Thursday, December 20, 2012

Warm soup for a cold day

View from outside my office window today. Central Iowa has had it's first snow of the season, just in time for Christmas. The wind has picked up though and we now have a blizzard out there. I'm snug in my house and happily, I have power and heat. So I'm okay.

But on a day like today, I want something warm and comforting to eat. I made a taco soup. Here's the recipe I used, if you're interested.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 15 oz  can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of whole corn, drained
  • 2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 8 oz cans of beef broth
  • 1 pkg dry ranch seasoning mix (like Hidden Valley)
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning (I used Ortega)
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef and onions, drain. Combine the cooked beef with all the other ingredients and simmer approximately 30 minutes.  Serve with tortilla chips, shredded Mexican cheese, and sour cream, if desired.  Variations: You can add chili, black or kidney beans if you like beans. You could also use salsa and/or chipotle if you like a spicy taco. I go mild all the way, but you can make this as hot or mild as you prefer! This is really great on a cold day...or any day really.

And here it is - ready to eat and yummy as can be! 
Warm. Soothing. Tasty. 
Yes, the ultimate in comfort food on a cold winter's day!


  1. Hi Francesca, I just forwarded this blog/recipe to my cook (I'm married to him :-) ) Thanks for sharing it. It sounds delicious.

  2. Joysann - I hope you enjoy the recipe! It's definitely one you can edit to suit your own tastes. Thanks for stopping by today!