Easy Taco Soup

Vegan Taco Soup

vegan taco soup recipe vegan soup recipe

Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes. I guess I’ve been a little busy and lately I’ve had a couple of companies over doing some home improvements and remodeling. With my hectic life, and working on a new weight loss program, I’ve really not had a lot of time to cook. However, tomorrow I invited some family over for lunch so was trying to decide what to make that was fast, easy, and something that everyone would enjoy, including my grandma who normally won’t try my vegan food. I remembered a couple of years ago I made some taco soup to take over to my grandma’s so my husband and I would have something to eat while the rest of the family ate Caldo (beef stew) (see my version of vegan caldo). I put some leftovers in a Tupperware and left it so my grandma would have something to feed my grandpa the next day and wouldn’t have to cook.

My mom emailed me this the following day:

Grandma just called all excited about your delicious taco soup. That’s what they had for lunch and had just a small bit left over. She said she was giving Grandpa chili for supper and she was finishing the rest of the soup. Asked me if I got any or tasted it. Wants the recipe—said it was delicious and filling. She called specifically to tell me that and ask for the recipe. Told her you would be glad to hear that.

Win! So here it is, the easy, delicious, grandma approved vegan taco soup:

1/2 (48 oz) jar great northern beans- drained
1 can fiesta corn or mexican corn (any corn with peppers) – do not drain
3 cups water
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes – do not drain
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans – drained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix – I like Ortega
1/4 cup quinoa or 1/2 cup of rice (Spanish rice would be really good in this soup!)

optional add-ins:
diced onions
zucchini
veggie burger crumbles

Mix all ingredients together and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until quinoa or rice is done and zucchini (if using) is soft. You can also throw it in the crockpot on low in the morning and come home to some warm, tasty soup!

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Easy Vegan White Chili Crockpot Recipe

Easy Crockpot Vegan White Quinoa Chili Recipe

Easy Vegan White Chili Crockpot Recipe
Easy Vegan White Chili

If you’re from the midwest, you may be pretty sick of seeing the “white stuff”! I know I am. But, after a harsh winter and trying to keep warm in front of the fire with a bowl of chili, I was ready for something a little different… not too different though because I do LOVE chili! So, I thought I’d switch it up with a white chili to go with all the “white stuff” we’ve had this year!

This easy vegan white chili has an added protein boost with the addition of quinoa and lentils. There’s no need to pre-cook the quinoa or lentils, just throw them in and let them cook with the rest of the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans great Northern beans, undrained
  •  2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chopped chile peppers
  • 4 cups vegan “chicken” broth – I like Edwards & Sons No-chick’n bouillon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2/3 cup lentils (optional), uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 dashes of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions:

Add water, garlic, and carrots to medium pan and cook over medium heat until carrots are tender. Add more water if necessary to keep them from burning to the bottom of the pan.

Meanwhile, add 1 can of beans and 1 can of water to blender, blend on medium about 10 seconds until well blended. This will serve as a thickener for the chili. Add blended beans and remaining ingredients, including cooked carrots & garlic to crockpot.

Cook on high until quinoa is done, approximately 30-45 minutes depending on crockpot.

Variation: add more veggies! Try onions, chopped kale, chopped spinach, diced zucchini and diced red bell peppers!