√Feeds A Crowd
A cheap and easy meal for a crowd? YES!
The Basic Ingredients:
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can Sweet Kernel Corn, not drained
- 1 can “Ranch Style” beans, not drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can “Rotel” Style tomatoes
- 1 packet Ranch Seasoning Mix
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 – 1.5 cups of water or broth
The Optional Ingredients:
- Browned ground turkey, ground hamburger, chicken
- Fritos, Tortilla chips
- Sour Cream, Cheese, Guacamole, and other taco fixings
This is now a family favorite for the Fall. It’s great option to replace chili night, which we have entirely too often during football season!
- ADD all “Basic Ingredients,” plus browned/cooked meat, to a slow cooker
- COOK on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
- Alternately, add everything to a large pot on the stovetop, bring to a boil, top with a lid, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes.
To be honest, I’ve been using this recipe to “use up” ingredients. Left over taco meat? Let’s make taco soup! Bought a can of Cream Corn on accident? Taco Soup! Left-over baked chicken and only a little salsa in the jar? Add it to the Taco Soup! I’m serious; we may have a problem.
SWAPS and TIPS:
Make a stew or “chili” by omitting the 1 – 1.5 cups of water. Serve over rice for an easy dinner or use a slotted spoon (to drain extra liquid) and serve over chips for easy nachos.
Use any kind of beans you like: kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans. You don’t even have to use 2 different kinds of beans. We like Ranch/Western-Style beans because they add so much flavor.
Tastes great with chopped onion, onion flakes, or onion powder! In fact, it’s great with fresh chopped onion, jalapeno, diced tomatoes, and diced bell pepper. If you like it on tacos or fajitas, you can add it to this soup.
I measure my water by using an empty corn or bean can. However, you can add even more flavor by not using water at all. Sub choices: beef broth (great with Hamburger), chicken broth (for chicken or turkey), or Salsa/picante sauce (great for Vegetarians).
Shop sales to get canned goods for less than a dollar. By shopping sales, you can stock your pantry with most of these ingredients around 50 cents a can!
It sounds crazy, but you can often save a few cents by buying a regular sized can of “Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis” instead of the 10 oz “rotel” size. It does change the liquid amount in your recipe, so be watchful when adding to non-soup recipes.