Spicy Taco Soup

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Warm and comforting, Spicy Taco Soup is sure to hit the spot for a simple dinner!

Hosting a crowd for lunch or dinner is easy if you plan on making a pot or two of soup, some bread, a salad and a simple dessert.  I personally love make ahead meals like this one, which happens to be ridiculously easy, and is possibly even more delicious the second day.  All you need to do is brown the beef and open a few cans…a recipe that can definitely be called super easy.

I love moderately spicy food, so making this with a bit of a kick was required.  I used one regular and one hot packet of taco seasoning which was just right on the spiciness scale for our crowd.  Make this on a quiet morning and you’ll be so ready to dig in by the time dinner rolls around.  If you don’t happen to be feeding a crowd, then you’ll have lunch ready for the next day :)

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Spicy Taco Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. GROUND BEEF
  • 2 pkg. TACO SEASONING* (1 regular, 1 hot)
  • 1 can PETITE DICED TOMATOES
  • 1 can ORIGINAL ROTEL
  • 2 can CHILI BEANS
  • 1 can CORN, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can TOMATO SAUCE
  • 2 cups WATER
  • SHREDDED CHEESE, SOUR CREAM and TORTILLA CHIPS for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef. Drain grease.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning packets. Add tomatoes, rotel, chili beans, corn, tomato sauce and water. Heat to simmer, stirring occasionally and cook for about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately with shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. OR Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve, reheat gently on the stove top or in crock pot on low.
Notes
*This soup gets it's spiciness from the packet of hot taco seasoning, I used McCormick Taco Seasoning. If you need to tone things down a bit, use regular or mild for both taco seasonings, mild rotel and mild chili beans.


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Looking for a delectable dinner? Ravioli Lasagna is easier to make that traditional lasagna and just as delicious!

Last summer I came upon a recipe for Ravioli Lasagna, seemingly so simple…it was definitely worth a try instead of the usual laborious task of lasagna assembly.  It was indeed well loved by {most of} our family and continues to appear in the meal planning rotation around these parts.

What I love about this dish?  It feeds a crowd, is total comfort food and the leftovers are great if you’re not actually feeding a crowd in one night.  Win-win!  You still need to bake this for almost an hour, but the good news is assembling it is actually a breeze and you can put it together ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake.  And moms everywhere rejoiced because dinner was so easy and delicious!

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{crockpot} Chicken Tortellini Soup

For me, there is just something about cheese tortellini in soup that I LOVE!! I couldn’t even tell you exactly what it is but I haven’t seem to met a tortellini soup that I didn’t enjoy!  Last year, I made a Tortellini Sausage Soup that we loved.  When it came to mind again, I knew I didn’t have sausage on hand but figured that there had to be a chicken version out there somewhere.  I was right!  Not only is it an awesome soup with a creamy tomato base, but it’s made in the crockpot which just adds to the ease of preparation.

Once again, I was able to pick out the noodles for my picky eater which made it a meal loved by the whole family.  The ONLY draw back I found with this soup was that the left overs weren’t nearly as good the first meal.  It thickened up quite a bit and the noodles became mushy. I’m not even sure I would characterize it as a soup they next day.  So my recommendation is to eat it all the first day! :)… 

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Tomato Feta Soup

Tomato Feta Soup | Crumbs and Chaos

The weather is cold, cold, cold here in the Midwest.  I really do love each of the seasons for the different beauty that each brings.  I secretly enjoy being at home more in the winter.  Spending time in the kitchen making some of my favorite cold weather dishes and hanging out near the fireplace in the evenings are both things I relish about this time of year.  My husband and I both really love soup and I make it as much as I can.  A bowl of soup alongside a sandwich makes a terrific lunch or dinner, especially with the cold winds howling outside.

A simple and satisfying soup, Tomato Feta Soup is bisque-like in texture and the Philadelphia Cream Cheese adds the right amount of creaminess.  I love the flavor that comes from using fire roasted tomatoes, but if you can’t find them feel free to use regular diced tomatoes.  The feta cheese crumbles add an extra oomph that you don’t find in ordinary tomato soup.

Tomato Feta Soup | Crumbs and Chaos

I also love adding Philadelphia Flavored Cream Cheese (Spicy Jalapeño is my fave) to a grilled cheese sandwich along with Cracker Barrel Cheddar, Havarti or Asiago Cheeses.  Serious grilled cheese perfection to with your steamy bowl of soup!  Click here for the full recipe: Tomato Feta Soup


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5 Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas

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Dinner, supper, time to chow down…whatever you call your last meal of the day, it’s one that has a few requirements. Be relatively simple, who wants to slave away after putting in a full day of work, mothering or whatever else. Be tasty and flavorful, because no one wants to eat boring food. And be different, eating the same things week after week gets a bit boring, don’t ya think?

Pairing simple main dishes with Alexia Smart Classics, sweet potato fries or onion rings make dinner as simple as can be. I like to use them to make a one dish meal, add an interesting twist to a classic or bake them as usual with an enticing dipping sauce. Today I’m sharing 5 easy weeknight meal ideas that make actually making dinner a little bit less of a chore and are delicious and tasty!

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice

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 Thanks to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, dinner is only minutes away.

Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice is packed with flavor and super simple to make!

Last week I took the kids and visited my family for a while, then we came home and closed on our new house and then we moved.  I’m a lot of things right now…mostly grateful to be sitting still for a few moments before all of the unpacking begins.  All that craziness means time for cooking anything went right out the door.  Putting the kitchen back together is a whole ‘nother story.  That is why I love meals like this one, which starts with a tasty Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce and is ready without a lot of fuss.

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I love Thai food and this meal really hit the spot.   I enjoyed all the flavors I love without having to eat out.  Through the end of November, you can enter to win an Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce prize pack – visit the Imagine® Facebook page to enter!

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon CANOLA OIL
  • 1 lb. BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 RED PEPPER, cut into thin strips
  • 1 pkg. IMAGINE® ORGANIC CULINARY SIMMER SAUCE THAI COCONUT CURRY
  • 2 cups INSTANT RICE
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 cup COCONUT MILK
  • ¼ cup FINELY CHOPPED FRESH BASIL
  • JUICE of ½ LIME
  • SALT to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in skillet until hot. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water and coconut milk to boil in a saucepan. Add rice. Stir and remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Add red peppers to skillet with chicken and cook 2 minutes. Add sauce and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir basil and lime juice into rice. Divide into 4 bowls and top with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.


 

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Steak and Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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An easy, flavorful dinner can be on the table in minutes with the help of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.  Steak and Mushrooms served on top of Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes is what’s for dinner tonight!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread

Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

A quick and delicious appetizer or light dinner dish, Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread is a total crowd pleaser!

You guys, we are in the middle of packing our house to move…that means I’m writing this post at my dining room table while sitting next to a juicer, other randomness that came off of the top of the fridge and 3 frothing pitchers, among other things.  I’m doing my best to focus on the prize at the end of the challenge called moving – a new home sweet home for this sweet family of mine.  We’ll get there, heck, I’m optimistic after  yesterday – we actually already cleaned the fridge out completely {that’s never happened in all of our 10 moves – #notmyfavoritetask}.

So about this Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread…it’s the right combination of all of the good stuff – bacon, cheddar cheese and dill pickles all on a thin flatbread crust.  So many things that I love, putting them all together in small amounts on a flatbread is the way to go.  All the goodness of that huge bacon cheeseburger in a smaller dose.  Add a side salad and dinner is served ;)

I’m joining Rachel and the Fabulous Flatbread challenge and so can you!  You can get all of the challenge details on Rachel Cooks, get the deets on prizes and link up your own fabulous flatbread recipe!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread
 
Serves: 4 flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. PIZZA DOUGH
  • OLIVE OIL
  • ½ lb. GROUND BEEF
  • ½ Tablespoon KETCHUP
  • ½ Tablespoon YELLOW MUSTARD
  • ½ teaspoon SEASONED SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon PEPPER
  • ¼ teaspoon GRANULATED GARLIC (or garlic powder)
  • 4 pieces CRISP COOKED BACON, chopped
  • 4 oz. SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • DILL PICKLES, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons MAYONNAISE
  • 2 Tablespoons SOUR CREAM
  • 2 teaspoons HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain any grease.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece into a oval/rectangle. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Drizzle dough with about a teaspoon of olive oil and brush to the edges. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Divide meat mixture and distribute evenly over each flatbread. Top with chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into pieces. Top with chopped pickles and drizzle with sauce.
To make sauce:
  1. Combine mayo, sour cream and hot sauce.


 

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Zesty Chicken Taquitos

Zesty Chicken Taquitos | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

An easy weeknight meal or a new game day favorite, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

As we switch gears from summer into fall {my absolute favorite season!}, we’re trading beach towels and swimsuits for socks and sweatshirts.  It’s also time for back to school and football games galore.  I’m always on the look out for fresh, new dinner inspiration – preferably something that’s quick and flavorful.  A great way to add a different spin on a family favorite recipe is to switch out the condiments or spices in a dish.  A.1. Original Sauce is one of those super versatile condiments that complements everything from steak to pork and chicken.

Baked taquitos make a terrific and easy main dish or a super addition to an appetizer spread for any football watching gathering.  The filling in this taquito recipe is creamy, flavorful and comes together quickly.  I love how crispy the outside of the tortilla gets after baking it.  Delicious!  If you’re serving a larger group of people, this recipe is easily multiplied and the filling can be made ahead of time.  So, what are you waiting for?  All you need is about 25 minutes from start to finish and this simple dish will be ready!  Click here for the full recipe: Zesty Chicken Taquitos

Zesty Chicken Taquitos | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net


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Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad

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This recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad is brought to you by Kraft.

Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

Main dish salad…it’s what’s for dinner.  Does that go over well at your house?  For my husband, a main dish salad has to include protein, fruits/veggies and be full of flavor or else it may not be considered ‘dinner’.    This is an ideal meal for busy nights because all you’re doing is a little chopping, tossing together and before you know it a nutritious meal is ready…. 

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