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ARTraveler
10-09-2007, 04:29 PM
It's finally getting a bit cooler here in the South, so I found the soup recipe that is a good standby for us in the winter. It makes a lot and I've had good luck freezing it.

Taco Soup


1- lb. Lean ground turkey (7% - or the leanest ground beef you can buy)
1 - large onion chopped (or to suit your taste)
1 - package dry Taco Seasoning
1 - package dry Ranch Dressing Mix*
1 - 15 oz can black or pinto beans
1 – 15 oz can cannellini (or navy) or Chile Hot beans
1 – regular size (10-12 oz) whole kernel corn
1 – can stew tomatoes
1 – can Mexican flavored tomatoes (Rotel)
1 – cup water or broth

Brown meat & drain. Add other ingredients (do not drain) & simmer at least 15 minutes. Better the next day. Makes a bunch – and freezes well.

For Weight Watchers 1 cup = 3 points

*I still can’t figure out what the dry Ranch Dressing adds, other than way too much sodium. To keep the sodium down, I look for salt free everything. I haven’t had too much luck on getting low sodium or salt free Ranch Dressing mix.

wrp96
10-09-2007, 04:59 PM
It's finally getting a bit cooler here in the South,



Yeah, cooler than the 90 degrees it was at the Razorback game on Saturday night!:eek:

Good recipe by the way. I may have to try it out this weekend.

jjjenny
10-09-2007, 05:22 PM
I have a very similar version of this recipe and call it Santa Fe soup. This is so good and hearty. You're right about it being better the next day.

You can also serve it with tortilla chips.

CruiseExpert
10-09-2007, 08:04 PM
Sounds great. I'm going to give it a go.

deangreenhoe
10-09-2007, 10:29 PM
I had it for supper tonight. It was yum. :)

katroa
10-10-2007, 08:03 AM
I've made it before, too..and I can't figure out the Ranch Dressing mix either. When I asked my kids if they could taste it, they said no. I am going to look up how to make Ranch Dressing from scratch..and maybe cut back on the salt. I do cut back on salt--or salty things..from my cooking. Many times I don't add it at all. I'll let my kids/hubby add salt to their taste. Salt=bad.

Google--here I come!

deangreenhoe
10-10-2007, 08:34 AM
I've made it before, too..and I can't figure out the Ranch Dressing mix either. When I asked my kids if they could taste it, they said no. I am going to look up how to make Ranch Dressing from scratch..and maybe cut back on the salt. I do cut back on salt--or salty things..from my cooking. Many times I don't add it at all. I'll let my kids/hubby add salt to their taste. Salt=bad.

Google--here I come!

I didn't add the Ranch Dressing mix. That's mostly salt and MSG, and the primary flavor agent in Ranch dressing is garlic and onion. Onion is already in there so just substitute a bit of crushed garlic or garlic powder if you like the flavor.

The somewhat more distinct onion flavor involved is also from caramelized onions, replicated for example by those French's dried onions. To recreate that flavor more naturally, just caramelize some of your onions in the soup pot (to a golden brown) and add from there. That's the starting base of most good tortilla soup recipes and it does somewhat change the flavor of the soup.

I also employed a little trick I use when making these kind of soups when you want a little more of that roasted corn flavor, crushing a handful of regular tortilla chips into the soup and let it cook away. I do that in my tortilla soup and white chili recipes and it works out well.

ARTraveler
10-10-2007, 03:19 PM
I've made it before, too..and I can't figure out the Ranch Dressing mix either. When I asked my kids if they could taste it, they said no. I am going to look up how to make Ranch Dressing from scratch..and maybe cut back on the salt. I do cut back on salt--or salty things..from my cooking. Many times I don't add it at all. I'll let my kids/hubby add salt to their taste. Salt=bad.

Google--here I come!

I've got a recipe for Ranch Dressing from 20 or so years ago. First thing it calls for is 2 cups of salt :eek: . If you find a better one, please share!

wrp96
10-10-2007, 03:51 PM
I just did a google search:

Here's one I found:

1/2 cup dry buttermilk (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=143) 1 tablespoon dried parsley (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=171), crushed 1 teaspoon dried dill weed (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=164) 1 teaspoon onion powder (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=502) 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes 1 teaspoon salt (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=359) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=501) 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (http://www.recipezaar.com/library/getentry.zsp?id=337)


Here's another (which is actually closer to the ones that claim to be the Hidden Valley Ranch recipe):

2/3 cup dried parsley flakes
1/4 cup finely crushed saltine crackers
1/3 cup dried minced onion
3 Tbsp. garlic salt
2 Tbsp. onion salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. dried dill weed
1/4 tsp. pepper

ARTraveler
10-10-2007, 04:47 PM
WRP - both of those sound good! I'll junk my other Ranch dressing recipe and give these a try!

Gesualdo
10-11-2007, 08:23 PM
I think I have the exact same recipe. Does it make tons of the stuff? If I make it, my husband and I eat it for a month. But it sure is good.