Need a quick, frugal meal for cold weather? Taco soup to the rescue. It makes a filling meal and 1 pound of ground meat easily feeds my family of 5, usually with enough left over for at least one more serving. This recipe uses ingredients that you can keep on hand and makes a quick snow day lunch if the kids are out of school.
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TACO SOUP-SLOW COOKER AND FREEZER FRIENDLY
To make this soup slow cooker friendly, brown your beef and onion the night before and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning, all you have to do is dump everything in the slow cooker. When you walk in the door from work or school, supper will be ready. We love to top our taco soup with corn chips, cheese, and sour cream. For those that like it even spicier, you can top the soup with pickled jalapenos. If you happen to have any soup leftover, it freezes very well. You may even want to consider doubling the recipe so that you can freeze half for another meal on a crazy night.
Make it your own!
A few notes: Instead of the packages of taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix, I use my homemade versions of both. I also usually use my own canned tomatoes and my home-cooked beans instead of canned. This recipe is very forgiving, so please make it your own! This soup is great served with breadsticks or cornbread.
A quick, frugal soup that warms you up on a cold day.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 can (15 1/4 oz.) whole kernel corn or 1 c. frozen corn
- 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans (or any kind of beans)
- 1 can (14 1/2 oz,) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning *
- 1 pkg. ranch salad dressing mix *
- corn chips
- shredded cheddar cheese
- sour cream
- pickled jalapenos
Brown ground beef with onion. Add all remaining ingredients. Simmer 15 minutes. This can also be simmered all day in a slow cooker after browning the beef and onions.
Top individual servings with corn chips, cheddar cheese, sour cream and pickled jalapenos if desired.
Taco soup is a quick, frugal meal. What other quick meals do you make on busy nights?