Monday, January 9, 2012

Taco Soup Recipe

I had a couple of requests for the Taco Soup recipe I mentioned on my Facebook wall last week, so I wanted to share it with you guys! I believe it is originally a Weight Watchers recipe. It is a little more sodium than I would ideally like to ingest - but I have realized that sometimes I just need to pick my battles! It's better for me, and lower sodium, than a Big Mac....right?!? And not to mention, it is CHEAP! *bonus, bonus, bonus*

So here is the recipe, as it was originally published.

1 pound ground turkey
1 medium chopped onion
1 can regular stewed tomatoes
1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can white kidney beans
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet dry ranch dressing

Brown meat with chopped onion and drain fat. Add all ingredients to the crock pot. Do not drain corn or beans. Stir until completely mixed together. Simmer in crock pot all day long.

I made some adjustments to this, to better-suit me. Below are the changes I made.

Instead of Turkey, I cooked up a pound of chicken breasts, seasoned with pepper, and shredded them.

I used black beans instead of kidney beans. They're just better. =)

I couldn't find Mexican stewed tomatoes, so I used Diced w/ Green Chiles.

I used 40% less sodium taco seasoning.

Next time, in order to save on some sodium, and give it a little more zip, I'm going to leave out the can of regular stewed tomatoes, and just put two cans with Chiles in. I'm also going to drain and rinse the black beans, and then add some water.

For a cup and a half serving of this deliciousness, here are the stats: 274 calories, 2 grams of fat & 29 grams (I believe) of protein!! Low cal, super-low fat, and a bunch of protein to keep you feeling full!! And it is really flavorful!! SO GOOD!!!

Try it! And let me know if you make any variations to it you think make it healthier, or tastier!!