Saturday, July 14, 2012

Taco Soup

I have not had as much time as I would like to work on developing my recipes because real life keeps butting in.  You know how it is, life ebbs and flows and I am more ebbing than flowing.  Consequently, I have been on the hunt for simple and quick foods to prepare. 

I found this soup on AllRecipes - Taco Soup by Julie.  It was super yummy.  I did use less meat than the original recipe called for, and used different beans, not the hominy, lima, and pinto beans that the recipe called for.  

If you can tolerate dairy, this soup would be excellent with a dollop of sour cream and cheese on top, served with corn chips.

Also, if you like it hot, try the Trader Joe's Chili Seasoning Mix - wahoooo!  Their mix is hot!

1 pound meat (chicken, beef, or pork sausage)
1 small onion, chopped
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 can kidney beans, drained, not rinsed
1 can black beans, drained, not rinsed
1 can of corn, drained (omit if your corn free and add another can of beans)
1 (1.25 oz) pkg taco seasoning mix
1-1/2 cup broth, or water
2 (14.5 oz) cans of stewed, or chopped tomatoes 
1 Tbsp dried cilantro or 1 fresh bunch chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice

In a large skillet, brown meat and onion.
Drain off the grease.
Add in the chilies, salt, pepper, kidney beans, black beans, corn, taco mix, ranch dressing mix, water or broth, and tomatoes.  
Bring to a boil.  Let simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in cilantro and lime juice. 

Cook's Notes:
If you like premade spice packets here are some suggestions -- Penzeys  and Trader Joe's.
Penzeys Chicken Taco Seasoning contains: kosher salt, garlic, Ancho chili pepper, onion, Spanish paprika, cumin, cilantro, Tellicherry black pepper, Mexican oregano, jalapeno powder.
Trader Joe's Chili Mix has a spicy blend that contains: sea salt, cayenne pepper, cumin, cane sugar, paprika, onion, garlic, black pepper, red bell pepper, oregano, chili pepper, smoked paprika.  
 Penzey's Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix contains: salt, bell peppers, garlic, onion, sugar, black pepper, parsley, thyme, basil.
I love to use Pomi Chopped Tomatoes
because the only ingredient is tomatoes!

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