Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meaty Taco Soup {Crock Pot Version}

The temperatures are finally starting to drop here in Texas. Although I won't hold my breath because if you live in Texas than you know the weather can change in the blink of an eye.

As the temperature changes so do our meal choices. Time to put away the grill and pull out the crock pot so you can start making soups, stews and beans.

Oh how I love winter nothing warms you from the inside out more than a good bowl of soup or stew. Today I wanted to share an easy recipe for Crock Pot Taco Soup.

What I love most about this recipe is that you can just dump everything in the crock pot and pretty much forget about it. Who doesn't love that?

Secondly taco soup is really economical to make and great way to clean out your pantry. All the ingredients in this recipe are everyday ingredients that you usually have on hand.

This recipe also utilizes canned beans instead of dry beans, so no soaking needed. Speaking of beans the original recipe called for kidney and pinto beans, but I found myself without pinto beans. 

No problem I just substituted with a can of black beans instead. That's what is so great about canned beans; they're so versatile and can be interchanged to create so many recipes.

In fact I loved the addition of the black beans so much next time I make this recipe I will be using all three bean variations.

Don't forget to bake up a big skillet of homemade cornbread to go along side this yummy soup. I prefer to make my favorite Sweet Corn Cake , but feel free to use one of your own favorite cornbread recipes.

In usual fashion I have included a few step by step photos of how easy this taco soup is to make.

Using a large skillet brown the meat together with the chopped onions. Drain and add the meat mixture to your crock pot. Rinse and drain all of the beans. Next just start adding all of the canned ingredients, water and drained beans to the crock pot. Sprinkle the taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix on top and give it a gentle stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!!! Umm just look at all those hearty beans.



Crock Pot Meaty Taco Soup

Ingredients:
2 - pound ground beef, ground turkey or
1 - pound breakfast sausage + 1 - pound ground beef or turkey
1 1/2 - cups diced onions
1 - 15 oz cans bush's pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 - 15 oz can bush's kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 - 15 oz can bush's black beans, drained & rinsed
1 - 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained or 2 cups frozen corn
1 - 14.5 oz can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 - 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
1 - 14.5 oz can mild rotel (tomatoes with chile's)
1 - cup water
1 - 4.6 oz can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 - cup green olives, sliced, optional
1 - packet taco seasoning mix
1 - 1 oz package ranch salad dressing mix

Garnish:
Corn chips, Sour cream, Grated cheese,
Green onions, Olives & Pickled jalapenos

Directions:
Brown the ground beef, turkey or meat combination and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker.

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, Rotel, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning, water and ranch dressing mix.

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

To serve, ladle soup into each bowl and garnish with corn chips, sour cream, cheese, green onions and olives.

Adapted from: Paula Deen






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23 comments:

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

This sounds fabulous! Can't wait to give it a try, Tina ...

anniebakes said... #

mmm, I could dive into this right about now!! anne

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said... #

I'm anxious to try your recipe for this as it's one of our family's favorties. We have lots of out of town guests next week and this would be a great idea to have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

stephen said... #

This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I would love trying this so soon...

stephen said... #

This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I would love trying this so soon...

Mary at Deep South Dish said... #

Crazy weather huh? One day in the 80s, next night in the 40s! Little warmer tonight, but just wish it'd make up it's mind! This is one of my favorite cool weather soups and so easy to stretch. Looks wonderful Tina!

Jane said... #

I have bookmarked this recipe! My husband LOVES anything Mexican so this will be a treat for him. Thanks for the recipe Tina! :)

Jenny Sunshine said... #

I make something like this with leftover turkey! It's a great way to mix up your thanksgiving leftovers!

Rebekah said... #

I use Paula's Recipe for Taco Soup too, so yummy!

Anonymous said... #

Hi,


This looks so good. I am going to try this out but I need a crockot.

I saw your lovely Le Creuset? What size is it may I ask. I need a dutch oven too, but I am so confused on what size to urchase.

Candi said... #

YUM! I love Taco Soup!

Elpi said... #

Taco soup.... just reading that title, you know it's mouthwatering. Oh yeah!

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Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Anonymous
I think it is the 7.25 quart. I am not sure, it was a gift. But I do know it is the big dutch oven.

Jami said... #

This looks good but I'm worried there isn't enough liquid to make it soupy. One cup of water for all those ingrediants doesn't seem like very much.

Anonymous said... #

It's in the crockpot cooking now!! Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes!! I have made my entire month's menu based on your website!
Brandi

Frankie said... #

Made this a few nights ago and it was a huge hit in my home! Super delish!

sundayshine said... #

Ok this has been printed and put in my recipe binder
Before theweek is over I will have taco soup.YUM!!!

Harpomt said... #

This recipe was fantastic. It makes quite a bit so I shared with the co-workers who totally raved about this. They all got the recipe. My husband said "who said you could take that to work?" He liked it also. I did also add southwestern style corn, garlic and orange pepper (had to be used up.) I tried it with ground beef and mild sausage. For the toppings I used sour cream, cheese, green onion and corn chips. A keeper.

Anonymous said... #

Tried this recipe this weekend and loved it. Will definitely try it again! Love your site!

Anonymous said... #

Make this every year for the senior dinner at church , goes over very well.

Renee b said... #

Oh my goodness! I am so glad I found this site..I love crockpot cooking and I know I will love this! Mmmmmm!!

Tina Butler said... #

Welcome Renee! I hope you find lots of tasty recipes. Don't forget to sign up for my free email newsletter, so you won't miss any recipes. Sign up is on the right side of my page. :)