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Spice up Your Night with some Southern Style Taco Soup


Taco Soup

Taco Soup is something I discovered when I lived down South in Atlanta. My friend’s Mom (a great Southern cook from Alabama) made this for us one winter night and it was strangely delicious – similar to chili yet a warm flavorful soup with corn, black beans, kidney beans and green chilies and diced tomatoes. The key is the taco seasoning and ranch salad dressing mix – it gives it tons of flavor and a creamy consistency. Top it off with corn chips, sour cream, jalapenos and grated sharp cheddar and you’ve got a hearty soup that eats like a meal. Delish!

Southern Style Taco Soup

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2-6 hours
Makes 12-16 servings

2 lbs ground beef

2 cups diced Sweet Vidalia onion

1 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans

1 (15 1/2-ounce) can black beans

1 (15 1/2-ounce) can dark red kidney beans

1 (15 1/4-ounce) can sweet white kernel baby corn, drained

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles (Rotel)

2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles

1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix

Corn chips, for serving

Sour cream, for garnish

Grated sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, for garnish

Sliced Jalapenos, for garnish

1 bunch of Cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix,and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove. Alternatively you can cook the soup in a slow cooker on low for about 6 hours which really makes the flavors meld together.

Serve with corn chips in the bowl and pour soup over the chips. Garnish each bowl with a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese, fresh cilantro and sliced jalapenos.

Adapted from original recipe from memory and Paula Deen’s recipe on Food Network.

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Slow Cooked Goodness on a Chilly Night


Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs

This is a really easy to make hearty meal for a chilly winter night. All you need are some gorgeous beef short ribs, onions, tomatoes, vinegar and brown sugar and a few other ingredients – throw them all in the slow cooker on low and let this dish stew for about 4-5 hours. Make sure you’re hungry – it’s filling, warm and delicious. Definitely food coma material!

slow cooked short ribs

1/3 c. water

¼ c. tomato paste

3 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp prepared mustard

2 tsp seasoned salt (Paula Deen’s House Seasoning)

2 tsp cider vinegar

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp beef bouillon granules

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 can Belgian mini baby carrots, drained

2 lbs beef short ribs

1 small tomato, chopped (or 1 small can crushed tomatoes)

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp cold water

1 small bag Yukon gold baby potatoes

In a 3 qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Add the ribs, tomato and onion.
Cover and cook on low for 4.5 hours or until meat is tender.

Cook baby Yukon potatoes in boiling water for approximately 5-10 mins. Drain.
Cut in halves and quarters and add to slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch
and cold water until smooth; gradually. Stir into cooking juices. Cover and cook for 10-15
minutes or until thickened.

Serve in big bowls with some crusty French bread and a side salad. Add a glass of bold red
and you’ve got a heartwarming dish to get you through any cold winter night.

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