It’s getting cold where I live and I want something that’s warm, comforting, and spicy! This ‘stoup’ as I like to call it is hearty enough for a one pot meal and the taco seasoning adds a nice spice that warms your belly from the inside out. This one pot wonder is phenomenal and a step up from the goulash I was served as a child. Little did I know when I was eight that adding some taco seasoning could make dinner even better. This recipe stems from a place on my campus that serves amazing soups and salads and I wanted to replicate it at home. Team this up with some cheese, sour cream, more crispy chips, or just a giant spoon.
Didn’t Rachael Ray use this term? Did she trademark or copyright it? Oh well! I’m using it!! This is a rib sticker. The tortilla’s dissolve into the tomatoes and stock, making this into a hearty stoup (soup + stew). Get it? Got it? Good! Let’s make some! This thickened up into a hearty, divine, rib sticking meal. You can omit the pasta if you’re counting carbs or have other health concerns, however, the pasta added a nice touch. You can see that I used ribbed elbows in mine simply because they were on sale. I had no other motives when I made this batch.
serves 4 (generously)
- 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 packet taco seasoning of your choice
- 2 standard cans of diced italian (or mexican) tomatoes
- 2 c. chicken stock
- 1 c. pasta of choice (uncooked)
- 3 small corn tortillas chopped into small pieces
- 2 c. shredded chicken
- 1 c. corn (frozen is fine)
- 1 /2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. red/cayenne pepper (optional)
- Sweat onions, garlic, and bell pepper in sauce pan about 4 minutes or until soft.
- Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and taco seasoning.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add chopped up tortillas and dry pasta.
- Cook until pasta is done. You will HAVE to watch your liquid levels during the cooking of the pasta. If it gets low, add a bit more stock.
- Taste–depending on what taco seasoning you use, you may want to omit the cayenne papper.
- Once pasta is done add cumin, chicken, and corn.
- Combine everything and simmer for 5 minutes to combine flavors.
- Serve piping hot with crisp tortilla’s, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, or whatever makes you happy!