This past week, I needed a dinner that would be ready in a jif, and I mean a New York minute jif. And if I couldn’t come up with something that was quick, I knew I’d find myself at our local Oriental takeout place $40 plus lighter.
Working late, God Daughter Stephanie scheduled for dinner, Monday night Footaball kickoff at 6:30….Good ol’ Taco Soup to the rescue. In my quest to stay off the processed food aisles, I bet it’s been fifteen years since I’ve made this soup. Dice an onion and a clove of garlic, brown some ground beef, open five cans, season and you’ve got dinner. An oldie but a goodie, and a very flavorful one at that.
In my whirlwind trip through the canned aisle at the market, I forgot to pick up tortilla chips. This soup is so easy that I even had time to make my own baked tortilla chips from some leftover corn tortillas from a weekend meal.
- 1 can pinto beans, drained
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 can yellow corn, drained
- 1 can chopped tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can beef broth
- 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
- 4 T. Taco Seasoning
- 1½ pound lean ground beef
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ½ C. water
- Place a large colander in the sink. Open all cans of beans and corn, place in the colander all at once to drain. In the meantime, chop the onion and garlic. In a large heated fry pan, crumble the ground beef and cook until about half way done. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.
- Add in the drained beans and corn, the can of beef broth, the Ranch dressing, taco seasoning and stir well. Add water if the mixture is not soupy enough.
- Simmer for 15 minutes or until flavors are blended. Sprinkle with some chopped raw onion and shredded cheese. Serve with corn chips.
For the baked tortilla chips: Take four soft corn tortillas and brush them with olive oil. With a knife quarter the tortillas and lay the pieces out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and Chamayo chili powder. Bake at 375 degrees for fifteen minutes. Done.
Taco Soup, Easiest Soup Ever…It’s what’s for Dinner.