Monday, January 10, 2011

Homemade Taco Soup.....Oh So Yummy!

Happy Monday!
I hope your weekend treated you wonderfully! Mine sure did! I don't have a card for you today, but since it COLD outside, how about a warm soup recipe instead?

The other day while blurfin' (Blog Surfing) I visited one of my favorite blogs, Ingenious Inkling and Steph's Thursday Link Love, where I found this yummy Taco Soup Recipe.
WOW! Is it ever good! Here's my version. You know, I always have to tweak a recipe because I just use what's already in my cabinets. Instead of plain tomatoes, I used the GreatValue brand fire roasted, Mexican Style tomatoes and I left out the tomato sauce.
Then I made my own Pico de Gallo, it had a bit of a kick to it because I used some habinero infused garlic.
I dolled up my bowl of soup with some crushed tortilla chips, my homemade pico de gallo, shredded cheese and a slice of avocado. This is my first bowl, needless to say I had more and was completely miserable by the time I moved away from the table.....but hey, it was GOOD! *lol* Here is the recipe from Our Best Bites.

Taco Soup

Recipe from Our Best Bites

1 lb. extra lean ground beef (93% lean or or leaner)
1 onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1.25-oz. packet taco seasoning (about 1/4 c.)
3 c. water, divided
2 28-oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
2 15-oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained

Toppings: Pico de Gallo, light sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, tortilla strips, guacamole, etc.

Heat a large soup pot over medium. When ready, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. When almost brown, add the taco seasoning and 1 c. water. Add the remaining ingredients, including the remaining 2 c. water, bring to a medium boil, then, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve with desired toppings. Makes 10 12-oz. servings.

Slow Cooker Instructions: After browning the meat, place all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 6-8 hours.

Freezer Instructions: Because of all the canned goods, you'll just take up a lot of space in your freezer if you freeze the whole recipe. However, after it's been cooked, the leftovers freeze extremely well. You can even try freezing individual portions in 12-oz. freezer-safe containers and then reheating them for a quick lunch.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 188
Fat: 3.6
Fiber: 8.6
Protein: 15.8
WW Points: 4

Add 1 more point for each of the following: 4 crushed tortilla chips, 1 1/2 Tbsp. light sour cream, 1/3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today! Until next time! HUGS! :)

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Sharon Caudle said...

YUMMO!!! LOL! Our family does indeed love taco soup! In fact, Randy made a big pot of it on Saturday night. It's so good and I brought a bowl with me today for lunch. Hope you're staying nice and warm and have a great day! Hugs!

Carole Beath said...

Yummo indeed. Holy Cow, that soup looks good. I have Tortilla Soup Saturday at the monthly All Day Scrapbook gathering. It was so good I had two bowls, AND A taco salad.

SmilynStef said...

Awesome photos ... and low points too ... looks absolutely scrumptious.

PeggyLovesVintage said...

Yummy... I have to try this one! Hugs

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