Fifty mile an hour winds.
Wind chills in the minus zero zone.
And I wake up to this.
Is there a car under there?
Digging our way OUT of the house
Snow Drifts over Four Feet High
Oh, Look - there were two cars under there!
The kidadult and I spent hours digging out and when we were about halfway through the driveway the cavalry arrived in the form of two neighbors with snow blowers. YEAH the cavalry.
It gave me a warm feeling to know that there are people who were thinking of us and came to help. TBHITW was smiling down at his neighborhood buddies.
On a day like this, with a snow emergency in effect, and nowhere to go and all day to get there, I put on a big pot of something good. Something warm. Something that I can share with the cavalry.
Taco Stoup*: serves a crowd and then some
1 pound ground beef or turkey (I use lean ground turkey)
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 can (15 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 tablespoon (or more, to taste) chili powder or cayenne pepper
1 can or small frozen package corn
1 can each: pinto, kidney, navy AND black beans (or your choice)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream or greek style yogurt (optional)
Place 2 tablespoons oil in bottom of large stock pot. Add green pepper and onion. Saute until just soft - about 5 minutes. Add ground meat and cook until done.
Add tomatoes (do not drain)
Add envelope taco seasoning
Add beans (do not drain)
Add corn (if using canned, do not drain)
Add chili or spice to taste
Let simmer for 15 minutes to meld flavors and heat beans. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve piping hot as is or top with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
A Cook's Notes: This is my go-to recipe for ski weekends, snow days, and Sunday afternoon football games. Serve with warm corn bread or tortilla chips. The recipe makes a great big pot so plan on freezing some. It defrosts and rewarms beautifully!
What is your cold weather go-to recipe?
*I first posted this recipe in November, 2009. Search Taco Stoup to see pictures of the finished product.