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Instant Pot Meatless Taco Soup

With it being so cold lately, I’ve been craving some Taco Soup.  You know, that recipe that has been around forever?  I decided to try to make some in my Instant Pot here at work, and it turned out great!  I used this recipe as a base, leaving out the meat.  You could easily brown some beef in the IP before adding all of the other ingredients, but I was mostly craving the spices and beans.

Ingredients:

2 (15 oz) cans Black Beans
1 (15 oz) can Chili Beans w/seasoning
1 (14.5 oz) can petite Diced Tomatoes
1 can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes
1 small can Tomato Sauce (optional)
1 (15 oz) can Sweet Corn
1 (14 oz) can Chicken Broth
1 (1.25 oz) packet Taco Seasoning (I used Chili-O)
1 teaspoon ground Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Chili Powder
1 teaspoon ground Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
1 teaspoon ground Smoked Paprika
1 (1 oz) packet Ranch Seasoning mix

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into your Instant Pot. Close the lid and make sure the knob is on sealing, NOT venting. Push the manual button, and set the timer for 4 minutes. Once the timer is done counting down, you can turn your knob to venting.
  2. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocados, and tortilla chips.

Note:

Makes approximately 8 servings.

This recipe turned out GREAT!  And it made so much that I shared with anyone and everyone who wanted some.  Everyone who tried it loved it, and I shared the above recipe with anyone who asked.  The one thing I messed up was that I did not add enough water.  Normally when I make this in the crockpot/slowcooker or stove top, I rinse all the cans out with a bit of water and add that to the mixture.  I didn’t do that this time.  It was a bit too thick and burned a little, so next time I will definitely add a bit more liquid.  Otherwise, it was perfect!  🙂

Slightly sweet leftovers

One of the great things about crockpot recipes is that you can cook a decent amount of food all at once and have plenty of leftovers. Remember that Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken I made? I had about half of that left over and I found myself wondering whether to just freeze them to eat later or use them for something else. I took half of it and added some chili beans and taco seasoning for a sweet chicken burrito filling. I combined that with some sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, fresh tomato, and sour cream. That covered another two meals and they were fantastic!

The last couple of days I’ve been craving some chili. I thought I’d try using what was left of the sesame chicken to make a slightly sweet chili. Using the Taco Soup recipe as a base, I combined the sesame chicken mix into my crockpot with a large can of diced tomatoes, two cans of chili beans, a can of black beans, about a cup of whole kernel corn (from the freezer), a packet of taco seasoning, a packet of Ranch seasoning, and a mix of the following to taste: Tabasco sauce, ground chili pepper, ground white pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt.

It was delicious! I do not have any “starting” images, but here’s the end result:

I served a bowl of the chili topped with a mix of white and mild cheddar cheese and sour cream, with cinnamon rolls which were soaked in vanilla bourbon just before baking. They were very sweet and I found complemented the meal nicely. 🙂

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili

Ok, so I ran across this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Yammie’s Noshery. Her pictures that accompany the recipes always look soooooo good, and this recipe sounded so tasty I just had to try it!

So here’s the recipe as she posted it:

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili

Recipe Source: yammiesnoshery.com

Ingredients:

1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
1/2 of a white onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 of a red bell pepper, chopped
7 oz. can of green chiles
8 oz. frozen corn
2 15.5 oz. cans white kidney beans (cannellini beans)
32 oz. chicken stock
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of pepperjack and monterey jack)
Cilantro and limes for serving

Directions:

In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper in a little bit of oil on medium heat until softened. Add the chicken, chiles, corn, beans chicken stock, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and continue cooking until it comes to a simmer (if you prefer a non-creamy soup, it’s great at this point too!). Add the sour cream and cream cheese. Toss together the cornstarch and cheese and add to the pot. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges.

I deviated a bit from the recipe:

  • I had only one can of cannellini beans, so I drained and rinsed a can of black beans too. I figured this would give it a bit more color, and I love them so. 🙂
  • I added 1/2 can of petite diced tomatoes that I had saved in the freezer from the last time I made chili. Doing this made it a bit darker in color, so it wasn’t really a true ‘white’ chili, but I love tomatoes and I was making this for me! 🙂
  • I used not quite all of the 32 oz. container of chicken stock so that the chili will be a bit thicker.
  • I omitted the onion, bell pepper, and chiles. I have weird food issues, this is one of them. 😛
  • I didn’t have any fresh garlic, so I doubled up on the garlic powder — this made it a bit TOO garlicky. I love the taste of garlic, but it was very strong.
  • Lastly, I omitted the cream cheese. It probably would have added to the “creamy factor” but I hate the taste. I may try substituting some velveeta next time.

This was my result:

All in all, this was a very good recipe. Leaving the chiles out left me wanting more kick, so I added some hot sauce when I served my bowl. The flavor was very good, I will try a bit more chili powder and add some white pepper next time to give it a bit more heat.

This was a nice thick chili. In fact, I’ve had its leftovers for breakfast this morning, and over tortilla chips as a snack! I think I may pair it with some refried beans in a chicken burrito for lunch tomorrow. This is definitely a chili I will fix again soon!

Ricotash

This recipe was originally based on a friend’s arroz con pollo recipe, it has since evolved into a pseudo-succotash and chicken mixture served over steamed rice, which became affectionately referred to as “Ricotash”

Note: Adjust the measurements as needed. This recipe as-is serves 3-4.

Ingredients:

1 cup of each:
tomato sauce
sweet whole kernel corn (drained if from a can)
kidney beans (drained if from a can)
uncooked rice

1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked chicken

Adjust the following to taste:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning (low salt preferred!)

Directions:

First get your rice going. I use a rice cooker and leave it to cook while I cook my chicken.

In a small saucepan mix tomato sauce, chicken, corn, and beans. Next, add your spices. Mix thoroughly and simmer about 10-15 minutes over medium/low heat.

Serve sauce mix over rice.

Note: unfortunately I didn’t take pictures the last time I made this, but I do have a picture of leftovers. 😉

Hummus Dip

Recipe Source: FitSugar.com

Ingredients:

1 can of garbanzo beans (chick peas)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (you can always use more)
1 – 2 tbsp tahini (it’s made out of ground up sesame seeds)
Juice from 1/3 of a lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender for a few minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Serve in a bowl with fresh vegetables and sliced pita bread. Or even better, try it with homemade pita chips. This would also be a great snack to have while watching the Super Bowl.

Fit’s Tips:

This is a basic recipe, so play around with it – add your own special ingredients like grated carrots or artichoke hearts.

Stovetop ‘Baked’ Beans

Recipe Source: Hunts.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 10-20 minutes

Ingredients:

3 slices Armour Bacon, coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans (28 ounces each) Van Camp’s Pork and Beans
1/2 cup Hunt’s Ketchup
2 tablespoons Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard

Directions:

Cook bacon in medium saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes, or until crisp, stirring occasionally.

Add onions; cook 3 minutes, or until onions are crisp-tender. Stir in beans, ketchup and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.

Cook 20 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Makes: 12 servings (1/2-cup each)

Alternative Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 2-quart casserole dish with PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Prepare recipe as directed, except after bringing bean mixture to a boil, pour into prepared dish; cover. Bake 1 hour.

White Bean Salad

Recipe Source: 101cookbooks.com

Ingredients:

2 big handfuls baby spinach, washed and dried
2 cans white cannellini beans (or freshly cooked equivalent)
2 handfuls walnuts, toasted
a couple glugs of citrus-flavored olive oil
a small splash of champagne vinegar
a few pinches fine-grained sea salt
a bit of crumbled cheese (manouri, goat cheese work nicely)

Directions:

Rinse and drain the beans. If you like your bean salad on the warm side, my shortcut for heating them up is to run them under hot water (saves having to wash a pot).

In a large bowl combine the spinach, beans and walnuts. Add the olive oil, a splash of champagne vinegar, and salt. Toss gently but make sure you get everything nicely coated. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on top and enjoy.

Serves 4.

Jules’ Sweet ‘n Smoky Chili

Recipe Source: Jules @ everydaymommy.net

“Our extended autumn-like weather came to an abrupt end yesterday when the temperatures dropped to below 20º and Kansas City was hit by a wave of sleet. The frozen ground is now covered with one to two inches of tiny ice pellets. When the weather is this bitter there’s only one thing to do. Make chili! I’m not sure if I’ve shared my chili recipe before, but here ’tis. I think everyone has their own way of making chili, and this is mine. To those of you in Texas, I apologize. This is yankee-style chili. But, it tastes darn good.”

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 lg green bell pepper, diced
2 lg yellow onions, diced
3 cans chili beans (I prefer Brooks brand chili hot beans)
1 can beef broth
1 x-large can tomato juice (juice, not sauce – get the x-large can)
3-4 tbsp brown sugar
3-4 tbsp liquid smoke (I prefer Colgin brand liquid smoke)
Garlic powder
Kosher salt
Chili powder
Dash Cayenne pepper
1/2 stick butter

Directions:

In your largest pot saute the diced onion and diced bell pepper in about 2 tbsp olive oil till tender. Season with salt. Add beef and pork and brown completely. Drain excess fat. Season with garlic powder and salt. Add beans, beef broth, tomato juice, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Stir well and let simmer on low about 30 minutes. Liquids will reduce slightly and flavors will blend. Season to your taste with chili powder and cayenne pepper. Be careful with the cayenne as a little goes a long way. Stir well and taste for seasoning. When it is seasoned to your taste add (yes, this is the secret) the half stick of butter. Let it melt in the chili and stir well. Check seasoning before serving. The longer you allow the chili to simmer the more reduced the liquid will be and the more concentrated the flavors.

Serve with a bit of sharp cheddar cheese on top and crackers. Enjoy!

Aztec Chicken Salad

Recipe Source: From the Cookbook, “Cajun Clark’s One Inch from the Top”

Notes:

Like most recipes, the amount of ingredients you need is in direct proportion to the number and size servings you want to wind up with, including any leftovers. This once again being the case, you can estimate how far the following amounts will go. But, do yourself a favor and cook the entire package at one time; you can then make a larger salad or have what you don’t use for another meal the next day. Makes sense to da ol’ mon Caj, especially if you’re cookin’ One Inch From the Top.

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breasts, seasoned to your liking, cooked–broiled, fried, grilled, you name it; it’s your decision–and sliced in 1 inch chunks.
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 medium to large tomato, chopped
1/2 bottle Catalina dressing
Tabasco: brand Pepper Sauce
Tortilla chips

Directions:

Mix chicken, beans, corn, lettuce, onion and tomato together. Add Catalina dressing and hot sauce to taste. Serve over Tortilla chips. Can’t get much easier than this, no way.

Diabetic Lowfat Texas Bean Dip

Recipe Source: thatsmyhome.com

Ingredients:

15 1/2 ounces black beans, canned – drained
15 1/2 ounces red beans – canned, drained
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 cup onion – chopped
1/2 cup tomato – diced
1/2 cup mild picante sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper – diced
1/4 cup reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese – coarsely grated
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions:

Place beans in a bowl; partially mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until chunky. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onion and garlic; saute for 4 minutes over medium heat. Add beans, tomato, picante sauce, cumin, chili powder and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and lime juice. Stir until well blended and cheese has melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Makes 40 (1-tablespoon) servings.

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