Saturday, June 30, 2012

Taco Soup- Healthified (+ easy version)

Last week, I started craving some taco soup. But since we've been trying to eat less meat, I decided to take that out of the meal completely. And then, while I was at it, try to substitute the processed food with more fresh food! So here's the healthified version of my taco soup (skip to bottom for the easy version)

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Ingredients: 

6 Roma tomatoes
1 Red Onion (chopped)
2-3 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
4 Peppers (I think these were serrano?) 
1 Orange or Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
24 oz. Organic Tomato Puree 
1 Can of Corn (because I have lots of canned corn to use up)
1 Package of Taco Seasoning 
Frito Chips 
Monterrey Jack Cheese 

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1. Boil a large pot of water with a large bowl of ice water ready. Once the water is boiling, dump in the tomatoes (whole) for about 1 minute or until they begin to peel. 
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2. Remove with slotted spoon and put in ice bath. 

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3. When the tomatoes have cooled, remove the peel, and squeeze out the seeds.  IMG_4997
4. Chop up the tomatoes and then put them in a bowl. Then mash with a potato masher. 
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5. Saute your garlic, onion, and bell pepper in some butter until soft.  IMG_4995 IMG_4999 IMG_5005 IMG_5009
6. Add tomato mixture. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. 
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7. Add tomato puree. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.  IMG_5006
8. While that's simmering, we're going to cook up our peppers! So put them on a baking sheet and set your oven to broil. Let broil for about 3-6 minutes, checking on the peppers to see when the skin starts to turn brown. Prepare an ice bath. Once the top is brown, flip over so the under side can cook a little too.  IMG_5012 IMG_5019
9. When those are done, take them out and drop in ice bath. IMG_5022
10. Once they've cooled, dice them up and add to soup! IMG_5024
11. I let my soup simmer for about 30 minutes.  IMG_5027
12. And then add your can of corn (drained, of course) as well as your taco seasoning. IMG_5030 copy
13. Let simmer for another 20 minutes and serve with frito chips and monterrey jack!  IMG_5034

Mmmmm, mmmm gooood! 

Next time I want to try to make my own taco seasoning, corn, and tomato puree. Then, it will really be from scratch! Now all I have to do is find a healthier alternative to Fritos...... ideas? 

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Easy Version: 

3 Garlic cloves
1 bell pepper (any color, I used red)
1/2 Onion
about 2 tbs olive oil
24 oz. jar Tomato sauce/puree
small can Diced green chiles 
1 cans Black beans 
2 cups of frozen corn
14 oz can Crushed tomatoes
2 tbs Handmade Taco Seasoning
Monterrey jack cheese 
Pita chips (great, healthy alternative to fritos!)

1. Saute the onion and bell pepper in the olive oil. Once soft, throw in minced garlic. 
2. Add in the corn and a tbs of taco seasoning, saute for another few minutes. 
3. Add in the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, green chiles, corn, and black beans. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes until it thickens a little bit. 
4. Serve topped with cheese and pita chips! 
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