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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Recipe! Taco Stew AND bonus: Taco Seasoning

Taco stew is one of those delicious comfort foods that is usually chock full of sodium and other processed foods, mainly due to the seasoning in it. However, it's winter, it's cold, and there's nothing in the world like a hot stew to take the winter's edge off. Whether you're in one of the areas that's in a cold snap or one of those that is unseasonably warm, using available winter vegetables and home-made seasoning mixes can result in a delicious and healthy version of this well-loved stew.

Not to mention, having a container of home-made taco seasoning can come in handy for all sorts of last-minute, budget friendly dinners.

I used the same concept for this stew that I used for Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas, since the flavors go so well together. Add in some seasonings, salsa, and frozen corn, and this is an easy weeknight recipe with enough nutrition to make any health-conscious cook happy. It's also easily adaptable for vegan and vegetarian households!

Try this recipe tonight, and your stomach (and family) will thank you. Enjoy!

Healthier Taco Stew

1 pound ground turkey
2 large onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped or put through a press
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups black beans (two cups mashed, 2 cups whole)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can rotel tomatoes
2 cups corn
4 T taco seasoning
1 cup medium salsa

1. Brown turkey in a large soup pot or dutch oven, using 1 T of taco seasoning to flavor. Remove meat and set aside, then add EVOO, onions, and garlic to the pot and cook with another tablespoon of taco seasoning.

2. After one minute, add sweet potato chunks and stir well. Cook, covered, for five minutes.

3. Add all remaining ingredients and spices and simmer until potatoes are tender, approximately 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream and cheese, optional.

Taco Seasoning

2 T chili powder
1/2 t chipotle powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t oregano
1 t paprika
1 T cumin
2 t sea salt
1 t black pepper

Mix all ingredients well and you're ready to go!

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