Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taco Soup

We had our first big cold front in Dallas a couple weeks ago (complete with a little snow), and the weather made me crave a large bowl of hearty soup.  This taco soup definitely hit the spot...and it was super easy!

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (you could obviously use ground beef or chicken if you would like, or even shredded chicken)
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 2 (15 1/2 oz) cans pinto beans
  • 1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 (4 1/2 oz) cans diced green chiles
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (1 oz) package ranch dressing mix
  • Your favorite toppings, including tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, red/green onion
Pay no attention to the can of cream of mushroom soup in the picture below...I don't know how that little guy snuck in there :).

First, cook the ground turkey and onions in a large pot.

At this point, you need to drain the fat if necessary. This ground turkey was so lean that I didn't need to drain much at all, which made me feel much better about loading on the cheese and sour cream at the end :).

Next, add the beans and corn...

as well as the tomatoes and green chiles...

and finally, the taco seasoning and ranch packet.

Stir everything together. Cover and simmer for at least an hour (I cooked ours for 1.5 hours).

You could also cook it in a crockpot on low for six to eight hours. But I can't resist an opportunity to use my lovely Le Creuset pot.

Thanks, Mom!

When the soup is simmering, you can check it and add chicken stock to thin it out a bit depending on how thick you like your soup. I didn't add any at this point, but I did add a bit the next night when I heated up the leftovers.

Mmmmmmm! Pour yourself a big bowl.

And load it up with your favorite toppings. I went with crushed tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream...and it was delicious!

This recipe makes a bunch of soup, so you will have some great leftovers to freeze for another cold winter night.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy New Year!

I have been meaning to get this blog up and running for quite a while, so I decided to add it to my long list of New Year's resolutions :). And what better way to kick it off than with some fun pics of our Second Annual New Year's Day Brunch.

I was running around too much during the first half of the festivities and totally missed out on pics of the copious amounts of food. However, I did capture everyone after the crackers were opened.

Oh wait....I did manage to get one picture of someone eating. Maybe next year Grant can have some hashbrown casserole.

I had a lot of fun with the decorations this year. Josh helped hang the Chinese lanterns. I love that he is so tall :).

After brunch, it was time to cheer on the TCU Horned Frogs in the Rose Bowl.

Josh and Steve even wore TCU shirts for their ladies. Such good husbands/husbands-to-be. Steve also drank purple Four Loko in honor of the Frogs.

I have to say, I teared up several times throughout the game. I was such a proud Horned Frog. Let's reminisce a bit...

Side note - the Showgirls' outfits are waaaaaay cuter than when I was on the squad! You can't even see their adorable boots in this picture.


About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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