When Andy and I got married we were young and broke. Most of our meals were mac and cheese, grilled cheese, 99 cent tacos at taco bells, dollar hamburgers at McD. Basically, we were real healthy.

Also, I wasn’t a great cook. I burned frozen meals. It was a bit ridiculous.

But when I was feeling especially fancy I would make one recipe.

Taco Soup

Nothing quite says romance like a bowl of canned beans, amiright?

(Side Note: We also had some awesome friends who invited us to dinner at least once a week- shout out to Joel and Emily who kept us out of debt in college by feeding us! haha! But seriously…)

No but for real. I made Taco Soup every two-three weeks. The problem with TS (taco soup- not to be confused with TS/Taylor Swift) is that when you make it you have to eat on it FOREVER. I had no idea what freezing meals was about back then. So I would make it on, let’s say, a Monday. We would eat it for every meal until the next Monday and still throw some out because we were so sick of it.

It was cheap and easy and I could make it without worrying that I would mess it up because IT IS PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO MESS UP TACO SOUP.

We ate that soup so much that after we graduated from college we didn’t have it FOR YEARS. Seriously. Years. We couldn’t even think about that dang soup without feeling bloated and nauseous.

About 3 years ago I tried a new, but oh-so-similar, recipe (Chicken Tortilla Soup) and we were able to eat it and enjoy it again. I still don’t make any version of this soup much anymore because we can’t handle it but it is still one of those meals that makes me nostalgic about our first years of marriage.

We felt so grown up making this soup, which sounds silly but we were 20 year olds, and it fed us for days and very cheaply.

This morning I decided to pop the ingredients in the crockpot for dinner tonight and couldn’t help but smile thinking of those old days.

The days that were very hard, but very care free at the same time. No kids, so many plans and dreams for our life together, just two kids eating cheap soup feeling like we were so grown up.

It made me think of all the love, fights, hope, disappointment, dreams, forgiveness, and fun we have had since the very beginning of our marriage and, thankfully, continue to have now.

There is always going to be change, there is always going to be disappointment. But if you are willing to fight for it, forgive, and have hope, there will always be love.

And there will always be one over-used recipe in any marriage. Ours is Taco Soup.

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Cream Corn
  • 2 Cans Whole Kernel Corn
  • 2 Cans Ranch Style Beans
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1 Can Rotel
  1. Brown ground beef in a pan, drain.
  2. In a large pot, add every can UNDRAINED.
  3. Add ground beef.
  4. Add Ranch and Taco Packets.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Cook on medium/high heat until bowling.
  7. Reduce heat, cover. Simmer for 15 minutes up to an hour. The longer it simmers the more flavorful.
  8. Serve with chips, sour cream, cilantro (which we could never afford), and shredded cheese. Or just eat plain. Whatever floats your budget or boat.
  9. ENJOY FOR DAYS. Or be smart and freeze for next time.

(If you want to do a Crock Pot – ground beef and then follow the steps of adding ingredients. Put on low heat for 6-10 hours. I didn’t have a crockpot because I couldn’t afford to buy one back then. ha)

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup (in the crockpot)

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 frozen chicken breast
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Cream Corn
  • 2 Cans Whole Kernel Corn
  • 2 Cans Ranch Style Beans
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1 Can Rotel
  • 1-2 cups water (depending on the desired consistency
  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot.
  2. Add water.
  3. Add all cans of corn, beans, and rotel to crockpot.
  4. Add Ranch and Taco Packets
  5. Stir.
  6. Set crockpot on low for 8-10 hours. (High 6 hours)
  7. Serve with chips, sour cream, cilantro (which we could never afford), and shredded cheese. Or just eat plain. Whatever floats your budget or boat.
  8. ENJOY FOR DAYS. Or be smart and freeze for next time.

 

Tell me what YOUR most loved/overused recipe is! I want to know!

Now. Enjoy a few pictures of Andy and I way back in college.

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And here’s a pic of us with our great friends Emily and Joel. I’m so thankful for your friendship and meals still to this day. Love y’all very much. (well. Joel only a little.)

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1 comment on “Marriage Monday: The Over Used Recipe Edition”

  1. What you talkin bout Willis?? Ten years and its still in the rotation! haha 🙂 Taco soup.. I can relate! I couldnt even make a grilled cheese. Chris had to show me how. I buttered BOTH sides of the bread. Apparently a huge mistake. LOL Also, the first meal I ever cooked for Chris was pork chops…dredged in powdered sugar. OOPS. Thought it was flour.

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