Over the past year or so my husband has gotten into adventure racing. Last year the obsession was Tough Mudder, and he even got me to join in one. (To watch the epic youtube video click here!) He completed his first (another video) with friends from work Nov 2011 and proceeded to do 3 more solo runs in addition to the one I did with him!
This year the thing is adventure racing. He does these events with the same friends who did the first Tough Mudder. There’s even a blog, Team Disoriented, that narrates their training, racing, and other related activities – you should check it out!
Last weekend they did a big training day biking for 32 miles after working on their canoeing skills for an hour. I offered to have dinner for them when they returned. I’ve been given a lot of slack for not attending their races as a spectator – especially when one team at their last event had a group of supporters who made them grilled chicken!
I knew that they’d be exhausted, sore, and cold by the time they finished so I decided to serve them something warm and filling. Additionally, I was working on a baby quilt so decided to take advantage of my trusty slow cooker. I have a CrockPot® cookbook and decided to take a look through that. I found a recipe by Kimberly Taflinger that sounded good. I changed some things and made it my own – the result was a thick, warm, spicy soup. I was drawn to this recipe because it closely resembled my Award Winning Chili. The leftovers were just as good in my lunch too. I recommend adding Fritos as a complimentary crunch factor to this soup, although Tostidos work perfectly well too.
Spicy Taco Cheese Soup
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- 1 lb processed cheese, cubed
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 can (14.5 oz) sliced stewed tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
- 1 can (15 oz) dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 1/2 C chicken broth
- 1 jalapeno
- 1/4 C taco seasoning (or 1 pkt)
- Place all ingredients, cut slits in the jalapeno and leave whole, in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on LOW 4-5 hours.
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