Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Crockpot Taco Soup


I love Mexican soups. I actually love Mexican food overall, so the joy of Mexican AND a crockpot so I really don't have to "cook" is wonderful.

This is a modified version of A Year of Slow Cooking's recipe, but I add lime juice and cilantro to almost anything I cook that is somewhat Mexican. I love fresh cilantro, and I love to chop some up and throw in jarred salsa just to jazz it up. But back to the soup!

The verdict?
Crockpot cooking is awesome...throw stuff in a pot at 8 am, and dinner's ready by 5 pm! No hard work! My husband thought the soup was great, but I wasn't too sold. It was an effective dinner (i.e. food that was edible), but didn't have the "Wow" factor for me. There are a ton of leftovers, and I'm not looking forward to eating them for lunch. I might drain some of the liquid off and use it as filing for tacos....like I said...I love Mexican in all it's forms!

Crockpot Taco Soup

1 lb browned ground turkey or hamburger (I threw in about 1 cup leftover diced chicken that I had on hand)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans
2 cans of pinto beans
2 cans of corn
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 can tomatoes and chiles (I used Rotel)
1 packet taco seasoning
Lime slices
1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro per bowl
shredded cheese and sour cream for topping

Brown meat, drain fat and add to crockpot stoneware insert. Sprinkle seasoning packet on top of meat. Drain and rinse the beans and add to crockpot. Add the entire contents of the corn and tomato cans and stir.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. Stir well, portion into individual bowls, squeeze on some lime and top with chopped cilantro. Can also add shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

2 comments:

  1. You weren't sold b/c you need to throw in a packet of Ranch dressing mix as well. Then you'll LOVE it!

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  2. I did actually try this recipe months before with a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix in it along with the Taco Seasoning, but found it VERY salty and didn't like the "tang" the mix gave the soup. But, to each his own!

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