Date: 6 August 2015. Canning Taco
I love taco
soup. That it's easy to make, doesn't require lots of odd
ingredients and can be made aboard works well for me. Too, I
pressure can any leftovers to preserve them for another day. That way when I want
more, it's a easy matter to open a jar and voila: dinner is ready.
is one of those recipes where innovation and additions or deletions
are simply a matter of satisfying preferences. You decide what cans
to open and use, and I guarantee it will taste good.
Taco soup dry mix
(the stuff that's two for a dollar)
I prefer two packages, however would suggest you first
make it with one. If you want more flavor add the second
to your pot.
1 pound of lean
1 can Dark red chili
1 can Light red
black beans (I made
them from scratch this time as the canned version was high
1 can diced petite
1 can sweet white
- 1 can spicy yellow Mexican corn
Rotella spicy tomatoes or Salsa (if
- 1 small head of broccoli
Basically, you'll note
a variety of beans. I've just started this time adding black
beans to the batch. It is a pretty addition offering another
color and flavor to the palate.
Normally I use the two colors of corn too. Since I
didn't have that in my lockers I opted for broccoli instead.
This is the Signature Dish when my Kidlet brings food to company potluck
dinners. It's requested repeatedly and smells wonderful when
cooking. I've made it for dockside get-togethers and have never had
to bring any home. It's always a big hit.
your hamburger in the taco seasoning package mix. You want it
flavored well, so add some water. I added about 2/3rds of a cup of
water to the pan so it was very juicy.
Side note: This time I opted for thinly sliced beef as it was less
costly than the hamburger.
I snipped away all the fat to cook for Skipper treats
When I have to
cut meat, I mostly use my kitchen shears. I am comfortable using
scissors. For me they are less dangerous than a sharp steak knife on
a rocking boat. You might give scissors a try too.
canning I'm very particular about avoiding fats. Goodness knows it's
healthier for me.
regarding the cans listed in your ingredient list: if you're
concerned with sodium you can rinse the beans off.
Pre-cook your hamburger
in the taco seasoning mix until done. Add the burger to a large pan
or crock pot.
From the list on the
right, open cans and dump into the crock pot. There is no need
to drain the cans. Heat thoroughly
and cook until the beans start to soften. If you opt to add
fresh broccoli when it's done, your taco soup will be too.
I've also added green
peppers, onions and garlic when available.
You may serve this with
regular sized Fritos (put the chips in the bottom of your bowl
so they will soften a bit)
My son-in-law likes sour cream stirred into his
Kidlet likes grated cheddar on top
Taco soup dry mix (the
stuff that's two for a dollar)
I prefer two packages, however would suggest you first make
it with one. If you want more flavor add the second to your
1 pound of lean ground
1 can Dark red chili beans
1 can Light red kidney
black beans (I made them
from scratch this time as the canned version was high in
1 can diced petite
1 can sweet white shoepeg
- 1 can yellow Mexican corn
- Rotella spicy tomatoes or Salsa (if
- 1 small head of broccoli
Basically, you cannot mess
taco soup up. Add what of the list you like to the pot and call it
IF you have any leftovers, you can preserve them in glass canning
jars. For one cup jars, process for one hour. For the one pint jars,
process for 1.5 hours or 90 minutes. Don't forget, your taco soup
needs to be hot when it goes into the jars and into your pressure
instructions are found in
Canning Primer (Preserving Meats, Part 1)
Processing in Pressure Cooker (Preserving
Meats, Part 2)
as given above makes at least 14 cups. For me, the one cup jars are
a single serving. Fellows with a bigger appetite ought to find a
pint jar sufficient.
Out on the hook and away from a
dock there are times when my diet lacks fiber. This provides same
without being too harsh. I keep a few jars tucked aside for just
that sort of event. And too, because it's delicious.
paleo friendly (just meat and veggies) so for those of us trying to
skinny up, give taco soup a shot. I think you'll like it.
Addendum. 9 August. I was
asked what Taco Soup Mix is. It's one of those small packages
of dry mixes for gravies found on the seasoning aisle. You'll
find them by the spices in the store. The name brand is
McCormick however the knock-off's are just as good in my
When I'm not dieting I like adding Fritos to the
bottom of the bowl. Others add grated cheese or sour cream.
I like it with onions and sometimes cook green peppers in
the batch too. Basically I scan the reefer and add whatever
How long in the crock pot
depends on the temperature setting. On high, perhaps an hour
or two. Low would be perfect to start in the morning before
going to work and arrive home to a speck of heaven. Your place
will smell wonderful.
And supper's ready.
Are you a taco soup fan?
Is there anything else you can think of that could be added to the pot?
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