Thursday, November 18, 2010

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Recipe from my friend Monica’s friend Beth
Makes 6 Servings

1 pound lean ground beef (96/4) OR ground turkey
½ onion (simmer with beef)
1 can tomato sauce (14.5 oz)
1 can rotel
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 can corn
1 can black eyed peas, drained
1 can light kidney beans, drained
1 can dark kidney beans, drained
1 packet dry ranch dressing
1 packet taco seasoning
3 tbsp Cilantro
Optional: ¾ cup fat-free cheddar cheese and 60 grams of Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers.

**Put large pot over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add beef and cook until no longer pink. Add all drained vegetables and season packets. Once everything is combined and stirred up good, add cilantro, then turn heat to medium-high. Once it comes to a boil, move to simmer for 10 minutes and then serve topped with cheddar cheese and corn chips.

**Other option: put ALL ingredients (except for chips and cheese) in slowcooker. Put meat in raw. Cook on high for 3 minutes, then top with cheese and corn chips.
Nutritional Information per serving (including 1/8 cup fat-free cheddar cheese and 10 grams of Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers): 399 calories, 49 carbs, 8 fat grams and 30 protein grams.

Review: Family favorite! I make this all the time now. It's super hearty and even though it's a soup it's thicker like a chili. I seriously have this year round and it never gets old. I've thought about adding a jalapeno, but it really has enough kick to it without it. Sometimes when i'm feeling super lazy - I omit the onion and throw it all (including raw ground beef) in a slowcooker for 3.5 hours on high. Great recipe and super easy so long as you have a can opener! And note, I've subbed in ground turkey before - it's JUST as good!

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