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I think I have an obsession with easy recipes. I love to cook for my family but I love it even more when I am cooking an easy recipe that everyone loves. Almost all of the recipes I share on blog are easy recipes. They are recipes any one can make, with regular ingredients and very little prep. When I made my Aunt Renee’s easy taco soup recipe last month, I knew it was past time to share it on the blog. This easy taco soup is exactly what the title says. You can assemble in a matter of minutes, simmer in the crock pot, and enjoy a delicious dinner whenever you are ready!
One of my tricks to making an easy meal even easier is to fill my freezer. Last week, hamburger was on sale for $1.99/lb so I bought 15 pounds. Several pounds I made into hamburger patties and froze in packages of 5 and I used several pounds to make meatballs for the freezer. The last couple pounds I browned and divided into one pound bags for the freezer. When you have your hamburger already cooked, this easy recipe becomes so easy your preschooler could make it! Truly.
You can certainly prepare this taco soup on the stove but I prefer to mix it in my crock pot and let it simmer until it is ready. Every busy mom knows there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of coming home to a hot meal waiting for you.
One of the other things that I like about this recipe is that it is easy to gift to people. Just cook up the hamburger and then give them all the other ingredients in a bag. They can mix up this taco soup whenever they are ready! This is particularly handy for new moms.
Are you ready for this easy taco soup recipe? Here it is!
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1 pound hamburger, browned
2 cans (28 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounce) corn
1 can (15 ounce) black beans
1 can (15 ounce) pinto beans
1 jar (16 ounce) salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 package ranch seasoning
Brown your hamburger (if not already cooked) and place in crock pot.
Open all the cans. Do not drain the cans, but dump all with all their contents into the crock pot.
Add the salsa and seasoning packets. Stir once or twice to combine seasonings into the soup.
Let the taco simmer on low for several hours or until ready to serve. Enjoy!
I told you it was easy, didn’t I? This really may be one of the easiest recipes I have yet to share. I know it seems odd to mix the juice and broth into your soup, but it works!
The ranch and the taco seasoning give the soup a nice flavor with a bit of kick. Ranch may seem an odd addition but it makes for a great flavor in the soup! Feel free to adjust the heat in your salsa to your preference.
You can also add more meat or subtract one can of tomatoes if you want a meatier and chunkier soup. I like using two cans of diced tomatoes to resemble more of a chili.
If you don’t have all the ingredients in your pantry already, add them to your shopping list. You’ll be glad you have them on hand when the next cold day rolls around – or any day you need to throw an easy meal together!