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Friday, June 24, 2011

Taco Soup-A Guest Recipe

 It's going to be hot here, in the low 90's, today and for the next several days. I'm not complaining, because having moved from a place where the low 100's is normal for summer, I am just fine with 91 degrees!

That said, I remembered reading something years ago about how spicy foods actually aid in making you feel cooler. Think about all the hotter regions of the world and those hothothot spices. These folks are on to something.

When we eat spicy foods, we perspire, which helps to cool us down. It's a simple version of air conditioning.

My friend Shela sent me this recipe last week and we are having it for dinner tonight.  Here is what Shela says: "I got this recipe from my sister-in-law. Not sure where she got it, but credit where credit is due."

(About the ingredients: If you don't have Ro-Tel tomatoes at your store, choose a can of diced tomatoes with chiles. That should work. )

Taco Soup


1 lb ground beef
1 med. chopped onion 
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 pkg. Italian dressing seasoning mix
2 cans Ranch Style beans
1 can corn--undrained
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 pkg taco seasoning mix(I use Lawry's)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat with onion. Drain. Add everything else. Heat thoroughly. Good crock pot recipe!

You could make it a little more Southwestern by adding green chiles, frozen or canned. You could even go a step further and serve it over Fritos. Top with shredded cheese, green onions, and a dollop of sour cream.

Eat it and sweat. You'll feel much cooler, I promise!


  1. your photo composition is lovely....theer

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