Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mrs Ginger and Mr Tom's Taco Soup

We had friends over the other night, and all evening the little girls referred to us as Mrs Ginger and Mr Tom.  On the menu was taco soup that Tom and I had made.  The next morning, the 4-year-old said to her mom, "Mrs Ginger's taco soup was so delicious!"  Besides being delicious, this recipe is also gluten-free.

Mrs Ginger and Mr Tom's Taco Soup

1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can tomato sauce
1 15-oz can kidney beans
1 15-oz can black beans
2 15-oz cans pinto beans
1 cup frozen corn
1 pound browned ground beef
taco seasoning (see below)
taco chips
grated cheese
sour cream
shredded lettuce (optional)

Brown ground beef.  Empty the contents of the cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans into a Dutch oven or large kettle.  Add corn and ground beef.  Add the seasoning.  Stir well and cook for an hour or so to allow the flavors to marry.

To serve, you might put the chips and lettuce in the bowl along with the soup and top with grated cheese and/or sour cream.

Taco Seasoning
(This gluten-free seasoning, which I found here, is the secret ingredient in this recipe!  You can, of course, use packaged seasoning, but it will taste better if you take the time to make this one yourself.)
1 Tbsp potato starch
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp minced onion
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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