I know that as it gets closer to winter, we all tend to look toward heartier food; soups, stews, casseroles.  Taco Soup is right up my alley.  I originally got this recipe from a lady on my son’s Jr. Football team.  I never even knew her name, she was just Bobby’s mom. You know those people I’m talking about right? The other parents who have signed their kids up for the same activity you signed your kids up for. You spend a good 4 months with these people.  You get to know and like them but for some reason getting around to proper introductions just don’t seem to happen.  Ahh…. maybe this is just me, self-absorbed, yet fully invested in my child. Anyways, mom of Bobby, thank you for your recipe of Taco Soup that I have now made my own.  It is super delicious and sooooooo easy to make. 

As I’m writing this post, it’s the day after Thanksgiving.  No Black Friday shopping for me this year.  And that’s ok.  I’ve had my time of standing in line outside the local WalMart or Target waiting to get in to spend my hard earned dollars. And watching the crazy people diving for all those super good deals.  Ya, I’m ok with not doing that anymore. This year though I’ve had the great opportunity to have one of my good friends, Brenda spend the holiday with us.
 

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This is my friend Brenda.  She asked me if I could make her my Taco Soup recipe so she could take it home. So of course I said yes!  How could I say no?


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These are the ingredients for my Taco Soup. I made a double batch for Brenda, but for a normal recipe I would only use 1 can of Rotel canned tomatos and 1 pound of hamburger. But if you want your soup to be really hearty, use 2 pounds. And of course, if you want this to be leaner, you can use turkey meat. Vegetarian eaters just omit the hamburger all together.  This recipe is so flexible!!  I used two packets of Taco Bell taco seasoning.  I just really like their flavoring. And sometimes I’ll add a can of whole black olives.  They kinda add another texture to the soup.

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I brown the meat with some cut up onion added to it.  Just before I drained the meat, I added some chopped garlic.  Let that soften up before I drained the meat.


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Drain the meat once the onions and garlic are soft

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Put the drained meat back in the pan and add your taco seasoning

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Now it’s time to make the soup. So you open all the cans and just dump them into the pot. No draining required. Oh, except I do drain the olives.  The olive juice is just too salty for my taste.

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Once the cans have been emptied into the pot, this is what it will look like.  See how full and hearty this looks? Thanks Brenda for making this look so pretty! Now just stir it all up.  You can turn the heat up to medium and since the meat has already been cooked, your just warming up the beans and it should be ready in about 20 minutes.  Or you can put it on the back burner and just set the heat to low and it’ll be ready whenever you are. Now the way I serve this is by putting tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl and put the soup on top.  Then I like to add some shredded cheese on top of that along with some sour cream and fresh avocado cubes on top. But of course, you can add anything you want to make it your own.

Enjoy!!


 


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