopped cilantro
* 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
* 1/2 lime
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cups baby spinach
* 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 4 chicken sausages, (flavor is totes up to you) cut into 1-inch chunks
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 8 corn tortillas, grilled or slightly toasted

Start with your sauce. In a small food processor, blitz up the cilantro, yogurt and lime juice. Stick her in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

Heat 1 Tbs oil in a medium skillet. Add the sausages and cook until both sides are nice and browned, 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add a little bit of water to the pan to deglaze. Scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Once the water has evaporated, add a little more oil and add the garlic. Bloom for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and spinach and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Toss in a little pinch of salt and pepper.

Stack two corn tortillas on top of each other and layer on some sausage, sautéed spinach and tomatoes.

Drizzle with that fabulous cilantro-yogurt sauce and get on it, dude.

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28 Responses to Chicken Sausage Tacos with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

  1. Lisa @ Life in Green October 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Very nice – I love the simplicity of your recipes…and how you make them so, so beautiful.

    And sometimes it’s best to not grow dill in the garden….unless you want a field of dill for the next year. That stuff reseeds like craaaazy.

    • Bev Weidner October 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

      Good to know, Lisa! I’ve actually never grown it, and I don’t really even eat it much. Thanks for the tip!

  2. nicole b. October 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Mmm, that cilantro-yogurt looks so yummy! I wanna eat it with a spoon. xo.

  3. DessertForTwo October 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    This looks duh-lish-us. Sound it out with me.

    I think I’d like the photo of the sauce in the food processor on my wall. Next to a photo of your pretty face, of course!

  4. Christine October 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Ok your blog is officially amazing lol What another delicious idea, my husband suggested tacos tonight for dinner ironically, I was trying to spaghetti squash again but this just changed my mind, what a nice combo it really is like a Greek/Mexican type dish I have yet to try chicken sausage but the yogurt sauce looks awesome…wow making this tonight lol Great post

    • Bev Weidner October 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      Well thank you so much, Christine! I’m so glad you found me. Your words are so kind and you’ve made my day!

  5. carly {carlyklock} October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Arnold really did an awesome demo! I should have tried his taco. This looks like a yummy version.

  6. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    There they are–your sausages in all their glory. These tacos look delicious! I have a chicken sausage recipe tomorrow and…it just isn’t as pretty as yours is. Also, love the conversation w/ your hubs. Mine would say “Whatever you want. Just as long as it has meat.”

  7. Katie October 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I want to stick my tongue in your food processor and lap up that sauce like a dog. Mexican I or Greek…who cares? I just want the sauce.

  8. Delishhh October 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Love how simple and delicious this looks. . .

  9. Deborah October 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Those seriously have my mouth watering right now!!

  10. Heidi / foodiecrush October 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    What a bummer about the pita fail cause those are my FAV folders for sandwiches. The torts are probably a little healthier. Just a little…the yogurt balances it all out right?

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Fabulous looking dip. I’d live to dive into your food processor and take a little bath. And a long drink :)

  12. Elizabeth October 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Oh yeah. yum.

    Cilantro + Yogurt = good freakin’ times.

    Honestly I am obsessed with those two things, so this pretty much means I’ll eat anything you make with it!

    Love the convo…sounds like our house. :)

  13. Aggie October 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Love this! and love the whole “brainstorm” session behind it…LOL

  14. jessica @ how sweet October 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    i LOVE the sound of this. totally up my alley.

  15. Katie October 14, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    Wow this looks great! Sometimes mistakes produce better results. :)

  16. Becky Selders October 14, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    It looked good to me. You know, if a wonderful Mexican mom was cooking dinner for her family and she had pitas, she’d use them. All people cook differently. Those stir-fries on the cooking shows…pleeeeeeeeeez, you know the real cooks use what they have and not what some recipe says to use. This is our creativity and how new recipes or born. I say, full speed ahead to you, my dear. You do very well and I’ll be “he” is NOT skin and bones!!! Have fun with it.

    p.s. I have never developed a preference for cilantro. It tastes like soap to me. But I hear there are those who love it.

  17. Becky Selders October 14, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    p.s. Pitas are relatively easy to make and they usually puff up very well and are softer than the “store-bought” ones. Good luck!

  18. Lauren October 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I need to make these! They sound A.MAZ.ING. I think I say that a lot about your food…

  19. Cookin' Cowgirl October 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    YUM!! And congrats on being featured on TK again! :) This sounds so amazing!

  20. Sandy@divaeatsworld.com October 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    great recipe, even greater photos.

  21. Tasha October 15, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    A recipe like this is the reason why even though I rarely eat meat, I don’t ever want to commit to becoming a vegetarian. Amazingness.

  22. Susan of Litttle Ladies Who Lunch October 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Lovely. I think all 6 of us would love this. Can’t wait to try very soon. Thank you for posting.

  23. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Oh Bev, the cilantro yogurt sound AWE-SOME! Will try… soon!

  24. LAURA November 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    i made these and they were amazing, even my picky eaters liked them and the leftovers were just as good turned into nachos !!

  25. Erin December 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    I JUST found you! Yay me!!! This is exactly the sauce I have been looking for. Now off to look at the rest of your site.

    Again, yay me!

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