Li’l Bit Savory: Taco Soup!

It’s the first day of fall!!  Finally, we get a break from the hot weather.   Well, ok not where I live.  Texas apparently didn’t get the “seasons are changing” memo.  As a matter of fact, it was 97 degrees here today.  But hey, it’s a break from 100+ degree heat so I’ll be thankful for that.

When I was growing up, my family would always make taco soup when the weather began to cool a bit.  It’s our go-to family recipe for those chilly nights from fall to spring.  I’ve mentioned before that we don’t have a ton of “family recipes” but this is one that I still make when I’m feeling homesick.

A couple of great things about this recipe:  1)  It’s SUPER simple and 2) You can modify it to meet your preferences.

For example, not a meat eater? No problem!! Just use ground beef-style soy crumbles instead of ground beef or ground turkey.

Don’t like one of the types of beans in the recipe?  Just leave it out or choose a different type of bean!

No matter how you modify it, this recipe is great for a quick weeknight meal that is home-y and comforting. (and delicious….that too!!)

Taco Soup

Makes about 6-8 servings

  • 1 lb ground beef, ground turkey, OR ground soy crumbles
  • 1-oz packet taco seasoning
  • 1-oz packet ranch seasoning (like this seasoning from Hidden Valley)
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans
  • 1 15-oz can yellow hominy
  • 1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans
  • 14 oz water

Brown ground meat of choice.  Add seasonings and stir to combine.

Pour in undrained cans of pinto beans, kidney beans, and hominy.  Add water.  Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Allow to simmer about 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.

Serve with your favorite toppings (cheese, tortilla strips, jalapenos, etc) or a slice of cornbread (my mom always makes sweet cornbread to serve with this soup)   🙂

**Estimated nutrition info coming soon**

It’s not exactly a pretty soup but it’s definitely one of my favorite meals.  So simple and yet so comforting.  Maybe this will be one of your family’s fall/winter favorites too!!

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