Friday, January 06, 2012

taco soup :: recipe + pics {food on friday}

Ok, so ever since Christmas I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you guys!

It’s special to me because my sweet friend Alissa {love her! she’s so creative- she would write an awesome blog!} brought it to us after I had my 4th baby and passed the recipe along to me. Every time I make it, I think of her {and newborn babies!}! :)

It’s my favorite soup, hands down- it’s delicious, low-fat, and it’s so easy to make double or triple batches. I made some this week for the freezer that I hope to be able share with my friends in the next few weeks. {thank you for your sweet, sweet comments and prayers! You guys are the best. I mean it.}

Here’s what you’ll need:

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If you want to make a 4x batch, you can use bulk cans from Sam’s like I did! Otherwise, you’ll only need two regular cans of each.}

You’ll also need one can of Rotel per batch. Rotel never ceases to astound me in price- for almost $1 you get about 1/2 of can of a tiny can of tomatoes and green chiles. I can’t take it, so I’ll just buy a can of green chiles if I’m tripling or doubling a batch and add them to taste.  I added this 4 oz. can to the 4x batch and it wasn’t spicy in the least- my heat-fearing 8 year old loved it! I’m laughing as I write this, because it’s kind of a ghetto way to give you a recipe shortcut, but I can’t help it. I’m too cheap!

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Brown 2 lbs. of ground turkey {or beef}. I’ve noticed you can cut back significantly on the meat without noticing a difference in taste. If you are on a tight budget, go for 1 lb. and see if you like it! In my quad batch, I used 5 lbs. of meat instead of 8, and it was still perfect.

IMG_7587Notice anything strange about this pic? yes, that’s the reflection of my right hand over there in the lid. Ava loves to cook {and eat!}! I think she was asking me if she could have some uncooked turkey at the time!

Add the appropriate amount of taco seasoning per pound. If you want to make this at home, you can save lots of money! Here’s a yummy recipe for homemade taco seasoning mix.

Add your veggies, juice and all, and stir in your ranch dressing mix.

Here’s another homemade ranch mix version that sounds good but I haven’t tried yet. Apparently, I like to skip buying pricey Rotel but I have no problem buying powdered mix! heehee! For real though, it tastes so good in this. I’d like to try to make the homemade version someday, but it was nice to have the mix on hand this time.

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My pot wouldn’t hold that much taco soup so I had to use an extra container to hold the 4th batch! This recipe is hearty.

Simmer it up for 20-30 minutes, and serve! We added cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream. Very good! {If you’re on a diet, skip the extras!}

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Here’s what I made from the pictures above! Pretty sweet, for less than 30 minutes of effort!

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I didn’t buy any of these ingredients on sale, so at regular store price each batch cost about $6. Our family can’t eat a whole batch yet, so it stretches for *almost* 2 meals. This is a recipe you could really cut corners on for sure by making your own pinto beans, reducing the meat portion and buying it and veggies on sale, making your own seasonings- there are so many ways to cut costs here if you have the time.

here’s the single batch recipe:

2 lbs ground turkey
1 package taco seasoning
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans whole kernel corn
2 cans whole stewed tomatoes
1 can rotel
1 large or 2 small packets of buttermilk ranch dressing mix

Brown your meat, then add the taco seasoning
following packet directions.  Add the remainder of ingredients, undrained, to your large
pot and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Garnish with tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream if desired.

Easy, yummy soup and easy to freeze too! I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do! And thank you, Alissa, for introducing it to our family! :D

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