Monday, October 10, 2011

Taco Soup

So. My computer kind of died.

It's been at the almighty computer fixer shop for too long and I've been very sad about it. The computer fixer guy was all - Maybe you should stop eating bagels over the keyboard. And I was all - Well, maybe YOU should install a crumb catcher because THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

Right now I'm sitting at my husband's desktop computer - not eating a bagel - because I've been lovingly threatened just a teeny tiny bit - and I find it completely annoying.

For as long as I can remember I've had a laptop that I could boss around and drag from room to room and bed to couch to kitchen table. My husband's computer demands that I sit at a desk. It's mean that way. It is big and heavy and NOT my friend. And it bosses ME around: "No. You have to sit where I tell you. Take that! Sit there and type on my crumb-free keyboard and be grateful your husband has a computer you can use. You don't KNOW me!"

The nerve! I would like to say that his computer reminds me of HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey", but my life has been overrun by my children, so now it just reminds me of Plankton's computer wife Karen from "Spongebob Squarepants."

I used to be a cool girl with a cool laptop. I could blog cool-style while I roamed around and saw the sights of the house. Exciting! I know! I'm here, I'm there, I'm everywhere! I'm freeeeee!

Now I'm stuck at a desk referencing Spongebob.

It's been a while since I posted, so I'm a gonna start with an easy recipe post. The original recipe was from Paula Deen, which is really surprising, since it doesn't contain even a single stick of butter. I changed a whole bunch of stuff around anyway. Like changing the ground beef to ground turkey because it's more healthful. *sigh*.  And omitting the Ranch salad dressing mix because that stuff in a soup just kind of freaks me out. The first time I made Paula's recipe, I was all, "You call this a soup? This ain't no stinkin' soup! Where's the soupiness?" And there really isn't any. It's just the liquid from the canned goods - so you don't need to drain them. It's more of a taco chili, I would say. Doesn't matter. It's still totally delicious! And it is really, really easy and fast to make.

Oh Paula, I still love you and secretly hope you'll become my bonus grandma.

Taco Soup

1.25 lbs package ground turkey
2 cups diced onions
1 (30 oz) large can pinto beans (or whatever kinds of beans you like)
1 (30 oz) large can kidney beans
2 cups frozen corn
4 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes (with or without chiles - I like mine with)
2 (4.5 oz) small cans diced green chiles
1 (1.25 oz) package low-sodium taco seasoning mix
(Optional) Extra dashes of cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper - as needed

Optional Toppings:
Fritos! NOT really an option, actually. Do it!
Sour cream
Grated cheese
Chopped green onions
Chopped cilantro
Pickled jalapenos

Make It:
Brown the ground turkey and onions in a large stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, and taco seasoning. Cook over low heat for as long as you can stand it.

What was that first picture missing? Ah, yessss! Lots and lots of Fritos!!!



Ali Richardson said...

I actually think you're more funny from James' computer :) Ha ha!!! You crack me up, seriously!
HURRY UP LAPTOP! GEEZ!!!!!! Let go of the crumbs already!!! There will be more, don't worry!!!

Mmmmmmm, look at all those onions and jalapenos. Mmmmmmmm.

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Hi there -

I wanted to let you know that I featured your recipe on my weekly What to Cook Wednesday post. I hope you will come check it out and grab a button!

Vicky said...

Thanks for sharing! My Mexican food lovin hubby will adore this dish. I am a new follower from Milk and Cuddles. Vicky from

Sarah said...

This soup looks delicious!!!

Perfect for a chilly fall night :)

- Sarah from

J's mom said...

I would love it if you would link this to my link party, and any others you may have. Thanks, It just started :)

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

This looks very yummy! And maybe you should tell Mr. Laptop man to be grateful that he has another job. And that he should really get with the times and understand that it is impossible not to eat while at the computer. Sheesh. Some people...

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

A Girl said...

Mmmm... looks yummey!

Bernadette @ b3hd said...

That looks so tasty. Pinned it to try know...when I have time to cook instead of be online (smile).

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

You have no idea how much I would love to be eating this right now! It's looks so good, and I am going to make it soon. Would you please post this at my 1st Sunday's Best Party. You need to share!

Leah said...

Love it! We make a similar but meatless soup, which is poured over tortialla chips and cheese, but I think now I'll have to try your version too. It just looks too good not to try...

Sarah E. said...

That looks unbelievable!!

Stopping by from Handmade Tues - super late!

Chris said...

Hi Darcy, thanks so much for sharing your fabulous recipes. I can't wait to try them out, just the weather now for that kind of food. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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