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LoL ariffic Taco Soup

This morning I was putting together Taco Soup for dinner tonight.  It's early and I have a new crock pot, so the truth is, I like making things hecta early.  Here's the thing though, my family does not like tomatoes.  I mean we like them in sauce, but to eat actual tomatoes, I'm the only one to do that and I only like them raw.  I'll tolerate them, but yuck.  You can imagine my joy as a child when my parents would serve stewed tomatoes for dinner with rice.  YUCK YUCK!  I've grown to enjoy somethings I didn't like as a child, but stewed tomatoes have not made the list.  But they are an ingredient for one of our favorite soups.  I'm not really interested in figuring out a good substitute, because stewed tomatoes are so easy to come by.  Any way, I decided that I would go ahead and dirty up the food processor in order to obliterate the tomatoes into a sauce like texture.  I was very careful to hold the blade with my finger through the bottom.  You know just like they do on TV.  It was fancy.  I was going really well, got the tomatoes out of the processor and into the crock pot and then I got greedy and decided to shake the processor bowl to get that last little bit out and PLOP! right into the middle of the Taco Soup went the blade.  The splat was classic and the noise was beyond comical. 

Here's the recipe in case you're looking for something tasty to make ( I found out today that if a soup cooks for an hour it needs about 6-8 hours on low in the crock pot)


Taco Soup

Makes 12 1 cup servings




1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)

1 large onion chopped

1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

1 pkg Taco Seasoning mix

1 can pinto beans

1 can chili hot beans

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can Mexican flavor stewed tomatoes

1 can stewed tomatoes any flavor



Brown meat and onions, drain. Mix ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning mix into meat. Then without draining, add all of the other ingredients. Simmer 1 hour

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