Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe

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Jamie here!  Any time I find myself with leftover bits and pieces of ham, I wish I knew of a good ham and bean crock pot soup recipe.  Well today was the day –  I decided to experiment with our Easter leftovers, and I’ll tell you that making your way through a 4th bowl in a day is a pretty good measure of success in my book.

I think of ham and beans kind of like the pork version of chicken & dumplings.  They’re both bits of flavorful meat, floating around in a creamy, mushy base.  Which is like, heavenly.  And they both are a little peppery – which I love.  But let me tell you – this is WAY easier to make.

Here’s how:

For starters, you need about 2 Ziploc sandwich baggies of leftover slices and bites of ham. (That’s a precise measurement, right?  Okay, roundabout 2 cups.) You can definitely use a hambone that has lots of good bits and pieces left on it, instead.  (Trim most of the fat off before you use it if you’re going that route.)

Next, pick a bean, any bean.  I used Great Northern this time, but I checked with some expert Southern food cooks I know (wink-wink, Grandma Christine) and Navy beans and Butter beans are both excellent choices as well.  Rinse the beans well and add to the crockpot.

Pour in 6-7 cups of water.  I used 7 because I was looking for it to be a little soupy, but if you want to ladle this over rice or something – you might want less.

Finally, add a small diced onion, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper.  If you’re a fan of pepper like I am, go ahead and treat yourself to a whole teaspoon. ;)

Cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.   If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.

Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

Ham & Bean Crock Pot Soup Recipe
6 - 8 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Cups of Smoked Ham Pieces (Or a hambone with some ham left on it)
  • 1 lb Bag of Dry Great Northern Beans
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 6-7 cups of water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on Low for 7-8 Hours or High for 5-6 Hours.
  2. If your ham is in big chunks (or you used a hambone) take it out towards the very end and shred any ham into the soup, then re-cover.
  3. Serve with cornbread and sweet tea!

 

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Adapted from South Your Mouth’s Ham & Beans recipe

 

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning in Bulk! (+ Organic Option)

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Jamie here!  Between my husband and four boys, we really know how to shovel in some food at suppertime.  One of the cheapest and most-loved dinners I can make is Taco Night.  Or Enchilada Night.  Or Quesadilla Night.  Or Chicken Fajita Night… you get the picture. (See all our Mexican Recipes here!)

But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve got my meat browning and I reach up to the spice cabinet for taco seasoning, only to realize I’m out.  “ARRGGHH!!” (so frustrating).

 

Here’s the “bulk taco seasoning” I bought at the store – but no more of that!

Also, paying $1 per package is not cost-effective, not when you can make your own taco seasoning in bulk!  So today, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning.  I used this one and this one as the basis for mine, one has been rated 5 Stars 2300 times, and one is from the Taste of Home Test Kitchens.  It has to be good, right?

Basic Recipe: (2-3 Tbsp = 1 Package)

  • 1/2 Cup chili powder
  • 1/4 Cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tsp of Onion Powder or 2 Tbsp of Dried Minced Onion
  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Pepper (If you like it spicy, sub out part of the black pepper with cayenne)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Cornstarch  (This will give it that little bit of thickening agent that most packages have)

Put it all in a jar or storage container and shake it like a polaroid picture.  2-3 Tablespoons of this is equivalent to one packet of seasoning.  This will make enough to last about 8-10 dinners, depending on how much you use each time.

The best part is that you’ll know EXACTLY what is in it -and what’s not in it (MSG, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, theoxyquin and BHT, partially hydrogenated soybean oil)

Great Deal on Organic Bulk Spices:

Interested in making it organic, and getting a really good deal on bulk spices?  Amazon is having an AWESOME sale on Frontier Certified Organic Spices in bulk bags – they are marked down as low as 60% OFF!  Go in with a few friends to buy these and divide them up amongst yourselves for less out of pocket expense.

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date and I wanted to remind you in case you have holiday Ham leftovers! :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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Bunny Biscuits Recipe for Easter Morning!

 

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Jamie here, if you’re looking for a cute (and simple) Easter breakfast idea – you’ve got to try these Bunny Biscuits!  I know Easter is still a ways’ off, but it’s never too early to start pinning!

All you need is a regular can of biscuits to make a cutie-pie Easter morning treat for the kids.  Serve these bunny biscuits for dinner too – alongside your ham and all the other Easter fixings!

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14 Easter Dessert Ideas

Easter Dessert Ideas
Need some new Easter Dessert Ideas?  This roundup of Easter dessert recipes has a little something for everyone – from the cutesy to the classic.
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The kids will love the Oreo Cheesecake bites and Easter Basket cupckaes – while the grown ups might prefer a Derby or Buttermilk Pie, or a classic Coconut Cake.
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 I’m particularly fond of the cakes, pies, cobblers and lemon bars that I remember from my own childhood and have been passed along through generations.
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The Best Coconut Cake EVER!

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My grandmother’s homemade Coconut Cake is the very best coconut cake in the entire world. I have never found another coconut cake that remotely compares. Coconut Cake has been a staple at my family’s Christmas and Easter gatherings every year since I was a tiny girl. Now that I have a family of my own and we don’t usually travel at Easter, I make it for my family. It’s such a simple recipe starting off with a 1-2-3-4 cake and 7 minute frosting. Keep reading and I’ll share the secret to what makes this cake so moist and amazing! [Read more...]

Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe on Time2saveworkshops.com

This Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe is an older post, but one of our MOST pinned recipes here on Time2Save!  It would make a scrumptious Easter Dessert :)

Kasey here, I have barely cooked the past couple of months because I’ve felt so yucky from morning sickness. (In case you missed my announcement on Mother’s Day we are expecting a new addition in November of this year.) I made it up to my family today by making our favorite Best Buttermilk Pie before Gary starts a new AdvoCare 24-day challenge this week.

If you haven’t tried Buttermilk Pie, it is simply amazing!!! One of my absolute favorite desserts, it melts in your mouth and it’s so so easy to make.

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This particular recipe, comes straight from my mama’s kitchen. She made me this precious handwritten recipe book when I first got married 17 years ago. By far, it is the most used recipe book in my kitchen. It includes all my family’s favorite recipes. Since it’s not a “secret” recipe I thought I’d share with you.

Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 unbaked regular 9 inch pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and butter in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
  4. Add buttermilk, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Pour into pie shell and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the middle is softly set.
  6. I usually bake mine 50 minutes, but it will depend on how hot your oven cooks.
  7. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, move pie to bottom shelf of oven to crisp crust.
  8. **Update - I've been cooking mine closer to 55 minutes so that the filling sets up properly. Depending on your oven it may take less time.
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