Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quick Taco Soup

Need to have dinner on the table in a hurry but want something hearty?

This is the answer!  This quick taco soup is all that and more.  It has the flavors everyone loves about tacos, but provides the comfort and warmth only a soup can bring.

Fall is in the air and is changing my cravings toward heartier food.  But during the weeknight it's hard to put a full blow meal together in a short time.  So on a Friday night, when it's time to relax and unwind from the week this is the perfect dish.

This soup uses ingredients that you may already have on hand.  Ground sirloin, onion, bell peppers, black beans, corn and canned diced tomatoes are the base.  Pretty much staples in my house.  I always have ground sirloin in the freezer so I can through something together like this.  The seasonings are what provide all the Latin flavor.  They work perfectly in this soup.  If you don't want a kick to the soup make sure to leave out the cayenne pepper.  That will make it kid friendly as well.

This soup can be made in under 30 minutes which is just perfect in my book!  The taste?  Well, MGG thinks it is fantastic, and has requested that I make it again this weekend.  Everyone loves tacos don't they?

Serve up this wonderful soup with a side salad and you have the perfect fall meal.  Enjoy!

Quick Taco Soup

Serves 4

1 lb ground sirloin
1 T canola oil
½ medium onion, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 ½ t garlic, minced
1 ½ t cumin
1 ½ t dried oregano
½ t salt
½ t chili powder
¼ t cayenne pepper
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 c black beans, drained and rinsed
2 c low sodium beef broth
1 c fresh corn
Garnish:  (optional) shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, chopped tomatoes, tortilla chips

Brown sirloin in a large dutch oven until cooked through.  Remove from pot and drain drippings.  Add oil to pot and heat over medium high heat.  Add onion and bell peppers and cook about 5 minutes.  Stir in cooked sirloin, garlic, cumin oregano, salt, chili powder, and cayenne.  Stir to combine. 

Add tomatoes, beans, broth , and corn.  Bring to a simmer.  Cover and cook 5-10 minutes.  Garnish with favorite taco toppings.

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