Crock Pot Taco Soup

This Crock Pot Taco Soup is so easy to make. It is a simple meal your family will love.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

There are many versions of taco soup out there. I have several that I have shared on my site already, but taco soup is one of those recipes I am always changing up to come up with new versions.

The version I am sharing today is a simple crock pot taco soup that I made recently. My whole family loved it, so I knew I had to share it with you all.

Crock-Pot Taco Soup

Years ago my sister made a taco soup that contained V-8 juice. It was an unusual ingredient, but was so good. I got the recipe from her and I have made it many times over the years. I know V-8 juice sounds a bit odd for a taco soup, but it adds so much flavor.

I recently used that basic idea of V-8 juice in a taco soup, to come up with a little different version than my sister’s recipe. It was delicious. I love the flavor the V-8 juice adds.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

The rest of the ingredients for this are pretty simple, but the combination of everything together makes a delicious soup.

You can easily cook this all on the stove top for 20 minutes or so, but I love cooking it in my crock pot for several hours on low because it helps blend the flavors a little better. Either way though this is a delicious soup that I am sure will be on the menu plan often.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup
Recipe type: Main
 
This simple crock pot soup contains a special ingredient that adds so much flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 48 ounces V-8, I usually use low sodium
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can chili beans ( If gluten free be sure to use a gf chili bean)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning ( If you are gluten free be sure to use a gf or homemade taco seasoning)
  • tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream for serving
Instructions
  1. In a skillet or pan brown ground beef with onions and peppers until meat is no longer pink and onions and peppers are tender.
  2. Drain off any fat and place meat mixture in a 5 or 6 quart crock pot.
  3. Add V-8 juice, corn, beans, and taco seasoning.
  4. Stir to combine well.
  5. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

 

 

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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Banana Baked Oatmeal

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Oven Pancakes

Oven Pancakes

Homemade-Coconut-Granola-

Homemade Coconut Granola

Dinner

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Oven Tacos from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Oven Tacos

Chili Relleno Casserole- Quick and Easy Dinner

Chili Relleno Casserole

Bacon-Pizza

Bacon Pizza

skillet tuna casserole

Skillet Tuna Casserole- I really need to get a new picture of this. It looks awful, but is so good!

Dessert Of The Week

chocolate-bread-pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan.

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

 

Breakfast

Double Chocolate Muffin

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Gluten-Free- Oven- Pancake

Gluten Free Oven Pancake

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Dinner

Slow Cooked Chili Verde

Slow Cooked Pork Verde Chili

Stuffed Pepper Casserole- Quick and Easy Dinner

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Gluten Free Bread

Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes

Cornmeal Pancakes

Gluten Free Pop Up Pizza Pie from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Gluten Free Pop Up Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Donkeys, Books, and a Busy Week {Everyday Adventures 61}

This week has been a busy one. My mom has been visiting us. We also had quite a few doctors appointment and errands throughout the week. It was not a bad week, just a busy one.

This morning when I needed something quick for dinner I simply put a beef roast in the crock pot and poured some BBQ sauce over the top of it. It will cook all day and I will shred it for easy BBQ sandwiches tonight for dinner. It was not what I had on the menu plan, but it was quick and easy.

For those interested in seeing my on video, yesterday on Periscope I shared a few of my favorite make ahead breakfast ideas. I also talked about feeding teens. You can find the links to the replay and all the links I mentioned in the scope on my scope page. Just click here.

Monday on Periscope I shared my thoughts on gluten free flour blends, why I prefer individual gluten free flours, and what blends I do recommend and why. You can find the replay for that also on my scope page. I plan to do one gluten free scope each week and one or two other scopes. I will be sure to post the links though on my scope page for those that do not do Periscope or that don’t have time to catch them on Periscope.

Now for a few pictures of my week.

Donkeys

I have not shared a farm or county life picture in awhile so here is a picture of our miniature donkeys for you. We have three of them. I find them kind of a useless farm animal, but our kids love them. So, I guess that means they are useful. And they are kind of cute too.

Feburary Books

I shared this picture on Instagram last weekend of my reading stack. (The following links are affiliate links.) I am currently reading Rest Assured: A Recovery Plan for Weary Souls and Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. So far I am really enjoying both and will probably write more or do a scope on both of them soon.

I did not end up starting the book The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall. I have read quite a few books with more serious topics lately and decided to start this book instead. It is not exactly an easy read, but it is a fun read compared to the more serious books I have read recently. I still want to read the book The Collapse, I just think I will set it aside for now.

Book at Dr Office

When I was sitting at the doctors office this week, I noticed that everyone around me was on their phone, Kindle, or computer and here I was the only one with a book. You know the old fashioned paper kind where you actually turn the pages. I think I might be in the minority in that I still prefer a “real” book over an ebook.

ALDI GF Pasta

I bought some of ALDI’s gluten free pasta this week to try. If you have tried it I would love to hear your thoughts.

Double Chocolate Muffin

And if you are gluten free be sure to make a batch of the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins I shared this week in my allergy section. They are so good!

I hope you all have a great weekend! I will be back tomorrow with my menu plans.

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Crock Pot Potato Soup

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

For today’s recipe redo I am updating a recipe I shared way back in 2008. If you love loaded baked potatoes you will love this soup. It is all the flavors of a baked potato in soup form.

This is a simple recipe that only contains a few ingredients. It is easy to make and my whole family loves it. It is the perfect dinner for a busy cold winter day.

crock pot baked potato soup

The picture I had for this recipe was a tiny little picture and it was long overdue for an update, so when I made it recently I took a few new pictures of it. Much better!

The picture may have needed updating, but I still make the recipe the exact same way. There is no need to change a recipe that is this simple and this good.

The recipe does say that the bacon and sour cream are optional. That may be up for some debate. I mean really is bacon ever optional? It is always a necessity! Especially when you are going for the flavor of a loaded baked potato.

Seriously tough, bacon does make it better and more like a loaded baked potato, but I will admit that it is not necessary. Good, but not necessary.

This soup needs to go on your menu soon!

Click Here For The Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup Recipe

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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

If you love the popular gluten free double chocolate muffins that are made by that big gluten free brand you will love these! They are a homemade version of one of our favorite gluten free things.

Gluten-Free-Double-Chocolate-Muffins

These gluten free double chocolate muffins are a recipe inspired by one of you. Which I love! I love helping my readers.

A few weeks ago I received an email from a reader asking if I had a double chocolate muffin recipe. I didn’t, but after discussing it with my daughter, we knew we had to come up with one.

We love muffins and my daughter loves coming up with new muffin recipes. So she thought the challenge would be fun. And I mean really who wouldn’t love double chocolate in a muffin.

We have bought and enjoyed the popular gluten free brand of double chocolate muffins. I love that brand and have worked with them in the past, but I am all about homemade versions of my favorite foods.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

So we got to work creating a gluten free double chocolate muffin. What we ended up with was a recipe that we love! These might just be our new favorite gluten free muffin. They are so good!

Now, it did take some work to get these just right. My family had to eat a numerous amount of muffins before we thought we had it just right.

My family has a tough job don’t they? I mean eating and taste testing muffins can be hard. But someone has to do it. All the taste testing was worth it though because we finally got it just right.

gluten free double chocolate muffins

I even sent the recipe to the reader who inspired it so she could try it. Her family agreed that these muffins are delicious!

If you love those famous gluten free double chocolate muffins, give these a try. I think you will have a new favorite muffin.

gluten free double chocolate muffin

I did not figure out the exact cost of these, but I am sure they are cheaper than the ones you can buy. They also freeze well. So make a big batch and freeze them. They work great for taking out one or two at a time for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins
Serves: 20 muffins
 
If you love the famous gluten free double chocolate muffins you will love these gluten free double chocolate muffins!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup sweet rice flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup gluten free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tins with liners or grease well.
  3. In a bowl whisk together rice flours, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. This takes about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time.
  6. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. Add vanilla.
  8. Add ½ of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
  9. Add buttermilk and mix just until combined.
  10. Add remaining flour mixture and mix just until well combined.
  11. Stir in chocolate chips.
  12. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups filling each cup about ¾ full.
  13. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  14. Cool on wire rack.
  15. Enjoy!

 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

King Ranch Chicken Soup {Cooking Through My Collection}

King Ranch casserole is a recipe that has been around for years. This King Ranch Chicken Soup is that classic casserole put into soup form. It is delicious!

King Ranch Chicken Soup

This recipe for King Ranch Chicken Soup could also be titled, “The Soup That Looked Nothing Like The Picture In The Magazine!”

Just keeping it real for you all…Life is not Pinterest perfect. We often want it to be, but it is not.

We see pictures on Pinterest, on social media, and in magazines and we expect our house and food to look the same. When it doesn’t we are often disappointed and wonder what we are doing wrong. Comparing ourselves to pictures on social media is a dangerous thing to do. But we all fall into that trap.

King Ranch Chicken Soup

I have had these pictures on my computer since the fall and had planned on sharing the recipe for a Cooking Through My Collection recipe.

The soup was delicious. My family loved it. I have made it several times. But every time I try to get good pictures they look nothing like the soup recipe did in Southern Living Magazine.

I fell into the trap of comparing myself with a magazine.

The reality is that Southern Living has a whole team of people working on their recipes. They have rooms full of props to use in pictures and they have professional photographers working for them.

Often times the recipes we see on Pinterest take hours to do. People make the food in the morning, spend hours taking photos and getting the props just right, and then they spend time editing them.

You know what? Most of my pictures are taken just minutes before my family eats them. I don’t have a lot of time for props. I don’t have time to make the photo just right. I can edit my photos, but there is only so much editing you can do to make a photo look better.

My meals are never going to compare to those pictures. And they don’t have. Sometimes I just need to remind myself of that and maybe you do too.

Now for the recipe. This is a simple soup. It is all the flavors of the King Ranch Casserole, but in a soup form. Recipes like this are why I love Southern Living magazine and cookbooks. They are simple, classic, and delicious!

King Ranch Chicken Soup

King Ranch Chicken Soup {Cooking Through My Collection}
Recipe type: main
 
The flavors of the classic King Ranch Casserole put into a soup. It is quick and easy to make and tastes great!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2- 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chilies ( I used Rotel)
  • 1- 10¾ once can cream of mushroom soup ( I used a gluten free cream of mushroom soup)
  • 1- 10¾ ounce can cream of chicken soup ( I used a gluten free cream of chicken soup)
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 4-5 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8- corn tortillas cut in half and then into ½ inch strips
  • shredded cheese for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large pan or dutch oven melt butter (or heat oil) over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and peppers and cook until tender. This will take 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add tomatoes, cream of mushroom, and cream of chicken soup. Stir well.
  5. Stir in broth, chicken, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.
  6. Cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  7. Stir in tortilla strips. Cook 2 minutes.
  8. Serve with cheese sprinkled on top.

 

 

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Super Bowl Party For Under $50

Super Bowl Party Under $50This post is sponsored by ALDI, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Today we are talking football which is a favorite subject for several reasons in my house. While some in my family love football, I love creating food to go with all the football watching.

Super Bowl 50 takes place on February 7th, so I am partnering with ALDI to help you create a fun and delicious Super Bowl party for under $50.

Superbowl Party Under $50-

Since it is Super Bowl 50 we are focusing on $50, but really what I am showing you today can be done for quite a bit under $50 depending on the meat you decide to use. And be sure to read to the end for a fun $50 ALDI giveaway! Giveaway over.

I love to entertain. Whether it is for football watching or just for having a group of friends over, my family and I enjoy opening up our home to friends and family. One of my requirements though when entertaining is to keep it simple and inexpensive.

Many people think that entertaining has to be fancy, time-consuming, and expensive. I disagree. You can have a great time, keep it simple, and not break the budget.

Today I am going to show you how.

Superbowl Party Under $50_

I love to make recipes from scratch, but when it comes to parties and entertaining I am all for keeping it simple by buying a few things pre-made.

For this party I decided to buy some of the fresh salsa at ALDI. They had several varieties. I bought the Verde Salsa and the Peach Mango. I also picked up some guacamole. I could have easily bought some avocados to make my own, but to keep it simple I bought the pre-made guacamole.  Guacamole is actually a product I buy often at ALDI. My family loves it.

Superbowl Party Under $50--

All you have to do is pick up a few packages of tortilla chips and set them out for easy chips and salsa. I decided to serve my salsa in a bowl, but you could easily just serve it straight from the container.

Superbowl Party Under $50___

Another way I keep it simple is to use my crock pots. I have a couple of them so it works great for serving a crowd. The easiest thing I have found to serve, especially during the fall and winter, is chili. Everyone loves chili and it is easy to make.

I love putting it in the crock pot because everyone can just grab a bowl when they want to and we don’t have to eat at any specific time. Chili is also pretty inexpensive to serve. It serves a lot and you can usually stretch it out even more by adding more beans and less meat if needed.

Superbowl Party Under $50 Soup-

I made a double batch of one of my favorite crock pot chili recipes and I also made the easy sausage chili recipe I share below. You could easily serve just one kind of chili, but I like to serve two kinds for a little variety.

Superbowl Party Under $50 Fruit

When I entertain I like to be sure to have something healthy as well to set out. For this party I bought some pineapple because the pineapple the day I went to ALDI looked great, but you could easily pick up fruit for a fruit salad, make a green salad, or put together a vegetable tray.

One of the other great things about this meal is that it is gluten-free. Several people in my family eat gluten-free and I love that by shopping at ALDI, I  can serve inexpensive meals that are also gluten-free. If you are gluten-free just be sure to read the labels to check that the items you choose are gluten-free.

Superbowl Party Under $50 Meat

Here is the ingredient list for everything I served. I did not buy spices, sugar, salt, or pepper, since I already had plenty of those on hand, but everything else is included below. I bought ALDI grass fed organic ground beef because I love the fact that ALDI is now offering more healthy, gluten-free, and organic options. To save money you could easily choose a less expensive ground beef.

  • Little Salad Bar Mango Peach Salsa $2.29
  • Little Salad Bar Salsa Verde $2.29
  • Friendly Farms Sour Cream $1.29
  • Little Salad Bar Guacamole $2.79
  • Happy Farms Mexican Shredded Cheese $2.79
  • Pineapple $1.99
  • Dakota’s Great Pride Northern Beans $0.59 (x3)
  • Fit & Active Chicken Broth $0.59 (x3)
  • Dakota’s Pride Kidney Beans $0.59 (x2)
  • Dakota’s Pride Pinto Beans $1.19
  • Pueblo Lindo Chopped Green Chilies $0.65 (x2)
  • Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes $0.55 (x2)
  • Garlic $0.99
  • Onions $1.69
  • Simply Nature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips $1.69
  • Simply Nature Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips $1.99
  • Appleton Farms Pork Sausage Roll $1.99 (x2)
  • Simply Nature Grass Fed Ground Beef $6.99 (x2)

Total= $46.07

Now for the Easy Sausage Chili Recipe.

 

GIVEAWAY OVER

Now for the fun ALDI giveaway!! Today I am giving away a $50 ALDI gift certificate in honor of Super Bowl 50! Yes, one of my readers will win a $50 gift certificate so that they can create their own fun Superbowl Party.

All you have to do is leave me a comment. If you shop at ALDI I would love to hear what your favorite product or products are to buy.

One entry per person. Giveaway will end February 4th, 2016. If you are reading this by email you must click through and leave a comment on my site. Responding to an email does not count as an entry. For giveaway rules please read my giveaway policy.

To find out more about ALDI be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject  to change. 

 

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Menu Plan { BBQ Meatballs, Carrot Soup, Dairy Free Waffles, and More}

Weekly Menu Plan

Thursday I shared a few of my thoughts on menu planning on Periscope. You can watch the replay here if you are interested. I am enjoying Periscope way more than I thought I would.

If you are not familiar with Periscope it is a social media app that allows you to watch live videos. If you do Periscope I would love to have you join in. I am LynnsKitchenAdv on Periscope. If you don’t have Periscope don’t worry, you can easily watch the replays and I will post the links on my scope page.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal

Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes

Light and Fluffy Dairy Free Waffles__

Dairy Free Waffles

Dinner

Club Sandwich-

Club Sandwiches

BBQ meatballs

BBQ Meatballs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Slow Cooked Carrot Soup

Chicken-Burrito-Casserole

Chicken Burrito Casserole

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Dessert Of The Week

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan {Gluten Free Muffins, Potato Soup, Mexican Pork Chops, and More}

Gluten Free Meal Plan

Every Monday I will be talking all about gluten free on Periscope. Last week I shared my gluten free story on Periscope. You can watch the reply here.

On this upcoming Monday we will be talking all about gluten free flours blends, which ones I like, and what I do and don’t like about them. I hope you can join us. If not I will post the link to the replay here and you can watch it when you have time.

Here is this week’s plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins_

Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins_

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancake Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancake Muffins

Dinner

Homemade-Panera-Bread-Potato-Soup-2

Baked Potato Soup – Be sure your chicken broth is gluten free.

tex mex pork chops

Mexican Pork Chops

Chili Relleno Casserole- Quick and Easy Dinner

Chili Relleno Casserole

BBQ Chili

BBQ Chili

Mexican Tomato Soup

Mexican Tomato Soup

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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