“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn
I came across this recipe for Taco Soup and was immediately smitten with it, probably because I love tacos. I would eat them every day. But then…
I entered the ingredients for this recipe into the recipe section of myfitnesspal.com and found out that it contained a boatload of fat. The offender was the ground beef. FYI – We grilled tenderloins for lunch today and in order to keep on track with my eating, as coached by myfitnesspal.com, I could allow myself 1 ounce of tenderloin. It was delicious, but not what I’d normally eat when I was packing on the pounds. Back to the Taco Soup.
Still craving tacos I decided to make the soup base, leaving out the ground beef. My reasoning? I figured I could then choose to add a measured amount of beef or chicken. I could also choose to cut back on the liquids, add the protein of my choice, and serve it over rice. Oh, the places I’d go! But first I made the broth to see if it held up to my expectations.
1 T coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
dash of cayenne
14 ounces diced tomatoes
12 ounces chicken broth, unless like me you have beef broth and use that
3 ounces coconut milk
4 ounces diced green chiles
Saute the onion and peppers in the oil about 6 minutes until soft and tender.
Transfer to the slow cooker. Add the spices and stir. Add the tomatoes, broth, coconut milk, and chilies. Stir again.
Cook on low for about 4 hours. Enough time for the flavors to get to know each other.
And now for some sexually explicit information about bell peppers, Or maybe not. Be advised not to announce in the produce section, as you’re handling the bell peppers, that you’re checking their gender.
The Happy Couple
To check a bell pepper’s gender simply look at its bottom. TMI – This works with cats, too. The peppers with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds but sweeter and better for eating raw. The males are better for cooking. I didn’t know that! Onward.
This Taco Soup is a bit spicy. Adjust the seasonings for yourself accordingly. I found the flavors pleasing. The following day I purchased some boneless, skinless chicken thighs and simmered them in a scoop of the Taco Soup.
After about an hour of gentle simmering the chicken was cooked through and tender. Also, as I observed this bubbling chicken dish, it became apparent that the fat had melted off most of the chicken. No brainer! Put the chicken meat into a container and the pan, sans chicken, into the fridge. Then the grease can be easily removed after it solidifies.
I see chicken tacos in my future. I love tacos!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.