Five can chili (Taco Soup)

So easy, so tasty, you’ll be a star on Cinco de Mayo!


  • 1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can white beans or kidney beans
  • 1 (11 ounce) can niblet corn
  • 1 (11 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb shredded chicken, ground beef or any meat Directions
    1. Cook meat and drain.
    2. Shred if needed.
    3. Add all ingredients to crock pot.
    4. Do NOT drain cans. 
    5. Stir.
    6. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
    7. Keep on low until serving to keep hot.
    8. Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, or tortilla chips.  
  • Guiltless Guacamole
    8 servings, about 1/3 cup each

    A half cup of regular guacamole has almost 200 calories, 86 percent of them from fat. Add a handful of chips and you’re eating the calorie equivalent of a Quarter Pounder. This recipe is total genius; it substitutes green peas for most of the avocado but tastes like the real thing. Serve with baked corn tortilla chips. (Cut tortillas into 8 wedges and bake at 350 degrees or until crisp, about 9 minutes.)

    1 1/2 cups thawed green peas
    1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
    2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
    1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1/4 tsp. cumin
    1/4 tsp. chili powder
    1 tbsp. canned diced green chilies
    1 /2 cup mild or medium commercial salsa
    2 tbsp. diced onion
    1 medium tomato, diced
    Salt to taste
    2 cloves garlic, minced  

    Combine all ingredients except garlic in a food processor or blender and blend until thoroughly mixed but not quite smooth. Stir in garlic.

    1/3 cup serving: 49 calories, 2.3g fat (0g saturated fat)


    Fabulous fare for the holidays

    Rachel Ray comes up with some delicious holiday meal recipes that can be made in minutes.  I’m dazzled by this particular set of yummies:

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