Perhaps this stems from my only-child syndrome, but often when I’m cooking, I like to pretend I have a cooking show. OR, I put on a grade A concert using a salt grinder as a microphone. Let’s just say I’m making it my mission to embarrass my children. Just wait until they’re teenagers and I bust out the white-girl can’t dance moves! I can’t wait!
Anyway… I think it may be safe to say that winter arrived in Canada now. We now have snow that has stayed longer than 12 hours and it’s been cold. My family and I are big fans of soup lately, so, leaving everything to the last minute last night and trying to figure out what to make, quickly became my challenge. I normally follow recipes, but this time, I decided to live a little. Welcome to my new baby- the mega huge batch of taco soup. And the bonus? Since I added some stock-in-a-box, it tasted like it was simmering all day. Go me! Without any further ado, the recipe. If you end up making it, let me know if you like it!
2 lbs lean (or extra lean) ground beef (or whatever alternative you wanted)
1 package taco seasoning (I used 50% less sodium)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed.
2 cans whole kernel corn (with liquid. I used the big cans)
1 can petite diced stewed tomatoes (Adam doesn’t like tomato chunks)
1 large can tomato sauce (I used roasted garlic tomato sauce)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 box beef stock
Pinch of white sugar to cut tomato acidity.
Shredded cheese for garnish
- In a large pot, brown ground beef until cooked through. Drain any fat off of the meat. Season as desired (I used fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt and a pinch of chili powder)
- Once meat is cooked and drained, add taco seasoning and stir to combine.
- Add beans, tomatoes, corn and beef stock. (plus pinch of sugar)
- Bring mixture to a light simmer to bring everything up to temperature.
- Serve, garnished with shredded cheddar cheese if desired.
A sure way to find out if it’s good in my house is to gauge to see if anyone is talking. There was no talking, and Lauren (who doesn’t eat a lot of meat) asked for seconds. Then promptly asked for it for lunch today. I consider that a win!