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Fresh Taco Soup

This is such a great soup to make on any occasion. It’s made with fresh organic tomatoes, veggies, beans, turkey, chili powder, garlic and onions. If you buy all the ingredients fresh, I really think it makes all the difference. I can’t tell you how much better fresh tomatoes taste in soup compared to the canned version. You just have to try it. You’ll see. And if you are a fresh tomato soup eater already, you know what I mean. I also used chili powders and fresh jalapenos. No packet taco seasonings here. You are going to LOVE this soup.

Fresh and Healthy Taco Soup made with fresh tomatoes, beans, veggies, chili powder and ground turkey. [Pin It] Follow Me on Pinterest
Ingredients

1 medium sized onion

3-5 cloves fresh garlic

1 pound fresh tomatoes

1 pound zucchini

2-3 cups of freshly cooked pinto beans (about 1.5 cups dry beans)

water or chicken broth

1 pound of full fat ground turkey meat

Few tbsps. of olive oil, coconut oil or pastured lard for caramelizing the onions

1 tsp. sea salt (more or less depending on if you use water or salted chicken stock)

1/2 tsp. ground cumin or more

1 tsp. of New Mexico chili powder or ancho chili powder (add more if you like)

1-2 jalapenos with the seeds removed if you like your soup spicy
Directions

Begin by soaking your beans for at least 8 hours or overnight. If you do this your beans will take 2 hours to cook. I do not recommend making beans with out soaking. It takes too long and it also makes them hard to digest. After your beans are done (save the remaining water they are cooked in), caramelize the onions in a large pot. meanwhile roughly chop the tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. Once they onions are golden add the ground turkey to brown and fully cook. Next, add the chopped veggies, broth, spices, beans (with remaining water they are cooked in) and jalapenos ( if using) to the pot. Simmer until the veggies are tender. Season with sea salt here or earlier if you like. Serve with cheese, avocadoes, fresh herbs and Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Ready to simmer.

It’s ready! Enjoy!

Easy Taco Meat From Scratch

Taco meat can be very easy to make from scratch, so long as you have the right chili powder. Once you have that ingredient down, you really are just about done. You will also have the best tasting taco meat from scratch ever! The best part; you don’t have all those weird ingredient in your food. So many of the store bought seasoning packets have strange ingredients, added sugar, and processed salt. I make this concoction whenever I crave traditional Mexican dishes my mother made for me when I was growing up. I also add it to anything from steamed veggies and salads to tacos and casseroles depending on how good I want to be. 🙂 My Mexican casseroles ROCK. And there are so many simple variations. I need to post one for you guys. Well, I can’t take all the credit. I stole most of the recipe from my mom. If you like veggies, spices and flavor you will love them. As some of you might know I have three kids ages 5, 3, and 1. With this many young lives in need of nurturing, I am left with little time for my blog. I love my little blog, and I am working on posting more regularly. I’m a mom that is just becoming use to the idea of letting someone else take care of my kids other than my husband or Grandma. I jumped over a huge hurdle yesterday and let my neighbors daughter watch my kids while I tough my yoga class. I came home and saw how much they loved it. Duh, I thought! I gotta give this a go more often. Especially to be able to post more! Also, I want to share why I’m gluten free soon in another post, and I do want to tell you that I have been cutting out sugar lately ( from all source including fruit) and I feel so much better. I’m doing this to lose some inches off my stomach and wake up with more energy to get on with my day. It’s been doing both of those things. Which leads me to one of my favorite fast meals, Taco Meat From Scratch, which can be served in many ways depending on how much time you have.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil
4 large cloves garlic
1 lb ground meat (I used whole fat ground turkey from TJ’s)
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pasillo chili powder
1/2 – 1tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 cup salsa ( I used Double Roasted Salsa from TJ’s)

optional – a pinch or two or more on arbol chili powder ( only if you want spicy)