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"The Best I Ever Made"

“The Best I Ever Made”

I bet you have a recipe for Taco Soup.  This version is a blend of several recipes I have tried over the years.  Being snowed in for 3 days, not used to this, I am making several kinds of soup.   I will share the other recipes in other posts, one with hot turkey sausage, white beans and some spinach.  I made the Taco Soup first because it is really easy and it takes no time to brown the meat and dump it all together in the crock pot.  Hours later the house was smelling delicious and I was one “joyful cook” because dinner was done.  Even if you don’t use this recipe get yours out and make a pot of Taco Soup. ( why do kids love anything taco?)  I would love to hear your variations please leave a comment at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

Items for Taco Soup

Items for Taco Soup

Add chopped onion to ground beef for browning.   Tidbit Tip:  When scraping food from the chopping board use the back edge of the knife to protect the sharp blade edge of the knife.

Add chopped onion to ground beef for browning.
Tidbit Tip: When scraping food from the chopping board use the back edge of the knife to protect the sharp blade edge of the knife.

Stir onions and ground beef together and cook till no longer pink.

Stir onions and ground beef together and cook till no longer pink.

Ground beef and onion cooked - no longer pink

Ground beef and onion cooked – no longer pink

Drain beans and corn in colander.  Tidbit Tip:  This is a great colander because the handles fold out and fit over the sink allowing you to use both hands.

Drain beans and corn in colander. Tidbit Tip: This is a great colander because the handles fold out and fit over the sink allowing you to use both hands.

Spray crock pot with cooking spray - makes for easier clean up.

Spray crock pot with cooking spray – makes for easier clean up.

Tidbit Tip:  It is hard to pour from the colander so I transfer the beans and corn to the skillet I used for browning the meat.  The browned meat is already in the crock pot.

Tidbit Tip: It is hard to pour from the colander so I transfer the beans and corn to the skillet I used for browning the meat. The browned meat is already in the crock pot.

Using skillet to pour beans and corn into crock pot on top of cooked ground beef and onions.

Using skillet to pour beans and corn into crock pot on top of cooked ground beef and onions.

Add tomatoes, taco mix and hidden valley ranch mix.  If using small crock pot it will be full.

Add tomatoes, taco mix and hidden valley ranch mix. If using small crock pot it will be full.

Stir all indigents well.  Ready for cooking.

Stir all indigents well. Ready for cooking.

 Optional: Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese and jalapeno.  

 It will be “The Best You Ever Made”

Taco Soup
Serves 8
A hearty delicious soup full of nutritious beans, corn, tomatoes and beef.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds ground beef low fat (I used 8% or 11% fat)
  2. 1 can kidney beans
  3. 1 can black beans
  4. 1 can pinto beans
  5. 1 package taco mix
  6. 1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilies
  7. 2 can diced tomatoes (I used Fire Roasted Canned Tomatoes to make it spicy)
  8. 1 can shoepeg corn (usually found on the top shelf in grocery store)
  9. 1 package original ranch dressing mix
  10. 1 medium onion chopped
Instructions
  1. Add ground beef and onion to skillet and cook until no longer pink. You can add some minced garlic.
  2. Open and drain all the beans and the corn
  3. Dump everything in the the crock pot, the meat, beans, corn, and tomatoes
  4. Add 2 cups of water and the dry mixes (ranch and taco).
  5. Stir and cook on high heat for at least 2 hours ---low heat for 4 hours.
Notes
  1. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped jalapeno.
  2. Freeze any left overs in a freezer safe container. Better still double the recipe and make sure you have some for freezing. Always a good thing to have lunch/ dinner ready in the freezer.
Adapted from Weight Watcher and Others
Tidbits of Joy http://tidbitsofjoy.com/
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