So I turned to a favorite recipe I had learned from my mother-in-law. Taco Soup! What I love about this dish is that it is a "garbage recipe". You just kinda use a little bit of whatever you've got lying around the pantry. And it always turns out great!
So, I'll just tell you how I made today's version and you can insert or take out whatever you want to suit your needs.
I had three chicken breasts thawed, so I cut them into chunks and threw them into a large pan with a cup of chicken stock. When the meat had mostly cooked I tossed them with some taco seasoning.
Now, I would like to thank the genius who shared with the world how you can use your Kitchen Aid stand mixer to shred chicken. This nameless saint should be given some sort of Nobel Prize for helping busy mom's everywhere with this bit of knowledge. Silently send a thankful prayer out to that person, wherever they are, as you place your cooked chicken chunks into your stand mixer to shred (if you have to do this part by hand, I'm sorry for your burden).
Return your shredded chicken to a large pot with 3 cups chicken stock and 1 cup of water. Add one can of diced tomatoes, a can of chili beans (drained), and a can of corn (drained). Now spice to taste with your typical Mexican food seasoning. No measuring required. I added some thyme, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, and a few dashes of Tabasco.
Bring to a low boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
When you serve your fantastic soup, garnish it just as you would a taco. We like to put sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos on ours. We also love adding avocado if we have some.
- 3 chicken breasts, thawed
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can corn (drained)
- 1 can chili beans (drained)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese
- Nacho Cheese Doritos
- Cut chicken into large chunks and place in large pan with 1 cup chicken stock.
- Cook until mostly done, add taco seasoning.
- Shred chicken.
- Return to large pot with 3 cups chicken stock and 1 cup water.
- Add tomatoes, corn, beans, and spices.
- Bring to low boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed Doritos.