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Is there a more appropriate cure for the cold weather blues than some comfy soup and snuggles? Probably not.  It’s even better with a very simple recipe that can deliver a lot of flavor. This particular recipe comes from Lynn Regovich, one of our fabulous court reporters!

Lynn’s Taco Soup

1 onion chopped

1 14 ounce can tomato sauce

1 can chili beans

1 can black beans drained and rinsed

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes

1  or 2 cans chopped chilies

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can of beer or chicken stock – add more stock for thinner soup

3 or 4 boneless chicken breasts


Put all ingredients in a crockpot and stir.  Add chicken to top with just a little liquid covering. Cook on low for 5 hours.  Remove the chicken, shred, return to crockpot for another 1/2 hour. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips or any other toppings you like.

You can make your own tortilla strips by cutting a tortilla in strips and baking in oven for 10-15 minutes.

We asked Lynn a few fun questions about this recipe, and here is what she said:

Q: What is your favorite part of this recipe and why?  I love how easy this recipe is to make, and also how easy it is to clean up!

Q: Why/how did you settle on making this recipe?  My family loves tacos, so I figured that they would like taco soup.

Q: Who in your family has this as their favorite? It’s a favorite of my husband, he loves Mexican food.

Q: Who do you love to cook/eat with?  I love the days when we all help make dinner and can sit down and eat together. It doesn’t happen very often these days.

Q: What is your current position at the firm?  Why do you love the firm you work for?  I’m a court reporter and I love working with a lot of great people.

Q: What tips do you have to mix your own ‘flavor’ or ‘spice’ into this dish?  My husband likes spicier foods so he adds chipotle or hot sauce to kick it up.

Q: Is this recipe good for…family dinner? potluck? summer BBQs?  This recipe is a great weeknight dinner and also a good potluck recipe.  It’s a great dish to have during our Cleveland winters.

Q: Do you have a favorite chef? Why? I love Michael Symon, he’s a hometown boy!