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 or turkey, 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)
Chicken broth as needed (my personal favorite is called Better than Bullion)
Mix everything all together and let it simmer for a while.
This also tastes great with 2 cans of beer added. Since we have several kids who can’t have gluten, we leave it out. Also, if you’re having the preacher for dinner you might want to skip it since it makes your house smell like a brewery. But it does taste fabulous!
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!