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Tex-Mex: Doris Lindsey’s Taco Soup & lots of old pictures

May 16, 2011

This is pure Tex-Mex, if you ask a Mexican for Taco Soup you will probably get a confused stare as a reply. It should also be stressed that this is also completely delicious and about as unhealthy as a soup can get!

If that is what you are after, then this really is the right place. I went on an archaeological excavation at the Gault site as a part of my course, back in 2009 (how time flies!). You know, just part of the movement trying to put back the earliest accepted human habitation on an entire two continents by thousands of years, nothing big. Anyway, I did quite a lot of the cooking over there and also learnt a bit of the local food culture from Doris Lindsey, a true Texan (see the pictures below!), larger than life, a huge extended family, guns, dead stuffed animals all over the place, she has a three legged cat and is the sort of woman who thinks nothing of picking up the semi-dessicated head of a deer  (shrivelled tongue still in place!)  from behind her shed and sawing an antler off for you.

I asked her for some recipes, and got a range going from Cheese Dip (1 jar Cheese Wizz, 1 can Rotel Tomatoes and Chilis, Mix) to this, Ranch Chicken, Peach Pies and Company Potatoes :). I am going to write this recipe out how Doris did, as it is hers, any additions are in brackets.

– Recipe –

By  Doris Lindsey

makes “One Big Pot” 

  1.  2kg Ground Meat (or diced/cubed) – Brown in a pan with Sweet Pepper.
  2. Add: 1 chopped Onion and 1 tablespoon Garlic, then add 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning Mix.
  3. Add: 1 can Whole Kernel Corn (Sweetcorn in England), 1 can Pinto Beans, 1 can Kidney Beans, 1 can of Okra, 2 cans diced Tomatoes (or just dice some yourself, easy and cheaper), 1 cup Water.
  4. Open all of the cans of vegetables and add to the Ground Meat – add Juices from all of the cans.
  5. Bring to the boil and add 1 pkg. Ranch Dressing Mix (I used the bottled liquid dressing, a whole bottle!).
  6. Stir in and boil for 15 minutes.


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