My Favorite Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic, restful weekend.
Our weekend started off somewhat eventful because we got SNOW on Friday! A very light dusting of snow, but snow nonetheless!
When I saw how cold the weekend was going to be, I decided my favorite taco soup would be the perfect Friday night meal. And not only is this meal great for dinner, but, in my opinion, the leftovers are even better!
I also love that this meal can easily be prepared in the slow cooker or on the stove. I think the flavors are better when it’s done in the slow cooker, but I’ve cooked it on the stove many times when I had to prepare it last minute. Either way, it’s a hearty soup that your entire family is sure to love!
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cans corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can ranch style beans (I use the kind with jalapenos for an extra kick!)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet ranch dressing mix (the powdered kind)
2 cups of water
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Shredded cheddar or mexican blend cheese, to garnish
In a medium skillet, brown your ground beef in a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once brown and crumbly, add in onions and saute until tender (5-6 minutes). Add the beef/onion mixture to your crockpot. Cover with all canned ingredients (do not drain!). Add both seasoning pouches. Add about 2 cups of water and stir.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. If I’m home during that time, I usually give it one good stir about halfway through. If not, just stir before serving. Ladle into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese. (Ryan also likes a dollop of sour cream on top, but I’m not a big sour cream person!) Serve with tortilla chips, cornbread, or on its own!
If you’re preparing on the stove: Brown your meat/onion in a large dutch oven, add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and simmer at least 15 minutes or until heated through. The longer you let it simmer, the more flavorful the soup will be, but it can certainly be served right away if you’re in a pinch.