By Josh Boyd
As we continue to journey through the latter portion of summer, many hunters have already begun to dream of the fall turkey season that lays ahead. Others, however, are still relishing in the glory of a monumentally successful spring season. In any event, most either already have, or will soon have, a supply of fresh turkey breast on hand.
When one puts much thought into the matter, they quickly come to realize that the number of dishes that can be prepared from their bounty is nearly limitless. Turkey can be substituted in the place of chicken in almost any dish, making it one of the most versatile meats that one can consume.
For those that prefer the addition of a little Tex-Mex flavor to their wild game culinary creations, there are few turkey recipes as deserving of their time and effort as that of Turkey Taco Soup. This dish is not only savory to the core, but also perfect for feeding sizable groups when necessary.
Gather Your Supplies
Before actual cooking can begin, you will need to gather all supplies that will be needed. Outside of basic kitchen utensils, much of what must be prepared will center around procuring all of your ingredients.
* 1 ½- 2 lbs turkey breast
* 1 package dry taco seasoning
* 1 package dry ranch seasoning
* 1 can of whole kernel corn (undrained)
* 1 can of kidney beans (undrained)
* 1 can of pinto beans (undrained)
* 1 can of Rotel
* 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes
* 2-14 oz. cans of chicken broth
Prepare Turkey Breast
You will begin by cutting your turkey breast to size. First, place the entire turkey breast onto a cutting board or similar work surface. The turkey breast will now be cut into ½-inch cubes while retaining the breast’s thickness throughout.
You will now choose a crockpot of the appropriate size, and lightly spray its inside with Pam or an alternative non-stick treatment. Next, place your cubed turkey into a crockpot.
Place Additional Ingredients in Pot
You will now begin seasoning the turkey which you previously introduced into the crockpot. To do so, sprinkle your cubed turkey with the ranch packet and taco seasoning from the ingredients list provided above.
It will now be time to add your additional ingredients. Start by introducing the corn, kidney beans, and pinto beans into your crockpot. When doing so, ensure that these vegetables are not drained before their introduction. At this point, your Rotel and fire-roasted tomatoes will be added to this mixture as well.
After all other ingredients have been introduced, your chicken broth can be poured into the crockpot, adding enough to have an appropriate amount covering all ingredients.
With all ingredients placed within the pot, set the unit’s heat to high, and let the mixture contained within cook until the turkey is tender.
To bring your turkey taco soup to the next level, toppings can be added as desired. I have found that the addition of sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips seems to be the perfect way to round out the flavor of this already tasty taco soup.
Taco Soup Reimagined
While many among us have eaten taco soup at one time or another, far fewer have done so when turkey was the main ingredient, around which all else centered. This delectable dish will satisfy any hunger, and is also an ideal option when attempting to meal prep. Simply prepare your turkey taco soup, pour it into serving size freezer bags, and reheat as necessary to prepare a mouth-watering dinner, at a moment’s notice.