Now those of you that know me know that I love me some fall. Autumn is my favorite season - the colors, the holidays, my birthday *ehem*, the foods *cough, cough*, family time... you get the idea. However, I don't think Southern California understands that there are supposed to be four seasons and fall is one of them!
So I pretend. My house is decorated in warm, fall colors year round and as soon as school starts, the fall-ish decorations start making their way out into the living area. I have garlands of orange, red and brown leaves hanging, I've got some great pumpkins and candles placed just so all around the house - I love it. It just feels comfortable to me. I want my home to feel "homey" and I'm not talking about "Homie" which is an entirely different, gang-related issue... haha!
Since we had the AC buzzing and the house was cool - and it is the middle of October - I decided that some yummy Taco Soup was in order! This soup has been a favorite in my house. The kids get so excited that I think I shall call it FIESTA soup from now. I think I will. Let me share the recipe with you! It's so easy!!
1+ lbs. ground beef (or turkey, chicken, buffalo- whatever)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can ranch style beans
1 can Great Northern (white) beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can Rotel (comes in Mild, Medium, Spicy)
1 pkg. dry taco seasoning
1 pkg. dry Ranch dressing mix
p.s. You can also add kidney beans, red beans, garbanzos...whatever you like - but we no likey those beans. haha
Shredded Cheese (I like cheddar jack)
Brown ground meat and drain. I like to really break up my meat as I am cooking it so that it's not all chunky. I also break it up a bit more when I drain the grease from it by pressing and separating it with my wooden spoon.
Dump in all the beans, corn and seasoning packets. I don't bother draining any of them. Mix well and let simmer. If you want it a little "soupier" and not so much like chili, you can add about a can or two of water to it without compromising the taste.
Serve in a bowl (how we eat it) and add toppings. If it's thick like a chili, you could even add it on TOP of chips and add toppings - whatever floats your boat!