There are two types of meals that save your time and your budget.
1–The kind where you can toss a few things into a crock pot and it cooks itself.
2-The kind where you have 4-5 recipes that you’ve mastered and you fix those consistently.
This is a recipe that meets both criteria. Oh, Happy Day! This is a simple but hearty meal that is also tasty and filling.
A few more bonuses of this recipe:
*If you double it, it makes what can be described as a “wash pot” (A LOT) of soup for a big gathering, or enough for like a Duggar taco soup size family.
*Freeze it!!! Make a wash pot, freeze several servings, and then pull it out all winter long. Time saver!
*All kinds of variations work for different tastes- different beans, regular or mild seasonings… and you could substitute the chicken for the ground beef on occasion too for a variation.
*It’s a meal in itself, no sides needed. It is improved with toppings, added below in the recipe listing.
If you haven’t tried taco soup, you are missing out!
Some people call it 5 can taco soup, 8 can taco soup or chili taco soup and you’ll find some variations, but they are all simple and easy. It’s our family’s go-to recipe!
It’s also affordable as a meal that comes together with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Black beans, rotel and corn are canned goods that you can find in bulk at stores like Sam’s and Costco for a reduced savings over time.
1- brown and drained ground beef
1- can kidney beans
1- can black beans
1 or 2- cans of whole kernel corn
2- cans rotel diced tomatoes with mild chilies
1- pack of ranch dressing seasoning
1- pack of taco seasoning
Additional, serve with:
Tortilla chips or corn chips
Sour cream (optional)
Avocado or guacamole (optional)
This is my absolute favorite part of this recipe- Dump everything listed above (no draining, except the meat) into the crock pot! Cook on high 2-3 hours or low 5-6 hours.
Serve with the tortilla chips or corn chips, shredded cheese and sour cream. Jalapeños if you’re a fan of hot and spicy.
I’ve never tried the Paula Deen taco soup recipe, but it gets great reviews. Basically, she adds onions, olives and uses diced tomatoes with a separate can of green chiles… but rotel combines the two so that works too.
What is your family’s simple and easy go-to recipe?