Thursday, January 27, 2011

Taco Soup

This recipe came from Jenny

This is what we are having tonight. This is the easiest of the last minute, because it doesn't even really need long to defrost. This is the one where, "Oh crap I have been gone all day and didn't pull something out before I left."
This one is a great beginner one because you just put it in a Ziploc gallon freezer bag and lay it flat like a book. They stack up nicely and take up little room in the freezer. Do this one even if you aren't going to always eat freezer meals and just need that last minute meal. Much cheaper than eating out and better for you.
I always have sour cream in my fridge. It doesn't expire for a long time and a bunch of my freezer meals are Mexican :). I also always have cheese, who doesn't. I always have tortilla chips too. Even if they are stale, they taste great crumbled up in this soup. (if you don't have anything to top it with (sour cream, cheese or chips, it still tastes great)
The canned beans and corn are great to buy in case lot sales and just have in your food storage

Taco Soup (serves 12 skinny people, more like 8-10) So divide one recipe into 2 bags unless your Mormon or a polygamist.

2 lbs ground beef (I buy in bulk at Costco)

1 envelope taco seasoning (I also buy the huge container at Costco, its 2.25 tbsps)
28 oz crushed tomatoes
15 oz salsa
15 oz canned corn (or I can use frozen)
16 oz kidney beans
15 oz black beans

Defrost and cook in sauce pan. You can serve the soup with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips

(whatever you have on hand).

Side note When you are doing this in larger quantities, it is hard to brown more then 2 lbs of ground beef at a time. So just do one recipe at a time but get everything out for 3 (6 meals for a family of 4-6). Ground the beef, put in big mixing bowl, add other ingredients, divide into two bags. REPEAT. You can use all the same dishes so it is still a time saver.

Other side note, write on the bags with a sharpie ("Taco Soup, 1/27/11, Heat in saucepan, top with sour cream, cheese and crumbled tortilla chips") BEFORE you put in the taco soup. Much easier :)

More recipes at a later date


Than & Lina said...

Thanks for posting this.

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