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Three bean taco soup (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)

One of my favorite things about the cooler months is the aroma of a simmering pot of soup or chili.

With the rainy Labor Day weekend, I had plenty of time to come up with a comforting yet healthy soup the whole family will enjoy.

It’s a three bean taco soup with lots of fiber and none of the saturated fat.

I love comfort food without the guilt, and that is exactly what this is.

Not only is it perfect for a rainy day, but it would also be a hit for game day.

Serve it up with your favorite taco toppings, including this easy recipe for homemade baked tortilla chips.

Three bean taco soup

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup corn, frozen or cut off the cob

1 chipotle, minced (seeds removed)

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon each cumin and paprika

2 teaspoon chili powder

1 1/2 cup beef stock or broth

1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can kidney bean, drained and rinsed

1 can bush original baked beans

Optional toppings: homemade tortilla chips, cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, cheese, avocado

1. Place oil, onion, pepper, corn, chipotle, cumin, paprika, and chili powder in large soup pot over medium high heat. Sauté for 8 minutes, until veggies are softened.

2. Add in beef stock and scrape brown bits off of the bottom of pot with spoon or spatula, allow mixture to come to a boil.

3. Next add in the tomatoes and beans, bring to a boil again, then turn down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes and soup is ready.

4. Top with taco toppings of your choice.

Serves 4-6

Baked tortilla chips

8 corn tortillas, cut into 8 triangles

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Toss tortillas in oil and spread onto 2 baking sheets in a single layer.

3. Sprinkle on the salt and bake for 5 minutes, toss and bake another 5 minutes.

4. Cool completely and serve with 3 bean taco soup. (Chips will harden as they cool.)

Makes 64 chips

Tagged under  Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Health, Living Well, Parenting

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