Every Sunday, towards the end of the day, not only am I experiencing a minor depression that the weekend is over, I am also asking myself the dreaded question. “What am I going to take to work for lunch tomorrow?” I’ll admit that my kitchen skills are still fairly limited, at least in the actual meal category. I can bake some serious cupcakes, or put together a cobbler in no time (see my easiest cobbler recipe here), but when it comes to dinner. . .I have just started to build my mental recipe book. What I look for is simple, quick and makes enough that I can eat it all week. Taco soup has been a staple in my life for years. I got the recipe from my mom and now I make it, honestly, at least once a month. I’ll show you the basic version, but as you will see, you can dress it up, change it to suite your tastes. Here’s all you need.
Again. . .I am not a stickler for “organic”, but I’ll admit. Sometimes it makes me feel better if I see it on the can. It’s still canned. If I were really going for it, I could get all of those vegetables from the produce section and handle them myself. But. . .nope. I like mine meaty, so that’s three pounds of beef (remember, this makes a lot of soup). I use one of the seasoning packets when I’m cooking the meat and save one for later.
I love this recipe because everything can happen in the same pot. Cook the meat, strain it, put it back, add remaining ingredients, simmer. Boom!
Now comes the fun part. Deciding how you want to eat this. It is wonderful plain with a couple tortilla chips (or in our case, half a bag). You could sprinkle some shredded cheese and add a dollop of sour cream. Sometimes I scramble a couple eggs and put this on top. Tonight I had some left over egg noodles, so I heated them up in the micro and used the soup like a sauce.
The possibilities are endless. You could opt for a vegetarian version and not use meat, or if you don’t do red meat, you could use ground turkey. Don’t like kidney beans? Use black beans, or leave them out. Add more veggies, use tomato paste to thicken it up. Etc, etc.
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do. If you have a go-to recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it.