Crock Pot Mexican Soup

Crock Pot Mexican Soup

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Hi guys! I’m enjoying having guest posts for my Fix and Forget Fridays! Today we have a great recipe from my friend Nikki over at Christian Mommy Blogger. Thanks Nikki! 

I am a bit of a numbers dork (ahem, so is Barry) so I just had to make this about something more than a recipe! Don’t let the amount of ingredients scare you – this is not just a soup. This is a soup formula. That is right. The seasoning stays the same, but the main star(s) of the show can easily change.

You will not get tired with this soup. Good news since it freezes well!

Here is what you do…pick your meat: beef, sausage, pork or chicken. If you pick the beef, sausage or pork, brown it. If you pick the chicken, for this recipe, I would just start with cooked chicken. Then you get your must-have veggies ready: garlic and onions. Put the meat and the must-have veggies in the crock pot.

Next up? Your optional veggies: zucchini, celery, asparagus. I personally prefer zucchini and celery both. Here are a few tips for your optional veggies: use frozen shredded zucchini. It is a great way to preserve your harvest and use all year long. I freeze in one cup portions. As for asparagus, please only buy in season (duh) and NEVER pay more than 1.99 per pound!! It may be hard to pass it up, but it will in fact drop below 2.00. When it does, stock up! I am sure Stacy is biting her tongue right now, trying NOT to make a joke about pee (asparagus, pee, get it?). But Stacy, let’s not talk about pee when we are talking about soup, please. (Stacy – okay forgive me, but that thought about asaparagus will forever be in my mind due to the movie “Elf.” )

So we digress. Throw your optional veggies into the pot. Now you need your starch: sweet potatoes! This really rounds out the soup and gives you the extra filling you need. We are gluten and dairy free in our house and this soup still fills us up – without the bread! Dice those potatoes up nice and evenly so they all keep in line with the other veggies. This helps them to cook evenly.

The rest is a bit of a blur. I don’t have special stories or advice for any of this. I just know that the combination of it all tastes great! So here it is: Add diced tomatoes and the chicken stock. Combine the tomato paste, water, maple syrup, cumin, chili powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well (until all of the tomato paste is nicely dissolved) and pour the mixture over the other yummy ingredients in the crock pot.

Give it a nice stir, put a lid on it and check on it in 4-6 hours! All you need is 4 but 6 really brings out the flavors! Please remember to use less salt if you use sausage, as it already has more flavor and may not need very much.

I recommend serving in a bowl over a few discs of polenta garnished with an avocado. If you are my husband (which you most certainly are not) you may not like that the avocado gets a little warm. I personally think it tastes great!

Nikki is a Jesus loving, stay {work} at home, mommy-blogger. When she isn’t busy with her one year old and two year old daughters and perfect-for-her husband, she savors real food, Keurig coffee, line dried laundry, breastfeeding, cast iron pans, and precious quiet time with her sweet Savior. Find her blogging at Christian Mommy Blogger. You can also see updates, quick tips, and other inside scoops by liking her on Facebook, or by following her on Twitter (@ChristMomBlog)

*This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager and at Sunday Night Soup Night on Easy Natural Food.


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  • http://quickeasycheaphealthy.com Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    So creative – I love this!

    • Stacy

      I know….you can make it with whatever you have on hand!

    • http://christianmommyblogger.com Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger

      Thanks Anne! We have a lot of fun with this recipe!

  • http://christianmommyblogger.com Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger

    Stacy thank you so much for letting me guest post over here. So fun! And see? I just knew you would have a comment about pee! HA HA.

    • Stacy

      I’m predictable. :-)

  • http://www.easynaturalfood.com Debbie @ Easy Natural Food

    Great idea, and sounds super tasty! I bet the sweet potato is delicious in this soup! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon.

    • Stacy

      A little sweet potato makes everything better. :-)