Taco Soup – Our New Favorite Quick Dinner

I am all about fast and easy.

Wait. No, that’s not right.

Fast and easy dinners. The faster and easier, the better in my book. So we do a lot of crock pot meals and whatever we can make with ground beef. I have recently discovered a way to prepare chicken that is delicious and not too time-consuming, but I’ll save that for another post.

Our new favorite weekday dinner is taco soup. My sister-in-law prepared some for our Christmas get-together a few weeks ago, and Zac and I both liked it a lot. I remembered that she added the recipe to the family cookbook last year, so I have made it twice since then. It is so tasty, so filling, and so easy to put your own spin on it.

I’ll take a photo of a bowl later this evening and post it, but here is her recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of kidney beans {light or dark, your choice}
  • 1 can RoTel
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 pack of taco seasoning
  • 1 pack of ranch seasoning
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. You can then add the seasoning to the meat, or leave the seasoning for later. I’ve done it both ways and I think I prefer adding it later. Makes the skillet easier to clean. Next, pour all the other ingredients into a pot or crock pot. I don’t have time to fire up a crock pot in the evenings so I just make this soup in a pot on the stove and it tastes just as good. My sister-in-law says not to drain any of the liquid out of the cans, but I can’t stand that slimy bean juice so I pour out most of that. Everything else just goes right in. Add your seasoning packets and ground beef and leave in the crock pot for awhile or let it get nice and bubbly on the stove. That’s it.

I have mine with a little shredded cheese and sour cream on top, and I might dip a few tortilla chips in it. Zac likes to put some tortilla chips down in a bowl and then ladle some soup on top of them, followed by shredded cheese. He loathes sour cream, which I cannot understand at all. But his soup topping choices aside, this is a really tasty dish that is simple to make and keeps well throughout the week. The recipe above makes a giant pot of soup, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers for lunch and even another dinner.

Like I said, it would be so easy to mix this recipe up. You could use chicken instead of beef. Use a zestier ranch seasoning. Last night I used chili seasoning instead of taco seasoning and it was really good. You could use different beans or tomatoes or add other veggies to it. I love a versatile recipe, and this one is definitely versatile.

Do you have any quick dinners that you’d care to share? I’m always looking for an easy meal. Link me up in the comments!

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