Each year, just before the Christmas holiday, each person in our office brings a dish to share with all. We dine together and give thanks for all of our blessings.
Several years ago, one of our Deputy Fire Marshals brought his wife’s taco soup. It was such a big hit that she had to share the recipe with all. I always have some of this soup in my freezer, ready to heat. It keeps very well and is always a quick way to feed one or many. The soup is quite nutritious.
2 lbs. – ground beef (usually 73%/23% or 80%/20%)
2 cans – Rotel (10 oz. can) mild, medium, or hot – I use 1 mild and 1 medium
1 can – (14 ½ oz. can) plain diced tomatoes
1 can – (14 ½ oz. can) Golden or White hominy
1 can – (14 ½ oz. can) whole kernel corn
2 cans – (15 oz. can) Ranch Style beans
1 package – (1 ½ oz.) taco seasoning mix – I usually use McCormick
1 package – (0.4 oz.) Hidden Valley Original Ranch Buttermilk Recipe mix
This recipe can be prepared in a single pot or, if you are in a real hurry, it requires one pot and one skillet.
Brown the ground beef, either in a 6 quart minimum stew pot or a separate 10 ½ inch skillet. When finished browning, drain fat from meat and combine with other ingredients. DO NOT drain the canned goods. Use all of the ingredients from the can.
If in a hurry, you can combine all of the products except the ground beef in the pot and begin heating while browning the beef in a separate skillet.
This recipe will yield 12 cups of soup. Considering a serving to be 1 cup the nutrition information is as follows:
317 calories 13.4g Total Fat – (4.8g Saturated Fat)
22.4g carb. – (fiber-4.6g., sugars-3.7g.)
After heated this soup can be served or allowed to cool and portioned for freezing.
I usually place 1 ½ cups of soup in a 1 quart freezer ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible. This gives 8 bags of soup that can lay flat in the freezer. It can be heated in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes on high. This softens the soup well enough to pour into a microwave safe bowl and continue heating in the microwave until hot. Depending on the microwave, I usually heat for another 4 to 6 minutes.