Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{Recipe} Delicious Taco Soup in 20 minutes

Delicous Taco Soup
100% Food Storage Recipe
Ready in 20 minutes

1 c THRIVE Instant Red Beans
1 c THRIVE Instant Pinto Beans
1 1/2 c  THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef  (you can substitute 1 lb ground beef instead of freeze dried meat)
1 c THRIVE Freeze Dried corn
2 T THRIVE Mixed Bell Peppers
2 T THRIVE Freeze Dried Chopped Onions
1/4 c ranch dressing mix powder
2 T chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t paprika
2 t cumin
1 t seasoning salt
1/8 t ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:
9 c water
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes 

Optional Toppings:
Sour Cream, Cheese, Tortilla Chips or if you are my husband it has to be Fritos.

Boil water in a 5 qt saucepan or larger, turn off heat then add all other ingredients at once except the tomatoes. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes - I put half my can through a food processor first to decrease the amount of tomato chunks. This is my hubby and I's compromise on taco soup. I like chunks of tomato he hates them... we meet in the middle - then cover and return to a simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

I love that this comes together so quickly. You could make ahead in a gallon size bag for camping (you may want to pop in a moisture absorber if it won't be used for a few days). I tried to fit it all in a quart size jar to do for meals in a jar but it won't fit. If you took out the freeze dried meat it would. Then you'd have the option of using your freeze dried meat or browning up some from your recent grocery trip or freezer.

The total cost for this meal (not counting the spices since you probably have those in your cupboards) is $11.22. If you don't use the freeze dried ground beef your cost is $5.71 plus whatever your meat was at the grocery store. Economical, right? Another budget saver could be to use THRIVE Taco TVP (textured vegetable protein aka soy meat). In that case you'd use a little less meat probably 3/4 cup and your cost for it would be .97 cents. Not everyone is a fan of TVP but my family has tried it and we're okay with it. We used the Taco TVP to make tacos and the taste and consistency was very much the same as what we're use to from Taco Bell. 

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