May 13, 2009

Crockpot Taco Stoup

Posted in Beef, Crockpot, Soups/Stews tagged , , , , at 10:07 pm by RootsAndRings

I’m stealing Rachael Ray’s term “stoup” – thinner than a stew, thicker than a soup! If you like soup, add more water. If you are Stephen, or are married to Stephen, leave as is. As most soups, tastes even better the next day!


2 cans of kidney beans
2 cans of pinto beans
2 cans of corn (I only used 1)
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 regular can Rotel (I don’t do spicy so I substituted plain diced tomatoes)
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch dressing mix (I’ll repeat: mix! The powder, not the dressing!)
1 lb. ground beef (I used venison)

Brown your meat. Drain the fat. Put the meat in your crockpot. Pour taco and ranch mixes in pot. Mix well. Drain and rinse all 4 cans of beans. Add those to the pot. Add entire cans of corn and tomatoes and Rotel — do not drain! Stir. Cover and cook on low about 8-10 hours. You can cook it on high for 4-5 hours. Serve with some shredded cheddar, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.

Lazy Day Lasagna

Posted in Beef tagged , , , at 9:46 pm by RootsAndRings

This is from a cookbook that a local high school sold. I made it in college one night for some friends and, to this day, is my friend Jim’s favorite lassagna. He has requested that I post this for him so he can make it for his wife. Jimbo, I hope it’s as good as you remember it!


12 oz. cottage cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella
2 eggs
1 tsp. onion powder
1/8 t. pepper
1/2 t .dried basil
1/2 c. chopped parsley (much less if you’re using dried)
32 oz. jar of spag. sauce
1/2 c. water
1 3/4 lb. gr. beef
16 oz. uncooked lasagna noodles
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Brown ground beef. Drain the fat. Mix the first 7 ingredients. Mix spaghetti sauce and cooked ground beef. Layer in 9×13 baking dish as follows: Meat sauce, 6 noodles, 1/2 cottage cheese mix, meat sauce, 6 more noodles, rest of cottage cheese mix, and 6 more noodles. Top with meat sauce. Pour water around the edges. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes and shakes some Parmesan cheese on top.