Fall is in the air

With all of the rain we have had, slightly cooler weather has also blown in. I am definitely thankful for that because it means it is time to start cooking and baking all sorts of various fall goodies. A couple of my favorites are my dad’s chili, “papa’s favorite soup,” and just a warm and thick taco soup.

I made my first taco soup of the season earlier last week, and it turned out just how I remember it. Super tasty and very very easy to make. My recipe is as follows:

1 lb ground turkey meat
32 ounces chicken stock (you can make your own or buy it, i have done both)
1 orange bell pepper (you can use red or green as well)
3/4 to 1 onion
3 – 4 cloves garlic
2 cans diced tomatoes (or chop up your own)
1 small can diced green chilies
1 can Navy beans (you can leave these out if you want)
1 can Kidney beans
1 can Black beans (I used reduced sodium)
1 can corn
1 package ranch dressing
1 package taco mix (or a blending of spices, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, etc)
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup salsa (you can leave this out)

Brown your meat with onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Once meat is done, put into large soup pot.

In soup pot, combine all your ingredients. For all the canned products, I drain out a little bit of the water, but also make sure to keep a little to add to the flavor. Let simmer for as long as you want. The great thing about this soup is it tastes good almost instantly, but if you want to let it simmer to really take on other flavors, you can do that as well. I usually let mine simmer for about an hour or so.

I also like to add crispy corn tortillas to it to break up and pile on top. The easiest way to do this is to dry them out in the microwave. It usually takes about 3 to 5 minutes. I like mine extra crispy.

It makes a pretty good quantity, so I was able to get 3 meals out of this and also have a huge batch to freeze for later in the season. Yum!!!!

I’ll be making my dad’s chili pretty soon. It is a recipe he came up with in college, with an extra special ingredient. Look out for that in the next couple weeks 🙂

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