Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back to the Basics--Taco Soup

I don't know about you, but I'm getting just a tiny bit tired of holiday food! I love it all, don't get me wrong, but I wanted something hot and delicious and best of all, my famous words--"quick" and "easy" all rolled into one, so I made a little pot of taco soup for lunch today.

Today's version had:

  • Just over a pound of ground meat, cooked and drained
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 3 small cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 pkt taco seasoning

Cook the ground meat loose until browned, and drain. Mix all the other ingredients in the pot, then add the meat back. Bring to a bubble, then simmer for about 20 minutes. Top each bowl with a couple of tablespoons of grated cheese--today I used a combination of mozzarella and cheddar. Serve with cracker or corn chips, or both!

We really enjoyed having something warm and satisfying, and "real" on a cold, wet day!

This recipe is easily doubled, and can be made with almost any kind of beans--I've used everything from red beans to pintos to plain old pork and beans. You can also substitute any kind of tomato product--paste, crushed--I even used tomato soup once in a pinch, then added a can of cheddar cheese soup while I was at it. In other words--this is a recipe that's so basic, but is flexible to accommodate both your family's tastes and what you have on hand.

This post is linked to:

Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom

Let's Do Lunch, Breakfast, and Brunch at My Sweet and Savory

Recipe Swap at Prairie Story

Tasty Traditions at Coupon Cookin'

Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies

Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum

Beat the Winter Blues Comfort Food at Goodby City, Hello Suburbs

Until next time, good cooking, and good eating!


  1. I love how simple this is, it looks yummy too!

  2. Your taco soup sounds wonderful - perfect comfort food for the cold, damp weather we are having in England!!

  3. I love this, so simple and sounds delicious. Beautiful picture, too!

  4. This looks like a great Saturday night meal. I could whip this up in no time! :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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  5. Great recipe. I love Southern food, probably too much. Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes.

  6. Looks super yummy! Hope it's still good without the corn, though - no corn lovers here in my household.

    Thanks for linking up to Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies last week! The new linky for the week is now up, so please stop by!