For the new kid in the kitchen…

Fiesta in a Bowl

A fiesta in your mouth!

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)

Cooking steps:

  • 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

White Cactus: A cocktail favorite amongst my friends and I

This perfect little Margarita-esque beverage is a great way to add even more fiesta to your Mexican themed dinner.

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4 responses

  1. Emily

    “A fiesta in your mouth!”

    that’s what she said

    April 4, 2011 at 12:26 am

  2. Chris Linsner-Cartwright

    I love your blog Julianna… you are very clever and I can’t wait to try your recipes… I am going to have to tell my daughter to sign up… she is a new kid in the kitchen too. thanks for the fun and the info!

    April 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    • Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying it!

      April 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

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