Monday, November 4, 2013

Taco Soup

Who doesn't love a delicious, healthy, fast and easy dinner? I know I do! Now if only I could get Dan to eat this. Oh well, more for me and my freezer! You can whip this soup up in a half hour start to finish. Just like with any recipe, substitute ingredients to your preference. I chose to do a ground turkey taco soup, this can easily be substituted for chicken, ground beef, tofu or just the beans. Make it your own!

Gather up some ground turkey, an onion, taco seasoning, oil, canned diced tomatoes and green chiles, corn, pinto beans and kidney beans. I happened to find a can of tomatoes and green chiles already mixed. If you can't find this, get 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 can of green chiles.

Chop one medium onion and saute in vegetable oil on medium high heat until slightly translucent.

Add the ground turkey and a little more oil. Turkey has very little fat, therefore it needs more oil than if you were using ground beef. Continue cooking on medium heat until the turkey is fully brown. Add 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning and simmer a few more minutes.

Crack out your can opener and get to work. Open the corn, beans and tomatoes and pour into the pot, juices and all. Bring everything to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes. Taste the broth after the 10 minutes and add salt, pepper, taco seasoning or chili powder to your taste preference.

This soup can be topped with so many different things. I had avocados, plain greek yogurt (as sour cream) and shredded cheese. You can also break up some tortilla chips, add fresh cilantro, chopped jalapeno, or anything else you prefer.

Taco Soup
1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles (or 2 cans diced tomatoes and 1 can diced green chiles)
1 can corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning (store bought or see below)

Dice onion. Saute on medium high heat with vegetable oil until slightly translucent. Add a few more tablespoons of oil and add turkey. Cook turkey until fully brown, add taco seasoning and simmer for a few minutes. Add cans of tomatoes, corn, pinto and kidney beans with all their juices. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 10 minutes. Top with plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips, diced jalapenos etc.

Taco Seasoning from
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

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