Monday, October 18, 2010

There's a Taco in My Soup

No pizza was ordered while my parents were visiting this weekend!  This just might be a first in my life.  I'm so blessed that they're so supportive of my weight loss efforts.  I think they realize that I need to lose weight for my health and not just for my jeans size.  They were very good about accepting my food choices and staying with my kids while I went to the gym.  I did make some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies while they were here, but luckily they were already prepared and ready to pop into the oven.  They were from a fundraiser, and I mentioned being afraid of them in an earlier post.  But no fear this time!  I thought they were pretty and smelled really good, but I didn't feel like having one.  Instead, I had a mini ice cream sandwich (100 calories), and it was good and took me about three times as long to eat as a cookie would have.

Last night for dinner, I made Taco Soup.  Now, I know most of you already have a favorite version of taco soup, but I'm going to put my version here, just in case one of you hasn't tried it yet.  I put the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers site, and it came out to 3 Points per 8 oz serving (makes about 17 servings.)  This will make a lot of soup, and it couldn't be easier to do!

taco soup

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
         - 2 pounds ground beef (96% lean)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 1 can stewed tomatoes - mexican style (I also like fire-roasted with garlic)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes
- 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (dry mix)
- 1 pkg. original Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (dry mix)
- 2 1/2 cups water or more, to make soup broth

Brown ground beef and onions in a large pan, drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients (no need to drain items before adding) and simmer for an hour or so before serving.

Top with cheese and sour cream, if desired.  Can be served with tortilla chips or flour tortillas.  (Cheese, sour cream, chips, tortillas will add points to the total.)


  1. This looks really yummy and to be honest I have never had taco soup or even heard of it until you mentioned it. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for another great recipe.

  2. That soup looks amazing!

    Awesome job staying on plan! You rock!

  3. I love taco soup - your recipe is a bit different from mine (the ranch dressing is new) but it looks and sounds fab!

  4. That soup does sound yummy! It is soup weather now :D

  5. I've never heard of taco soup! Thank you!! haha - I've heard of hamburger soup so why not taco?? Definitely going to try this.

    Kudos on the no pizza being ordered!

  6. I don't think I've ever made it so I will try yours! It is crazy that there's ranch dressing mix in there--so crazy I have to try it! I hope I'm not disappointed like the time I HAD to make a chili recipe that called for beer, chocolate and coffee. I thought that with that much insanity going on it was going to be incredible (I'm kind of a contrarian thinker sometimes--lol) but it was awful. Well, it was good for maybe a meaty baked beans but for chili--waaaaay too sweet.

  7. BTW, that is so great that your parents are supportive. So many people try to sabotage those that are trying to lose weight, for one reason or another.

  8. Hi Charlotte. I was going to make this exact recipe but I got inspired to try something different. Your recipe inspired me to make taco chili. I'm going to post the recipe and pictures in alittle while if it turns out good and I will post a link back to your recipe for taco soup since that is what inspired me. Thanks for another great recipe.

  9. I love the recipe! Thanks.
    and great job with your visitors and those cookies!