Thursday, June 9, 2022

TACO SOUP #recipe @vmburns

VMBURNS: I love pretty much anything I can make in my crockpot. Usually, I just dump everything in the crockpot first thing in the morning and let it cook all day while I'm at work. When I get home the house smells amazing and dinner is ready. I take one additional step with this Taco Soup and brown the ground beef before adding it to the crockpot, but you don't have to. I like topping it with cheese, sour cream (I'm trying to make better choices, so I used Greek yogurt this time), and tortilla chips for added crunch. That's it. It's simple and delicious.



    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 cup chopped onions
    • 1 (14.5 oz.) can kidney beans
    • 1 (14.5 oz.) can pinto beans
    • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans
    • 1 (14.5 oz) can corn (drained)
    • 1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes
    • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
    • 1  package taco seasoning
    • 1  package ranch salad dressing mix

    • Green Onions
    • Sour Cream (or Greek yogurt)
    • Shredded cheese
    • Tortilla Chips


  1. Brown the ground beef and onion together in a skillet. 

  2. Drain the excess grease. 
  3. Add the ground beef, onions, and all of the other ingredients to a slow cooker.

  4. Stir and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  5. Top with shredded cheese, onions, sour cream, and tortilla chips and serve.

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  1. Have to admit, I've never owned a crock pot. But this recipe sounds heavenly.

    My favorite all time soup has to be vegetable beef soup made when all the fresh veggies from the garden can be added to it.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Killer Words". Definitely on my TBR list.

    Thank you for the chance to win a great prize!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. I love a good vegetable soup, too. I love vegetable soup with peanut butter and jelly (for some reason). Good luck in the drawing!

  2. My favorite soup is my Mom's vegetable beef soup served with her cornbread. Taco soup is my favorite soup to order in restaurants though. Now, with this recipe, I'm going to venture into making it at home!

    1. My mom used to make great vegetable soup, too. Wish I knew the recipe. I hope you enjoy the soup. Good luck!

  3. I love the corn chowder recipe I got from a neighbor. It's the perfect soup for a cold winter night.

  4. I echo Kay and Linda, vegetable beef. I love to take the leftovers from a pot roast and build from there, but honestly almost any kind of soup works for me. They are my favorite food to make, regardless of temps! makennedyinaz (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. That sounds yummy. I almost want to make a pot roast so I have leftovers. :-) Soup is always a winner for me.

  5. I don't have a crock pot, but this recipe makes me want to get one! Thanks for sharing it, Valerie. ~Maya

  6. My favorite is lentil soup.
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    1. Awesome. I don't think I've ever made lentil soup. I'll have to give it a try.

  7. My favorite soup is chicken noodle soup. The taco soup looks really good, I'm going to try it. I like that you use a crock pot for it.

    1. I love chicken noodle soup, too. I hope you try the soup and let me know what you think. It can be made on the stove or in a crock pot. I pick the crockpot every time. Good luck Dianne.

  8. Your Taco Soup looks and sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and this chance to win. My favorite soup is French Onion. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. I do love French Onion, too. There used to be a restaurant in my hometown that made a delicious onion soup. I don't know that I've had it since I moved.

  9. Minestrone is the only one I make - family recipe - loved by all.

    1. Awesome to have a recipe loved by all. That's hard to achieve.

  10. Simple and tasty. Just right.
    The Ranch dressing addition is unexpected.
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    1. It is simple and tasty. Glad you liked it. Good luck!