Philippians 3:12-14 (The Message Bible)

I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jen's Taco Soup

This recipe is one of those that you can alter to your liking. The "key" ingredient is the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet. If you don't have's not going to work (trust me, I've tried it). Other than that you can use whatever beans, corn, tomatoes that you have on hand. Also, this recipe serves about 4 but you can certainly double it for a larger group.

1 lb. (or more) lean ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis
1 can pinto beans (or black beans)
1 small can sliced black olives
1 cup chicken broth
1 can white shoe peg corn (or whatever corn you have)
1/2 a seasoning packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1/2 a seasoning packet of Taco seasoning
Brown the meat with the onions. Drain any excess grease. Add in all other ingredients and heat.
Top with a spoon full of light sour cream, a sprinkle of fat free cheddar cheese and some cilantro if you like.

Serve over a bed of lettuce for a taco salad.
Serve with tortilla chips to eat as a soup.
Delicious served with guacamole (recipe below).

Jen's guacamole
1 ripe avocado
1 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. light sour cream
1 sprinkle garlic salt
1/3 c. hot salsa
chopped cilantro

To choose an avocado, look for one dark in color. Gently squeeze. If it feels hard as a rock--put it back. If your fingers squish right into it--put it back. You want to feel it squish just a teensy bit. Imagine the firmness of a perfect banana. That is what you're looking for.
To use an avocado, get a serrated knife. Cut avocado from top to bottom and all the way around. If you don't know...there is a huge pit in the center so you won't be able to slice all the way through. Pull the 2 halves apart and remove the pit. Using a large spoon, scoop out the avocado making sure to get it all off the insides of the skin.
Dice avocado up into a bowl. Add all the other ingredients and stir briskly, somewhat mashing the avocado while you're mixing.

Healthier tortilla chips
Buy corn tortillas. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1/4ths (little triangles). Spray a cookie sheet with Pam and place your "chips" on there in a single layer. Spray them again (on top) with Pam and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a 350 degree oven until crisp.


Miss Got Wings said...

but if you do have avocados that are too ripe . . . . throw them in a paperbag on the counter for a day or two; then they'll be nice and ripe. Hmm, interesting guac recipe - never heard of it made w/ sour cream before. The taco soup sounds really good; I'll have to give it a try!

Christina said...

Y-U-M-M-Y!!! That sounds soooo good! I'll definitely be trying that recipe out sometime... thanks for sharing!

Demi Eliese said...

that DOES sound good-I wonder how it would taste with tofu instead..I'll have to try. I used to have a recipe for taco soup back in the made me run to the bathroom almost immediately after consuming. good stuff, lol.

KC said...

YUMMMM!!! That sounds so good! I'll have to give it a try. thanks for sharing Jen!