Honey Orange Glazed Carrots

Simple to make and perfect to serve for the holidays! Honey orange glazed carrots are bursting with fresh citrus flavor.

Honey Orange Glazed Carrots

Hi everyone! Chelsea back from Chelsea’s Messy Apron to bring you a MUST have holiday side dish: honey orange glazed carrots! These delicious carrots need to make an appearance at your table this Thanksgiving and/or Christmas! They’re loaded with flavor, simple to make, and they’re good for you!

How to make Honey Orange Glazed Carrots:

  1. You’ll start by roasting the carrots (more on that in the section below).
  2. While the carrots are roasting, you can prepare the dressing: in a mason jar combine the orange juice, champagne vinegar, honey, shallot, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on the lid and shake to combine.
  3. Make sure to give the dressing a quick taste and adjust any seasonings to personal preference!
  4. Pour over the warm carrots and enjoy!!

Can these honey orange glazed carrots be made in advance?

These are best served fresh and warm, and I do not recommend making these in advance.

You can prepare the carrots up to a day in advance by washing, trimming and cutting them ahead of time. If you elect to do this, make sure to store the uncooked carrots in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also prepare the glaze/dressing in advance. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.

How do you roast carrots in the oven?

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Slice the carrots on the diagonal about 1-½” thick. Make sure all pieces are approximately the same size to ensure they cook evenly.
  3. Combine the carrots, oil, and seasonings in a large bowl and toss well. Transfer the carrots to the prepared baking sheet and roast, stirring once mid-way through, until tender.
  4. Cook time is about 20-25 minutes (depending on thickness of carrots).

More Holiday Side Dishes to Serve Alongside These Carrots:

Honey Orange Glazed Carrots
 
Simple to make and perfect to serve for the holidays! Honey orange glazed carrots are bursting with fresh citrus flavor!
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Serves: 6 as a side
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Honey Orange Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ tablespoon minced shallots
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Slice the carrots on the diagonal about 1-½ inch thick. Make sure all pieces are approximately the same size to make sure they cook evenly.
  3. Combine the carrots, olive oil, salt, pepper in a large bowl and toss well. Transfer the carrots to the prepared baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender. This takes about 20-25 minutes (cooking time will depend on thickness of carrots).
  4. Meanwhile prepare the dressing: in a mason jar combine the orange juice, champagne vinegar, honey, shallot, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on the lid and shake to combine.
  5. Pour over warm carrots and enjoy immediately.

 

Grape Jelly Meatballs (Cocktail Meatballs)

This is one of my favorite meatball recipes! Perfect as an appetizer and delicious as a meal over rice!

Grape Jelly Meatballs are a favorite from way back when I was young! We have served these easy cocktail meatballs at every party and gathering for as long as I can remember!

Tender juicy meatballs simmered in a quick two ingredient sweet and sour sauce made with grape jelly. These will be the first thing gone and nobody will ever believe what is in them!

Easy Cocktail Meatballs in a white bowl

Grape Jelly Meatballs

While we make my favorite easy Meatball Recipe with pasta for dinner often and even have a dinnertime Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe, these are a party go-to for us!

Every single time I bring these cocktail meatballs to a party, they are gone immediately and I always get requests for the recipe.

How to Make Meatballs with Grape Jelly

The easy sauce for these Grape Jelly Meatballs needs just two ingredients: ketchup and grape jelly. Combining these two ingredients, as strange as it may sound, makes an easy sweet and sour sauce and is perfect for simmering meatballs or even cocktail smokies.

You can use homemade meatballs (which is my preference) or use frozen if you’re in a hurry!

These work perfectly in the Crockpot too!  Bake the meatballs as directed (or just add them frozen if you’re not making homemade) and place the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker.  Add meatballs to the sauce and let heat through on high for at least 1-2 hours before serving (a bit longer if using frozen). Once heated through meatballs can be left on low for serving.

Easy 3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs! These delicious appetizer meatballs can be made 3 different ways and cooked on the stove top or in the slow cooker. Ketchup and Grape Jelly makes the best ever sauce!

More Sauces You’ll Love

While I most often use grape jelly and ketchup for the meatball glaze, you can swap the ingredients based on your favorites or what you have on hand you just need one sweet item and one zesty! Swap out the grape jelly for apricot preserves, cranberry sauce, apple jelly etc. and you can swap out the ketchup for chili sauce or barbecue sauce!

  • Meatball Sauce #1 (my favorite) – 3/4 cup grape jelly & 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • Meatball Sauce #2 – 10 oz apricot preserves & 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • Meatball Sauce #3 – 14 oz jellied cranberry sauce & 12 oz chili sauce

These are amazing as an appetizer or even served over rice for a weeknight meal that your kids will love!

More Easy Appetizers You’ll Love

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Easy Cocktail Meatballs are a delicious appetizer that can be cooked on the stove top or in the slow cooker. Ketchup and Grape Jelly makes the best ever sauce!

Meatballs

  • 2 lbs frozen meatballs
  • OR
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion (, very finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all meatball ingredients just until combined. Form into 1″ meatballs. Bake for 18-20 minutes (or bake frozen meatballs according to package directions).
  3. Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until preserves/jelly melts. Allow to come to a boil for 1 minute. Toss with meatballs and allow to simmer on low 10-15 minutes.

Other sauce options for meatballs:

  • 10 oz apricot preserves & 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 14 oz jellied cranberry sauce & 12 oz chili sauce

 

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip is my go to party appetizer. Rich cream cheese, spicy diced jalapenos and sharp cheddar are topped with crispy Panko bread crumbs and baked until warm and gooey. The result is the most incredible dip, reminiscent of the appetizer we all love so much!

Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip - All the fixings of Enchiladas, in a hot bubbly dip!

 

Easy 3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs! These delicious appetizer meatballs can be made 3 different ways and cooked on the stove top or in the slow cooker. Ketchup and Grape Jelly makes the best ever sauce!
Easy 3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs! These delicious appetizer meatballs can be made 3 different ways and cooked on the stove top or in the slow cooker. Ketchup and Grape Jelly makes the best ever sauce!

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken is the perfect combination of juicy chicken, tender veggies and a tangy flavorful lemon pepper sauce that everyone loves! This easy recipe starts with high quality spices and a quick homemade lemon pepper seasoning!

Serve this dish over easy Garlic Butter Rice or mashed potatoes for the perfect meal!

Lemon Pepper Chicken served in a bowl with lemon slices and parsley for garnish - the perfect dinner dish!

This Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe is sponsored by McCormick and inspired by my behind-the-scenes experience with the flavor experts at McCormick.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Chicken

I love chicken – it always makes for an easy meal and everyone loves it! Here’s the thing about chicken: it can be delicious, juicy and flavorful, or just ho-hum.

The great thing is that you don’t need a lot of fancy or weird, unusual ingredients to make a great dish! This recipe uses a simple blend of lemon, McCormick Ground Black Pepper, salt, and a few spices to create an easy meal so flavorful, it’s restaurant-worthy!

In early October, I was fortunate enough to spend time with the McCormick flavor experts (and their most amazing chef Kevan) and learn a ton about the spices I know and love.

McCormick spices are what I grew up with and what is in my cupboard now, so I was excited to get great tips and learn even more to really become a flavor expert.

McCormick spices are truly top notch (spoiler: the care and details put into everything they produce is second to none). The best part is that I can take what I’ve learned and pass it on to you, so you can easily create crazy good food in your own kitchen!

The ingredients laid out to make homemade lemon pepper, which is a key ingredient for this lemon pepper chicken recipe

I’m obsessed with good flavor just as much as McCormick is! We learned so much but my favorite (of course) was the tasting we got to do! The first thing we learned was the physiology of flavors … and how our bodies process flavor (plug your nose and eat a jelly bean, there will be no flavor)!!

My fave was learning why McCormick’s spices have so much flavor (it’s the commitment to where and how they’re sourced plus the care of the spices until they’re bottled).  While we did taste a lot of comparison/competitor products, the black pepper (and taco seasoning) truly was the most amazing difference to me!

Lemon Pepper Chicken is made with high quality ingredients similar to those found on this spice comparison board

Use High Quality Spices

Black pepper is black pepper right? Sorry, wrong! Dollar store pepper is the same ol’ thing anyhow right? Wrong again!

This was shocking to me! The two piles of pepper on our spice cutting paper (above) look so similar to me but the flavor wasn’t even close. The McCormick Black Pepper had such a huge difference in the depth of flavor and spice that it wasn’t even comparable.

When cooking, we’re adding pennies worth of spices to each meal so making sure those spices really have all of the flavor we’re looking for is essential. On average, a bottle of spices lasts me anywhere from 6 months to 2 years… so spending the extra dollar or so for a quality product is one place I splurge.

For a dollar or so extra, you’re adding HUGE flavor to countless meals.

Spooning the lemony sauce over the lemon pepper chicken in a skillet

How to Make Lemon Pepper Seasoning

I have to admit this is my favorite part of this recipe! I love the flavor of lemon pepper but usually find it quite salty. Making it homemade with high-quality ingredients means that I get the most delicious seasoning while being able to control the sodium!

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Combine all ingredients for use in this lemon pepper chicken recipe. Leftover lemon pepper seasoning can be left on a plate to dry at room temperature for about 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Once dried, store in a cool airtight container.

DIY Lemon Pepper Seasoning is great for chicken, fish, shrimp or pasta. The possibilities are endless!

Lemon Pepper Chicken in a skillet garnished with parsley and lemon slices

How to Cook Lemon Pepper Chicken

Recipes like this Lemon Pepper Chicken start with the simplest of ingredients but create the most amazing meal! Adding high-quality spices and a fragrant ground black pepper means that, for only pennies per meal, you’re getting the best flavors with everyday ingredients.  This lemon pepper chicken recipe is crazy easy to make at home.

  1. Mix homemade lemon pepper seasoning.
  2. Dredge chicken and brown on each side.
  3. Place over sliced zucchini (or mushrooms) in a casserole dish.
  4. Create a quick lemon sauce to spoon over top.
  5. Bake until tender.

Lemon Pepper Chicken in a blue serving bowl

What Goes with Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken is a great meal on its own. I add veggies under the chicken and it all cooks in one dish! When serving, spoon the lemon sauce over top of the chicken for a deliciously zingy flavor!

This lemon pepper chicken can be served with:

Lemon Pepper Chicken

Tender juicy chicken in a tangy lemon sauce baked to perfection.

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning (divided, recipe below)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 6 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 medium zucchini (sliced (or 8 oz mushrooms))
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 chicken breasts

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 small lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (I use flour from the dredge mixture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
  • parsley (for garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F  

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Fry zucchini, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning and  green onion about 2-3 minutes.  Place in bottom of a 2 qt casserole dish or dutch oven.

  3. Mix together flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the lemon pepper seasoning. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture (reserve remaining mixture for sauce).

  4. Add olive oil to a skillet and brown chicken over medium high heat until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Place on top of zucchini

  5. Place wine, broth, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the leftover flour mixture and garlic powder in a jar and shake well to combine. 

  6. Pour into warm skillet while whisking and bring to a boil. Simmer 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken breasts.

  7. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Zucchini can be replaced with 8 oz sliced mushrooms (or a combination of the two).

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder

 

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Lemon Pepper Chicken served in a blue bowl

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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana! A delicious combination of potatoes, sausage and bacon in a light and creamy broth. While this is a soup I frequently order from my favorite Italian restaurant, the great news is that Zuppa Toscana is really easy to make at home!

Serve this classic Italian soup recipe with homemade dinner rolls or easy garlic crescents for a delicious meal!

How to make Zuppa Toscana quickly and easily at home

Zuppa Toscana

What is Zuppa Toscana Zuppa Toscana simply put is a Tuscan style soup. This hearty Italian soup recipe has potatoes, sausage and bacon in a light, creamy broth. It is delicious and if you’ve ever been to Olive Garden, there’s a good chance you’ve enjoyed their Zuppa Toscana! !

I love to add in bacon (because everything is better with bacon) and sometimes add a can of cannellini beans as well (along with the potatoes).

How to Make Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana often uses kale but I personally prefer the light flavor of spinach so this recipe contains spinach.  If you would rather use kale, add it in along with the chicken broth so it has time to soften.

To cut the potatoes into cubes I used my favorite kitchen chopper and was able to do 4 potatoes in about 30 seconds.  (I used it for the onions too.  It’s one thing I can’t live without in my kitchen, mine is the Vidalia Chop Wizard brand).

Stove Top Zuppa Toscana

  1. Brown sausage and onions. Fry bacon.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and simmer until potatoes are soft.
  3. Stir in cream and spinach just before serving.

It’s really easy to make and perfect to serve with some homemade bread or Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.

two bowls of Zuppa Toscana ready to eat

How to Make Crockpot Zuppa Toscana

This easy soup doesn’t take long to prep on the stove however sometimes it’s nice to come home to a meal ready to go after a long day of work! I love to use my slow cooker for soups and stews because it allows the flavors to blend and it’s so easy!

To make Zuppa Toscana in the Slow Cooker

  1. Brown sausage and onion as directed.  Cook bacon.
  2. Add all ingredients except cream and spinach/kale to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high about 3-4 hours (or on low 6-7 hours) or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Heat cream and stir in cream and spinach. Cook an additional 20-30 minutes.

Homemade Zuppa Toscana ingredients in a bowl

If you’d like to lighten this soup up a little bit, you can use turkey sausage in place of the pork sausage and reduce the amount of bacon (be sure to drain it very well) or use turkey bacon.

While I love the buttery flavor the heavy cream adds, evaporated milk can be used in place of cream in this recipe.

More Creamy Soups You’ll Love

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is an easy Italian soup with a rich creamy broth filled with sausage, potatoes and greens.

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  • 1 large onion (, diced)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage ((mild))
  • 6 slices bacon (, diced)
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers ((optional))
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups torn & gently packed fresh spinach
  • pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot cook sausage and onion until no pink remains. Drain and set aside.

  2. Cook bacon over medium heat until most of the fat has been rendered out and drain. 

  3. Add in potatoes, garlic, chicken broth, crushed peppers (if using) and sausage. Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are softened.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and let boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in spinach.

  6. Garnish with additional bacon if desired.

If using kale in place of spinach, add along with the chicken broth as it takes longer to cook.

Zuppa Toscana is quick and easy to make at home and delicious! Loaded with sausage, potatoes and bacon, this is definitely a crowd pleaser!

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Easy Cheesy Taco Soup

Cheesy Taco Soup is so simple to throw together and is loaded with taco inspired ingredients.  The cheesiness takes this soup to the next level of delicious and will be loved by the entire family! 

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

Those of you that follow along on Instagram stories saw that I was a part of an amazing blogger retreat in Malibu earlier this month. The weather was perfect, and we had amazing beach views. And one of the most magical parts of the retreat was welcoming McCormick as our sponsor!  As you all know, I’m lucky enough to have a long-standing relationship with McCormick, and they were kind enough to come and spend the day with us. Every meal that we had with them that day was so beautifully set up and we knew that we could count on the food to be delicious and packed with flavor. We are still talking about the AMAZING Berbere Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Citrus Broth that they made for us for dinner!

During the day, we had different sessions that taught us how to be Flavor Experts by showing us how to appreciate the flavor and quality of products! I have always loved and known the amazing quality of McCormick products, but it was so cool to put it to the test. (You guys wouldn’t believe the difference between McCormick and Competitor in cinnamon; the Saigon Cinnamon blew me away!)

We tested out all kinds of herbs and spices and really learned the ins and outs of each one from McCormick, including flavor substitutes and other helpful tips and tricks. One of my favorite parts was seeing the difference between McCormick products and other brands. You could see all of the physical differences between McCormick and the competitor. The size and vibrancy of the color was apparent in each test We all joked that we were going to quit our day jobs and just give out samples at the grocery store so that everyone could see the difference for themselves. After learning the care and details put into everything they produce, all I wanted to do was get cooking!  I’m super excited topartner with them to show you what I learned.

One of the clear takeaways from our time with McCormick is that great-tasting recipes start with pure, high-quality spices and extracts. McCormick has been a trusted authority on flavor for more than 125 years (wow!). One of my favorite seasoning blends to use in the kitchen is McCormick Taco Seasoning, so I was super excited to test it against competitors. McCormick Taco Seasoning is free from fillers and is made with simple flavors and high-quality spices (which you can see!). I’m telling you, now it is obvious why McCormick Taco Seasoning is my secret ingredient for Taco Tuesdays.

Knowing all of this, I was so inspired and I chose to make this amazing cheesy taco soup for you
today to show off the AMAZING flavors in McCormick Taco Seasoning. It is a family favorite and so
easy to make. You just dump in all of the ingredients and it is jam-packed with amazing cheesy,
delicious flavor.

How do you make cheesy taco soup?

  • In a large pot over medium high heat, add ground beef.  Cook and crumble the brown beef until no longer pink.  Drain the grease.

  • Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.

  • Add in the velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir together and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Four things you didn’t know about McCormick taco seasoning:

  • It is a zesty blend of authentic Mexican Seasonings, including onions and peppers.
  • It is a hearty flavor that is not too spicy but warm enough to compliment a variety of meats.
  • Contains no added MSG!
  • It is available in original, mild, hot, and gluten free.

Can I use cheddar cheese instead of velveeta cheese?

Of course!  We have no shame when it comes to velveeta cheese. ;). I like that it gives it a smoother creamier feel, but we also have made it with real shredded cheddar cheese.  Both are delicious!

Can I use turkey meat instead of ground beef?

Yes you can.  You can add ground turkey or even ground chicken as a substitute if you would like.

If you are looking for more delicious taco seasoning inspired recipes, look no further!

 

 

 

Easy Cheesy Taco Soup
 
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Cheesy Taco Soup is so simple to throw together and is loaded with taco inspired ingredients. The cheesiness takes this soup to the next level of delicious and will be loved by the entire family!
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes (I like to use fire roasted)
  • 1 (15 ounce can) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced olives
  • 1 McCormick® taco seasoning package
  • 1 (14.5) ounce beef broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) velveeta cheese, cubed OR 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, cilantro, sliced avocado, tomatoes, tortilla strips
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat add the ground beef. Cook and crumble until no longer pink and drain the grease.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.
  3. Add in the velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors blend and serve with desired toppings.

This post was sponsored by McCormick.  I love brands that I use in the kitchen for myself.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

Taco Soup

Taco soup ingredients include ground beef, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and of course taco seasoning. Everything simmers together in a rich tomato-beef broth to create a thick and chunky soup that has just the right amount of kick! Top this soup with sour cream, Homemade Salsa or Pico de Gallo and a sprinkle of cheddar for the perfect dinner!

A bowl of taco soup topped with sour cream - the perfect meal!

Taco Soup Recipe

This easy Taco Soup Recipe combines two of my favorite things; tacos and soup!  Tacos of any kind from Fish Tacos to Chicken Tacos piled high with all of our favorite ingredients are definitely loved by my family.

If you’ve ever visited Spend With Pennies before, you know how much I love soups from Easy Hamburger Soup  to simple Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I love the ease and simplicity of making soup. There is something so comforting about a warm bowl of healthy goodness on a chilly day and this Taco Soup is no exception!

Ingredients for the best taco soup recipe in a stock pot.

How to Make Taco Soup

This Taco Soup recipe is made on the stove top and is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s the perfect weeknight meal because taco soup cooks for 15 minutes so it’s really fast (and a great way to use up leftover taco meat)!

To make Taco Soup on the stove:

  1. Brown ground beef with onion and drain off extra fat.
  2. Add remaining taco soup ingredients, bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Top it with your choice of taco toppings like sour cream, jalapeños, cheese and crispy tortillas.

To make this into a chicken taco soup you can easily substitute ground chicken (or turkey) for the ground beef and add in a beef bouillon cube and the rest of the recipe stays the same.

A scoop of taco soup from my favorite taco soup recipe. It is the perfect meal for any day of the week!

What to Serve With Taco Soup?

Taco Soup can be served with a bun or a slice of bread, tortilla chips and cheese or yummy Pull Apart Bread Rolls. If your taco soup is more of an appetizer or the first course for a dinner party, it is perfect served before Chicken Fajitas or Shrimp Fajitas! And don’t forget to include a delicious dessert like Apple Pie Tacos!

Set out a tray of toppings for everyone to garnish their own bowls! Some of my favorite toppings are:

  • Avocado
  • Green onion
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole

Bowls of taco soup for a family meal.

Can You Freeze Taco Soup?

Taco soup will last a few days in the fridge. If you plan to keep it longer than that, this soup freezes perfectly! I love to freeze it in individual portions so I can take one out for lunch or several out for a family meal!

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Easy Taco Soup

Taco Soup is a quick weeknight meal that my family absolutely loves!

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 16 oz can pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz can green chile peppers
  • 1/3 cup green pepper (or 1/2 small green pepper)
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef with onion till no pink remains. Drain off any excess fat.

  2. Add remaining ingredients to pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

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Taco Soup in a white bowl and garnished with sour cream, cheese and jalapenos

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Taco Soup

Taco soup ingredients include ground beef, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers and of course taco seasoning. Everything simmers together in a rich tomato-beef broth to create a thick and chunky soup that has just the right amount of kick! Top this soup with sour cream, Homemade Salsa or Pico de Gallo and a sprinkle of cheddar for the perfect dinner!

A bowl of taco soup topped with sour cream - the perfect meal!

Taco Soup Recipe

This easy Taco Soup Recipe combines two of my favorite things; tacos and soup!  Tacos of any kind from Fish Tacos to Chicken Tacos piled high with all of our favorite ingredients are definitely loved by my family.

If you’ve ever visited Spend With Pennies before, you know how much I love soups from Easy Hamburger Soup  to simple Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I love the ease and simplicity of making soup. There is something so comforting about a warm bowl of healthy goodness on a chilly day and this Taco Soup is no exception!

Ingredients for the best taco soup recipe in a stock pot.

How to Make Taco Soup

This Taco Soup recipe is made on the stove top and is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s the perfect weeknight meal because taco soup cooks for 15 minutes so it’s really fast (and a great way to use up leftover taco meat)!

To make Taco Soup on the stove:

  1. Brown ground beef with onion and drain off extra fat.
  2. Add remaining taco soup ingredients, bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Top it with your choice of taco toppings like sour cream, jalapeños, cheese and crispy tortillas.

To make this into a chicken taco soup you can easily substitute ground chicken (or turkey) for the ground beef and add in a beef bouillon cube and the rest of the recipe stays the same.

A scoop of taco soup from my favorite taco soup recipe. It is the perfect meal for any day of the week!

What to Serve With Taco Soup?

Taco Soup can be served with a bun or a slice of bread, tortilla chips and cheese or yummy Pull Apart Bread Rolls. If your taco soup is more of an appetizer or the first course for a dinner party, it is perfect served before Chicken Fajitas or Shrimp Fajitas! And don’t forget to include a delicious dessert like Apple Pie Tacos!

Set out a tray of toppings for everyone to garnish their own bowls! Some of my favorite toppings are:

  • Avocado
  • Green onion
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole

Bowls of taco soup for a family meal.

Can You Freeze Taco Soup?

Taco soup will last a few days in the fridge. If you plan to keep it longer than that, this soup freezes perfectly! I love to freeze it in individual portions so I can take one out for lunch or several out for a family meal!

More Taco Inspired Recipes You’ll Love

Easy Taco Soup

Taco Soup is a quick weeknight meal that my family absolutely loves!

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 16 oz can pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz can green chile peppers
  • 1/3 cup green pepper (or 1/2 small green pepper)
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef with onion till no pink remains. Drain off any excess fat.

  2. Add remaining ingredients to pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

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Taco Soup in a white bowl and garnished with sour cream, cheese and jalapenos

Taco Soup is a quick and easy soup that is hearty, satisfying and downright delicious! And the best part is that it can be prepared from start to finish in under an hour! #spendwithpennies #soup #tacosoup #easyrecipe #easysoup #withbeef #groundbeef #partyfood

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Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato

Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato are Mexican-inspired, loaded with zesty black beans, melted cheese, salsa with a dollop of cream. What can be better than a 20 minute meal!

Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato are Mexican-inspired, loaded with zesty black beans, melted cheese, salsa with a dollop of cream. What can be better than a 20 minute meal!Loaded Vegetarian Baked Sweet Potato

Loaded baked sweet potatoes are so quick and easy to make. A few of my other favorites are Italian-Style Stuffed Sweet PotatoesSloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Cheesy Baked Sweet Potato Skins.

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Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew  is a delicious meal with chicken,  potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions and carrots. It’s all simmered in a rich seasoned chicken broth until tender. It’s one of our all time favorite meals (along with beef stew)!

A recipe like this chicken stew is a meal unto itself… full of protein, healthy carbs and veggies. We serve it with a salad or Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits to sop up anything left in the bowl. It’s true chicken soup perfection.

Chicken Stew cooked and ready to serve in a pot

Chicken soups are truly the ultimate comfort food from Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup to belly warming Chicken Rice Soup. This easy chicken stew fits the bill perfectly.

How To Make Chicken Stew

This simple chicken stew recipe is fully loaded with tender chicken and vegetables simmered in a deliciously seasoned broth! I use thighs because they tend to hold up better to the simmering but breasts can work well in this recipe too!

If you’re using chicken breasts, I would suggest browning the chunks and then adding in the last 20 minutes or so. If you have other veggies you love (root vegetables are especially great) add them in!

  1. Brown chicken at a high temp. No need to cook it through, you just want the caramelization and flavor.
  2. Soften onions/carrots/celery and add flour (to thicken a bit).
  3. Add broth, herbs and veggies. Homemade chicken stock or store bought work just fine.
  4. Simmer.

Crazy easy right? I add a bit of heavy cream at the end to make this chicken stew just a little bit creamy.  You can skip the cream if you prefer or add extra if you’d like.

Chicken Stew being ladled out of a large white pot

How To Thicken Chicken Stew

Sweet potatoes are a great addition to this hearty chicken stew recipe and they do soften quite a bit, this helps thicken it. The flour added at the beginning will thicken this chicken stew but you can certainly thicken it more if you’d like!

You can use a mixture of either cornstarch or flour with broth or water. I find cornstarch is less likely to be lumpy but flour tends to reheat/freeze better so the choice is yours! You can also add instant potatoes to thicken a little bit at a time.

A white bowl filled with luscious chicken stew

How To Make a Slurry

Combine 2 tablespoons flour with 1 cup of water or broth (I prefer broth) and shake very well. Pour the slurry a little at a time into the boiling chicken stew while stirring. Once your stew is thickened, allow it to boil for a couple of minutes.

You’ll want to make sure your flour mixture has no lumps before you add it, I use a shaker jar or mason jar and shake really well.

Can You Freeze Chicken Stew?

Chicken Stew can be frozen! If you plan on freezing it, I’d suggest using flour as a thickener (not cornstarch) as it will have a better consistency. I personally freeze in individual servings because they defrost faster and I can take out as many as I need to serve.

Chicken Stew prepared in a large white pot

More Chicken Soup Recipes You’ll Love

This easy beef stew comes out so perfectly tender and flavorful every time. It is one of our all time favorite recipes! #spendwithpennies #stew #soup #beef #beefstew #carrots #potatoes

Chicken Stew

Tender chicken and vegetables in a savory chicken broth.

  • 8 chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds, diced)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 5 tablespoons flour (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 red pepper (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 cup green beans (or peas)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, brown chicken in 1 tablespoon olive oil (it doesn’t have to be cooked through). Remove from pot and set aside. 

  2. Cook onion, carrot and celery in remaining olive oil for about 3 minutes or until onion is slightly softened. Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour, seasonings and salt & pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes.

  3. Add potatoes, sweet potatoes, red pepper, white wine, browned chicken and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove lid and stir in green beans and cream. Thicken if desired (below) and simmer an additional 10 minutes uncovered.

  5. To thicken: In a mason jar combine remaining 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup water or broth. Shake very well (ensure there are no lumps) and add a little at a time to boiling stew to reach desired consistency.

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Chicken Stew served with a silver ladle

Chicken Stew is a belly warming meal and perfect to serve when the weather is cooler! Juicy chicken, potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions and carrots are simmered in a rich seasoned chicken broth until tender. #spendwithpennies #chickenstew #easyrecipe #withchicken #chickenthighs #freezerfriendly #makeahead

Hash Brown Recipe

These crisp, perfectly cooked homemade hash browns are made in a skillet, with shredded potatoes, scallions and seasoning for the perfect breakfast side dish to go with your morning eggs.

These crisp, perfectly cooked homemade hash browns are made in a skillet, with shredded potatoes, scallions and seasoning for the perfect breakfast side dish to go with your morning eggs.

Making them from scratch is so much healthier than buying the frozen kind, and here I use just a little oil, the cast iron skillet helps brown the edges.

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