Saturday, August 21, 2010

Santa Fe Soup

Sometimes we just call it Taco Soup around here, easy for the kids to relate to that! It's yummy, and makes a lot, enough for a meal plus lunch leftovers PLUS enough to freeze for another meal or more. Please note ahead of time: you do not want to drain any of the canned items! You need to add the entire can along with the juices!

2 lb. ground beef or turkey (I use ground turkey)
1 large onion, chopped
2 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 pkg. dry Ranch Dressing mix (or 0.8 oz from a jar if you happen to have a jar of it like I do :P)
1 can diced tomatoes (16 oz), undrained
1 can (16 oz) diced tomatoes and chiles (Rotel), undrained
1 can kidney beans (16 oz), undrained
1 can pinto beans (16 oz), undrained
1 can black beans (16 oz), undrained
2 cans white corn (16 oz each), undrained

Cook ground meat and onion in large soup pot until meat is brown and onion is transparent. Drain and return to pot. Sprinkle dry seasoning mixes over the meat and stir. Add all canned ingredient; do not drain any liquids! Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 2 hours. Serve with any combination of: shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, diced tomato, or even diced avocado. And it's even better when you add some corn chips on the side for dipping. Cornbread is also good with this.

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