Simple Taco Soup

Recipe by Taste of Home™

Yield: 6 to 8 servings (approx. 2 quarts)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 can (16 oz.) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, optional
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

 

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

 

Nutrition Facts: 

1 cup: 370 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1369mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein.
Originally published as Simple Taco Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 1998

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice/Spiced Nuts Recipes by Taste of Home©

For a delicious spice to add to pumpkin pie, try this spice blend. The blend can also be added to spiced nut blends.—Mary Dixon, Catlin, Illinois

Makes 30 Servings

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: Approximately  2-1/2 tablespoons.

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.
  2. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice may be used as a substitute for store-bought pumpkin pie spice or to prepare the following recipe: Spiced Nuts.

 

Originally published as Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in Country Woman November/December 1995

 

 

Spiced Nuts

Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) salted mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Homemade Pumpkin Spice (recipe above)

 

Directions: 

  1. In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Add water; beat until soft peaks form. Stir in nuts; toss to coat. Combine sugar and spice; stir into nut mixture. Spread nuts evenly on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool on waxed paper.

 
Originally published as Spiced Nuts in Country Woman November/December 1995, p21

 

 

 

Phyllis’ Mother’s Mac and Cheese Recipe from Taste of Home©

I remember my mother sending me to the store for “15¢ worth of store cheese”. The butcher would cut off a slice from a gigantic round of cheese covered with a wax-coated cloth. Mother would then blend that cheese into this tasty dish. Today, the memory of Mother’s cooking is like food for my soul. — Phyllis Burkland, Portland, Oregon

 

Yield: 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine macaroni, tomatoes, onion salt, pepper and 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Dot with butter.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 15 minutes longer.

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 cup) equals 373 calories, 22 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 759 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g

Originally published as My Mother’s Mac and Cheese in Reminisce May/June 1993, p51

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

“These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is the only way we prepare mashed potatoes”. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk, warmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender.
  2. Drain well. Add the butter, milk and salt; mash. Stir in cheese.

Nutritional Facts 

1 cup: 190 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

 

Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake

“I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning dessert? It’s best when served chilled, right out of the fridge”. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

 

CAKE:

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

FROSTING:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line bottom of a 9-in. springform pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake 40-50 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate until ready to assemble, covering when completely cooled.
  4. For cake, increase oven setting to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  5. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  6. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  7. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to reach desired consistency. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting. Carefully place cheesecake over frosting.
  8. Spread cheesecake with another 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Originally published as Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p168

Saucy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe – Slow Cooker Style

Yield: 8 Servings

Saucy Scalloped Potatoes

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup or mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham

 

Directions: 
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first seven ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Stir in ham. Reduce heat to low; cook 6-8 hours longer or until potatoes are tender.

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
1/2 cup: 555 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 831mg sodium, 101g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 9g fiber), 17g protein.

 

 
Originally published as Saucy Scalloped Potatoes in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p45

Slow-Cooked Broccoli Recipe

Yield: 10 Servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups frozen chopped broccoli, partially thawed
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 25)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

 

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, soup, 1 cup cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Pour into a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle crackers on top; dot with butter.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook 10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
1/2 cup: 159 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

 

Originally published as Slow-Cooked Broccoli in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p39

Frappe Mocha Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 c. boiling water
  • 1 c. fat-free milk
  • 4-1/2 tsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 c. crushed ice
  • Whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in water. Pour into an ice cube tray; freeze.
  2. In a blender, combine the milk, chocolate syrup and coffee ice cubes. Cover and process until smooth. Add crushed ice; blend. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Garnish with whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup if desired.

 

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 80 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

Originally published as Frappe Mocha in Cooking for One or Two Cookbook 2003, p37

Honey BBQ Sauce

by Karene Donnay of Glencoe, Minnesota for Taste of Home

“This barbecue sauce is my own recipe that my whole family enjoys, especially my father. It’s a quick and easy recipe that can be made ahead and refrigerated or used immediately.” – K.D.

Yield: 1-1/3 cups (10 Servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Serve with chicken or pork.

 

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 37 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

 

 

Originally published as Honey Barbecue Sauce in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p14

Crispy Orange Chicken

These tangy Asian-inspired nuggets go a long way. We eat them over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon for Taste of Home©

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces frozen popcorn chicken (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked rice

 

Directions:

  1. Bake popcorn chicken according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in orange peel, juice, hoisin sauce, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly.
  3. Add chicken to skillet; toss to coat. Serve with rice.

 

 

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice): 450 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 1294mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.