Saturday, October 17, 2009

Taco Soup

Taco soup is one of my favorite things to make on a cold day, especially when there is football on TV!
I have modified this soup to make it as Paleo as possible.
When I say "Paleo" it refers to following The Paleolithic Diet, which loosely described is a diet free from grains, rice, pasta and sugar.
If you get more technical then back in the paleolithic years we did not eat beans, and this soup has that in it. Are beans bad for you? People still argue on this.
I just want to be clear to readers that I do understand this recipe is not strictly paleo but it is healthy and gives your body lots of nutrients that it needs!
I like to top mine with cheese and dairy is also not technically in the diet...but I like to do things in moderation!
So with that said here is the recipe:
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 onion diced
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 jar medium salsa
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can black olives
1 beer-substitute stock to make it more paleo!
For toppings:
1 bunch green onions choped
sour cream
grated cheddar cheese
In a skillet cook the beef, turkey, and onions. Add in taco and ranch seasonings. Saute until onions are soft and meat is cooked through.
In a soup pot or dutch oven add in the remaining ingredients-don't drain anything-and bring to a simmer.
Add in meat and onions and continue to simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently.Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Add in some Tabasco if you like heat!
Serve hot and top with green onions, sour cream, cheese and jalapenos!*This also works great for the crock pot if you want to make it before you leave for the day!

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