Saturday, November 29, 2008


Somehow, when the genes were being passed out, I got passed over. At least, in the kitchen prowess department. Now, my Mom is a terrific cook...she loves new recipes, and she loves feeding her family. We love it when she calls us over to eat. Joy is also a great cook. She does 'from scratch' cooking like Mom. She makes her own egg rolls, for goodness sake! But, the thought of chopping veggies and onions, cutting meat into little pieces, smashing garlic, etc. has about as much appeal to me as sitting in the dentist's chair for a root canal. I can do it, and have. But my motto is FROM THE CAN TO THE PAN TO THE MAN! When I told my Granny Merritt that many years ago, she laughed so hard...and said, "You're a smart girl!" And then she had me write in down for her because she couldn't remember it. When she died several years ago, that old piece of paper was in a box of her papers. She obviously though it had merit. (Her last name was Merritt, by the way!:))'s my recipe for TACO SOUP...

1 1/2 -2 pounds ground beef....brown and drain
1 onion...chopped (or onion flakes...or you can buy frozen chopped onions)
1 package taco seasoning
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 can pinto not drain
1 can black not drain
1 can whole not drain
1 can Ro-tel not drain
2 cans stewed not drain
Here, my recipe says: add the dry mixes to the browned ground beef...mix.
Add the beans and vegetables...mix
Heat to simmer for 35-45 minutes.
Now...Tonja's version...
I put it all into my crock pot and cook it on low until I get back to it. I have added kidney beans, too. But, we prefer the black beans and pinto beans. If there is room in the crock pot, I'll add 2 cans of the beans...or corn..whatever I have on hand. This is better the second day...and the third, if it lasts that long! I serve it with grated cheddar cheese on top. You can also pour it over corn chips, if you like...we don't like.

So...that's it. It tastes like you spent way more time on it than you did...and there's no reason to tell anyone any different...just hide all the cans!



Dianne said...

WOW! Ask and you shall receive, huh? THANK YOU for the recipe!I Will definitely be using my crock pot for it too since you mentioned it! Describing your mom, sister and yourself in the cooking department sounded just like my mom, sister and me. Sounds like we have MUCH more in common that just blogging! You are my kind of girl...and cook! Thanks! I'll let you know when I try it! :-)

justabeachkat said...

This is the same recipe I use. I love it! Hmmmmm....soup sounds like a good idea today.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.


andi said...

Thanks T-jator! :)
Appreciate your wise words, as always.
Got you a happy day, holiday, new house gift.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
The gang did a drive by, per Luke's request. Looks GREAT!

Musicaljean said...

That's one I gotta try. Thanks! And I love that rhyme!!

nancygrayce said...

I use this same recipe too! Everyone loves it and you're right, it just gets better every day!

He Knows My Name said...

we love mexican anything. this will be tried in my house SOON!!

thanks tonja.

gail said...

Thank you...This is what we will be eating while watching...BAMA beat Florida! Roll Tide...Can't wait to taste this soup. Sounds wonderful. g

Gail said...

We ate your soup last night while watching the game. (Sadly, BAMA lost) However, your soup was a winner! My hubsand has declared...I am now "The winner of soups" LOL..It was so good, and beyond easy. Thanks for this one! It will remain our favorite for a long time! Gail