Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #48

My appetite was back this morning. So when I got up to start the coffee for Ed about four-thirty, I was scoping out the fridge. There were several containers containing the left overs from Monday evening's burrito makings. Which sorta appealed. But another burrito not so much.

What I really wanted was a bowl of soup. I briefly considered a simple can of tomato soup garnished with some of the burrito ingredients. But I remembered a taco soup my cousin made for us the month after my Dad died in 2005. I'd been wanting to try it ever since. My cousin said she didn't really follow a recipe. It is just dump and stir for the cooked ingredients; spice to taste; and garnish individual servings to preference. Every batch she made was different.

The only thing I needed to add to the leftovers was the tomato sauce and the kidney beans--though any precooked beans would do. I decided that if I could find a can of each quickly I would go for it. I did and so I did.

I guess you could say my ambition is back too. And maybe my creativity?

Thirteen Ingredients In My Taco Soup

Dump, Stir, Simmer until hot:

  • 1 medium size can of tomato sauce
  • 1 medium size can of kidney beans
  • 1 of those cans full of water
  • 1 of those cans half full to full of salsa
  • chopped onions (about a handful)
  • chopped olives (about a handful)
  • chopped bell pepper (about half a cup; in three festive colors: red, green, yellow)
  • 1 cup (or so) of frizzled hamburger (seasoned with taco seasoning mix though I'd prefer season from scratch)

Garnish Individual Serving:

  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Dollop of sour cream
  • Diced fresh tomato
  • Diced avocado
  • Corn chips

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