Taco Soup

TSWow! It’s been a month since I’ve posted a new soup recipe? That’s terrible! I’m sorry to keep you waiting so long. And the weather’s been so terrible too! I hope you took advantage of some of my older soup recipes while you were waiting for something new to come.

I love this soup. This soup is incredibly easy to make, because you probably have the ingredients on hand all the time. And just like the popular dish it’s inspired by, there are many ways to make this soup. Start with the meat (or not) broth, and seasonings, and adjust it to your family’s taste.

Taco Soup
1 quart broth
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp or more cayenne pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
Two or more cloves garlic, crushed
Olive oil
2 cans Black or Red Beans
1 can corn
1/2 cup salsa or 1 can Rotello tomatoes or 1 cup diced tomatoes

Optional ingredients
2 cups shrimp (instead of ground meat)
1/2 sour cream

1. Saute onion and garlic in a little olive oil until onion is translucent.
2. Add meat and cook until browned through.
3. Add to broth with spices.
4. Stir in beans, salsa and corn.
5. Heat through.

I served this topped with crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheddar. My Faithful Assistant and I love many kinds of soup. The others do not. They responded very well to this soup, which shouldn’t have surprised me since they also like my Tortilla Soup which is very similar to this.

I’ve listed a couple optional ingredients. I think this soup would be great with shrimp and would be even better if you stirred in some sour cream about five minutes before serving.

Are you in the line of the next storm? It sounds like those of us in Central Maryland may miss the storm this time. It’s still going to be cold this week. Brrr… Good thing this soup is so easy to make. You’ll have your family warmed up in no time!


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