I try to always keep ingredients on hand for a couple meals – my go-to meals. One of my go-to meals is Taco Soup. Everyone loves it. It’s quick and easy. The ingredients are easy to keep! And I can cook it in a pinch (as long as I have beans in my freezer). It used to be my “open can and dump” meal. Now that I don’t use much canned food it’s a bit less convenient, but as long as my freezer is well stocked, it still makes a delicious go-to meal.
Here’s my version of taco soup:
One pound ground beef
24 ounces crushed tomatoes (I used one quart home-canned)
6 cups beans, any combination of kidney, red, or black (the equivalent of 3 cans), undrained (I cook and freeze dried beans)
2 – 4 cups corn (equivalent of 1-2 cans – but I use one quart home-frozen)
1 packet taco seasoning (I buy mine in bulk from Sam’s Club – MSG-free)
1 packet ranch dressing mix (Watch out for MSG here, too. I have to find a new option, so if you know of an MSG-free variety, let me know)
To cook, simply brown the ground beef, drain the fat, and add everything else. Bring to a boil and let simmer until you’re ready to eat it. Top with any combination of cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. Serve with homemade corn bread and a salad. Yum YUM!!
Having ingredients for go-to meals on hand helps me keep my grocery budget low and healthy food in our bellies. Do you have a go-to meal? I’d love to know what it is.