February 23, 2016

Taco Soup with Homemade Taco Seasoning


It's Taco Tuesday and I am mixing it up a bit today.
Instead of sharing a traditional tasty taco recipe with y'all, I decided
to make a taco soup.
Similar to a chili, but not quite as thick, this soup's ingredients include not only beans and tomatoes but also your favorite taco fillings: corn, onions, and lots of cheese, sour cream, and crunchy wonton strips on top.
I make tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and other similar Mexican inspired meals at home for my family pretty often. Honestly though, I am not too crazy about buying the sodium laden taco seasoning packets at the store to flavor my food. So I decided to make my own taco seasoning at home. I make a mild and a spicy version and store in sealed mason jars in my pantry so they're easily accessible whenever I want to add tasty taco flavoring to my recipes.
This week's Taco Tuesday was a home run with my Homemade Taco Seasoning and delicious Taco Soup for our family dinner!


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Taco seasoning, to taste {I added 1 tbsp +1 tsp}
  • 1/2 large Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped {I used 1 red, 1 yellow}
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 oz bag of frozen corn
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth {beef, chicken, or vegetable}
  • olive oil, for saute if needed
  • shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla/wonton strips, for garnish

Taco Seasoning:
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne {optional}

Directions:

  1.  Heat a large pot or double boiler over medium heat.
  2. Add beef and crumble then cook until browned.
  3. Add the onions and bell peppers and saute until softened, about five minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  5. Finally, add in the beans, corn, tomatoes, broth, and taco seasoning.
  6. Turn down heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Pour into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of cheese, and wonton strips.
Taco Seasoning:
  1. Mix all spices together in a resealable jar.
  2. Adjust heat {cayenne pepper} according to taste.
  3. Add 1-2 tbsp. to recipes for a flavorful kick!

For the taco seasoning:  mix all ingredients together in a resealable jar.
I like to use a small mason jar. Label and store in a cool dry place.
 Heat a large pot or double boiler over medium heat.
Add beef and crumble.
Cook until browned.
Dice sweet onion and bell pepper, I prefer red and yellow.
Add the onions and bell peppers and saute until softened, about five minutes.
Then add garlic and cook for another minute.
Now time to add more taco ingredients. I like to add beans, tomatoes and corn.
You can also add peppers, cilantro, and any other ingredients you would like.
Add in the drained beans, I used black and red kidney
but I also like pinto beans in this soup.
Stir in tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, broth, and taco seasoning.
I use beef broth but any will work.
Now stir in taco seasoning.
I add 1 tbsp. then adjust according to taste.
I ended up adding another 1 tsp.
Turn down heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. 
Scoop into bowls and serve hot topped with your choice of garnishes.
I like to add a crunchy garnish my taco soup like a wonton strip,
tortilla chips, or even Fritos chips.
I also add sour cream and shredded cheese on top of each bowl of soup.
There's nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of chunky Taco Soup for dinner
on a rainy day like today!


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