"OPEN and DUMP" Taco Soup
This isn't you average taco soup and it's called "open and dump" because that's what you do... you open a can and dump it in.
I always get the craving for some good old chilly the this time of the year. In my opinion it's the perfect warm ya' up and fill ya' up meal. One night, as I sat staring into my cupboard trying to figure out what to do for dinner, I realized I was in the mood for just that. The problem was I didn't have any good recipes and I didn't want to use all my ground beef in one meal. So, I got a little creative and threw something together. (I do that every now and then) This is what I came up with and it's been a big hit with my hubby!
1 16 oz. package Ditalini pasta (This depends on the size of your family. With our family I usually only use about half the bag. You can also use any type of pasta)
1/2 pound of ground beef (or sausage would be yummy too!)
1 can of corn
1 can black beans (I've used red beans before too. That also depends on you and your family's likes and dislikes)
1 can diced tomatoes
1-2 cans tomato sauce (depending on the size of your family and how much you're making)
Frito corn chips
Or any other toppings of your choice
Cook your pasta until tender, then drain and rinse. Fill your pot back up with water until your noodles are just barley covered. (Your water line should be just below your pasta level)
While you're cooking your noodles go ahead and brown your beef, drain of any extra fat, season with your taco seasoning and add to your noodles.
Now the fun part, start dumping in your remaining ingredients: corn, beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Heat everything together for a few more minutes and then season to taste. (I usually add in more taco seasoning.)
Serve with cheese, sour cream, Frito corn chips, and green onions and left everyone pick their own toppings.
**Since I came up with this recipe on my own and geared it to two people you may need to play around with the quantities. Also, in case any of you are wondering, I got the great little soup bowl from Tai Pan Trading.**