We have had a few cold snaps this season at Cross Creek Cattle Company. I love to feel the crispness of the air when a cold front blows through. I love to have an opportunity to wear a sweater. I love to see the cows and horses act frisky. Even our 32 year old gelding finds the energy to jump, buck, and run across the pasture. It is a simple pleasure to see the aged act like a colt.
I love to have a fire burning in the fireplace. It makes your home feel so cozy and warm. With the drop in temperature, my mind begins thinking of comfort food. Delicious and filling chili, nutritious and tasty soups, tender and flavorful roast beef with mashed potatoes make me salivate.
To make each of these dishes even healthier for you, prepare them with grass fed beef. I have posted many recipes on this blog, like Grassfed Teriyaki Beef. Some of our family’s standard dishes are on our main website. They include Daddy’s Famous Chili, Stuffed Mushrooms, Crockpot Roast, and Beef Vegetable Soup.
Today I am going to give you one more recipe. This time for Grass Fed Taco Soup. Use my recipe for taco seasoning in it that I posted a week or so ago.
Grass Fed Taco Soup
2 lbs grass fed beef, ground
1 small onion, chopped
1 can pinto beans with jalapenos
1 can kidney beans
1 can Ranch Style beans
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can yellow hominy or corn
1 pkg ranch dressing mix*
Water or beef broth
Sea salt and black pepper to tasteI personally try to stay away from packaged mixes since they tend to have more than just the spices. If you don’t want to use a package of ranch dressing mix, then use this recipe as a substitute.
In a skillet, brown the grass fed beef with the chopped onion and drain. Open the cans of beans and drain, except for the ranch-style beans. Drain the hominy/corn. Do NOT drain the tomatoes.
In a large pot, combine the grass fed beef with the cans of food. Add the spices. Stir. Then add enough beef broth or water to cover the other vegetables.
Let the soup simmer 30-40 minutes until all the flavors are blended. Serve warm with crackers, corn bread, or biscuits.
You can garnish with some grated cheddar cheese and/or a dollop of sour cream.
* Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
3 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Since the cold fronts are just beginning to blow down into Texas, you have plenty of time to try all of our grass fed recipes this season. When you want comfort food, use grass fed beef to cut down on the fat and the grease. It also increases the flavor in each recipe.