Taco Soup / Chili
I’ve had this recipe in my file for two years! I seriously need to go through that thing and start trying some of those old ones I’ve had saved. This one turned out really well, but honestly I’d call this chili, not soup. Either way it was perfect for a rainy day. Plus it was one of the fastest soups I’ve ever made.
Last week we were having beautiful sunny and warm weather and I was ready to pull out the short sleeves, skirts and sandals. And then this week the storms hit – lightning at work yesterday; today was full of wind and rain and was just plain miserable. I blame that stupid groundhog who lies.
But lying rodents are a whole different post.
As I drove home one thing kept running through my mind – I want soup. I really want soup. I had been planning to make this recipe “soon” but hadn’t picked a day (my weekly menu planning has been a bit loose, but starting Sunday it’s going back on track) and I figured today was the day.
This recipe is so easy to make and super delicious. The best part is the surprise melty cheese at the bottom of the bowl. Yum.
Whole Wheat Chili Mac
Growing up “chili mac” was one of our favorite meals. This consisted of: a box of macaroni and cheese (“KD” to my Canadian friends [Hi, Kate!]), a can of chili and sometimes some hot dogs. It was delicious and even now sometimes I get a craving for it. I love homemade mac & cheese, but sometimes you just want the boxed stuff. I think it’s a comfort food type of thing.
Anyway, I was searching recipes on Weight Watchers and found a chili mac recipe. I got all excited! But then I realized this chili mac is very different than my memories. Like, there is no cheese. But I decided to try it anyway and I was very happy with it. I think I might have to change the name to chili casserole or something, because chili mac means there is cheese in it (in my head). (Searching on the web site just now, looks like they also have a “cheesy” chili mac recipe – I think it just has grated cheese on top, which I did anyway. I also topped with a spoon of plain yogurt [or sour cream] and some green onions.)
Despite my disappointment, I did enjoy this meal and it was easy to cook. I switched it to turkey meat but you could use ground beef if that’s what you have. This is a very hearty dish and filled me up quick. Makes a wonderful winter meal!