Slow Cooker Taco Soup -Day 5 of 30 Days of Soups, Stews, and Chilis

This is one of those soups that whole family enjoys because it can be customized by toppings.  It’s also a crock pot soup so it makes for an easy dinner.  I even prep my toppings in the morning while the meat is browning and put them in the fridge.  That way, at dinner time, everyone is eating in less than 10 minutes!

crock pot taco soupIt starts with browning some ground beef, then adding onions.  Beyond that you dump in a bunch of canned goods from the pantry and you’re set!

A note – I use my own ranch seasoning in this recipe.  I like the recipe for the dry mix from The Crafty Blog Stalker.  I make my actual ranch dressing from this mix slightly different than her version.  The dry mix, though, is something I’ve now used a couple of years.

 

Crock Pot Taco Soup
Serves 8
Crock pot taco soup is easily adaptable to varied tastes and is a cinch to make!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 1 can black beans
  4. 1 can kidney beans
  5. 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 8 oz. diced green chiles
  7. 1 package taco seasoning mix (or your own mix)
  8. 2 Tablespoons dry ranch mix
  9. Toppings you like: shredded lettuce, corn chips, sour cream, grated cheddar, sliced olives, chopped green onions, hot sauce, etc...
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet. When almost brown, add diced onions and continue to saute until the onion is tender.
  2. Place the beef and onion mixture into a crock pot and add in the other ingredients, except the toppings.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve with topping bar.
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Our Favorite Crock Pot Chili

This has been my family’s favorite chili for years, and it has the added benefit of being a crock pot meal so you can have a great dinner ready on busy nights.  It makes a whole 5 quart slow cooker full so you can serve a large crowd, have leftovers, or freeze some for other meals (like chili baked potatoes, Cincinnati spaghetti, or chili cheese dogs or nachos).  I tend to freeze it and use it for other convenient meals, but I always leave at least 2 servings out for my and my husband’s lunch the next day.

crock pot chili

If you don’t want to use the crock pot, you can still make this, just let is simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.  You might have to add a bit of water during the second half if all the liquid is evaporating out.

Favorite Crock Pot Chili
Yields 5
Use your crock pot (slow cooker) to make a warm chili for a cold day.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
5 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
5 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
  3. 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  4. 4 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 large cans (28 ounces each ) diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 1 can (4 ounce) green chiles, undrained, chopped
  7. 1 large onion, chopped
  8. 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  9. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  10. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  11. 1 teaspoon cumin
  12. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  13. 1 teaspoon paprika
  14. 1 teaspoon oregano
  15. 1 teaspoon salt
  16. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  17. Desired toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped avocado, sliced green onions, etc...
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the poultry and steak seasonings.
  2. When meat is no longer pink, drain and add the beef to the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients except the toppings.
  3. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
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