Y'all wanna know my family's favorite night of the week? Taco Tuesday!
My family loves tacos, they actually love any kind of Mexican food! Tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, you get the idea, I could go on and on.
I love taco night because it's the one night a week I know I am not wasting my time on dinner. I know that all my people are going to eat without complaint. That my friends is what I like to call a Mexican food miracle!
So I got to thinking of ways I could take this Mexican food magic and translate it into more of our meals to make dinner time easier and healthier. Isn't that what everyone wants, a simple, nutritious, delicious meal that our whole family will eat?!
This gluten-free taco soup recipe is the perfect dish for you! My family will eat anything that tastes like tacos so I used that to my advantage and came up with a genius kitchen hack to sneak in those veggies!! Not only does it hide the vegetables, but it makes the prep so much quicker so you can have homemade without the hassle!
Gluten Free Taco Soup Recipe with Hidden Veggies
I use RO*TEL in everything, it is the perfect starter to create stress-free, simple dishes, dips and appetizers for your family, parties or entertaining! I like mine with some heat but for my kiddos, in this recipe, I stuck with the original.
I always start my taco soup with sautéed onions but sometimes I get a little carried away in the produce section. Here's the gorgeous vegetables I decided to use in this soup. Onions, carrots, yellow summer squash, celery, red and green bell peppers, and cilantro.
You could really use any vegetables you'd like so this is the perfect dish to modify for what's in season. Are you getting nervous?
Are you wondering how you will get your family to eat that many vegetables? Are you wondering how many hours you're going to be chopping?
Stop! I'm about to rock your world, well your kitchen at least! Don't chop the vegetables, grate them.
That's right, get out your cheese grater and shred every vegetable. Yes, every single one.
All you have to do to prep the veggies before you grate them is to wash them, cut the stems off the celery and remove the tops and seeds from the bell peppers, then grate your heart out! Start to finish, cleaning, prepping and shredding all the veggies took 15 minutes, tops.
That's it, prep those veggies then sauté them in a little olive oil. I start with just the onions and keep adding vegetables until they're all cooked down, then I brown the ground beef right in with the veggies.
Add 4 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning, 2 cans of RO*TEL and 2 of the cans filled with water. Bring to a simmer, add the cilantro and serve with your favorite toppings! That's it!
This was a huge hit with my family! A can of RO*TEL plus fresh produce creates the perfect family meal! You could also throw all the ingredients in the crock pot on low and have it ready when you need it.
Here's another tip, this taco soup is so yummy, you'll want to go ahead and double this recipe every time you make it. Take half of the soup, let it cool and freeze it.
It freezes perfectly to use for a last minute meal! I freeze mine in medium size jars that hold about 2 servings so I can get out one to eat for lunch for a couple of days or pull out 2 jars for a last minute dinner. I love having healthy options in my freezer so we don't have to resort to take out when life gets busy.
This taco soup is delicious and packed full of hidden healthy veggies. The grating will shorten your prep time for more than just this soup and making extra means you always have a homemade meal on hand! RO*TEL makes all your Mexican recipes quick and easy.
How to Make Gluten Free Taco Soup Recipe with Hidden Veggies
Gluten Free Taco Soup with Hidden Veggies
- Grate all vegetables.
- Saute Onions in olive oil on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the shredded vegetables to pan one at a time sautéing for 3-5 minutes after each.
- Add ground beef to pan and brown with vegetables.
- Add taco seasoning and stir to combine.
- Add RO*TEL and 2 cans of water and bring to a boil.
- Add cilantro and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
- Serve hot with your favorite toppings!
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