Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


What Do You Call It?

In honor of Alpha and Omega’s visit to Ted’s yesterday, I’m going to share my recipe for Taco Soup. (Mexican flavor, low calorie. LOL)

This soup actually has lots of different names. It’s a Weight Watchers recipe my friend, Marilyn Pappano, shared with me several years ago, and she called it just that. Taco Soup. (I believe she told me it had a point a cup. Makes me wish I could live on Taco Soup.)

My family doesn’t call it Taco Soup. The concoction has three cans (at least) of beans in it. You can guess what we call it! LOL.

Walking Buddy, Carollea calls it Chili Soup.

If I’d invented it, I’d have named it Can-Can soup. 🙂

Here are the ingredients:

1 lb hamburger
1 Can chili beans (undrained)
1 Can pinto beans (undrained)
1 Can red beans (undrained)
1 Can corn (undrained)
1 Can Rotel (undrained)
1 package taco seasoning
1 package dry Ranch Dressing mix

Brown hamburger meat, drain fat. Add beans, corn, Rotel, taco seasoning and Ranch Dressing mix. Bring soup to a slow simmer and cook for half an hour or so. (Or just until it’s hot–depending on how hungry you are.)

No matter what you call this soup, I call it good!

What would you call it?


Hodge Podge

Want something really good to eat that’s easy and surprisingly good (well, mostly) for you? Well, Hodge Podge is the dish you’re looking for. Matt, my middle son, loves it. When he was in school if I ever said, “What do you want for supper?” his answer was nearly always, “How about Podge?”

It’s easy to double, triple or even quadruple if you’re having a crowd.

Here it is, straight from FC3’s Fancy Country Cooking cookbook–

1 lb. ground beef browned

Add: 2 cans Rotel tomatoes

2 cans Ranch style beans

3 cans Minnestrone soup.

Put in a crock pot and simmer 3 hours. If cooked on burner, add a little water. Also chopped onion if you desire. Simmer 1 hour.

From Susan: If you put the chopped onion in with the meat while you brown it, you’ll get an even better flavor. And I never simmer for an entire hour. As long as it’s heated through, it’s good to go!

Try out Hodge Podge some time. Serve it over Fritos and top with shredded cheese. Good stuff, easy and quick to fix.