Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Taco Soup

I don't want to gross you out and I'm not giving gory details, but let's just say I was in my kitchen, happily slicing potatoes with a mandolin. . . yes, you know where this is going. I sliced a little more than potato, namely my thumb. 

I knew I was going to need super simple recipes for a few days, recipes which did not involve slicing or chopping vegetables. While I really don't feel like I have cooked if I don't dice something, necessity prevails.  I saw a recipe for Taco Soup on one of the many blogs I follow, and decided to try it. 

I used a packet of taco seasoning, unheard of for me.  I even bought a package of shredded cheese, which I never use because the cheese doesn't taste as good as freshly grated.  But I did what I had to do. I didn't follow Claudia's (love the name) recipe exactly, but then I never do.  I did use a jar of my home canned summer tomatoes so  I did have at least some of my tender loving care in the soup. 

I was surprised by how tasty this was and how much I enjoyed it!

Taco Soup
1 pound ground sirloin
1 package taco seasoning
1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 quart tomatoes with their juices
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup water (rinse out the tomato sauce can)

In a soup pot, brown the ground sirloin. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeno peppers and serve with tortilla chips.


  1. Well all I can say is this looks fantastic! You did a marvelous job!

  2. this is my kind of soup:) i love it, thanks for sharing it.

  3. I hope you heal up quick. I hate when I do stuff like that.

  4. Ouch, I did that once while cooking in an Assisted Living Facility, shredding lettuce for a sandwich bar, OMG, surprise those electric slicers are quick! All four pads on one hand. After that I moved on to Administration (just kidding, it took a lot more years!). Your soup not only sounds great, but it is a simple (that is a compliment) version of this recipe that usually contains lots of cans and bottles, thanks so much.

  5. Ouch! Sorry about your thumb! I'm back after what seems like weeks and weeks & just catching up with what's up in the blogosphere.
    That said, I love Taco soup & this recipe sounds really simple. I'll be sure to try this one soon!