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Halloween Fun

Some people love this day of celebration, others not so much. What isn't fun about throwing on a costume and being someone else for a change?!?! I loved doing this when my kids were little, carving pumpkins, decorating the house, baking halloween desserts, creating a festive mood in the house!! Now I stray more to fall decor than halloween, maybe a pumpkin or two (not carved) just so the neighborhood kids find our house friendly and inviting. Whatever the decorations are the perfect halloween dinner is chili or soup, something that can be made ahead fo time, easy to prepare and serve. I know I seem to be on a soup roll, but there are so many options. The combination of flavors all thrown into the pot, vegetables, lentils, beans, seasonings, onions, garlic, rice, noodles...even chicken and beef, see what I mean??? So start creating, throw it in the pot and see what you get...WITCHES BREW!

Fajita Soup With Rice


1 cup dry long-grain white rice

2 bell peppers, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)

2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 small)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

5  cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

4 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp ancho chili powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp paprika

3/4 tsp oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice


Prepare rice according to package directions

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers and onion and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 

Pour in veggie/chicken broth and diced tomatoes. Stir in chili powder, ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes

You can add shredded chicken if you like, stir in cooked rice*, black beans, cilantro and lime juice. Serve warm (*If you are going to serve all the soup at one time stir in all the rice.  If not then add the rice per serving)


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