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Leftover Taco Night Soup
Leftover Taco Night Soup
What to do with Leftovers??
When we have taco night at our house, when there are leftovers, sometimes there are just a few scraps. Not enough for another full meal, but enough for someone to take a lunch the next day.
Once, at a restaurant, I had a fantastic Taco Soup. I was in love after the first spoonful. When we had a bunch of tact leftovers one night, I decided to try my hand at recreating that Taco Soup. I didn't think it would be hard. I scanned the internet to see what was out there. There are a million variations, but I was looking for SIMPLE.
Here is what I came up with.
- 1 cup chicken, taco meat, pork, (any meat is usable)
- 1 cup beans, (black, red, kidney, northern, etc..)
- 24 oz jar salsa, green and/or red; any heat
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup of each: onions, geen peppers, tomatoes, corn
- 1-2 torillas, cut up
- 1-2 TBSP sour cream
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese, any type
- 1 bag tortilla chips
- 1-2 cubes chicken boullion, (optional)
- Chop up anything that needs to be chopped up: leftover chicken, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, etc...
- Pour jar of salsa in a pot.
- Add beans, meats, and vegetables.
- Add 1-2 chicken boullion cubes.
- Simmer until hot and vegetables are tender.
This is such a garbage can soup, which is what I love about it. Pretty much you throw whatever you have leftover into a pot and cook. I love experimenting with this soup. It never really tastes the same twice.
We usually have chicken or beef tacos, so that is what ends up in our soup. We have a lot of beans on hand, so that usually ends up in there as well. The rest, is usually a mix of whatever I want to get rid of from the fridge.
I usually mix green and red salsas together. That makes this soup so much better. The mix of the two salsas creates a sweet/sour taste.
Also, I love throwing in some fresh tomatoes and other veggies (onions, green peppers, corn, etc...). I've even used mushrooms, squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Not truly mexican, but still yummy.
Some Topping Variations:
I usually serve this soup with tortilla chips, but you can also cut up flour tortillas and sprinkle on top. They get all soft in the soup.
Shredded cheese (any type) can also be added as well as sour cream to make it a creamy soup. The sour cream also cuts down on the heat if it is too spicy.
If you want more of a stew type soup, serve it over rice or noodles. If you want a more broth type, add more water or chicken broth. This will thin it out.