Chicken Taco Soup

by Kiran on February 26, 2013 · 62 comments

in Chicken, Soups

Hi friends!

How’s the week going on for you? After watching Oscars over the weekend, I hope to finally convince the Husband to watch “Life of Pi”, since it has won quite a few awards.

Apart from that, I only watched it just so I could go “oohing” and “aahing” over the gowns, dresses and jewelry.

If you don’t know already — I’m not all about food 😉 Its still the center of my universe but garnishes are also important. And E channel is one of them 😉

While the glamorous people strutted down the red carpet comfortably — thanks to the weather here at West coast — let’s not forget what’s happening in the East coast.

It’s pouring cats and dogs over there — not rain, but inches of snow. And I hope the snow storm would die down soon. There’s only so much weather related turmoil we can cope in a span of a few months now.

Just the thought of snow makes me shiver — another reason why soups are dominating our menu for the past few weeks. Nothing like a bowl of simple and satisfying hot soup to rid cold, horrid temperatures.

Bring on spring already. It’s way overdue.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 oz (28g) taco seasoning
  • 2 fillets of chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 15oz cooked black beans
  • 3 cups low sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup baby kale leaves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt (if needed)
  • black pepper, to taste

For garnish — chopped fresh cilantro, avocados and lemon wedges.

Directions:

  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium. Once heated, add olive oil. Saute chopped onions and carrots until onions are fragrant and carrots, softens.
  2. Add ginger + garlic paste with tomato + paste. Saute until tomato softens.
  3. Add sliced chicken breasts and taco seasoning. Stir to coat chicken with seasonings and ingredients.
  4. Dump in cooked black beans and organic chicken broth. Bring to simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a fork to shred any large pieces of chicken breasts. Add chopped bell peppers, baby kale leaves and lemon juice.
  6. Stir and remove from heat. Serve it up hot, topped with chopped fresh cilantro, avocados and lemon wedges on the side 🙂

 

Now that we have food, covered — I want to tell you what I have in my mind these days.

Movies.

Does it have anything to do with the fact that we are traveling and temporarily camping out here in Los Angeles?

Here’s hoping we are not smitten bitten by the “glamorous” world 😉

What is your guilty pleasure? Apart from “food” of course 🙂

 

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1 Rosa February 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

A beautiful soup! So enjoyable.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Rosa — thank you so much, my friend 🙂

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3 amy @ fearless homemaker February 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I agree that Spring is overdue – i’m ready for warm weather, sunshine + lots of time outside. =) This soup looks SO good – I could go for a bowl right now!
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4 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Amy — I’m afraid Spring is just not getting all the attention again this year. Sigh.

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5 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste February 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

This looks so tasty and like the perfect way to beat the chill! Can’t wait to try it!
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6 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Kelly — Thanks my dear, let me know how it tastes 🙂

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7 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Taco soups are always so comforting. Love that you snuck kale in there!
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8 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Alyssa — thank you my friend 🙂

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9 Hannah February 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

This hearty soup is filled with such good flavors and healthy ingredients, Kiran – definitely one my family would devour. I am ready for spring, too!
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10 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Hannah — thank you my friend 🙂

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11 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

another comforting soup! I like the greens in there, i take in every opportunity possible as well 🙂 talking about guilty pleasure – i love watching E! in PJs, no makeup & sweat pants all day
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12 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Dixya — I know! Hopefully I’ll get out of this “soup” phase soon. And can I say, how much I love your guilty pleasure 😉

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13 Asmita February 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Hi Kiran,
Beautiful soup!
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14 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Hi Asmita — thank you my friend 🙂

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Love these flavors, Kiran! I think this soup needs to be dinner sometime very soon :).
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16 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Laura — thank you my dear. Do make it and let me know how it taste!

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17 Nik@ABrownTable February 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I am with you on Spring, it needs to come here already. Your Taco soup sounds so perfect for this nasty wet and cold weather!
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18 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Nik — make it to keep you warm in this cold winter. Brrr!

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19 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

My favorite soup ever! Your bowls are adorable!!
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20 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Anna — oh, thanks my friend. The colorful bowls are from Anthropologie. And thanks to them, I’m broke.

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21 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I told my husband the same, I want to watch Life of Pi! It’s hard to tell what kind of movie it is and it sounds interesting. LA is fun! I hope you are having good time there. And the chicken taco soup… oh yum! I can have this for lunch or dinner any day!
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22 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Nami — I wish we were neighbors. I wouldn’t have counted on our spouse and whisked you away to watch Life of Pi 😉

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23 Pepy | Indonesia Eats February 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

You should watch Life of Pi. Thou we have the book, the special effect in the movie was amazing. Some parts were added into the movie which the book didn’t have it.
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24 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Pepy — I can’t wait to watch!

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25 Kitchen Belleicious February 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

love the chunky aspect to the soup with all the chicken and veggies! It looks so comforting
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26 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Jessica — thanks my friend, and hope you are doing well 🙂

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27 Amanda February 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Such a beautiful and I am sure delicious soup!! 🙂
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28 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Amanda — thanks dear 🙂

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29 Mallika February 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Stunning clicks. Beautiful soup Kiran!
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30 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Mallika — thank you!!

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31 Lail | With A Spin February 27, 2013 at 2:09 AM

The soup looks very comforting for these last few days of winter.
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32 Kiran March 3, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Lail — it soothes my soul!

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33 Carolyn Chan February 27, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Your pictures want to make me dive into those cups/mugs (which are gorgeous too, by way !)
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34 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Carolyn — lol, thanks dear 🙂

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35 Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

This soup is so pretty!! And I can only imagine how comforting! YUM.
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36 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Aimee — thanks a lot! I’m soothing my bruised ego (thanks to winter) with a lot of soups lately.

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37 Amy Jo February 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

This sounds so hearty and satisfying! Your photos are beautiful.
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38 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Amy Jo — thanks a lot and welcome to Recipebox 🙂

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39 Sandra's Easy Cooking February 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Kiran that does look very comforting and homey! I love the recipe and pictures warm me up just by looking at them. We dont have that harsh weather in TN but it’s cold. Stay warm! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!
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40 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Sandra — We don’t have a harsh winter too, but it gets pretty chilly and windy in the evenings. Stay warm and have a great week!

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41 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Ooooo, pretty!
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42 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Sommer — thank you!!

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43 Ina gawne February 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Such a delicious warming soup! Love the photo’s too! 🙂
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44 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Ina — thanks my friend 🙂

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45 Glamorous Glutton February 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Great looking soup. I love kale but it’s hard to be original with it. The weather here is pretty cold, not inches of snow but biting wind. Perfect for your soup. GG

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46 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM

GG — we are experiencing similar chilly weather. I like to treat kale the same as spinach. I throw a bunch in soups, stews, smoothies etc.

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47 Sophie February 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

An amazing, tasty & very much a complete meal in a bowl!

I dig this tasty soup so much! yummy yum! I must make this tonight!

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48 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Sophie — thank you my friend, and I hope you enjoyed the soup!

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49 CCU February 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Your photos are exquisite my friend, food never looked so good 😀

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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50 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:41 AM

CCU — awww, thanks my dear friend 🙂

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51 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

What a lovely soup recipe! This is definitely perfect for these chilly last few weeks of winter…
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52 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Kiersten — it sure has been too chilly these days. I hope to see spring flowers before summer. Fingers crossed!

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53 Kathryn February 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Oh yes, I’m desperate for some warmer weathers. Such great flavours in this soup!
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54 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Kathryn — thank you and I concur with you about the weather. Enough already 😀

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55 Julia February 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

This looks wonderful and yes, BRING ON SPRING! 🙂 I have been craving warm weather since winter came. 🙂

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56 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Julia — 🙂

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57 Natasha February 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

How do you like LA? I lived there for 4 years, and I really miss it. I haven’t seen life of Pi, but hope to soon.
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58 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Natasha — Too busy for me. Everyone is fighting their way on freeways 😀 Apart from that, I’m having a blast exploring LA 🙂

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59 honeywhatscooking February 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

it’s been so rainy here in the NYC area.. gloomy like every single day. I hear ya, food is the center of our universe, but we need the garnishes – well put. Love this taco soup, my brother makes something similar in his vitamix . i have to buy that machine… it’s awesome. gorg pics. 🙂
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60 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Honey — I need a vitamix. But I can’t justify the price with the Hubby 😉

Enjoy your vacay!

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61 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au March 1, 2013 at 1:57 AM

I LOVE soup. I could eat it any time of the year but especially in weather like you are having.Those are great cups, and well if they arent you make them look good with your camera anyway
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62 Kiran March 4, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Tania — haha, thanks my dear. Those cups definitely are cute and did most of the job 😉

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