Posts tagged #dinner

Taco Soup!

I finally had some time to cook again, hooraaaay!!   

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One of my absolute Fall favorites is Taco Soup.  It's a simple recipe, and the longer it all melds together, and the more times you have it as leftovers, the better it gets!  I got this recipe from my mom, but I'm not sure where it originated.  You can let it cook unattended in a crock pot all day, or simmer in a soup pot for just a couple hours.

Taco Soup


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large onion (white or yellow) , chopped
  • 2 (10oz) cans tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (16oz)  can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (16oz) can black beans (or pinto, if you prefer), drained
  • 1 (16oz) can hominy, drained
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (or homemade) 
  • 1 envelope ranch dressing dry mix
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips (optional) 


  • Brown ground beef with the chopped onion in skillet or pot, stirring frequently; drain.
  • Add tomatoes, beans, hominy, and seasoning packets.  Mix well. 
  • Simmer for 2 hours or longer (basically until you can't wait!).  
  • Add 1 to 2 cups of water to reach desired consistency.  I like it more like a thick chili instead of a watery soup... 
  • Top with shredded cheddar + serve with tortilla chips.
  • Makes about 6 servings.  

We just had it leftover on yesterday's cloudy Sunday afternoon while watching football (go Broncos!), pumpkin scented candle lit, cookies in the oven--pretty much the perfect Fall afternoon! 

Check back later this week for our London photo recap and some updates on the home decor front! 


Posted on October 28, 2013 and filed under yummy.

The Multifaceted Taco

Can we just talk about tacos for a bit?  I think they need a moment.  

Photo credit: Flickr

Photo credit: Flickr

I love Mexican food--I mean, who doesn't?  It's delicious, cheap, cheesy, salty, and goes with margaritas.  Mmm.  But one of the best things about it is when you make it at home, you can have it's leftovers for about 20 meals.  Ok, probably not that many, but if you start with a few basic ingredients and swap out a few unique ones, one meal can become several.

Basic Ingredients: 

  • Rice
  • Black beans (or refried) 
  • Meat (chicken, beef, fish) 
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (cheddar, cotijo, feta) 
  • Corn chips
  • Tortillas (corn, flour) 
  • Hot sauce
  • Taco seasoning: cumin, chili powder, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

Let's look at a few variations on how to use those taco night leftovers throughout the week!

  • Tacos (obvi)
  • Breakfast Scramble: add eggs + cheddar
  • Breakfast burrito: add eggs, crispy bacon as the meat, and crunchy hashbrowns
  • Taco salad: over lettuce and corn chips! 
  • Tostada: over a fried tortilla; drizzle some melted white queso
  • Huevos Rancheros via Food Network
  • Nachos: add pickled jalapenos or pepperocinis
  • Enchiladas: requires a few more ingredients but worth it! 
  • Mexican pizza: plop a fried egg and hot sauce on top

You know on busy work weeks, that Mexican is on the menu in our house!  What other versions of taco night do you make with your leftover ingredients?! 

Posted on September 5, 2013 and filed under yummy.

Labor Day Party Inspiration! Day 1: Kale Salad

Hey!  Is everyone looking forward to a long Labor Day weekend coming up?!  Can't believe it's already that time of year--I swear time flies more and more the older I get.  For you guys too?

I'll actually be working this weekend (I know, laboring on Labor Day, waaa waaa--but I'm grateful to have the work!).  Knowing that in advance, I planned ahead and had a little pre-backyard party--which is lucky for you, since I can blog about it!  So, this week, get excited for a full series on...

Labor Day Party Inspiration with House on 8th!

Here's a little preview of what to expect!  Look forward to some simple and budget-conscious ideas for entrees, sides, drinks + decor to inspire your holiday parties. 

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First up in our series is a delicious Kale Salad recipe that Ali posted about over on House on 8th.  Check out her whole post HERE for a healthy, easy, + tasty take on kale! 

YUM!  Check back tomorrow here on Westside Bestside or at House on 8th, where we'll talk hot dogs + a few ways you can dress them up!



Spicy Mexican Corn Side Dish

Do you all try recipes from Pinterest much?  I'd say we probably try about 1 every two weeks.  And about half of them are flops.  So, when I find a good one, I love to share it with you guys.  This one has quickly become one of my favorite side dishes--and not just out of ones from Pinterest, just in general!

It's crunchy, spicy, easy to make (only about 20 minutes or less) + transport to a potluck, and most of all--so flavorful!  Mmmm...

Spicy Mexican Corn

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The original recipe is from Closet Cooking, and I made some small adjustments.   Makes 4 servings, but I like to double it and serve for a group!


  • 2 TBS butter
  • 4 ears of corn, cut from the cob
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 TBS mayo
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • chili powder to taste  
  • salt to taste


  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add the corn, toss until coated in butter.  Let sit on one side until charred (a few minutes), then toss and char remaining side.  About 6-10 minutes total.
  • Add the jalapeno, saute for 1 minute, until fragrant. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve hot, room temp, or even chilled! 

SO yummy!!! 

Tips:  I tried saving time and using frozen corn.  It was not nearly as good--go with the fresh stuff!  Aaaand, wash those hands people--jalapeno juice in the eye is just about the worst ever.  


Posted on August 19, 2013 and filed under yummy.