Monday, April 6, 2020

Easy and delicious taco soup recipe

Hello my friends! I hope you are hanging in there and staying well! I have a really delicious recipe for you today that is super easy and quick to make.

I got this recipe from a friend recently and I'm not sure exactly what to call it -- it's not a casserole, and not quite a soup. It leans more towards a taco soup so I'm going with that. :)

As I started to write down the ingredients list, I realized at least half of the items wouldn't be needed and it would still be really good. So I added a bit and removed a lot and made it even easier to make!

Easy and delicious taco soup
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So here you go, my edited taco "soup" recipe for your enjoyment!:

Easy taco soup dish

1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup rice (I used brown rice)
1 can corn 
Two 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes (with chilies if you like it spicy)
onion, diced (I used about 1/4 cup)
2 tsp garlic
dash of lime juice
chopped cilantro (as much as you want!)
1 can beans if you like them

Toppings: 
Mexican-style shredded cheese 
Sour cream 
Tortilla strips
Cilantro

It's super easy to make! Here are the steps: 
  1. Start rice prep in separate pot 
  2. Brown ground beef and onion together in skillet (drain if needed)
  3. Add garlic and taco seasoning, continue to brown/stir 
  4. Add corn, cooked rice, diced tomatoes (do not drain) and cook for 10-15 minutes (ten will be plenty if your rice is cooked through) 
  5. Stir in cilantro and lime juice 
  6. Top with cheese in skillet or add when serving 
Easy beef and rice taco soup

I had tacos to serve these in, but we ended up eating it like soup instead, hence my soup title. It would also be delicious with tortilla chips or in tacos or flour tortillas. 

It's a hearty meal and you can easily adjust it to your liking:  
  • I used diced tomatoes with chilies and it was perfect for me but just a bit hot for my husband. Next time I plan to use plain diced tomatoes since the taco seasoning is plenty of flavor. 
  • The original recipe called for a whole onion and quite a few more spices, but I figured that would be a little much for our taste (I ended up using about 1/4 cup onion.)
  • It also said to cook the rice in the skillet with everything else, but I knew it would be quicker to make that on the side and then add it. 
  • We don't care for beans so did not add. 
I hope you enjoy it! I am already looking forward to making it again. :) 

Here's an image to pin for later if you'd like to save this one!:
Easy taco dish with beef and rice


(By the way, the photos in the dish are a day or so later. It has more of a soup consistency at preparation.)

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Easy DIY jewelry cleaner
{that really works!}


This helpful tip is super simple and cheap (free if you have the basics on hand). I found this DIY jewelry cleaner months ago and it’s actually from a food site here. Which is fitting because all of the “ingredients” are from the kitchen:
DIY jewelry cleaner

DIY jewelry cleaner recipe

1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp baking soda 
1 tbsp dish detergent
one cup water
1 piece of aluminum foil
bowl

Just stick the water in the microwave for one to two minutes (I do two to get it nice and hot) and while it’s heating use a piece of foil to line the bottom of the bowl:
Jewelry cleaner with items from your kitchen

When the water is ready, pour it in the bowl, add the tablespoons of baking soda, salt and detergent in and watch it fizz: