10.24.2010

Taco Soup

This weekend marked the first "real" rainstorm of the season.
It has been raining on and off for the past 3 days.
I love it! Fall is officially here, which means SOUP!
Taco Soup is a family favorite. I got this recipe from a dear family friend at one of my bridal showers over 8 years ago. At the bridal shower, all the guests brought their favorite family recipe on a recipe card & all the recipe cards were put in a binder for me. It was one of the greatest gifts!
I make Taco Soup all the time in the Fall/Winter.
It is what I serve on Halloween, on rainy days & for Monday Night Football.
Taco Soup is comfort food at it's finest!
And, couldn't be easier to make!

Here is what you need:
- 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 1 large can diced tomatoes
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato sauce
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 can corn
- 1 package of taco seasoning
(the recipe also calls for a diced onion, but we don't like onions, so I don't add it)

Step 1: Brown your meat
I always brown the meat in the same pot that I make the soup in (less to clean up!)
After you cook the meat, bust out your can opener.
Dump in the can of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes & stewed tomatoes (both un-drained)
Next, dump in the packet of taco seasoning. Stir.
Add in the (drained) kidney beans & (undrained) can of corn.
Stir.
Cover your pot & keep soup simmering on the stove for about an hour.
**OR, you could have put this all in your crock pot & have it simmer on low for 1-2 hours**
While your soup is simmering, clean up your mess...which is really just putting the cans in your recycle bin.
While your soup is simmering, you can also make your cornbread.
I ALWAYS serve Taco Soup with Cornbread.
My favorite cornbread is Marie Callendars. All you do is add water. Love it!
While my soup is simmering & my cornbread is baking, I make my semi-homemade whipped honey butter to put on my cornbread.

Want to know how to make semi-homemade whipped honey butter? It's EASY!
You need:
- Whipped Butter
-Honey

Your butter should be room temperature.
(I take my butter out of the fridge & but it on the counter when I first start making Taco Soup)

Spoon some butter into a bowl. Squeeze some honey into a bowl.
Stir it together.
And, that my friends is how you make semi-homemade honey butter.
I don't eat my cornbread without it!

We serve our Taco Soup with shredded cheese on top.
You can add sour cream if you want.
I always put some chips on the plates so you can crunch some chips on the top.
Or, I just use the chips as a spoon sometimes! Yum!
Taco Soup is a family favorite....Both girls love it, as evidenced by Claire literally licking her bowl.
This soup usually tastes even better the next day because all the flavors have mixed together. Sometimes, I will make this the night before I serve it for dinner!
Hope you love Taco Soup as much as we do!
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23 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! I think we'll have to make this sometime during this rainy week. Actually...might be a perfect meal to have while cheering on the Giants on Wednesday. :)

    ~Keri

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  2. I am going to make this this week! Thanks so much for sharing! Lori

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  3. I am all over the homemade soups lately. Especialy a crock pot goodie. I agree with Keri for my Wednesday night meal; except I will be cheering on the Rangers!:)I don't have a choice... I'm married to a TExan.

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  4. Looks great Mel! I might try it soon. I made your mac last night and brought it to my Gma's for a Halloween party. It was a hit!

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  5. We LOVE taco soup! I've replaced our weekly taco night with the soup the last 2 weeks :)

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  6. it is a favorite around here too. i just made it for the first time a week ago. and i agree...the next day it is ever better!

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  7. Too funny, we had taco soup last nigt as well. I have a different version of taco soup, I guess I will have to give yours a try as well!

    Kelli
    xoxo
    loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

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  8. this looks delicious!! and so easy. i'm all over it for this week. and i love the honey butter. yum, and totally brilliant.

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  9. Um... guess what we're having for dinner on Wednesday? Thanks Mel! I love when you post recipes. You make my meal planning so much easier... :)

    I think I'm going to try adding a package of cream cheese to make it a little creamy. Or maybe that will be gross? I'll let you know!

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  10. I LOVE Taco Soup. I was just thinking about this today, now that it's "fall-ish".

    How nice that you get to teach part-time...I wish that were an option for me!

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  11. my husband would be a BIG fan of this post. he loves ALL of that meal!

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  12. Just finished making this soup...going to eat it tomorrow! Thanks so much for the recipe! Can't wait to eat it!

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  13. i have wanted to make taco soup before...now i will. :) ~d.

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  14. looks so good. Definitly on my list!!!!

    You have a very cute family.

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  15. This sounds/looks great! I'm planning on preparing it in my crock pot. Do you think I could just throw my frozen ground beef in there to cook with all the other ingredients, or should I defrost it first? Thank you for the recipe!

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  16. This looks really good! Soup is on our menu nearly every week in the winter. I found your recipe via The CSI Project.

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  17. Yum! I make taco soup too, but my recipe is different. This looks really delish!

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  18. I also use a can of rotel instead of tomato sauce and add one packet of hidden valley ranch dressing mix. I like black beans in mine and then serve with sour cream on top and use Scoops to eat it. Just made a pot last week. Everyone loved it

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  19. It's on the stove now and smells AMAZING!

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  20. Delicious! Thanks for posting this! It tastes just like the one my mom made growing up...mmmm! Also, I am 16 weeks pregnant and I was craving it from the minute I read it. We finally ate it last night and it definitely satisfied that craving! Thanks again!

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  21. Omg, SO. EASY. And all 3 of my kids ate it up! Thanks so much for posting this!

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