Taco Soup

I apologize for not having any pictures of this yummy soup.  We were quite hungry that night, and taking a photo was the last thing on my mind.  When the weather turns cold, I start craving soup.  I found the taco soup recipe on this site (there are also many, many, many other slow cooker recipes on this site!!), and I thought it looked pretty good.  However, due to our local grocery stores being a little, ah, limited in their selection of products, I had to improvise a little bit.  Here’s my recipe:

Taco Soup Recipe

  • 1lb browned ground beef
  • 2 cans of kidney beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of white beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of black beans – rinsed and drained
  • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of chilies (small can, you can find it next to the taco kits)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing
  • *optional* soup stock or water – mine seemed to be dry, so I added about 1 cup of soup stock, and 1-2 cups of water
  • toppings – sour cream (we use Greek yogourt), cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips

If you are going to make this in a crock pot, cook the hamburger first, and then put everything in the crockpot, and cook it for 4-8 hours (4 on high, 8 on low).  I made it in a pot on the stove, and it turned out pretty yummy.  There were a lot of beans, however, and if you’re not a bean fan, cut the amount of beans in half.

Next day ideas:

Now, this makes about 4L of soup.  I sent home some with my parents, and there was still lots left over for supper the next night.  We mixed it up with some rice, and wrapped them in soft wraps, and made enchiladas.  Also very yummy!

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pork loins were on sale this week at the grocery store.  I got a nice little one for about $4.  It was about 1.5lbs.  I had been craving pulled pork, so I decided to try it out in the slow cooker, and it was very easy!  We wanted to have it Sunday for lunch after church, so when we got home Saturday night, we put it in the slow cooker on low.  It cooked for about 8 hours on low, and that was all it needed.  In fact, I put it on warm for the last little bit so it wouldn’t cook too much.  We put some water in the slow cooker, and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce.  I took it out of the cooker, and pulled it apart with two forks.  If you can’t pull it, it’s not done.  Before putting it back in the cooker, I drained the liquid from the pot.  I put the meat back in, and added this barbeque sauce (which is also excellent on ribs!):

Sweet BBQ Sauce

  • 1C brown sugar
  • 3T flour
  • 1/4C vinegar
  • 1/4C ketchup
  • 3T soya sauce

Put all of the ingredients in a pot, and stir.  Bring to a boil, and allow it to cook until it just starts to thicken.  Don’t allow it to thicken too much, because it will cook more on the meat.  I doubled this recipe (in fact, we usually double it for any recipe we do), and when I double it, I only put in 5T of soya sauce, not 6.  But try it, and if you think it needs the extra one, put it in.

You can put a little coleslaw on your sandwich, or some cheese, or some onions… it’s up to you, whatever you like!


Fresh Tomato Soup

There’s nothing like fresh vegetables from the garden.  Especially huge, red, tomatoes.  These tomatoes were really big… almost too big, and really ripe.  I don’t think that I would have put them on a sandwich.

I managed to find myself a little helper for the task of making soup:

And there’s me.  I read the post on keeping Mom in the picture, and I got over it.

Anyway, this soup was really easy, and super tasty.  And as a bonus, I’m throwing in the garlic bread recipe!

Fresh Tomato Soup

  • Tomatoes
  • Broth
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh basil and parsley
  • Pepper

Cut the tomatoes.  I simply quartered them and cut off the stem.  I left the seeds and the skin.  Put all of the ingredients in a pot and cook until the tomatoes are softened.  Notice I did not put quantities.  It does not matter.  Just make sure there is enough broth to cover the tomatoes, and you may need to adjust seasoning to your taste.  Once the tomatoes are softened, and the soup has cooled a little, blend the soup.  There will be little pieces of skin and seeds, and that’s ok.  If you must have soup that’s the consistency of canned soup, by all means strain it, otherwise leave it.  It’s ok!  And delicious!

With regards to the tomatoes, I used really ripe tomatoes, which made the soup almost sweet.  Apparently they use rotten tomatoes for ketchup for extra sweetness.  It’s up to you what you use, but I’d go for riper over greener any day.  Plus, it’s a great way to use them up before the frost hits.

Fresh tomato soup and homemade garlic toast

Fresh tomato soup and homemade garlic toast – Yummy yummy

We had some potato bread from the market, so I decided to turn it into garlic bread.  Hubby said “can you put cheese on it?”  Cheese is my best friend, so I did.  Here’s the recipe for garlic toast:

Garlic Toast

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning
  • Cheese (optional)
  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Mix olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic together.  You’ll want between 2T oil, 2T cheese, 1T garlic, 1t seasoning for four pieces of bread.  Spoon oil mixture onto bread, and cover with grated cheese.
  3. Toast under the broiler until cheese is bubbly.
  4. Enjoy!

*Note* the extra cheese will add extra  oil.  You may want to halve the amount of oil on the bread so it’s not too greasy.