Category Archives: Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I love soup!!  It is easy to make, filling and the possibilities are endless!!  Taco soup is one of my favorites – pretty much anything goes when making taco soup.

For tonight’s soup (crazy that April 10 it is only in the mid 30s) I used my crock pot.Crock PotAnytime I can use my crock pot I’m happy!!  I put this together and then spent the afternoon volunteering at Hunter’s school (library).

Taco Soup

  • 2 pounds ground beef (you could use ground turkey if you prefer)
  • onion, chopped
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • can of kidney beans
  • can of pinto beans
  • can of green chilies
  • can of tomato sauce
  • package of dry ranch salad dressing
  • package of taco seasoning
  • frozen corn (amount is up to you)

Brown the meat and onion.Taco Soup

Mix everything in crock pot and set on low for several hours (today I set it for 5 hours).Taco Soup

Serve with whatever toppings you like – sour cream, avocados, cheese)



Chicken & Rice Gumbo Soup

I have never made Gumbo before but I thought it would be fun to try some!  Cold and snowy outside – warm, filling soup inside!!!

I looked at lots of recipes and then sort-of combined and deleted the things that we like/don’t care for!

Chicken & Rice Gumbo Soup

  • diced, chicken breasts (I use the precut, precooked bags – cause I’m all about convenience!)
  • package of smoked sausage, sliced
  • 4 carrot sticks, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 soup cans water
  • 2 T chicken bouillon granules
  • dried thyme (I just shook some in)
  • 1 package frozen cut okra
  • hot cooked rice (I made 3 cups in the rice cooker)

Mix all ingredients except okra and rice in crock pot.

Cover and cook on low 7 hours(ish).Gumbo

Stir in okra during the last hour.  (I just dumped the frozen stuff right in!)

Spoon rice into bowl and top with gumbo.  If you want it spicy, by all means add hot sauce.  (We did not.)  I toasted up some French bread so we would have a crusty bread to dip into the soup – so good!!!Chicken & Rice Gumbo Soup

As Chris said – “This was a homey & hearty meal.”

Tex-Mex Pork and Corn Soup

This recipe is an adaptation of one from The 1500 Calorie a Day Cookbook by Betty Crocker.

  • olive oil
  • pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces (I used the whole thing – about 3 lb)
  • chopped onion (about 1 c)
  • minced garlic (I used a spoonful)
  • frozen corn (I had about 8-10oz left in a bag so I used it all)
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • chunky style salsa (I used about 1.5 c)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, chopped

Put the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat and cook the pork until no longer pink.  Add the onions and garlic to continue cooking.  Stir in the corn, broth, salsa and pepper and let simmer.  (I let it simmer about an hour.)  Right before serving, stir in the tomato and cilantro.

Tex-Mex Pork and Corn SoupI didn’t have any because I met a friend for dinner but Chris text me that it was stupendous soup!!!  It smelled good (and will be my lunch today!).


White Chicken Chili

Today was cold!!! (not as cold as those really northern states but I’m a Texas girl living in Kansas!)  Between the cold, my sore throat and Hunter’s new braces – soup of some sort was on the menu!!!  This “chili” was perfect!!!

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 package diced, cooked chicken breasts (we get this at Dillons)
  • 1/2 c onion chopped
  • 1 spoonful minced garlic (I’m lazy and buy it in the jar!)
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 t chili powder
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 can Great Northern beans (I never rinse or drain my beans!)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 1 small carton fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro (or to taste – I love cilantro)

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  Stir in chicken (mine was still frozen), onions and garlic.  Add remaining ingredients except yogurt and cilantro.  Mix and let simmer (I let mine simmer about 1 hour –  I think soup or chili can never simmer too long!!!).  Turn off heat and stir in yogurt and cilantro.

Hot Deliciousness!
Hot Deliciousness!

So good!!!  Enjoy!!!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for my Sick Boy

Jordan is sick -BOO!!!  He is like me and rarely ever sick – probably 3 years since the last time he was sick!!!  He has a terrible sore throat (yeah for texting so he doesn’t have to talk!!!), cough and low grade fever – I hope it doesn’t turn into the flu!!!

I made him chicken noodle soup tonight to soothe his throat and speed the recovery!!  I hope it helps!

This is the first time I have ever made homemade chicken noodle soup – who knew it was so easy?????

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Sick

  • 1/2 c onions
  • 2 T butter
  • about 1 1/2 lb diced, cooked chicken breast
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • dried basil – I just sprinkled it in
  • dried oregano – I just sprinkled it in
  • 2-3 c uncooked egg noodles (I used the smallest size)

Saute onions in butter until tender.  Add everything but the noodles and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add the noodles and simmer 20-30 minutes until noodles are cooked.

Eat and get well!!!

Homemade Chicken Noodle SoupI forgot to take a picture until we were done eating – fortunately, I had enough left for a full bowl!!!

I hope this combined with a day of rest and a good night’s sleep help Jordan bounce back to his normal self!!!