Sunday, January 9, 2011

Taco Soup

My friend Christina made this one day & gave me the recipe.  Then my friend Colista gave me her recipe.  I kind of critiqued them both & make it different depending on what I have on hand.  It is now a regular meal in our home.  It's amazingly   easy, I keep the ingredients on hand, stock up when the beans are on sale, etc.  You can do a search on the Internet & find a variety of taco soup recipes.  Here's what I used tonight:

1 or 2 lbs browned ground beef if there is fat, drain it) -
2 cans pinto beans (drained & rinsed)
2 cans kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
2 cans corn (not drained)
2 cans diced tomatoes (not drained)
**Use whatever beans you have on hand.  I sometimes substitute black beans.
1/4 cup Taco Seasoning (or 1 packet) - I buy a large container from Costco
32 oz Beef or chicken broth (vegetable broth if you want to do a vegetarian version - omit beef)
Ranch Dressing packet (optional)
(Optional) Top with cheddar or Mexican cheese blend, crushed tortilla chips or Frito's corn chips, sour cream, or fresh diced onion.

I use the pot (the size you would use to boil pasta) I'm going to make the soup in to crumble & brown the beef.  I use lean mean, so there is nothing to drain.  Then I put all the beans into a strainer & rinse them (I heard it reduces gas).  Once the beef is browned, I throw all the rest of the ingredients.  Stir, bring to a boil & then set it to low & simmer until you are ready to eat.  At least 10 minutes.  Then scoop into bowls & add your desired toppings.  I serve mine with a salad pre-made from Costco.  You can also throw this together in a crock pot in the morning (brown the beef first) but if it's this easy, why bother?  This recipe easily feeds 8.  If you do 2 lbs of ground beef, feeds 10.  I have a family of four, so I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Our 14 year old young man said, "That was really good, thank you!"
Hubby says, "MMMMMmmm MMMmmmmm"
Our 16 year old is at work still & hasn't had it yet.  But I know she loves it.  She just probably wouldn't admit it ;-)


  1. I make this often at my home, its one of our fav's. I use only pinto and black beans. It is a great meal to make stove top or in the crock pot if u are expecting company and want a hot meal on hand. I also serve it with black olives and green onions along with the cheese and corn chips. It is also easy to double and make a big batch and freeze for future meals.

  2. It is funny that you posted this because my boss game this recipe from his daughter just last week!