Easy Winter Dinner – Taco Soup in the Slow Cooker

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Taco Soup RecipeWe make this taco soup recipe all the time, it’s huge family favorite.  And it’s super easy to throw together, with lots of variations.  It’s delicious and quick slow cooker recipe for cold winter evenings!

For the Soup

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can kidney beans, undrained
  • 14 oz can black beans, undrained
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • taco seasoning to taste
  • water, to taste

For Serving

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips

Brown ground beef or turkey with onions, drain if needed.  Combine all soup ingredients in slow cooker, cook on low 6 hours.  Serve with grated cheese on top and tortilla chips.

Again, lots of options with this soup – plus it’s so easy, and basically impossible to mess up, which is probably why it’s a favorite in our house.  We like quick, easy, and hard to mess up.

These recipe is easily substituted based on what you have in the pantry.  Omit the meat to make it vegetarian.  Or use chicken, or really any leftover meat you have on hand.  I’ve thrown in leftover rotisserie chicken, leftover taco meat, shredded chicken, ground turkey, and all have turned out great. Use diced tomatoes with green chiles or mexican seasoning for added flavor.  My husband loves cumin, so he adds extra cumin and garlic (on top of the taco seasoning) when he makes it.  If we don’t have tomato sauce, I’ll throw in some tomato paste instead, or even just another small can of diced tomatoes.  If we are out of onion, I’ll add minced dried onion or just skip it completely.

This is a good recipe to sneak in extra veggies for your family.  We add an undrained can of corn occasionally, or chopped bell peppers, and I’ve even thrown in some chopped spinach to sneak extra vitamins into my kids diet.

No need to drain any of the cans of beans/corn, just dump them all into the slow cooker, juice and all.  Then just eyeball the amount of water, to make it more or less soupy.  Top with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa …I personally prefer a heaping mound of cheddar cheese and then I eat it with tortilla chips.

**And of course, since I take pictures of everything, this soup photo is available to license from Creative Market.

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