A Fall Favorite Recipe - Picky Eater Approved!
It is July in East Texas and the heat is sweltering! Our AC just bit the dust over the weekend and I have seen several others complaining about their AC not working or lagging. This summer has been record breaking HOT and I am more than ready for FALL weather!
My idea of Fall is a clean house, crisp breeze and a lit fall scented candle. Then, all you need is a pot of soup cooking on the stove! Now, that is the perfect fall afternoon around my house!
I recently revamped a recipe I learned to make when I first got married. Back then I didn't know all the tricks to make a recipe work when its clearly going south (Sorry Colbey! Ha!)
Some People call this recipe 7 Can Soup or Taco Soup. I call it Taco Soup because I don't use quite 7 cans of ingredients. When I first started making this recipe, I just threw all the cans into one pot and added a little water and seasonings. It came out thick and really dark in color - it grossed me out a little so that was the end of me making this for I'd say a couple of years!
Fast forward to a week ago, I went to visit a friend and she had Taco Soup cooking away on her stove and it smelled delightful! I thought to myself now that I am older and wiser in the kitchen (lol), I can make this recipe work!
Tell me about the recipe!
I used one pound of lean ground beef, one can of petite diced tomatoes (not Rotel!), one can of whole kernel corn, one can of black beans, one can of pinto beans, one carton of beef broth and one packet of taco season and 1 packet of ranch dressing mix.
BUT WAIT- my initial issue with this recipe was that is was too thick and too dark in color. What I did to change this was - rinse the beans off in a strainer before adding them to the pot and draining the corn!
I let the beef broth do all the talking with this new and improved recipe! This worked out SO well, I loved it this time! It was actually soupy and didn't make a roux consistency. I had cracked the code LOL!
After you get this mixture simmering on the stove add salt, pepper and a little garlic salt to taste. Serve with Jiffy Mix corn bread, Fritos or tortilla chips. My personal favorite is the side of corn bread!
If you have made it this far into my Taco Soup journey, thank you for reading! I'll list the recipe below but just a forewarning - we measure with our heart around here!
Okay, Okay! Get To It Already!
- 1 lb. Cooked hamburger meat
- 1 carton of beef broth (Pour it ALL IN!)
- 1 can of petite diced tomatoes (NOT Rotel)
- 1 can of whole kernel corn (Drained)
- 1 can of black beans (Rinse them until water runs clear)
- 1 can of pinto beans (Rinse them until water runs clear)
- 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
- 1 packet of Ranch Dressing mix
- Salt, pepper & Garlic salt to taste
Throw this all together, give it a stir and let it simmer on the stove for a bit before serving, everyone is going to get to know each other in the pot! (If you recognize this line - we can be friends! Another blog post on how I am an "The Office" NERD coming soon HA!)
You could totally add or take away ingredients to this recipe, it is very versatile and that's one thing I love about it!
I have cooked this on the stove top and thrown it together and left it in the crock pot all day - both ways are delish!