The Tacoma Tortilla has mild heat and tons of flavor. We believe it is best enjoyed topped with tortilla chips, cheese and bacon bits but can be eaten all on its own too.
Serves 2 people
You will need:
- 8 oz. can Chopped tomatoes or Mexican style tomatoes.
- 1/2 lb. Ground turkey or beef
- Sour cream or cheese (optional)
- Tortillas or tortilla chips (optional)
- Bean Mix
- Red peppers
1. Look through beans for pebbles or other field debris, rinse in colander. Soak beans (optional, directions inside).
2. Add 4 cups water to bean mix. *Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans begin to soften, about 45 minutes.
3. Add both packets, tomatoes and browned meat. Add crushed peppers a few at a time to avoid making the soup too spicy. Simmer another 30 minutes or until beans are done.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
Crock Pot Directions:
Add 4 C. water, the entire soup mix and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 10 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 6 hours. Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!
Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy!
How to Soak Beans
Place bean mix in a saucepan. Add 4 C. water, then soak for 8 to 24 hours. Keep the water and return to the directions after the asterisk*, or discard the water and add fresh water.
When adding fresh water, reduce water by 3/4 C if you soaked the beans for 8 hours or 1 1/4 C. if you soaked the beans for 24 hours.
Switch up the Meat: Add Kielbasa instead of ground meat.
Dress it up: Top with tortillas, chopped cilantro, fresh tomatoes, olives, onion, or sour cream.
Make Your Own Tortilla Chips: Pre heat oven to 400. Stack 4 tortillas. Cut into 1/4 inch strips. In a medium bowl, toss tortilla strips with 2 teaspoons oil. Spread on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Serve on top of soup.
Bean Hints & Nutrition:
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans per week for the maximum health benefit. Beans are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.
Fun Fact: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest; this may cause gas. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.
lowing from the slopes of Mount Rainier, the Puyallup River enters the Puget Sound in a broad delta at the head of the bay. Tribes of the Puyallup and Nisqually established several settlements here, and they called the area Squa szucks. The natives called Mount Rainier “Tacobet”, meaning “Mother of Waters” however, the interpretation by the White man was “Tahoma”.
The first recorded Euro-American settler here was Swede Nicolas Delin. In 1852 he built a water-powered sawmill at a creek that entered the head of the bay. A small community grew up around this mill but did not become established until after the Indian wars of 1855-1856. In 1868, a developer named Morton McCaver purchased land in the area that had already been platted and filed under the name Tacoma. McCarver then began a campaign to attract settlers and the Pacific Northwest Railroad. Indeed in 1873, Tacoma was selected as the railroad’s western terminus. They built a depot two miles south of Tacoma and named it New Tacoma. Rapid development ensued as Tacoma linked to the rest of the nation in 1883, “City of Destiny” became the town’s motto.
In 1884 New Tacoma and Old Tacoma agreed to merge and incorporate. By 1890 36,000 people lived in Tacoma; two years later the population swelled to 50,000. Commencement Bay was named an official US Port of Entry in 1918. Today the Port of Tacoma is the sixth largest container port in North America and one of the top 25 container ports in the world.
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