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What’s a Crockin’? : Zippy Tortilla Soup

You’re cold. You’re hungry. You’re busy.

I feel you.

It’s time to whip out one of my favorite crock-pot recipes. Zippy Tortilla Soup. It’s easy. It’s zippy. It’s pretty healthy and it tastes great! (Be warned, there is a bit of a kick to it)

zippy tortilla ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to get before you start crockin’:

1-pound ground turkey

1 medium onion-chopped (red is my favorite)

4 cups water

1 jar Pace Picante sauce (16 oz jar) (comes in mild, medium and hot, but I like to use medium)

1 small (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes (low sodium)

1 – 7 oz. jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained & chopped

1 – 4 oz. can chopped green chilies

1 envelope Fajita seasoning (look for low sodium)

1 Tbs. dried cilantro flakes

3/4 cup uncooked converted rice

(I also added some black beans, but the original recipe doesn’t call for them)

zippy tortilla brown turkey

In a large skillet, cook ground turkey and onion over medium heat, then drain. Transfer to a crock-pot. It’s a fantastic investment. I got my crock-pot at a garage sale for a dollar. They practically gave me the present of easy meals.

zippy tortilla crockpot

Add all the other ingredients.

zippy tortilla fajita mix

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. If soup gets too thick, add water to get the consistency you want.

zippy tortilla soup

Spoon a dollop of sour cream on top or add some Tostitos and enjoy! This recipe makes 4 large servings.

Mike Woods