Taco Soup

In the cold winter months this is one of my family’s favorite go-to quick and easy comfort foods.  It reminds me more of taco style chili beans than a soup.  My boys love it with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream. I like it by itself or on a salad.  It’s super easy to throw together and loaded with stuff that’s good for you!

Looking at the picture below makes me realize that I need to add “make homemade ranch dressing mix” and “make homemade taco seasoning” to my to do list.  And….I just added to this year’s canning list:  Homemade Rotel!  Next season this picture will include all homemade ingredients!

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  • 1 lb of ground meat (beef, turkey or venison)
  • 1 pk of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of water
  • Onion, chopped
  • 1 pk of dry ranch dressing
  • Rotel,  mild
  • 15 oz corn, drained
  • 15 oz black beans, rinsed
  • 2 – 15 oz pintos (or kidney beans),  rinsed
  • 2 – 15 oz tomatoes (for more heat you can use Pace Picante Sauce)

Dice the onion and slowly cook it in a stock pot.  Fry the ground meat in a frying pan.  I do this separately because I rinse the meat while I drain the grease.

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Once the meat is done, drain, rinse and add back to the frying pan.  Stir in the taco seasoning and 2 cups of water.  Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.

 

Rinse the beans and drain the corn.  In the stock pot mix together the onion, tomatoes, Rotel, black beans, pintos, corn and dry ranch dressing mix.

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Add the ground meat and taco seasoning mixture to the stock pot soup base.  Let it simmer 20-30 minutes to let all the flavors combine, stir frequently.

Serve with tortilla chips, freshly shredded cheese and sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and enjoy!

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When I calculated the calories, this pot yields 8 servings at 325 calories per serving.

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