Taco Soup: Pretty Much the Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Make

RECIPE: Taco Soup

Hey, guess what?  It’s still hot in Phoenix.  Shocker, right?  I haven’t felt like cooking anything because when it’s 115 degrees out, what even sounds good?  Nothing.  Well, the hot wing pizza from Barro’s always sounds good, but that doesn’t give me a recipe for the week.

But then I remembered my slow cooker, which is a beautiful thing.  If you’ve never perused A Year of Slow Cooking, I highly recommend you do so.  I’ve loved Stephanie O’Dea’s blog for years, and I have both of her cookbooks.  One of her most popular recipes is Taco Soup, a super easy soup made from stuff I pretty much always have around the house.  So when it came to finding a recipe this week, and I was going through my pantry on a Sunday morning, I found that I had nearly everything needed to make this soup.  Then when I went to the grocery store and found 99/1 turkey on sale, I knew this week’s post was meant to be.

Yes, it’s a lot of cans.  Recycle and be good for the planet.  It would have been easier if my trusty one-touch can opener hadn’t broken when opening the first can.  Awesome, right?

So I got it all set up and the put the crockpot outside on the back patio.  Because when it’s 115 degrees out, anything you can do to not make your house hot is worth it.

9 hours later I had dinner, plus seconds, plus 8 more meals to be stored away in the fridge and freezer.  Earlier this year I wrote about how I cook big pots of something to make meal planning during the school year easier.  This is definitely one of those recipes that I can make to set myself up for an easy lunch or dinner.

During lunch at work one day this week, one of my co-workers passed by me and said my lunch smelled good and asked what it was.  I told and then said she should stay tuned to WandaS on Friday for the recipe.  I’m becoming embarrassingly self-promotional.

Rating: For its ease, deliciousness, and the fact that it I can eat it every day for a week and not get sick of it, taco soup get 5 out 5 five cold bottles of beer.  You could make it vegetarian, obviously, by just leaving out the meat.

Taco Soup
Author: Stephanie O’Dea of “A Year of Slow Cooking”
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 10 mins
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 2 cans of pinto beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomatoes and chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb browned ground turkey or beef, if desired
  • Sour cream and cheese, to garnish
  1. Brown meat, drain, and put in the crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle seasoning packets on top of meat.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans and add to crockpot.
  4. Add the entire contents of the corn and tomato cans.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5. (Note: nearly every crockpot recipe is better if you go for the longer cooking time.)
  6. Stir well, and serve with a handful of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
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2 Responses to Taco Soup: Pretty Much the Easiest Meal You’ll Ever Make

  1. Denise Domino says:

    I’m going to make this when we get back home! It looks especially festive on that fabulous tablecloth.

  2. Jen says:

    I’m proud to be said co- worker, and I will def be using this recipe soon!

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