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Recipe of the Month

Soups - Taco Soup

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans tomatoes,
  • chopped
  • 1 (16 oz.) can pinto beans,
  • undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can red kidney
  • beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can yellow
  • hominy, undrained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can green chilies,
  • undrained
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 (1.25 oz.) pkg. taco
  • seasoning mix
  • 1 (4 oz.) pkg. ranch salad
  • dressing mix
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Cook ground beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Makes 13 cups.


Recipes Using Ranch Dressing in March

If you're limiting your use of ranch dressing to a mere salad topping, you are missing out! Whether you need to kick up the craveability of your meals and snacks, or just want the next level of awesomeness, ranch makes a perfect ingredient to pack a big flavor punch in any recipe. Ranch is known for contributing zesty herbs and spices to bring bright flavors to your favorite foods. Send us your surprising ways to cook with ranch dressing or dip mix. The person submitting the recipe judged best will be named “Cook of the Month” for the March issue of The Cooperator and receive $10. Others sending in recipes chosen for publication will receive $5, and each winner will also receive a special “What’s Cookin’?” certificate.

Monday, January 24, is the deadline for recipes using ranch dressing.

Don't forget: Only recipes that include complete, easy-to-follow instructions will be considered for publication. Several recipes are disqualified because they do not contain all the information that we feel we needed to prepare the dishes successfully. Recipes featured in "What's cookin'?" are not independently tested, so we must depend on the accuracy of the cooks sending them. Always use safe food-handling, preperation, and cooking procedures.

Send your entries to: Recipes, Tennessee Cooperator, P.O. Box 3003, LaVergne, TN 37086. You can submit more than one recipe in the same envelope.  You can also e-mail recipes to:

Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and the Co-op with which you do business. It's important that your Co-op be included because we want to give it recognition if your recipe is printed. Recipes that appear in the "What's cookin'?" column will also be published on Tennessee Farmers Cooperative's Web site at
Submitted By: Villa Maxwell
Putnam Farmers Co-op
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