Taco Soup

The weather has been getting progressively cooler here.  And that means soup season is upon us.  Also, somehow, my schedule seems to be filling up, which means that I use my crock pot more often.  This recipe is adapted from my grandma’s taco soup.  It’s easy, feeds a crowd inexpensively, and just plain tastes good.  If chicken isn’t your thing, feel free to use hamburger.  No crock pot? You can easily make this recipe on the stove top, but in that case I’d definitely used canned beans instead of dry.

To start, add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and a can of corn kernels into your crock.

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Then add dry or canned pinto beans and chicken breasts (I used whole, frozen).  Also stir in a package of low sodium taco seasoning (or a tablespoon of your favorite homemade taco seasoning) and enough water to cover everything well.  Turn your crock pot on low and walk away for 6-8 hours.  Just before serving, remove the chicken and shred or dice it.  Put it back in the soup, give it a stir and serve with crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese.  Yes, it really is that simple and so delicious.

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Recipe:

1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 can whole kernel corn

1 cup dried pinto beans (or one can pinto beans)

1 package low-sodium taco seasoning

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

water to cover

tortilla chips for serving

shredded cheese for serving

Place first 5 ingredients in a crock pot.  Stir.  Add enough water to cover.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 4-6 hours.

Before serving, remove chicken from crock pot and dice or shred.  Return to crock.  Stir.

Serve with crumbled tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

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