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Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker

Our rice cooker is the BOMB!!!  Remember when I first bought it and we made oatmeal in it?  Well, last night I made our entire dinner in it!  It took about 10 minutes in prepping, ONE pot to clean, and our dinner was ready for us as soon as we got home from a little league baseball game.  None of this 5 hour stuff like a crockpot (but I do love crockpots).   And the best part… everyone ATE IT UP! No, seriously loved it! There were NO leftovers!  They were scraping the bowl for more.  (Tortilla chips do help with the wow-ness factor for them).

Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

What we ate: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

We were heading out to a ball game around 4pm.  I chopped an onion and garlic, and put it at the bottom of a HOT rice cooker with some oil to get it to start browning.

  •  1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ·1 TBL olive oil

While the rice cooker was heating up the onions and garlic, I chopped some chicken.  Then, add chopped chicken to rice cooker and cook till browned.

Then add all at once:

  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (I left these somewhat large so the kids could pull them out if they wanted to, although no one did)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • ½ cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1/2 cup black beans
Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

Turn rice cooker on to ‘brown rice’ setting, if yours has that one. Or turn it on for at least 45 min-1 hour.

Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

Once we returned from the ball game, the dinner was cooked and ready to eat! It was the perfect bridge between a slow cooked meal, and being present in your kitchen for an hour while you cook soup.

So, if you have only 45 minutes to an hour, you’re too late to start a crockpot meal, try using your rice cooker!
Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

There are so many other things you could add to this as well! Just use what you have on hand.  (we also like sour cream and avocado!)Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

What I love about this meal:

  • The beans, of course… super healthy
  • The carrots, tomatoes, onion, garlic… gotta have our veggies
  • The brown rice.. Superior in health to white rice
  • The fact that I had all the ingredients
  • That it was fast, easy, and low clean-up

!Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker. We love this way of cooking taco soup! Perfect bridge between crockpot and stove top, when you only have 45 minutes you can't be in the kitchen!

Taco Soup in the Rice Cooker

Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium – onion
  • 1 clove – garlic
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 3 breast – chicken breast
  • 5 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 cup chopped – carrot
  • 1 can – diced tomatoes, canned
  • 1/2 cup – brown rice, raw
  • 1 cup – corn, canned
  • 1/2 cup – black beans, canned
Directions
  1.  Chop an onion and garlic, and put it at the bottom of a HOT rice cooker with some oil to get it to start browning.
  2. While the rice cooker is heating up the onions and garlic, chop your chicken.
  3. Then, add chopped chicken to rice cooker and cook till browned.
  4. Then add chicken broth, chopped carrots, diced tomatoes, brown rice, corn, and black beans.
  5. Turn rice cooker on to "brown rice" setting, if yours has that one.  Or turn it on for at least 45 min-1 hour.

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31 Comments

That looks so good!!! I love hearty soups like that and so do my kids!

The other day I saw a recipe on a blog and I thought to myself that I should send you the link because you would love it…then I realized I was already on your blog and it was your recipe!! lol I think the Texas heat is getting to me!

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Its really nice to see all natural ingredients going into this meal. I am hoping not use cans in my list and hopefully get most of these items fresh from my garden or greenhouse. I guess you can do this on a stove with a good pot too since it is only an hour to make. Could you do it with noodles if you added them at 20 minutes til the end?

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Trying it right now! We’ll see in about an hour 😀 I’m using an electric skillet that we use as our rice cooker, tho 😉

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I am so excited to try this. I actually bought the same rice cooker just a few days ago and have been looking to make a whole meal in it. This will be perfect.

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Sheri… The recipe actually came from the booklet the cooker came with! I made a couple of changes (like the brown rice), but not much. I LOVE this recipe!~

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I love making this. And my kids often ask for it. I use the low sodium V8 for the liquid. Then there is even more veggies in there! 🙂

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I love it Emily! I actually have only bought V8 once in my life, so I will have to try it this way!!

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Soooo delish!! I couldn’t get the items to sautee in the rice steamer so I did those on the cooktop, but the rest was perfect. Also with the left overs — I mixed with eggs and made a burrito sooo good!!

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Stacy

I don’t cook much, so have to ask a stupid question…is the chopped chicken already cooked? Or raw? Thanks.

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I’ve done it Kati without making any changes. I just dumped everything in and left on low for a few hours!

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Stacy

Are the beans already soft from a can or cooked? Or dried beans from a bag?

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I made this successfully about a year ago, but my then 1-year old did not like onion(shocking!). Now he’s starting to like it, so I thought I’d try it again. Thanks, Amy.

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Lisa

You have blown me away! I didn’t know you could do a whole meal in a rice cooker. Dying to try this! How much chicken? Thanks so much for the recipe!

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Jane

What a boring sounding soup. Where exactly is the “taco” part of this? There is no seasoning at all. I get you want something easy, but does that mean it has to be flavorless?

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Katherine Hornback

I made this but changed it a bit. I browned the chicken with seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper, then onions and garlic in a pan. I put the broth in a casserole pan added taco seasoning and then all the other stuff, but the carrots. Put it in the over at 375 for 50 minutes. I stirred it every 20 minutes. It’s DELICIOUS!

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