Happy New Year. December was a busy month, was it not?
For me, January seems to be my month of doing easy recipes that are delicious, quick and cheap.
Whole Foods recipes have always served me well, their Chai Cookies have become our Christmas staple. After a very kind friend gave me a Whole Foods gift card, I was inspired to check the site for new recipes and this Mexican Taco Stew is sure to be a new favourite. It takes about 10 minutes of actual hands on time and a few more to simmer, then it's done. This stew could be adapted to suit any vegetable or meat preferences. Tonight, I added green and red peppers, and a cup of frozen mixed vegetables in place of the zucchini. I only wish I had a few avocados to make guacamole and a few tortilla chips...that would finish this meal off perfectly.
PSS-I do wish my pictures were better, but our camera is in serious need of some surgery. You may have to just trust me that the food is good;)
W.F. Mexican Taco Stew
1lb Ground meat, turkey, chicken or beef
1 med onion
4 garlic cloves
2Tbsp Taco seasoning
2C Veg or chicken stock
2C Vegetables (chopped green and red pepper, zucchini)
1 can (creamed) corn
1 can black beans
1 28oz can diced tomatoes (use a smaller can if you like we love tomatoes)
1 can tomato paste (optional)
Cook ground meat in a large sauce pan until brown. Drain fat, set meat aside.
Add chopped onion and garlic, cooking until soft. Sprinkle taco seasoning over onion and add meat back to the pot. Stir in all the remaining ingredients and simmer 15minutes.
Top with any or all of the following: sour cream, cheddar cheese, more salsa, guacamole, tortilla chips and green onion.