Fall works are just getting underway around here; yesterday was the second day of preg-checking replacement heifers. The kids and I hauled a hot lunch out to the crew working heifers through the corrals at South Butte Creek. Here’s what I packed in the coolers and served off the back of the flatbed pickup:
– taco soup with fixings: sour cream, cheese, and Fritos
– cornbread with butter and honey
– caramel rolls for dessert
– coffee and iced tea
My sister gave me a great recipe for taco soup a few years ago. Because I’ve never really had a special recipe for chili, and because I think this taco soup is just as good as the best chili I’ve ever had, I consider it to be my version of chili! I really cut down on the liquid called for in the original recipe so it’s more of a stew consistency — this prevents excessive sloshing out of the pot as we bounce over hill and dale to get to the corrals — and results in a hearty bowl of beef and beans.
Here’s how I made it yesterday — this fed my family of six plus six more adults with lots of leftovers. I think this recipe would easily feed 20, maybe 25.
Brown 6 pounds hamburger. Season with dried onion flakes and salt and pepper. Drain the drippings from the hamburger.
In a giant stockpot combine the burger with 10 regular-size cans of beans (pinto and black; drain most of the cans, but if you add some liquid to the stew it really amps up the flavor) and four 28-ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes. Stir in 4 cups chicken broth, 2 cups of frozen corn, 4 packets of ranch dressing mix, and 4 packets of taco seasoning. Simmer… the longer the better. Serve with yummy fixings!
Muggins got a nap on the hour-long drive to South Butte.
He made a point of hamming it up once we got there.
Beau is so good about letting the kids “help” him.
A closer look at 6-year-old Emi. She is developing a unique sense of style!
The girls have discovered the selfie setting on my phone!
Last picture of the day, of Vergal performing his annual rite: age-branding the bred replacement heifers. I’m thinking this pic will make the 2020 PV calendar!
© Tami Blake