Taco Soup

Taco Soup photo 784E7500-D920-47A1-A29D-0983AD3C2387_zpshznkmavb.jpgThis is an easy, flavorful soup with many of the ingredients used for making tacos.  It could be made in a crock pot or on the stove top. On the stove it takes about a half hour to make.

There's hundreds of similar recipes on the Internet using different combinations of beans, but the norm is to have two or three different kinds of beans and corn kernels.  

If you buy dried beans in bulk, it's even more economical to make. When using dried beans, I use my pressure cooker to prepare beans for this soup. They cook and soften in about 15 minutes.

Add a salad and/or corn bread for a hearty feast.

Taco Soup
1 lb. cooked ground beef, shredded chicken or ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1, 16 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
1, 16 oz. can kidney or pinto beans with liquid
1, 16 oz. can of black beans with liquid
1,  15 oz. can beef or chicken broth
1, 17 oz. can of whole kernel corn with liquid
1, 8 oz. can tomato sauce
One package taco seasoning
black pepper
cayenne pepper
Suggested toppings: sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese, guacamole, tortilla chips

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Cook meat and drain.  For the chicken, shred after cooking or use store roasted chicken and shred. Add ingredients to a 3 quart or larger, soup pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Or add ingredients to a crock pot set on low and cook about 4-6 hours, or on high 3-4 hours. Serve in bowls with optional toppings such as grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole and crushed tortilla chips.

Makes 3 quarts - 12 to 14 servings

Estimated cost $7.40 or less; .60 cents a serving or less.

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