I’ll be showing you how to make taco soup using ground beef, fire roasted tomatoes (for flavor), caramelized onion & garlic, different spices and a few other ingredients I’ll mention shortly.
Let’s go over exactly what we’ll need as far as ingredients:
- 1.5lbs ground beef
- fire roasted tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- diced onions
- kidney beans
- minced garlic
- taco seasoning
- grated cheese
So to start off our recipe, the first thing we’ll want to do is caramelize our onions. So you’ll need to turn your pan on medium-hi heat and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to your pan. Now add your onions. At this point you’re going to saute your onions, and keep in mind that the longer you do it, the better the flavor. Try to shoot for about 30 minutes here. Once the temperature gets hot turn the heat to medium-low, and stir occasionally so the saute is done well. It’s important this step is done right because this is what really gives this whole dish the big taste bud kick. After 30 minutes your onions should be flattened and golden brown.
Now, we’re going to add the garlic and stir it in on medium-low heat for only 2 minutes. At this point I like to put the onions into another pan while I cook my ground beef in the pan I used to saute my onions. Once you’re ready to cook your meat go ahead and change the heat back up to medium-hi. Go ahead and cook the meat until it’s finished. Be sure not to add any seasonings yet. We will add our seasonings once it is fully cooked and the fat has been drained. Once your ground beef is cooked, drain the grease and combine the meat with the onions in one pot together.
Now, you’re going to add all of the other ingredients. This includes: Tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans (including juice), corn (including juice), and spices and seasonings. Stir it all up and let it sit on medium-hi heat for about 35 minutes, while occasionally stirring. Be sure to keep a lid on your pot while simmering it. This keeps the liquid consistent instead of evaporating. After 35 minutes has elapsed you’ll need to do a simple taste test to see if any other seasonings might still need to be added.
That’s pretty much all there is to this recipe. Once you’re satisfied with the taste of your soup and its seasonings, we can do a number of different things to garnish up our recipe. We can add a little sour cream to heighten the taste a little bit. You can also crunch up corn chips on top of your dish, and in addition to that you can add a little shredded cheese. Or you can add all three garnishments for a mouthful of deliciousness! Once garnishments are added we’re ready to take a little taste. Just be sure it isn’t too hot. Hot food can be very painful and often leave blisters on the roof of our mouths and gums.
This recipe should be nice and robust! A super easy recipe that tastes so, so good! The final taste will actually be dependent on exactly what kind of taco spice or seasoning you use. You can make your own taco seasoning or simply buy the packaged seasonings at a grocery store (which are very yummy as well). Right beneath this paragraph here, I’ll include a very tasty personal recipe for homemade taco seasoning for those that prefer to make your own spice.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Add these ingredients together in a bowl and stir them up really well, and voila! We have homemade taco seasoning that not only tastes delightful, but is even healthier than packaged seasoning.