Mom’s Taco Soup

So I sort of have a hangup about soup. The hangup is that soup is not a meal. Sometimes I’ll find a soup recipe that sounds good, but I’ll never get around to making it, because, well, soup’s not a meal.

Even so, I make an exception for this soup. Partly because it’s really easy and really delicious, but mainly because my mom makes this and I’ve just always liked it. Also, it’s surprisingly healthy for how good it is. I’ve made it with both ground beef and ground turkey, and I honestly can’t tell the difference.

MOM’S TACO SOUP

1 pound ground beef or turkey
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cans Mexican chili beans (undrained)
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can whole kernel corn (undrained)
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 can chopped green chiles
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 cups water

In large soup pot, brown beef or turkey and onion. Add all other ingredients and cook over medium low heat for at least one hour. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, and fritos.

Aw, I just love this. Definitely don’t skip the fritos – they add a lot. I try to get as many of the ingredients in low-sodium as possible, and it’s never suffered for flavor.

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