Soup-er Sunday Recap - Taco Soup

So good with a nice glass of ginger-ale or sweet tea!

So good with a nice glass of ginger-ale or sweet tea!

This past Sunday we had our 2nd Family Soup-er Sunday. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these days. I hope the rest of the family feels the same. Some of the highlights this week were: Lil’ Man got his first haircut; Pops (aka: The Rocket Scientist) playing with the kittens cause Lil’ Man to burst into riotous laughter…which in turn caused all of the rest of us to burst into laughter; we talked a lot about the cooking adventure my daughter in-love are on right now. All in all, these are hours together I will treasure and I hope they all will too.

This week we had a good stand-by soup in this house – Taco Soup. I got this recipe from a friend, Lyn, many years ago. I have tweaked it a bit and this is what we have now. I can tell you that every time I make this soup, my son almost always has 3 helpings! I always make more than enough so that we have leftovers…it’s so wonderful the 2nd and 3rd days. This is the perfect soup for cool weather. And let me just stress…as much as people want to call this chili…it is NOT chili – there is not any chili powder in this soup! This is also one of those recipes that you can truly wing it on…almost like a kitchen sink soup. I don’t even really keep track of how much I use of anything each time – I just start throwing things in. So…this is my ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants’ Taco Soup Mac Family Version!

Taco Soup - Serves 8+

Ingredients

  • 2lbs. ground beef

  • 2 packets Taco Seasoning

  • 2 packets Ranch Dressing Mix

  • 3 cans Black Beans (do not drain)

  • 3 cans Kidney Beans (do not drain)

  • 3 cans Rotel

  • 1 small bag Frozen Corn

  • Grated Cheese

  • Sour Cream

  • Tortilla Chips

  • Green Onions, diced (optional)

Directions

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain.

  2. In a large soup pot combine cooked beef, Taco Seasoning, beans (liquid and all – do not drain), Rotel, corn. Stir well. (All ingredients can been increased or decreased according to your needs.)

  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add in Ranch Dressing mix and stir to mix.

  5. When heated through serve in a layered manner: Soup, cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and top with green onions.

Again, this soup can really be what you make of it. I have even done it with shredded chicken! This is a perfect soup for a potluck, large party, small party, etc.

Go ahead…whip up a pot!

(FYI - I made Snickerdoodle Bar for dessert - but filed to take any photos. Darn, I guess that means I will have to make them again!)