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oh my goodness... I've been craving Taco Soup... something I've missed... found a recipe for non meat version, and made my own tweaks of course! Everyone loved it! Even my daughter who doesn't usually like beans! Next time, I may add a few more veggies, like diced zucchini.

Taco Soup

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can pinto, drained and rinsed

1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 can mayocoba beans (or any white bean), drained and rinsed

1 can fire-roasted tomatoes

2 small cans tomato sauce

2 no beef broth cubes (or vegetable)

4 cubs of water

Black pepper, to taste

2-3 tablespoons taco seasoning, to taste

Several drops Liquid Smoke

1 cup of frozen corn

I added this when it needed more flavor! I'll measure next time!

2 dashes of cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, and parsley.


Use the water and no beef cubes to make broth.

Line a Dutch oven with a little no beef broth, add the onion and cook until the onion has caramelized slightly. Add the garlic and cook a couple of minutes more.

Add the beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce plus 2 tomato sauce cans of water. Pour in the rest of the vegetable broth, then the seasonings and Liquid Smoke. Stir and taste for seasoning.

Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover and cook 20 minutes, until done. Add corn a few minutes before done.

I had rice/quinoa cooked earlier, so I put a 1/2 a cup in my bowl and threw some kale on it, and heated in the microwave.

Serve the soup over rice/quinoa mixture and kale. Yum!

On a side note, tonight's snack: microwave a red potato... cut up and salt and pepper! yum!!! Growing up, I always loved red potatoes and butter, with salt and pepper.... but the potatoes keep a better flavor if you microwave and not boil! No need for butter, they actually have a buttery taste on their own when microwaved.. minus the fat!

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