Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Since my daughter has started back to school, we have found ourselves super busy and I have little time in the evenings to slave over the stove trying to cook a healthy meal for the fam. Luckily, my crock pot is there to save me! Yesterday, I whipped up this slow cooker taco soup and the meal basically prepared itself while we finished everything else on the to-do list.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

This is one of my go-to slow cooker recipes because it is so simple and easy to put together. Basically, you just layer the ingredients in the crock pot and a few hours later you have a hearty meal that is super delicious. And even though I call it a soup, it is thick like a stew. I suppose you could always add a little extra water if you wanted it thinned out more.

I started with 3 frozen chicken breasts and added ranch mix, taco seasoning, salsa, kidney beans and corn on top, in that order. (That seriously takes less than 5 minutes.) Then, I set the slow cooker on high and let it cook for several hours. Before serving, I shredded the chicken with a fork and stirred everything up.

Taco Soup Ingredients

Doesn’t it look yummy?

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

We like to garnish our stew soup with fresh cilantro, cheese and greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), but it would also taste great with some diced avocado, olives or jalepenos on top. Oh my goodness! It is so amazingly delicious and easy to make. Plus, you can vary the taste, depending on the spiciness of the salsa you use or by throwing in more taco-y ingredients. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Chicken Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Taco Soup from Elizabeth Joan Designs

Yield
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients
3 Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Ranch Mix
Taco Seasoning
Jar of Salsa
Kidney Beans (Canned, not drained)
Corn (Cannded, not drained)

Preparation
1. Layer all ingredients in slow cooker in order. (Chicken, Ranch Mix, Taco Seasoning, Salsa, Kidney Beans, Corn.)
2. Cook on high, 3-4 hours or until chicken is fully cooked. Shred chicken with a fork.
3. Serve with with your favorite toppings.

Beat the Summer Heat with an Ice Block Treasure Hunt

My kids will start their new school year in about three weeks. But until then, we are doing whatever we can to stay cool in this 90 degree weather we’ve been having. I have been sneaking my kids’ toys and freezing them in a bowl of water to beat the summer heat with an ice block treasure hunt. I have seen this project done a few different places across the web and my kids have enjoyed it so much that I wanted to spread the joy.

Beat the Summer Heat with an Ice Treasure Hunt

Supplies

Plastic toys
Freezer safe bowls
Water
Wooden Hammer
Bowl of warm water
Scoop

Step 1:
Place the plastic toy in a freezer safe container.

Fun Kid Outdoor Activity

Step 2:
Add enough water to the bowl to cover toy completely.

Freeze and Thaw Toys

Step 3:
Place the bowl in the freezer. I usually do more than one at a time and let them freeze overnight.

Ice Treasure Hunt

Step 4:
Take the bowl out of the freezer and gently remove the ice block from the container. If you are having a hard time releasing the ice from the bowl, scoop a little Luke-warm water on the bottom. My kids work in their water table. I find that it is a lot less mess this way. If you do not have a water table, I am sure a plastic container would do just fine too.

*Do not hit glass container with hammer. That never turns out good. Trust me.

Water Table Ideas

Step 5:
Use hammer, Luke-warm water, and scoop to thaw the ice and free the toy.

Science Activity for Kids

Freeze Toys in Ice

Well, that’s all there is to it. Pretty simple huh? My kids LOVE this so much that they can get hours of enjoyment out of it each time we do it.

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