taco soup.

Monday, April 4, 2011

since we're nearing the end of crock pot season (at least in this family), i thought i'd share one of our faves with you before it's too late (this was even lindsey's birthday dinner request--kid friendly!).  also, it doesn't need to be done in a crockpot so if you're not thinking of dinner till 6 pm, you can still do it.  score.

12 to 16 servings
courtesy of paula deen

(this recipe is sort of the "whatever you have, use" kind of recipe.  
so if you don't have some of the following, NO big deal)

2 lbs. ground beef (i always use 1)
2 cups diced onions
2 cans pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chilis
1 can black olives, sliced (i leave this out)
1 package taco seasoning mix (TJ's sells it now... without MSG!)
1 pkg. ranch salad dressing mix (i get whole foods version, again... no MSG!)

corn chips, sour cream, grated cheese as you wish...

brown beef and onions in large skillet (or dutch oven).  drain excess fat unless it's a little grass-fed fat then it's all gooooood.  add beans, corn, tomatoes, chilis, olives, seasonings, and cook in slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours OR simmer over low heat for 1 hour in pot on stove.  


(i always have black beans on hand more often than other beans so i will use them instead of other beans it calls for... and sometimes i have all those types of tomatoes, sometimes i don't... it's seriously forgiving.  use what you have and it'll still be good.  and avoid the MSG-laden packaged-mixes.  i am a MSG hater and think we all should be, yes?  let's keep our brain cells.)


  1. sounds great....we have chili in the crock pot right now :)

  2. mmm that sounds so delicious.. I think I'll try and make a vegetarian recipe from this :)

  3. im a little upset to learn my parents have been feeding me msg-tacos my whole life. this deserves a concerned phone call home.

    but this definitely sounds amazing. i think jj would propose if i made this for him.

  4. Bridget this sounds delish! You're making me hungry!
    Printing this recipe right now..

  5. anything that can be thrown in the crock pot and pulled out later is perfection in my book. plus, tacos rule. good one, b.

  6. Good to know WF sells the mixes minus the MSG, whenever I see recipes that calls for them I keep moving on...maybe one day CO will get its act together and bring in a TJ's. #lifeisunfair

  7. since all the recipes of yours that I have tried NEVER fail... I must do this one also!!!

  8. TJ sells MSG free taco seasoning mix? Score! I am absolutely an MSG hater. Makes me nauseous.

  9. Ohh...can't wait to try this! I'm always in the mood for soup! In fact, I'm sending this to my hubby so he can make it for me :)

  10. exactly what "b_maria_why" said lol. taco anything!

  11. Sounds yummy - especially since it's courtesy of Paula Deen!

  12. This is one of my top favorite comfort foods:-) Soooo good! xoxo

  13. yummy! i think the crockpot might really be the greatest invention ever. haha

  14. Oh, how I love me a good crockpot recipe!

  15. sounds yummy! love crockpot recipes. love tacos. def giving this a try!

  16. it used to be really awkward for me whenever we went out to eat and my mom would ask incessantly ... does THIS have MSG??? if they did, we left.

    now i do this.

    surprisingly love turning into my momma

    so keep spreading the MSG hate bridge

  17. Mmm, these sound delicious. And I got the salt in the mail, so thanks again! xo

  18. That sounds amazing. Way to make a fellow preggo drool.

  19. Boo yeah. I know what I'm doing for dinner tonight! Yes, I crave crock pot meals here in HI too, but ONLY when it's raining and the AC is on in the house. It tricks my brain to think it's...Fall... or something. Also, I'm almost done unpacking and stuff and might - MIGHT - start yaking again (I mean, blogging again :-)

  20. i need to put my crockpot to use. i never know what to make in it! this looks right up my alley.

  21. i love taco soup! my mama's is the best! enjoying your blog

  22. what about baked beans? that's a summer time food right?

  23. this is the best recipe I ever got from a friend. It's a classic, and a winter staple. Thanks for giving this to me before your blog was famous. Which i just found out. Tonight. At dinner with Gordon girls. Love ya, Mama.


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