Bestest Soup Ever – {accordingly to my daughter anyway}

Yep the TACO SOUP that I blogged about yesterday was delish. 

My husband ate 3 bowls (regretted it afterward because he was SO FULL – but he did, in fact, eat 3 BOWLS!)

My daughter said it was the “bestest super supper soup ever!”  I’m gonna try to remember that quote!  I guess with results like these -  I’ll make it again.

As I mentioned yesterday – I just threw it together with stuff I already had in the pantry – here’s the low-down (er I mean recipe):


1 pound ground beef (or turkey would do if you’d prefer)

1/2 onion chopped

Brown these two & drain as needed

put in the old crock pot along with:

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 sm can stewed or whole tomatoes (broken up)

I or 2 cans chili beans (I did one this time as that is what I had in the pantry – remember?)

1 package dry ranch dressing (like hidden valley ranch)

1 1/2 cups water

2 packets taco seasoning (I did one red & one white from Chi-chi’s Fiesta seasoning mix– i think they’ve updated their package to green rather than red around the outside if you’re looking for it at the grocery store )

for future reference -- This stuff is also super yummy for regular taco’s, burritos, etc!  When the chi-chi’s restaurants closed down – we went out and bought a case of it (turned out they kept this stuff in the stores so we had quite a supply for a LONG TIME– lol)  One less thing to add to the grocery list for like 3 years!

ok – on to the rest of the recipe –

are you ready?  This is the super technical part --

  • Turn on crock pot
  • Return when ready to eat
  • Serve  with yummy French bread, crackers, cheese, sour cream, avocado etc. – choose these or any other toppings you’d like to provide
  • (some might like extra hot sauce on the side like my hubby).  Remember he ate 3 bowls with extra hot sauce – thought he might have to sleep in the car but it all fared well!  :)

How stinkin easy is that?


My MIL got me this cute apron on clearance at our local Target (so I was super cute while I was making the super soup!  oooh la la!)

it was quite a steal at $3.74.  They also had this one:


Another TIP for you:

Poor, poor Rhoda from Southern Hospitality – had a little accident on her glass top stove:

Got a little distracted by the wonderfulness of blogdom & forgot about a pot on the stove --- eeek.

So I left her this comment about a recent find of mine:

“one of the BEST stove top cleaners I’ve run across is liquid bar keep friends. This is NOT an info-mercial for them – it is just the only thing I’ve found to work well…..don’t know if it will fix this but…….worth a try. I works FABULOUSLY at cleaning the copper bottom pans (found that out by accident yesterday!) & the stainless kitchen sink – yep that too…..”

If it works for you – tell ‘em Northern Cottage sent ya!

Have a great one!!

Chat soon -



  1. That soup sounds so yummy, especially on these blustery days we've been having. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. I just posted my "White Wednesday" so stop by and check it out.

    Take care,


  2. Love the aprons. Hmmmm, wonder if my Target has any!? Oh and we LOVE Taco Soup at our house too!

  3. I'm printing out your taco soup recipe, I'm sure my hubby will love this & it's different from regular chili. I've had it before, but never got a recipe. Sounds easy too & that I love.

    Thanks for the sympathy on my stove. I'm afraid that nothing will work on it, it's permanently marked & ruined & cracked, so I will def. have to replace that glass top. I've heard great things about Barkeeper's Friend though. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it


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