8 lbs of hamburger, three meals and I’m cooked!

I lucked out and ran into a good sale on hamburger this week: $1.98/lb for 93% lean meat! It’s usually close to $4/lb, so I took advantage of it and got two 8 lb packages. Tomorrow, I’m going to make meatloaf until the cows come home! Luckily the recipe I make freezes really well pre-cooked.

I needed to use that first package up quick, so I got all my pots going on the stove tonight with three different meals cooking: Taco Twist Soup, homemade spaghetti sauce and browned up taco-flavored meat, which I can freeze for later use. Whew…lots of food, but the soup will all get eaten today and tomorrow, and The spaghetti sauce (a quadruple batch) and the taco meat freeze really well.

It’s been a busy evening, and now I’m bushed. It’s worth it, though. Having homemade food in the freezer, ready to heat up,  is nice to come home to after after a long hard day at work.

The Taco Twist soup is a recipe I got from a friend about twelve years ago, and it’s been a family favorite ever since. I lost my recipe card, but I found it on-line again tonight so I

Taco Twist Soup, served with crushed chips and cheese

thought I would share it with you…enjoy! By the way, this is another good thing to serve with a nice cold beer…tonight, it’s Samuel Adams Cream Stout. Hmm!

1 pound ground beef
1 medium-sized onion — chopped
2 garlic cloves — minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cans beef broth — (14 ounces each)
1 1/2 cups picante sauce
1 can diced tomatoes — (14 1/2 ounces)
1 medium-sized green bell pepper — chopped
1 cup uncooked rotini pasta
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese — (2 ounces)

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the beef is cooked and no pink remains; drain off the excess liquid.

Add the remaining ingredients except the cheese and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked. Serve topped with cheese.

NOTE: For extra crunch, serve this spicy soup with tortilla chips on the side.

Serves 4-6


About Sparrow
I am a 49 years young and the mother of two amazing young men, who've grown up and left me an Empty-Nester. I write about what's going on in my little corner of the High Plains, or what happens to be crawling across my brain on a given day. Thank you so much for stopping by. Make yourself at home...through the magic of the internet, the coffee's always free and the doughnuts are fresh!

4 Responses to 8 lbs of hamburger, three meals and I’m cooked!

  1. Hel'wyse says:

    ummmm…sounds good! We are back from New Mexico and full of delicious northern New Mexican cooking!…..love Karen

  2. breaaire says:

    LOL, I need to get you in touch with my guy… Leier’s does hamburger like nobody’s business and it’s about $2/lb. I grew up on this, and now not only is the hubby hooked, he’s gotten people at his store hooked, and they’re spoiled for anything else! We get about $100 worth at a time.

  3. breaaire says:

    Ooh, just noticed your new headline picture… Pretty!

  4. sparrow1969 says:


    I’m so glad to hear you’re back, and that you had lots of fun sampling the cuisine in NM!!


    Oooh!! Good hamburger for $2/lb…all the time? That sounds like something I’d like to hear more about!

    Glad you like the new picture…it came with Windows 7, and it was just the thing I was looking for.

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