I almost never follow a recipe exactly as written. I believe that recipes are a guideline and everyone adjusts it according to what they have on hand and to their personal tastes as well. With that being said this recipe was a very good starting point and I am only posting my changes for my own reference later on.
I used boneless chicken thighs and breast bc that was what I had in the freezer. I would have loved to try the zucchini but had none. I added a can of black beans, light kidney beans, and some leftover corn from the night before. I diced an onion, a green pepper, several cloves of garlic and a stalk of celery and sautéed them in some vegetable oil. Then I sautéed the chicken which I had cut into bite sized pieces. Threw all of that in the crockpot and added the seasoning. I made my own taco seasoning from this site bc I didn't have any of the packaged kind and left out the coriander (I don't even know what it is).
Next I added one can of diced tomatoes, one can of tomatoes with green chiles, the salsa, and a small jar of homemade v8 juice. Next came the beans and corn. I did not use beef broth but added a couple of tsp of chicken bouillon base ( with no sodium, this recipe does not need any added salt bc there is plenty in the taco seasoning). Cooked for 3-4 hrs on high then tasted it. It was nearly perfect at this point but tasted very acidic to me from the tomatoes so I threw in a little brown sugar. It is now the perfect pot of soup. 5+ stars.
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I almost never follow a recipe exactly as written. I believe that recipes are a guideline and...