Monday, September 24, 2012

Update!!!! Chicken Taco Soup recipe revisited with an easier method.

Hello Again!

I wanted to repost an old blog from a couple of years ago because I can feel fall in the air! It is time to break out my favorite fall/winter foods and this recipe is one of them. I am proud because it is the only recipe that I ever made up. Plus I have an awesome update to the recipe that makes it SOOOO much easier! Hopefully you have a Kitchenaid mixer, because if you don't, you are missing out. Go! Go get one now, or ask for it for Christmas like I did (It was the only gift I got that year because my WHOLE family teamed up to buy it for me) It is sooooo worth the money. You can't have mine because my family has been instructed to bury me with it when I die. Here is the original post with updates added in red, hope you like it:

Hey all!

Guess I need to update more often, but while at times the stories come back to back, sometimes they are spaced am I. So on to the story. My dear sweet 8 year old (now 11 yo) girl, Ray bear, told me about a month ago that she feels sad for cows when she eats hamburgers (Maybe she's not mine after all, I never feel guilt over a good burger or steak..YUM!). So she wants to become a vegetarian....I am going to try to support her, tofu and all (Yeah, that didn't last long, mostly because I decided that cooking two meals was too much work). I have checked out some books and am studying up on vegetarianism and I told her that after a visit to the doctor we can start on that. Now her sweet little almost 7 year old (now 10 yo) sister, Stinkerboo, wants to be JUST like Ray bear, so she said the other day that she wanted to be a vegetarian too. Last night we had a non vegetarian meal for dinner, it was my made up recipe that I like to call Chicken Taco Soup (recipe to follow). It has black beans in it and it is mighty tasty. Stinkerboo said she hated beans and wouldn't eat it....I told her that vegetarians have to eat lots of beans. She froze and stared at me looking horrified, then she said "Nevermind....I don't want to be like Ray bear!" It was pretty cute. So as promised here is the recipe.

Chicken Taco Soup


4 boneless skinless Chicken breasts
2 cans of chicken broth (or homemade if you have it)
1 pkg of Taco Seasoning (or make it yourself if you know how)
2 cans of rotel
2 cans of black beans (Drained and rinsed)
Sour Cream

Cook the Chicken in the crockpot until done. (No, I am not sure how long that is, but I ususally cook on High for a 3 hours or sometimes I use the handy little meat thermometer that comes with my crockpot and cook until the temp is 180.

Then take the chicken out of the crockpot and shred it with 2 forks using your kitchenaid mixer, if you have one. It's simple to do, just put the paddle attachment on (pictured below), 

 drop the cooked chicken in and turn the mixer on for about a minute or so and voila!! perfectly shredded chicken (you can thank me for this awesome tip in the comments section). 

You can leave the juices from the chicken in the crock pot and then throw the chicken back in. Add in the broth and taco seasoning and stir, 

 then add the beans and rotel and stir again. Cook it on Low til it is all warm and bubbly or until you are ready to is hard to ruin and the longer it sits the better it gets.

 Serve topped with salsa, sour cream and cheese and you can crumble the tostadas on top like Ramon does or break and dip them into the soup like I do, either way is YUMMYLICIOUS! ENJOY! And don't forget that beans are good for you!

P.S. The leftovers are EVEN BETTER!

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