Hey there…Dirt Roaders!  Are you ready for another mmmMonday!?  I have learned that there are two types of people:  Those that love Monday and those that do not love Monday.  Whatever the case may be for you, I’m here today with a little recipe that is bound to make your mmmMonday! a little easier…if you choose to make it next week.  (Or the week after…or the week after that.)  😉


Last mmmMonday!  our kitchen was in the process of being “beadboarded.”  I needed something quick and easy as far as serving and clean up.  I had saved some taco meat in the freezer the previous week and decided to use that for a base in a soup.  I also asked my family first about making soup that day…because I tend to burn them out on it and it is still pretty (very) warm here…again. (My name is Kelli…and I am addicted to soup.) My Mr. is not a fan of big ol’ pots of bubbling soup and chili when it’s hot outside.  I respect that.  😉

That being said…we haven’t had soup ALL summer.  I was really itching for a bowl.  Sooooo…..I used what I had at home and came up with this.  I may have even said a prayer or two…hoping that the good Lord would bless my concoction so that it would be a keeper.  Guess what?  It was!  I am sooo thankful!  It won a coveted spot in my recipe journal.  That is where the keepers go.  I will be making this again.  Our teen even said “This is seriously….like the best soup that I have ever had.” Um….WOW!


So…without further ado….and you guys know how I roll, a dash of this and a sprinkle of that….here is the recipe for………(drum roll please)……….

Thrifty Soup

leftover taco meat (that has been seasoned with taco seasoning)

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

2 medium zucchini, chopped

2 cans of  tomatoes

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 potato, diced

2 tsp. beef base

1 can of cream of mushroom

salt and pepper to taste

1 can of tomato paste

Put all ingredients in Crock Pot and let it simmer….deliciously all day long.


I cannot stress to you…just how yummy this was.  We ate it with saltines…to save time and clean up….but cornbread would be amazing too.  You can add as many or  few cans of tomatoes as you want.  You could add different veggies or beans also. We also grated some fresh Parmesan on ours.  DEE-LIGHTFUL!  So, the next time that you have a dab of taco meat leftover…don’t pitch it.  Put it in a freezer bag….until you are ready for a soup day.  You won’t be sorry, Dirt Roaders. Thrifty Soup….is the soup of your dreams.  😉

Happy mmmMonday!