2.17.2012

Soups On!

All week long I would come home from work and think gee, a good bowl of soup would taste good for dinner.  But it was always a little too late in the day to start a kettle of soup.  I've hardly made any soup this winter...it just hasn't felt cold enough to be a soup-kind-of day for the most part.

Today's recipe share is a recipe that I've looked at all week.  The photo of the soup looked so good
but the ingredients were a little weird.  I knew this would be one of those recipes that is going to be really really good.
 or really bad...

This taco soup was delightfully delicious.  So light, fresh and full of flavor.   So many of the recipes are a little bit too heavy and rich in the tomato for me.  This recipe definitely gets a smiley face,
a big smiley face!

Let's make some Taco Soup with Mojo Sauce, shall we?
 Brown 1 pound ground chuck; place in a strainer to drain excess fat off.
  Chop a 1/2 onion, 1/2 yellow pepper and 1/2 red bell pepper.  Place into same pan that hamburger was fried in, along with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Cook for 5 minutes.
 Add cumin, chili powder, coriander, dried oregano and minced garlic.  
Cook 5 minutes more.
Bring hamburger back into pan; stir to mix.
Add a can diced tomatoes.
Add 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed.
Place mixture into a large soup kettle.  Add two cans of beef broth, plus 3 teaspoons beef bouillon and 1 cup corn.  Simmer on low for 1 hour.

Now comes the weird part to this soup,
to me anyway...
Mojo sauce?
I had never heard of it.
The ingredients seemed a little weird.
Honey, cinnamon, cilantro, cumin...
But trust me,
this is what made the soup
so flavorful and fresh! 

Pack fresh cilantro into a 1/2 cup measuring cup.  Place in a food processor.  Squeeze two small limes over cilantro.  Add 2 cloves of garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoon honey (yes, honey!), 1 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 tsp kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste.  The recipe also called for a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in the mojo sauce...I took a taste before adding the cinnamon
and decided it tasted delicious as is.  I chickened out, I didn't add the cinnamon...that sounded just a little bit too weird for me.
Place in a food processor and mince; adding 2 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to sauce.
Garnish each serving of soup with 1 Tablespoon of the Mojo Sauce. 
Mmmmmm, this sauce is so good.  Do not skip this part of the recipe!
Add desired taco toppings to soup...
freshly grated cheddar jack cheese, dollop of sour cream,
avocado slices, shredded lettuce
and Mojo Sauce.
Serve with corn tortilla chips.

This recipe serves 4 people, can easily be doubled.

And as always...
a printable recipe card. 
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Click to play this Smilebox recipe
 Enjoy!
Brenda

8 comments:

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Oooh, does that sound good! I have given up eating red meat and pork but I'll make this for Rob and the boys. They will love it.

gracie said...

Yum...sounds delicious.

Penny said...

Sounds wonderful, as always thank you for sharing.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

oh oh oh comme j'aimerai y gouter !!!

bisous bisous de France

TeresaM said...

This looks soooooooooo good!!!

Chris said...

Hi Brenda, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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tlcMa! said...

Brenda!
That Taco Soup was the most divine thing we have had for dinner in quite some time. May I share it around with my friends on Face Book?

It is a keeper for sure!

Anonymous said...

I have this recipe...somewhere! I can't remember where I found it and wanted to make it so I did a google search and found your page. I have made this twice and it is soooo delicious! Thanks for posting it so I don't have to turn my house upside down! lol!