Taco Soup (Dinner - Day 13)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Let me preface this by saying I have made Taco Soup before. Many times. My sister, Steph, was the first to make it and I stole it.

Blatantly with no shame.

Because that's how I roll.

Anyway, it's a family favorite. Normally I would use taco seasoning from a package, canned kidney beans, and canned tomatoes. However, I challenged myself to use as many things as I could that didn't come out of a package or can and almost succeeded. I forgot to buy tomatoes, so I had to use canned diced tomatoes, but that'll be our little secret. Right? Good.

This was the best soup ever. Not sure what made the difference but it was awesome. I even had my sister taste it and she said that it was "very, very good". Trust me, getting a compliment out of one of my sister's is akin to pulling out their toenails, so "very good" in "Atwood sister talk" means "this is the best soup I've ever had and it's a thousand times better than anything I've ever made". It's true. It's our own little sister language.

I am going to try and re-enact the recipe here for you, but honestly it was a great big hodge podge. So, here goes.

Taco Soup


1 lb hamburger meat, 1 32 oz can diced tomatoes, 1/2 package of cooked kidney beans, and seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin, chili pepper, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder), 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, tortilla crumbs

Method to the Madness

1. Cook beans according to package. I used the quick-soak method but ended up boiling them for about 15 minutes, instead of 2 like I was supposed to (darn Facebook chat). Next, I let them sit for an hour, per directions. Then, I simmered them for 2 hours.

2. Pat yourself on the back for making beans and sticking it out the three hours. Go you!

3. While beans are simmering brown hamburger meat and drain.

4. Drain beans, add hamburger meat and tomatoes. Add 2 cans of water.

5. Add seasonings. The amount varies with how much you want to use but I used about a tablespoon of cumin, chili powder, and around 2 tsps. of everything else.

6. Bring to a boil.

7. Let simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste and add more seasoning as you see fit.

8. Continue to simmer for another 30 minutes to an hour.

9. Sprinkle tortilla crumbs on bottom of bowl.

10. Dish soup and top with cheddar cheese.



Anonymous said...

homeade taco seasoning

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
this makes one serving. add all ingredients to meat and add about 1/4-1/2 cup water.

depending on whether or not you like it spicy you may need to adjust the peppers. jamie

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