Taco Soup is the go-to recipe for an easy night of entertaining friends or a quick weeknight supper for your family. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples, so you'll be able to put together this recipe quickly.
1 pound ground beef
2 (16-oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16-oz.) package frozen cut green beans
1 (15-oz.) can ranch beans, undrained
1 (14.5-oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 (14.5-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (12-oz.) package frozen whole kernel corn
1 (12-oz.) bottle beer*
1 (1-oz.) envelope taco seasoning mix
1 (1-oz.) envelope Ranch dressing mix
Toppings: corn chips, shredded Cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Brown ground beef in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Return to Dutch oven.
Stir pinto beans, next 8 ingredients, and 2 cups water into beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.
*1 1/2 cups chicken broth may be substituted.
The Sandwich: Sprinkle shredded pepper Jack cheese on 6 (6-inch) fajita-size flour tortillas. Fold tortillas in half, press gently to seal, and spread butter on each. Cook quesadillas in a hot skillet 2 to 3 minutes on each side until browned. Cut into wedges.
ok base, I added a whole onion and 4 cloves of garlic with ground beef. then only used one can of pinto and added one can of black beans. Used Mexican diced tomatoes, Mecican stewed tomatoes, no green beans (clearly does not belong) and several good dashes of hot sauce. Finished with a large hand full of fresh cilantro......YUM !!!
Quite tasty, and rather easy, could easily provide 2 meals for a family of four. I added additional corn (as I couldn't find any 12oz bags at the grocery store), and I doubt it made much of a difference. I used Sam Adams Winter Lager, as that was all I had on hand. Served topped with cheese and tortilla twists. Next time I might season the meat a little for a bit more of the taco flavor.
This recipe is very easy. I browned the meat on a Sunday & quickly cooked it a couple of nights later. Only suggestion is that the green beans were "too much"...next time I may do baby limas? My whole family commented they seemed out of place - even my son that loves green beans left some in his bowl. Served this with those Bisquick garlic-cheese biscuits and it was a great family week night meal. This is def a keeper for a busy family & I am glad it turned out well. Also makes a huge portion -- so you could share with a new mom or have guests and have plenty to serve.
The December 2011 issue of Southern Living is wonderful. I was looking through the soup recipes and ran across the taco soup. I didn't have all the ingredients like the Ranch Dressing, but the taco seasoning, green beans and beer made it extra yummy! I always add sugar to tomato recipes which I did a little with this. Fast and easy!
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