Taco Soup: Slow Cooker and Stove Top Methods

Yesterday 3 inches of snow brought the Front Range to its knees.  Very unusual, we’re deep snow people, but I guess it was because it was so warm before and the temps dropped dramatically, it created a skating rink just as morning rush hour began.  I wouldn’t know because when my alarm went off and the traffic guy on the radio described the doom and gloom on the roads, I decided to work from home. After I slept another hour.

This morning at work we were talking about how much we love soups and taco salad, so Taco Soup didn’t seem that far of a leap. I usually like to do my own seasoning, but let’s consider this a quick and foolproof soup, using some tried and true ingredients: taco seasoning and Ro*tel style tomatoes. I won’t tell. If you’d like to make your own taco seasoning, JeffreyW had a recipe here. You can cook this in a slow-cooker or on the stovetop, the directions for both are below.

Taco Soup

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 cups of water or tomato juice
  • 15 1/2-ounce can pinto beans
  • 15 1/2-ounce can red kidney beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans Ro*tel-style tomatoes (use your heat preference)
  • 6 oz diced green chilies
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • Corn chips, for serving
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • Pickled jalapenos, for garnish
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Black olives for garnish

(all garnishes are optional, of course)

Brown the ground beef and onions in a skillet; drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water, stirring well. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. Stir in the liquid, beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapenos, remaining taco seasoning, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours (alternately you can simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove). To serve, place a few chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with garnishes.