Monday, September 18, 2006

Easy Great Recipe

My niece, Michelle, from New Orleans, mother of a teenager and twin boys made this while the family was all at my mother’s home. It was so incredibly easy, cheap to make, and, would feed a crowd ... not to mention how wonderful it tasted.

It has become a recipe I repeat often. If the ingredients do not sound good to you, trust me, I think you will really like it. I heard it was an original Weight Watcher’s recipe, but if you serve it with a hefty side of tortilla chips on the edge of the soup and a dollop of sour cream or grated cheddar cheese on top, it will taste even better. Enjoy!

Tortilla Soup

Just remember, 7 cans: 1 pinto beans, 1 kidney beans, 1 black beans, 1 corn (not cream style), 2 stewed tomatoes (I chop mine finer in the food processor), 1 Rotelle tomatoes
1 pkg. Of dry Ranch dressing & 1 pkg. Of taco seasoning mix
1 cup of water
1 - 1 ½ pounds of ground meat, browned and any fat drained

I usually brown 3 - 5 pounds of ground chuck with some chopped onions, then freeze individual zip lock bags with about 1 lb. Of meat per package. Then, when I want to fix a menu that starts with browned ground beef, I have the meat already ready.

Start with the meat, 2 dry packages, 1 cup of water, then open all the cans. Do not drain any juices out of cans.
Let simmer for a few minutes and serve.

Please let me know if you try this and enjoy it.
Have a great week!

NOTE:  Pictured is one of my Box Lunch Deliveries I made when "decorating for the senses"  also did catering along with decorating. Featured here is the Taco Soup as the main entree'.  You may also enjoy the complete meal plan here:  The soup with tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese to go on the soup, a garnish of lettuce and tomatoes & a slice of Southern Living's Brown Sugar Coffee Cake.
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