Wednesday, October 16, 2013

(Dinner for YOU Dinner for ME)- Taco Soup

The Fall weather makes me crave comfort foods like a warm bowl of chili or soup.  I love how this "Taco Soup" turned out.  The Whole family loves it.  Clean ingredients and can add your own choice of toppings.

I choose to top mine off with a little avacado and olives
{Paleo/ Whole30 Version- For Me}

The Family usually adds a little cheese and baked tortilla chips on top. 
You can also make your own chips using corn tortillas, a little olive oil and salt. Cut them in triangles with a pizza cutter. Stick them in the oven on 350 for about 20-25 minutes. Easy and my family likes them! Check out this recipe for another idea for baking your chips. I've tried them with a little garlic salt or just sea salt. I've been meaning to try these Paleo Doritos, they sound good!

{For the Fam}

{Taco Soup or Chili}

  • 1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey or grassfed ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced fine (If I don't have this on hand I don't miss it in the soup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels (can omit and it still tastes just fine, omit it for Paleo version)
  • 10 oz can Rotel Mild Tomatoes 
  • 8 oz small can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (I don't add this much of the cumin or chilli powder, the kids and I don't love it spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Brown meat in a skillet with a little salt on medium to high heat until no longer pink.  Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to saute for 4-5 minutes.  At this point you can add this and the rest of the ingredients to a slow cooker if you'd like.  Cook on low for 4 hours. OR just add the rest of the ingredients to your pan or switch to a larger pot.  Turn the Heat to Low, mix well and let all ingredients simmer together until well blended. 

 I like that it's a quick meal this way for the last minute days. I usually have everything on hand.  If you think ahead you can put it in the slow cooker and the flavors will have time to really blend together. Either way it's yummy! Fantastic for a perfect Fall evening!

optional toppings: diced avacado, baked tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, olives. 

Enjoy!

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