Guest Chef Series: Tina Repice’s Chicken Taco Soup

Interview with Tina RepiceChicken Taco Soup RecipePrintable Recipe Card

Posted by Katie Gambone

Here at Button Jar we love to share the voices and creativity of our readers. In line with that thinking, we have decided to launch a Guest Chef Series, so that you get great new recipes from other readers a few times a year!  This week’s recipe is Chicken Taco Soup and is a recommendation from our first guest chef, Tina Repice. I have made this recipe three times since February and I love it for a few reasons:

  • It is a Crock-Pot recipe so I can make it in the morning and not have to worry about dinner when I get home.
  • I make enough so that I have leftovers so I don’t need to make dinner the next night.
  • It tastes ridiculously good.
  • It’s a good summer soup.
  • Last but not least, it is healthy.

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Interview with Tina Repice

We met Tina when my family moved to Mountain Top (Abby was 9 and Alicia and I were 5). Tina’s family lived across the street.  Alicia, Tina and I  have been best friends for 30 years, which is crazy!  We call her Bean (shortened from Teen-Bean many years ago). The picture below on the left is of the three of us at our first ballet recital.  That is adorable Tina in the middle, but I honestly don’t know which one is Alicia and which one is me.  Next to that is a more “grown up” photo of us from my wedding a few years ago.

Tina is a fantastic person who is inspiring in many ways.  She has a very nurturing and caring personality so it makes sense that in her professional career she focuses on helping others improve their health and fitness as both an Occupational Therapist and a Beachbody Coach.  Before we get to Tina’s delicious and ridiculously easy to make Chicken Taco Soup recipe, I thought it would be helpful for you to get to know Tina a little bit and what drives her passion for healthy eating and exercise.

Katie_GallupTina, thank you for agreeing to be a guest chef on Button Jar.  Please tell Button Jar readers why you decided to become a Beachbody Coach.

Tina_RepiceHello everyone and thank you for having me! I am someone who has always been into health and fitness.  I like working out and it makes me feel good. For a long time my exercise was focused on running and some weight lifting at the gym.  Then, several years ago both of my parents passed away within a few months of each other.  I stopped working out completely for lots of reasons.

The person who got me started back on a healthy lifestyle was my husband Eric. He got a copy of P90X and asked me if we could do the program together.  Focusing on my fitness again made me feel better and helped me navigate a challenging time in a healthy way. After P90X, I started trying other Beachbody workout programs. Then I saw on Facebook that a few people I knew were Beachbody coaches.  I reached out to them to learn more and the rest is history.  I started building my own health and fitness business in my spare time. It’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding.

I like working as a Beachbody coach because I really believe in their philosophy and goal to end obesity.  It’s allowed me to connect with a lot of great people and form new relationships. The financial benefit has helped us as a family and I work at it from my home.  It’s been a win-win-win!

Katie_GallupBeachbody talks a lot about clean eating.  What does that mean?

Tina_RepiceGood question!  Clean eating encourages you to be mindful about the food you put into your body and where that food comes from.  It encourages eating foods in their natural form so that you are consuming productive rather than wasteful calories.  So, think fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats, foods like that.

In thinking about nutrition, I stress the 80/20 rule.  It’s no fun if you only eat healthy food and, honestly, eating that way is not sustainable for the majority of people over a long period of time.  If you eat clean 80% of the time and allow yourself “treats” 20% of the time, you will have achieved a good balance that most people can maintain as a habit.

Katie_GallupWhat are your top suggestions for someone who wants to improve their health and fitness but may be struggling on how to begin?

Tina_RepiceFor people who are venturing into this for the first time ever, I would recommend picking one thing to start with – either nutrition or exercise. Starting small and staying consistent with one change on a daily basis will actually help build momentum to tackle other healthy lifestyle modifications over time.

So, for example, if you decide to focus on nutrition, instead of hitting McDonald’s for a burger and fries for lunch, choose to get a salad for lunch instead.  Repeat this a few days a week over a month or so.  Or, if you pick fitness, walk just 10 to 15 minutes, 4 days a week and repeat that over a period of time. Once you see that you can make this one lifestyle change a habit with positive results, you can pick other changes to add to it.  It can snowball from there.

For people who are ready to try a regular exercise program, I would recommend that you reach out to a Beachbody coach to talk about the wide variety of workout programs available and what program might be the best fit for you based on your schedule, goals and workout preferences.  Once you decide on a program and commit to doing it, you can be added to an accountability group, which is probably the most important part of what I do.  In the accountability group, you are connected with others who are also on a health and fitness journey.  The accountability groups offer a lot of encouragement, cooking tips, and honest conversation about the successes and challenges of finding/making time to live a healthy lifestyle.  As a coach moderating the group, I also encourage you and can answer any questions you have along the way.

Katie_GallupIf people want to learn more about how you can help them on a journey to improve their health and get more of your yummy recipes, what should they do?

Tina_RepiceButton Jar readers can find me on Facebook by clicking here, on Instagram by clicking here, or you can email me directly at tinarepice@gmail.com.  If you want to peruse Beachbody programs on your own, you can visit the Beachbody website or check them out on my coaching page by clicking here.

Katie_GallupThanks Tina!  Having participated in your accountability groups I can say from experience that they are a HUGE help!

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And now, on to the Chicken Taco Soup recipe!  As always, there is a printable version of this recipe at the bottom of this post.

Chicken Taco Soup

ChickenTacoSoupTina’s Substitutes

To add a bit of color and some extra deliciousness to this recipe, you can garnish with an avocado.  For the taco seasoning, if you don’t have a lot of time you can use a prepackaged taco seasoning mix.  If you are ambitious, you can make your own by mixing the following ingredients:

1 tablespoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon paprika
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

If you have kids who don’t like soup, strain out the broth and serve them the soup “fillings” in separate piles on a plate.  They are deliciously flavored and your kids will gobble them up (at least mine do)!

Ingredients

4 Frozen Chicken breasts
2 16 oz jars of a salsa of your choice
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained
1 32 oz carton chicken stock or broth (make sure it says no msg)
Plain Greek yogurt (0-2%) for topping
Shredded cheese (your choice) for topping
Crushed tortilla chips for topping

Get Cooking!

Step 1: Place frozen chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot and sprinkle with taco seasoning (about ¼ to ½ of the packet). Cover with salsa and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Step 2: At the end of the 8-10 hours, use two forks to shred the chicken and then stir to mix in with the salsa.  Add the corn, beans and chicken stock or broth and cook on high for about 20 minutes or until warm (it is usually warm enough to eat after just a few minutes).

Step 3: Spoon the soup into a bowl and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a little shredded cheese and the crushed tortilla chips.  Enjoy!

Printable Recipe Card

Chicken Taco Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

4 Frozen Chicken breasts
2 16 oz jars of a salsa of your choice
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained
1 32 oz carton chicken stock or broth (make sure it says no msg)
Plain Greek yogurt (0-2%) for topping
Shredded cheese (your choice) for topping
Crushed tortilla chips for topping

Get Cooking!

Step 1: Place frozen chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot and sprinkle with taco seasoning (about ¼ to ½ of the packet). Cover with salsa and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Step 2: At the end of the 8-10 hours, use two forks to shred the chicken and then stir to mix in with the salsa. Add the corn, beans and chicken stock or broth and cook on high for about 20 minutes or until warm (it is usually warm enough to eat after just a few minutes).

Step 3: Spoon the soup into a bowl and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a little shredded cheese and the crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!