So dinner was upon me yet again and I had a plan (I menu plan so I always have a plan). Like many a night however, I didn’t feel like making what I had planned. Well, actually I forgot to brine the pork the day before (read recipes carefully people… I should have learned that lesson at this stage in the game) so, I wasn’t ready to cook the Pork Agrodolce (a brined plump pork chop with a balsamic reduction sauce, kind of a spicy “sweet and sour” chop if you will). Now that it was time to start dinner and I had only discovered that I wasn’t ready I needed something quick, requiring only what I had in the pantry and yummy enough to make it look like I had planned this all along (Mike doesn’t pay attention to my carefully posted weekly menu… whew).
I had some thawed ground beef (from another abandoned recipe two days previous… hey… I’m a mind changer that’s what I do) so I knew that tonight’s mystery meal would include ground beef. A quick check through the pantry revealed several cans of beans. I’m not sure why I hoard beans, but apparently I do. I knew what to make … TACO SOUP!
Yay! Dinner is solved. It was settled. I then remembered that my recipe calls for Ranch dressing mix. I don’t have any of that anymore because I don’t use mixes as much as I used to. No problem, to the interwebs I ran! I found a few recipes for Ranch Dressing Mix… some were way elaborate and some just weird (the crumbs of 17 ground up saltines… what the?). I found one that made sense and used common ingredients. Thanks to Allrecipes. In less than 30 minutes we were sitting down to a hot and delicious bowl of taco soup and cornbread.
Here are the recipes; I hope you enjoy them.
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