Some days you just need to throw dinner together. For me, feeding 11 people every night (plus there are often extra people here), can be daunting. So I keep a list of things I can make in a flash that don’t cost a lot and are pretty healthy. If the girls can make it it’s even better!
Tonight it was taco soup. The great thing about taco soup is you can toss whatever you have into it. Got beef? Great. No beef? Try chicken. Easy breezy.
Here’s how I made it…..keep in mind that this fed 15 of us and there were leftovers, so adjust as necessary.
I’m going to give general amounts, but it really is just throw in what you have.
4# ground beef, cooked and drained
1 onion, chopped and sauteed
4 cans diced tomatoes
4 cans ranch style beans
a medium size jar of picante sauce
2 cans of corn
2 cans of hominy
4 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 pkgs taco seasoning (we make our own)
3 pkgs ranch dressing mix (we make our own of this also)
2 cans of beer
chicken broth as needed (you all know my passion for “Better than Bullion” so I use that)
OK, do I have to say it? We don’t just have cans of beer around. We are a dry household…no moonshine in these here parts. So we have to draw straws to see which one of us has to go up to the mini-mart and try to buy beer without anyone in this small town noticing. But the soup tastes SO much better with the beer that we do it….just ask for a brown bag.
Mix everything but the beer all together and let it simmer for a while. After about 30 minutes you add the beer, so I will take out several servings at that point for my gluten-free daughter. Your house will smell a bit like a brewery, but it’s worth it. I recommend not making this if the preacher is coming to dinner.
Serve with shredded cheese, corn chips, sour cream, I like a little avocado, but my boys aren’t into avocado. I tell you, I don’t understand boys. How can you not like avocado?!
Try it…serve it to company, take it to the next potluck. I promise you’ll love it!