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Taco Soup

It is a chilly evening here in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area.  As a Georgia Girl, I have come to really love “northern” winters…yes I am fully aware that VA is still the “south” but they don’t serve sweet tea everywhere so, to me, it is the north.  😉

Nothing warms my heart more than some good ol comfort food.  So tonight I am making a recipe adapted from the one I found on Cat on a Limb’s blogTaco Soup!

*I have not yet created my Ratings Scale so bear with me.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced  3 teaspoons onion powder
2 cans (15 oz) black beans
2 cans (15 oz) corn (I used white corn, it’s smaller and sweeter)
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes (I use no salt added)
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 c water
1 packet taco seasoning (I used 30% less sodium)
Optional:  Shredded Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream

Directions:

Step 1:  Brown the ground beef in a stock pot.  (Trust me on this you will need a big pot)

Step 2:  Drain fat from the ground beef after it is cooked and set beef aside.
Step 2.5:  If you do not have a boyfriend who hates onions then you would place the 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the pot and cook the diced onions until tender.
Step 3:  In the stock pot, add all of the remaining ingredients (except cheese and sour cream) to the ground beef.

Step 4:  Heat until boiling. 

Step 5:  Serve with optional cheddar cheese and sour cream topping.

Did you sense my sadness in step 2.5?  If Garrett had a food blog it would be 86Onions.  He likes the flavor but not the crunch.  Sometimes I will puree an onion just to get the freshness in there but as you can tell I wasn’t up for anything too involved tonight. 

This recipe is SUPER easy and quick to make.  Warning..it makes a TON.  Either for a big family or lots of leftovers.  I haven’t tried freezing any of it down yet so maybe I should try that and see how it works. 

Truth:  I was not going to post this recipe as my first recipe, but once you see what Garrett has in mind for dinner tomorrow you will see why I just couldn’t let that be the first recipe post..LOL 

Happy Cooking!

-Jennifer