In all honesty this should be called: Creamy Leftover Taco Soup. You can truly substitute with any leftover chicken ( roasted chicken or wine “can” chicken ) , turkey (hello thanksgiving!) pork ( pulled pork ) even ground beef! The idea is to go for flavor. I know many of you like the idea of using store-bought rotisserie chicken and by all means go with that! Easy and practical. Just make sure it is not loaded with salt (some stores seem to think salt=flavor…..hmmmm no!)
Bottom line. This recipe is a guideline for a protein you may have on hand. It’s a no brainer. Also with the upcoming Turkey Feast upon us, it only seems fitting to have a couple good recipes you can count on to feed your people! I am one of the crazy people who roasts a Turkey for our family Thanksgiving (held at Aunt Sara’s house) and makes a second one just for our house to make sure we have plenty of leftovers. I have NEVER complained about too much leftover turkey.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
4 cups leftover cooked pork (shredded or cubed)
2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed (I use the low-sodium)
4 cups frozen corn, thawed
4 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning (or store-bought, you will need to get 2 packets)
Splash hot sauce (optional)
Sour cream, for serving
Shredded Pepperjack cheese, for serving
Crushed tortilla chips, for serving
In a large Dutch oven melt your butter with your olive oil. Add your onion and cook until soft and fragrant. Add your flour and combine well with your onion, cook your flour mixture for about 2-3 minutes (this will remove the raw flour taste). Add your evaporated milk and broth. Bring to a gentle boil. Add your pork, black beans, corn, taco seasoning, and splash of hot sauce. Stir everything well, and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Serve, top with a spoonful of sour cream, shredded cheese, and crushed chips.
Other delicious topping ideas: fresh cilantro, diced avocado, a spoonful of salsa, diced jalapenos…the sky’s the limit!
Note: if you use the store-bought taco seasoning you may want to add a touch (about 1 teaspoon) of cumin. It seems the store-bought stuff doesn’t have much cumin flavor.
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Other lovely recipes that work wonderfully with leftover turkey (or chicken or pork….you get the idea!)
And finally my Sunshine’s favorite:
Peace and I am a Turkey….gobble gobble….