Fiesta in a Bowl
Do you like tacos? Do you like soup? Let’s be honest… who doesn’t?
While I love going down the line at Chipotle and picking out custom ingredients to stuff an over-sized burrito with just as much as the next person, I’ve been needing a break from my basic “Mexican” regimen. Since it’s the beginning of April, and it still managed to snow last weekend, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that a nice hearty bowl of soup is still a great dinner option.
From start to finish the prep time for this delicious little dish takes less than 10 minutes . Not to mention, the hardest part of the recipe is waiting while your soup develops flavors and cooks down. I must warn you however, the aroma produced by this soup is quite irresistible. If you’re house is anything like mine, this might lead to frequent walk-by tasting from roommates (this isn’t a bad thing, seeing as this recipe makes PLENTY to share).
Here’s what you need
1 can tomato paste
2 cans water (use tomato paste can to measure)
2 cans milk (use tomato paste can to measure)
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomato
1 can kidney beans
1 packet of taco seasonings
1 onion (diced)
Cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or chips for topping (optional – but highly recommended)
- In a large pan cook your onions with a little olive oil until they start to get transparent.
- Add your ground meat (or ground meat substitute) to the pan and cook until browned.
- While your meat and onions are cooking, add your tomato paste, water, and milk to a large pot and slowly heat and stir until the ingredients are combined.
- Add the meat, onions, beans, diced tomato, and taco mix to the pot and stir to combine.
- Let cook on low heat for 30 minutes or so, stirring about every 10 minutes.
- If desired, let the soup cook longer to develop your flavors a little more (I let mine go for at least an hour)
- Throw in a bowl, top with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or tortilla chips and serve.
I guarantee this little soup recipe will have you going loco in no time. Enjoy!
*** Bonus Cocktail Recommendation: White Cactus
- 1 Ounce of your finest tequila (or more… why not?)
- 1 Dash of lime juice
- Ginger ale
- Lime for garnish or salt for the rim of your glass if so desired
This perfect little Margarita-esque beverage is a great way to add even more fiesta to your Mexican themed dinner.