When I have a day with a block of time available (usually a weekend day), I take time to make some big batches of chili to freeze. I have made this particular recipe before and tweaked it to our taste preferences. The great thing about this (I found by accident) is it makes a great chili OR dip. If you let it simmer long enough, it thickens nicely and makes a great dip for tortilla chips!
As usual, I top mine with hot sauce and some green onions. Cheese, cilantro, sour cream, etc. would all be great toppers – whatever you like!
Chicken Chili Taco Soup OR Dip
1 lb. turkey breast (could use burger or turkey/chicken burger, chicken breast or omit if vegetarian)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, chopped (optional)
1 heaping Tbsp. chili powder
1 heaping Tbsp. cumin
1/2 – 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, depending on taste
1 packet lower sodium taco seasoning
2 – 2 1/2 cups lower sodium chicken broth
10 oz. can Rotel with tomatoes and green chilies
15 oz. corn – can be fresh, frozen or canned, drained
15 oz. chili beans with juice
8 oz. tomato sauce
16 oz. fat free refried beans
In a large pot, brown chicken on medium. If needed, add a bit of oil or water. Remove when cooked and set aside to chop and cool. Add onion and pepper to the warm pan and sauté about 5 minutes to cook through and get some color on those veggies. Add the garlic and chipotle pepper and sauté for one more minute. Add the dried seasoning and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add the rest of your ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve. OR, simmer for an hour or longer and this thickens up nicely to a delicious dip for tortillas chips. Serve with any chili fixings you like.
This makes a big batch and freezes well.
I know some people shy away from taco seasoning but you can make your own if you want to control the sodium or other ingredients. Google homemade taco seasoning and a lot of results will come up. If you are like us, we buy a lot of our commonly used spices at Sam’s Club and keep in our pantry to use as needed. We really like spice!