soup there it is

October is upon us. It can only mean one thing… taco soup time. I know that everyone knows how to make taco soup. But, I also know that everyone makes it differently. Here is the version we make in our casa.


2 cans shoepeg corn
2 cans black beans
1 can rotel tomatoes
2 cans petite diced tomatoes

1 packet of taco seasoning
1 packet of buttermilk Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

I really prefer two cans of rotel and one can of diced tomatoes, but that makes it too spicy for the kids. Ugh. The things we do for our children.

You’d think that G-raldo and Manuwells could handle it…



Turkeys. Speaking of, I use ground turkey instead of beef. Not just in this… always. None of my folks can tell the difference.


Brown the turkey and season with salt and pepper. Next, add all of the ingredients (do not drain any of the veggies) to a crockpot or dutch oven. Or, if you are drinking a margarita, get your four year old to do it.


I told him to save the magic dust for last.


Simmer on low for several hours. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.


But what really makes it delicious is the toppings. No toppings, no bueno.


Fritos Scoops
sour cream
avocado with lime
cheddar cheese
diced jalapenos

not pictured (because I didn’t have any)-
green onions
diced black olives



So good I had to make up a new word. I think I’ll copyright it for the title of my imaginary cookbook. It will include this along with other complicated recipes like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, scrambled eggs and rice crispy treats.

Have a great week, amigos!

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  1. I’m loving your recipes , thanks for another ! I also LOVE your table! So cool!

  2. I love this version of taco soup! The ranch makes it!

    I didn’t even think about different toppings though. My husband actually makes his soup into nachos or an actual taco. (good for the leftovers)

  3. Maybe the best blog post title ever.

  4. Think I will try this. It sounds delish! LOVE your blog BTW.

  5. I’m so hungry now!!!!! can’t wait to make this!!

  6. Love taco soup! My recipe is very similar, too. Now you’ve got me craving it!

  7. 1 I don’t have a taco soup recipe. 2 Why is your portion so small?

  8. OK… a few things:

    – you are way too funny and I seriously LOVE your blog
    – this soup was so AWESOME and EASY… I will seriously be LIVING off this all fall/winter
    – I substituted cooked quinoa (I actually cooked it with a little of the taco seasoning) for the ground turkey, my kid didn’t know the difference
    – I just spent the last hour and a half reading every blog post you’ve ever written… ok, so that was a little stalkerish to admit!

    Love love love this recipe!

  9. So I looked this recipe up on Pinterest and the sample bowl (while it was simmering) was so awesome! The ranch was awesome, it gave it a really great flavor. I enjoyed the blog more than making the recipes. Definitely subscribing. 🙂

  10. I make this but also 1-2 cans of beef broth, adds good flavor.

  11. You said don’t drain the veggies, but do you drain the beans? Thanks!