Beef Taco Soup
Another nostalgic childhood meal. My mom received this recipe from one of her employees when I was in second or third grade and ever since, it is a go-to recipe on winter days.
It is very likely that you already have 90% of the ingredients in your pantry. Or, you can shop for this ahead of time and buy 2 or 3 meals worth so you will have it in your pantry for the next rainy or snowy day.
Another perk, is you can customize this soup to your specifications. I make it different than my mom does now. I have seen this recipe all over, but I will give you my spin on it!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 lb ground beef, elk, or venison
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (I use Dot Seven Ranch Tex-Mex Rub)
- 1 small onion
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1 15oz can chili beans
- 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 15oz can pinto beans
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can garbonzo beans
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 small can sliced olives
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 32oz container beef stock
- Shredded Mexican cheese
- Cotija cheese (tried this last time, so good)
- Lime wedge
- Toritilla chips
Build your soup!
- I start by heating a cast iron pan to medium/high.
- Then, grab a crock pot or stock pot out to have ready to go.
- While the cast iron is heating, I dice up the onion and mince the garlic.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil into pan and toss in onion and garlic until translucent.
- Then, add in your ground meat with 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning. (You may need to add a smidge more seasoning depending on taste)
- Cook meat through until browned, then add it into the crock pot of stock pot.
- Add in just the canned chili beans, frozen corn and diced tomatoes to the cooked ground meat.
- Pour all other beans and olives into a colander and rinse and strain a few times (I feel like this just helps a bit with GI issues for our family :) )
- Add the remainder of beans and olives to the meat mix.
- Add in the carton of beef stock.
- Let it slow cook all day in a crock pot on high for 8 hrs. I love this option if we are working or outside most of the day tending to the ranch. So nice to come home to dinner ready after a long day.
- Or, if you have it in a stock pot, keep heat on medium-high and then turn it down to low after it starts to boil. Let the ingredients amplify for an hour or two before serving.
- Serve in a bowl with desired toppings and enjoy!