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Fall will soon be on its way here and I am craving me some soup.  It’s warm, comforting, and easy to throw together.  It can be as healthy or indulgent as you want, and it’s a cost effective way to feed a crowd.

Admittedly,  my family does not see the genius and beauty in soup like I do.  I’m way more enthusiastic than they are.  They’re usually pretty “meh” about it.

I tried my hand at pumpkin soup for the first time a couple days ago.  I thought it was delicious.  But I was the only one.  No one else cared for it.  That’s one out of seven folks.  Well, my 2 year old said she liked it, but she didn’t really eat any of it.  I think she was just trying to spare my feelings.   I will NOT be sharing that recipe.

I do have one go to soup that everyone will eat. It’s my easy taco soup.  Honestly, I think the kids only love it because they get to eat chips with dinner.  But I’ll take it.

It’s such an easy meal, perfect for a busy weeknight.

Begin by browning 1 1/2 lbs. of lean ground beef in your favorite soup pot.  Yes, it has to be your favorite.  Trust me on this one.

ground beef cooking

This soup comes together really quickly.  Add the seasonings, dump in the cans, add some water, you’re done.

If I’m feeling really lazy, I don’t even bother to drain the meat.  I use lean meat, so I can get away with it.

  • Spices in mason jars

I like to add my own seasonings, but you can easily use a packet of taco seasoning in place of these to simplify it even further.

Here’s what I add:

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1 Tbsp. dehydrated minced onion

1 Tbsp. cumin

1 Tbsp. seasoning salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. oregano

Add your seasoning to the cooked meat, stir around,

then start dumping in cans.

Canned ingredients for taco soup

I don’t drain any of these.  I just open ’em up, dump ’em in, and stir.  Don’t be scared. Just roll with it.

1 can of petite diced tomatoes (my kids won’t do the bigger chunks, hence the petite.)

1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce

1 can of corn

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

Now, you can add the entire can of green chilies.  My kids think it’s too spicy that way so I only pull out about 2 Tbsp. from the can.  You can also just use a can of tomatoes with diced chilies already in it, but it still ends up too spicy for my kids that way (so picky!).

The last step is to measure about 2 cans of water into the soup (I usually just use the tomato sauce can).

Stir it up, heat it through, done and done.

Taco Soup toppings: cheese, sour cream, corn chips

We like to top our soup with cheese and sour cream and eat it with corn chips.  And if you haven’t tried the Spicy Jalapeno Fritos chips you MUST!  My husband discovered them in a vending machine at his work and now we are both hooked!  These are totally crave-able!

So you don’t miss a thing, here’s all the ingredients in one list:

Easy Taco Soup (6-8 servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce

1 can of corn

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

Canned diced chilies to taste

2 cans of water

Seasonings:

2 Tbsp. Chili powder

1 Tbsp. dehydrated minced onion

1 Tbsp. Cumin

1 Tbsp. Seasoning salt

1 Tbsp. Sugar

1 tsp. Oregano

OR

Your favorite taco seasoning

Toppings:

Cheese

Sour Cream

Corn Chips

If you’re feeling fancy, fresh lime juice and cilantro are amazing with this.  Clearly, (see my rushed and amateur looking smart phone photography) this was not a fancy dinner night.  This was a hurry and get something on the table before 7pm rolls around while the toddler hangs on my leg and the preschooler wreaks havoc with the scissors night.  Just keepin’ it real.

But it came together in a jiffy.  And doesn’t it look delicious?

bowl of taco soup

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?

Let’s do this thing!

Heather Tinker