Jul 012016
 

Spicy, meaty and easy!

We don’t usually eat soup when it’s warm outside, but this soup we eat year round. To cool it down and make it seem less like soup during the summer we add sour cream, avocado slices and sliced green onions.

This also makes a fantastic camping soup because you can use all canned foods, which frees up room in the cooler. Some of the garnishes have to remain cold, but you can pick and choose which garnishes to take or leave them out completely.

Taco Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 can 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed)
  2. 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 can 15 ounces pinto beans, drained and rinsed)
  3. 2 medium tomatoes, diced (or 1 can 14.5 ounces diced or petite diced tomatoes, drained)
  4. 1 bag 12 ounces frozen sweet corn (or 1 can 15.25 ounce sweet corn, drained)
  5. 1 pound shredded cooked chicken, BBQ, rotisserie, pan fried or however you like it (or 1 can 12.5 ounce chicken breast, drained)
  6. 1 can 10.75 ounces cream of onion soup
  7. 1 can 10 ounces red enchilada sauce (or 1 can 10 ounces green enchilada sauce)
  8. 2 cups chicken broth (or 1 can 14 ounces chicken broth)
  9. 1/2 taco seasoning recipe (or 1 packet taco seasoning)
Instructions
  1. Stove Top and Camping Directions:
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot.
  3. Heat until warm (about 20 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  4. Serve with your choice of garnishes.
  5. Slow Cooker Directions:
  6. Mix all ingredients except beans in crock pot.
  7. Cook on low for 3 hours, add beans, stir and cook for another hour.
  8. Serve with your choice of garnishes.
Notes
  1. Garnish suggestions: tortilla chips, shredded cheddar, shredded monterey jack, green onions, red onions, avocado slices, fresh chopped cilantro, ancho or poblano peppers, warmed tortillas, guacamole or whatever you like with your Mexican food.
  2. Love rice? Add a cup of cooked rice before serving for something a little different.
  3. Love pasta? Try frying some Pastina in butter, boil until al dente and add to soup before serving.
  4. Replace chicken with cooked hamburger or shredded cooked steak to make Beef Taco Soup.
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Taco Soup

May 082015
 

This Chex Mix recipe has been passed down through the generations. I don’t know where it originally came from, but my grandmother, mother and I have all made it throughout the years. It makes tons so it’s perfect for parties. I even make a batch to take camping and keep the leftovers in the freezer for movie nights.

I tried making Chex Mix in my 18 quart roaster because I didn’t have a pan big enough to hold all the ingredients, but condensation settled on the lid of the roaster and dripped back into the mix. I was afraid it would get soggy, so I finished it in the oven using the pan from the roaster.

Chex Mix
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Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Spanish peanuts
  2. 1 lb cashews
  3. 12 oz box Rice Chex
  4. 12 oz box Corn Chex
  5. 12 oz box Kix
  6. 12 oz box Cheerios
  7. 1 lb bag straight pretzels, broken or mini pretzels
  8. 1 lb butter
  9. 3 cups salad oil (I used olive oil)
  10. 4 teaspoons celery salt
  11. 4 teaspoons savory leaf
  12. 4 teaspoons season-all salt
  13. 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  14. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  15. 3 teaspoons chili powder
  16. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Mix peanuts, cashews, Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Kix, Cheerios and pretzels in 15+ quart pan.
  3. Melt butter in medium size bowl. Add salad oil, spices and Worcestershire.
  4. Keep spice mixture well stirred. Spices settle quickly.
  5. Pour spice mixture over cereal and stir gently.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Don’t like nuts? Try adding Cheese-Its, Goldfish or other favorite snacks instead. The version in the pictures has Cheese-Its and no nuts.
  2. Play with adding different ingredients to change it up!
  3. Sesame Sticks also make a great addition.
  4. Broken Melba Toast is good, too.
  5. I left the measurements in teaspoons so it’s easier to cut the recipe in half.
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