Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicken Taco Soup

This morning we were surprised with snow! Hubby and I had planned on completing several projects this weekend so the sight of snow this morning was just plain annoying (especially since we have gotten some 5ft or so of it this year). Despite the kink in our plans, we ran some errands and got supplies to build our chicken coop and garden beds. But I was so caught up in running around town that I totally forgot dinner! I had nothing planned or prepped and dinner was an hour away. *cue dramatic music*

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
  • Cayenne
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos
  1. Cut chicken into large chunks and place in large pan with 1 cup chicken stock.
  2. Cook until mostly done, add taco seasoning.
  3. Shred chicken.
  4. Return to large pot with 3 cups chicken stock and 1 cup water.
  5. Add tomatoes, corn, beans, and spices.
  6. Bring to low boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed Doritos.


  1. This looks so so so good and simple!!! I love soups so much but find them time consuming, this looks like an easy peasy hearty one!
    Also how have I never shredded chicken win my kitchen aid??!?!?!!!
    Have I been living under a rock! I am ashamed!

    1. I also love soup Holly. I would eat soup just about every day if I could. This soup is so simple. I love that I don't have to measure stuff. Just a dash of this and a pinch of that and FOOD!

  2. My mind is still reeling from the mixer-shredding-chicken part of this post! I don't have a Kitchen Aid mixer, but I'm thinking the mixer I have now might work. Thanks for such a simply, delicious recipe! I love making homemade chicken noodle soup but have never made taco soup! Must try!

    1. Kate, let me know if your mixer works. I don't know where I heard about using a mixer to shred chicken, but it's basically the main reason I asked Hubby for a stand mixer for 3 years.

  3. I love taco soup but have actually never made it myself, I don't know why...
    So i'm pinning this yummy recipe, thanks for sharing!

  4. YUM! That actually looks GREAT! I never knew you could use the mixer to shred chicken...just brilliant! Looks so hearty and warm on a snowy and cold night! Thanks for sharing I WILL be making this and ENJOYING it as well!!!

  5. Never tried this. But at times we're left with sachets because someone decided to eat the tacos plain! Great tip!

  6. oh my goodness. this look so good and easy to make. I don't have a stand mixer (boo...) so I will have to shred by hand. I am putting this item on my birthday wish list.