Monday, June 18, 2012

Creamy Taco Soup

Have you ever been given soup in a jar?  A while ago I was given some.  I was kind of excited about it.  (I know I’m a dork).

Me:  Awesome,  I don’t have to make dinner

Soup Directions:  “ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes - undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar, and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta, peas, lentils and barley are tender.”

Me: You want me to do all that?  And it is going to take more than an hour to cook?  
Me:  Let’s order pizza

I really love the idea of meals in a jar, BUT I do not love the idea of adding lots of other ingredients, and having to do lots of prep work.  I want to be able to dump in in the pan, add some water, heat and serve.

So when another Shelf Reliance consultant shared this recipe I had to try it.   It is just what I was looking for.  Dump in the ingredients, add water, stir, simmer, and eat. 

Creamy Taco Soup
Recipe adapted from a recipe by Scarlett Arny

1 c. Freeze Dried Ground Beef 
1 c. Instant Black Beans
1 3/4 c. Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
1 c. Sour Cream
1/4 c. Tomato Powder
2 c. powdered Cheese Blend
2 Tbsp. Freeze Dried Green Chilies
1 (1.25 oz.) package of Taco Seasoning Mix 
5-6 c. WATER (As it boils it will thicken.)

½ cup FD Cheese, rehydrated,  for Garnish

 Add ingredients (excluding the freeze dried cheese) to a large pot.
  Whisk to dissolve the powders.

Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then simmer between 15-20 minutes, stirring often.

Heat till thickness is achieved. It will also thicken as it cools. If too thick, add some extra water. 

Garnish bowls of soup with Shredded Cheddar Cheese. 

Do you make gifts in a jar?  What kind of gifts in a jar would you want to receive?


  1. Looks good! I'll be linking to this soon. But I'm really commenting just to tell you much I like the new site! Love it!

  2. Heather, I tried this tonight for my family and a party... everyone LOVED it! I was a little scared with the cheese blend, but then my kitchen started to smell FANTASTIC! I might do a little less corn next time, and cook it for at least 20 min so my beans are cooked all the way through. So good. Total keeper!

  3. Elise, I'm so glad you liked it. It is a pretty awesome. My family loves it too.

  4. Have you tried this with Taco TVP? I have a party with vegetarians coming up and thought this might be a nice twist!