Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Taco Soup Splash

This is a recipe that has literally decorated our house and table.  I found this recipe in a little cookbook of a quilting friend.  Sorry, don't remember the name of the book.  It is a warm, comforting soup that can simmer quietly on the stove for a couple of hours, or go in the crock pot in the morning and sit on low all day.

The first incident with this recipe happened as we heated some of it for lunch the next day.  Our son, with a bowl full of hot soup, turned to reach for a spoon as I came around the corner of the island.  We collided.  The bowl went up, then crashed onto the floor.  Taco soup went up onto the ceiling, then down onto the floor, splashing the window and us as it fell.  Laughing, we cleaned up what we could from our shirts and the walls.  When we moved from that house, we still found taco soup spots as we cleaned the windows and the walls.

At our next house, the same thing happened.  The bowl of soup fell, and taco soup spots appeared all around the room.

And again, hilariously, at another house.  Now, we make this often, but we handle it very carefully and we haven't had any taco soup splashes at this house. Yet.

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 c (16 oz) tomatoes
2 c kidney or black beans (drained)
2 c corn
1 c salsa
1 small can sliced olives
1 46 oz can tomato juice
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Cook ground beef with the chopped onion.  Combine remaining ingredients.  Simmer, the longer the better.
Serve with tortilla chips and grated cheese (cheddar and/or pepper jack)

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