Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Inspiration Recipe: Super Easy Taco Soup

This is the recipe that I shared with my mom, which gave me the idea to start this whole thing!  It is the easiest taco soup recipe you have ever seen - even for you non-cookers out there.  It's mostly canned ingredients so it is fairly high in sodium, which is the only drawback, but there are ways around that.  Anyone know what the daily recommendation for sodium is??  2400 milligrams - about 1 TEASPOON per day!  And, canned products can get you there pretty quickly!  

On to the recipe...get out your crock pot and your crock pot liners - if you don't know about these, you're about to discover the greatest invention EVER!  You just simply put the bag in the crockpot and dump the ingredients in.  As soon as you are done eating, and packaging left overs for lunch the next day, just throw the bag away...dishes DONE!  You can find them anywhere in the food storage section at most grocery stores.

Ok, time for the recipe for real:

1 lb of uncooked chicken breast - frozen or fresh
1 can Great Northern beans 
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
1 packet taco seasoning (I always get the low sodium one)
1 packet ranch seasoning
Dash of cumin

Put the chicken in first, then dump everything else on top.  Cook for about 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low.  You should then be able to shred the chicken with a fork while it's still in the crock pot.  Dinner is DONE!

The original recipe calls for all the cans to be undrained - which hikes up the sodium.  SOOOO...the other option is to drain all the cans and rinse the beans and use about 2-3 cups of low sodium chicken broth.  Might add about 5 minutes to your prep time.  You could also use fresh tomatoes & chilis if you are REALLY feeling ambitious.

Beware - pregnant Sister B said "it was so delicious, but it gave me major heartburn."  So all you mommies to be out there - you have been warned!

TIME SAVER TIP:  I often put all the ingredients into the bag the night before, then keep it in the fridge until the next morning, then all I have to do is put the bag in the crock pot and turn it on!  If you know me, you know I will do anything possible for that extra 5 minutes of sleep.


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