Just in time for cooler weather: taco soup recipe

Two elderly women were out driving in a large car and both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through.

The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light." After a few minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through.

The passenger was almost sure the light had been red, but she didn't say anything, but she was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that you just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!"

Mildred turned to her friend and said, "Oh, am I driving?


I was in a hurry last week with company coming, and I decided to just take the easy way out and make Taco Soup since it has gotten a little cooler. I guess I thought everybody was born with the taco soup recipe, so I was surprised when several people asked it. Here is the general way to make it.

Taco Soup 2 pounds ground beef 1 onion, chopped several garlic cloves, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 pkg. (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning

1 pkg. (1 oz.) dry Ranch dressing mix

1 can hominy or whole kernel corn, drained

3 cans diced tomatoes, at least 1 Ro-tel with chiles

2 cans pinto beans, undrained, with or without jalapenos

2 cans black beans or 1 black bean and 1 Ranch style bean 1-1/2 cups water or broth (add more if needed)

Several beef bouillon cubes

Brown the beef, onions and garlic in a large Dutch oven and drain most of the fat. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer at least 30 minutes on low. Make a day ahead if possible. Serve with chips to crumble in soup, grated cheese, chopped onion and jalapenos, sour cream and whatever else you can think of.

You can see this is a versatile recipe. If you don't have dry Ranch dressing, don't worry. Add less beans, more beans, add corn and hominy, or whatever. This makes at least 10 servings.

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