Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Taco Soup for the Tomato Chunk Haters

Has anybody noticed I went missing for almost an entire year? Oops...I guess that's what being pregnant and having a baby does to me. Blogging and everything else takes back seat to throwing up and changing diapers and keeping a toddler entertained. I know there are a lot of consistent mommy bloggers out there, I don't know how you do it!
Here is my little guy, Daxton, born back in December. He is quite handsome, don't you think? I just can't get enough of him!

The last few months have been quite the adjustment period. Adding a baby to the family is hard work sometimes, other times it seems so natural, like he has been with us forever. It has been an emotional roller coaster. I feel guilty I am spending so much time with him and not as much time with Anne and/or Jason. But I love the time I spend with my little man it is hard sometimes to pull away and do the things I need to...like dinner. Poor Jason comes home from work most nights to a dark kitchen, which he correctly assumes means dinner wasn't a priority for me that day. Too often he has jumped right in and whipped up something quick and yummy for us (without complaining). He's a keeper! On the nights that I do cook, easy and fast is all I do. Among them is Taco Soup. I love it because it requires little work; cook some hamburger, open some cans and stir. It is so yummy and it feeds my little family for a whole week, which means I don't have to cook again for a whole week. And it is so good, we don't get sick of it on night three or four or five. Seriously people, this soup feeds us for five nights and we love every bowl!

Let me tell you a little about myself and food chucks, specifically tomato chucks. I hate them. You dish up this beautiful, delicious smelling piece of heaven, you take a bite and...bleh! You get a huge blob of mushyness! So then you spend the rest of the meal picking out the nasty tomato chunks, instead of enjoying the food.
If you are in the same boat as me and avoid tomato chunks that are as big as your spoon like the plague, then you are going to love this soup. Tomato chunk lovers, stick with me on this, I promise, tomato still makes its appearance here.

Super Easy, No Spoon Sized Tomato Chunk, Taco Soup

Taco Soup

1 pound Hamburger, browned and drained
2 cans Corn, including the juices
2 cans Black or Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 cups Salsa
1 (46 oz) can Tomato Juice
1/2 package Taco Seasoning

In a large pan combine all ingredients over medium-high heat until hot. Serve with cheese, sour cream and chips.

*My Notes*
~The amount of salsa and taco seasoning are based on your personal preferences. Adjust to your taste.
~We like to use medium salsa so it has some spice to it.
~Be sure to use Tomato Juice, it is found with the fruit and vegetable drinks...like V8. I just use the can, but you can get the bottled if you don't want to use it all in the soup. That way it is easier to store the leftovers.
~This recipe is so easy to make a little less or a little more. Take out a can, add a can. Use less juice or more. Whatever you need to do to feed your large or small family! No stressful measurement math!

What easy meals do you have for busy nights?