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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Soups to feed a crowd…

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Pork Chili Verde

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Perfect Potato Soup

{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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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Have you ever been to a Chili Cook Off??  With one long table of crockpots each full to the brim with a simmering chili.  Where to begin??  I see them all, one has corn and black beans while another has steak and pinto beans… but for the most part, they all look the same.  Then there is one that catches my eye!  Mainly because it is white in color.  So there is it, that is where I begin.  And to be honest, that is where I end, because it is the best chili I’ve ever had.  Filled with chicken and great northern beans, ending with the kick of green chilies. Not to my surprise, this chili won 1st place!  Lucky for me, I knew the maker and she was nice enough to give me the recipe.  This has been in my rotation for a while now and my family loves it!  Served with corn bread it is perfect for a cold winter’s day!

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 medium ONION
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons GARLIC POWDER
  • 1 Tablespoon VEGETABLE OIL
  • 2 cans GREAT NORTHERN BEANS
  • 1 can CHICKEN BROTH
  • 2- 4oz cans CHOPPED GREEN CHILIES
  • 1 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CUMIN
  • 1 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 1/2 teaspoon PEPPER
  • 1/4 teaspoon CAYENNE PEPPER
  • 1 cup SOUR CREAM
  • 1/2 cup WHIPPING CREAM

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, chicken broth, green chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, stir in sour cream and whipping cream. ENJOY!!
http://www.crumbsandchaos.net/2014/02/creamy-white-chicken-chili/
megan

Thai Coconut Soup

Thai Coconut Soup | Crumbs and Chaos

This Thai Coconut Soup is super easy and perfect for a cold winter’s day!

I’m truly glad that it’s the start of a new week.  Because last week was one of those weeks – the kind where the dishwasher has run every load on sani-rinse and you’re doling out extra Vitamin C like it’s candy.  It was hard to come home from vacation and then have all the kids laid out in the living room like it’s an infirmary just a few days later.  Thankfully, they’re on the mend. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to make when I need a little comfort.  This Thai Coconut Soup is simple to make and comes together in no time at all.

I usually keep most of these things in the pantry or fridge/freezer, so making this soup whenever I feel like it is pretty easy.  I’ve made it so many times myself that I could probably make it without the recipe.  I absolutely adore all of these flavors together – the ginger, coconut milk, lime, cilantro – it’s amazing and super comforting!  Adding the sriracha is optional, but totally recommended ;)

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Thai Coconut Soup
 
This easy recipe for Thai Coconut Soup is the ultimate comfort food and perfect for a cold winter's day.
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon OLIVE OIL
  • 1½ Tablespoons MINCED JALAPENO (I used jarred)
  • 1½ Tablespoons MINCED or GRATED FRESH GINGER
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can of LIGHT COCONUT MILK
  • ½ teaspoon KOSHER SALT
  • 2 pkgs. RAMEN NOODLES (discard seasoning packet)
  • ¾ cup SLICED MUSHROOMS
  • 1½ Tablespoons FRESH LIME JUICE
  • 1 cup DICED or SHREDDED COOKED CHICKEN
  • 2 Tablespoons CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO
  • SLICED GREEN ONIONS and EXTRA LIME WEDGES
  • SRIRACHA SAUCE, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add jalapeno and ginger, cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken broth, coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and add noodles. Cook for 3 minutes and add mushrooms. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken, lime juice and cilantro. Heat through. Serve with additional cilantro, green onion, lime wedges and cilantro.

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becca

More soup to fill the pot….

Perfect Potato Soup

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Once again, two of my favorite things collide, buffalo chicken and soup.  For a while now I have had an extreme love for buffalo sauce.  I don’t really care for eating the chicken off of the bone, but if you flavor the meat (or the Pringles — which I can’t seem to find anymore!!!) I love it!  Just the smell of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce makes my mouth water!

Unfortunately I can’t just make it for dinner at home because as strong as my love for buffalo sauce is, my husband despises it just as much!  So having the opportunity to take it to a party was perfect.  I knew that I would love it no matter what, but I wasn’t sure what others would think. Low and behold it was loved by everyone that tried it and was practically the first one gone.  My only suggestion is don’t skip the toppings.  The soup itself is good, but the addition of green onions, cilantro, and gorgonzola cheese make it outstanding!  I even made croutons to serve with ours which I think makes a great addition to any soup.  This will definitely be in my regular rotation, even though my husband won’t eat it… that just means more for me, right?!

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Buffalo Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless CHICKEN BREASTS, cooked and shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons OLIVE OIL
  • 1 ONION, diced
  • 4 cloves GARLIC, minced or grated
  • 2 Tablespoon FLOUR
  • 64 ounces CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 2/3 cup CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • 1/2 cup PARMESAN CHEESE, grated
  • 3oz CREAM CHEESE, softened and cut into chunks
  • sliced green onions, crumbled gorgonzola, cilantro, and croutons for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt to the pot, stirring to coat, then cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Sprinkle in flour and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add in stock, buffalo sauce, chicken and grated cheeses, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often. About 1-2 minutes from the end, add in cream cheese and stir until melted in. Serve topped with croutons, cilantro, green onions and gorgonzola. ENJOY!
http://www.crumbsandchaos.net/2014/01/buffalo-chicken-soup/

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

 

megan

The Best of 2013: Soup & Bread

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Today in our Best of 2013 series we’re talking soup & bread.  Oh how I love thee, there’s not many things better than a bowl full of hot, steamy soup with a little bread on the side.  Don’t miss yesterday’s Best of 2013: Breakfast post and stop on over to Finding Joy in My Kitchen to see all of the Countdown to 2014 lists!

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Tortellini Sausage Soup

First of all, today I would finally like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Crumbs and Chaos family.  Our sweet Addison Marie was born just over 7 weeks ago and is doing great!  Adjusting to this new life with a little girl in the family has been quite an experience for Mom, Dad, and her older brothers.  Luckily, things are returning to normal and my time spent in the kitchen is increasing once again!

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Which brings me to the second thing… this amazing Tortellini Sausage Soup!  It is no secret that I LOVE soup.  This time of year I could eat it every day.  When I saw this recipe come across my Facebook newsfeed, I knew it was a must try!  It has a fairly simple ingredient list and is a simple process.  However, instead of using zucchini I used celery and instead of sausage links I used ground sausage.  It turned out wonderfully!  The sausage and cheesy pasta make in delicious and filling.  Another great thing about it is that, even though I knew my picky 5 year old wouldn’t eat it I was just able to pick out some of the tortellini and he gobbled it right up.  No need to make something different for him or listen to him complain about being hungry.  A win for us all!

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Tortellini Sausage Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. GROUND ITALIAN SAUSAGE
  • 4 teaspoons MINCED GARLIC
  • 1/2 cup APPLE CIDER (I used Simply Apple Juice)
  • 4 cups CHICKEN BROTH
  • 15 oz. can PETITE DICED TOMATOES
  • 8 oz. can TOMATO SAUCE
  • 1 cup CARROTS, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon DRIED BASIL
  • 1 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 2 Tablespoon DRIED PARSLEY
  • 1 cup CELERY, chopped
  • 16 oz. package FROZEN CHEESE TORTELLINI

Instructions

  1. Cook sausage in a pan until browned and broken up. Add garlic and cook sausage for 1-2 minutes longer, until fragrant. Put sausage in a large pot. Stir in broth, tomatoes, cider, tomato sauce, carrots, basil and oregano. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes stir in celery and parsley and simmer for 10-12 more minutes.
  3. Add tortellini and cook for 7-10 more minutes. Top with grated Parmesan. ENJOY!
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Recipe Source: Lil’ Luna

megan A few more steamy bowls of soup…

Lasagna Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup

Zuppa Toscana

 

Pork Chili Verde

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A hot bowl of Pork Chili Verde hits the spot on a cool fall evening.  Don’t forget the cornbread!

It’s the time of year where you just want to be able to come home on a chilly day, put on your sweat pants and curl up in front of the fire place.  The only problem with this picture…there’s a table full of people in the dining room that want dinner right now.  While I love cooking, I don’t love standing in the kitchen for a long time at the end of the day (I do my best work in the morning ;) )

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I adore meals like this one.  It takes leftover pork and makes a bowl full of goodness out of it.  The ingredients are simple and the flavor phenomenal.  This is another one of those crowd pleasing recipes – people love it!

The first time I made this soup I used leftovers I had after making Crispy Pork Carnitas, it was meat that I had not ‘fried’ crisp yet – worked out fantastic.  The next time I had made a batch of this Mexican Stewed Pork from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe made enchiladas and froze two quart size bags of leftover pork.  I used one bag from the freezer to make this batch.  You could also use this Crock Pot Pork Carnitas or Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with great success.  I think any pork that has already been cooked and shredded (without sauce) would work for this soup.  Adding fresh cilantro, green onion and a squeeze of lime juice at the end adds a bright finish to this steamy bowl of delight.

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Pork Chili Verde
 
This recipe for Pork Chili Verde soup is a great use of leftover pork, comes together in no time and is a cinch to make! It makes a large batch, so make sure that you have someone to share it with.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1 YELLOW ONION, diced (I used 1 cup frozen & diced onion)
  • 4 cups leftover PULLED PORK
  • 2 cups jarred SALSA VERDE
  • 4 15 oz. cans WHITE BEANS (I used Cannelini), drained and rinsed
  • 8 cups CHICKEN BROTH or STOCK
  • 2 teaspoons CUMIN
  • 1 teaspoons CHILI POWDER
  • KOSHER SALT
  • CHOPPED GREEN ONION & CILANTRO for garnish
  • LIME WEDGES, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, add oil and onion. Season with salt and stir occasionally until soft.
  2. Add pork and cook together with onions for about 5 minutes. Add salsa verde, beans and chicken broth. Cover and cook at a simmer for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  3. Add spices and season to taste with salt, if needed. Ladle into bowls and top with green onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Source: Heather Christo


 

becca

 

More soup to love…

Perfect Potato Soup

White Chicken Chili

Ravioli Vegetable Soup

Perfect Potato Soup & Our Annual Fall Party Re-cap

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Today’s recipe is a ‘recipe revival’ of sorts, a family favorite that came from the archives.  I feel like we’ve been making this easy Potato Soup forever and it definitely deserves a turn in the spotlight today.

Last Saturday night was one of my favorite nights of the year – our annual fall Harvest Party.  We invite a crowd of family and friends over for pumpkin carving, wagon rides and, of course, plenty of delicious food.  The last two years I’ve shared our menu and game plan for the party (2011 and 2012) and decided I would share again this year.  My kids were just as excited as I was – it’s so fun to create family traditions that they look forward to year after year.

We ate first and then the kids hopped on the mower wagon for rides around the empty lot across the street.  They loved it and couldn’t get enough even though it was fairly chilly outside.  Then we gathered in the garage and started carving our pumpkins.  It’s so fun to line them all up at the end of the night and take a picture of them glowing in the dark night.

There’s also no fun like glow bracelets on a dark night and my husband also grabbed stick-on mustaches from the Dollar Tree.  They thought the mustaches were hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing at each other wearing them – nothing like cheap dollar store thrills :)

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Our Menu included:

Pumpkin Chili, Potato Soup, Turkey Pot Pie

Garlic Feta Dip

Relish Tray/Crackers/Bread, Cornbread/Fritos

Various Desserts: Candy Bar Apple Dip, Apple Dumplings, Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes, Baked Apples, Chocolate Pudding Dessert

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A few notes about making this fabulous pot of soup – it starts with peeled and diced potatoes, 1 cup of broth for every cup of potatoes.  If you have an extra cup or two of potatoes, adjust the amount of broth accordingly and then adjust the seasonings to taste.  I tripled the amount of everything except the cream cheese to make a huge pot for the party.  I only used two blocks of cream cheese and it was perfect.

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Perfect Potato Soup

The easy recipe for potato soup is creamy and comforting.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups POTATOES, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups CHICKEN BROTH*
  • 1 teaspoon ONION POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SEASONING SALT
  • 1/4 teaspoon WHITE PEPPER
  • 1/4 teaspoon CAYENNE PEPPER*
  • 8 oz. block CREAM CHEESE

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes, chicken broth and spices in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Slightly mash a few of the potatoes to thicken the soup.
  3. Add the cream cheese to the soup and give it a few minutes to start melting. Stir to combine. If you'd like a smoother soup, use an immersion blender to puree to your desired consistency.
  4. Serve with bacon, green onion and shredded cheese.

Notes

*I usually use water and chicken soup base (like Better Than Bullion) instead of chicken broth.

*Use less cayenne pepper or none at all if you don't like anything spicy.

*I made a triple batch of this for the party and only used 2 blocks of cream cheese.

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becca

 

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