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Crockpot Taco Soup By: Nicole Marines
Really, there isn’t much of a “recipe." I just eyeball it and dump, but here is my general setup. It's all approximate depending on how many people you want to feed. If I don’t have one specific kind of beans, I sub whatever is in my pantry though I do think that the chili beans are necessary for added flavor! If I am doubling the recipe, I also don’t fully double the meat - maybe an extra thigh, but mostly add more canned beans and broth! Sorry to those of you, like my husband, who love to follow more exact recipes. I promise that you can’t screw this up; it’s always a big hit!
Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds chicken (frozen or fresh - I usually prefer thighs because I think they are more tender.) 2 cans petite diced tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 2 cans chili beans (not the pre-made chili with meat, but the pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce) 2 cans kidney beans 1 can black beans 1 large diced onion 1 carton chicken broth Frozen corn (I probably use ½ bag for this size recipe. I do not prefer canned corn.) Taco seasoning (Again, I don’t ever measure here. I buy the large taco seasoning cartons from Costco and just do a generous sprinkle/layer across the top, but you could also use a taco seasoning packet.)
Serve with: Sour cream Shredded cheese Avocado slices Lime wedges Tortilla chips
Dump all of the ingredients in the crockpot except for the frozen corn. Yes, you really can put the frozen chicken right in the bottom of the crockpot! Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. I normally pull out the chicken about 30 minutes before serving the meal to shred it. Tip: you can put the cooked chicken into your mixer or in a bowl and use a hand mixer for easy shredding. After adding the shredded chicken back in, I add in the frozen corn.
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Tip: This recipe calls for ½ cup apple cider, but I’ve also subbed in apple juice. I use the rest of the carton for festive kid drinks in our IKEA goblets that I mentioned in the episode.
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