I have two recipes that I alternately call "taco soup", although one is more like a chili and the other is an actual soup. We're going to talk about the soup one today!
Years ago, I found a soup recipe on SparkRecipes called "5 Ingredient Soup". It sounded tasty on its own, but I can never leave well enough alone (and I like meat). Oh, and I hate tomatoes unless they're beaten to a pulp first, so that HAD to change. So here's my 7-ingredient soup variation that I short-hand to "taco soup"!
- 1 can refried beans (I use Fat Free Rosita brand - you can't even tell, I swear!)
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 can corn (I buy the small 8oz can that my local store sells)
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz is plenty)
- either 1/2 lb. uncased Italian sausage or ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef - I usually use 2 turkey Italian sausages, removing the meat from the casings)
- Hot sauce, to taste
- OPTIONAL: Sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chip "croutons"
- Brown the meat of your choosing. Drain the grease and set aside.
- Drain and rinse the black beans; drain the corn as well.
- Combine everything except the hot sauce in a decent-sized saucepan. Cook over medium, until the refried beans are "melted", so to speak! (Hint: It'd be easier to mix the broth with the tomato sauce and refried beans first, and let the broth help "melt" the beans a little first by stirring them, THEN add the beans, corn, and meat. Just an FYI!)
- As it nears completion, splash that hot sauce in! I love Trader Joe's hot pepper sauce - it's VERY spicy, so a few dashes will do ya; I'd say using the high-heat sauce I put in about a 1/2 tsp, and that was with tasting it every few splashes... but I like it spicy! It added a great "zing"!
- Serve it up as is, or add the mix-ins if desired!
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