Taco Soup

(please read disclaimer)

Yes. Seriously

I cook a lot of very different things. Some are very simple comfort foods that anyone can make and some are bit more extravagant. This is the former. It HAS to be the cheapest dinner recipe ever! I really love this stuff. I got this recipe from my Nana (you’ll hear that often) which means it’s delicious, cheap, and best of all, EASY. Like with knitting patterns, it may sound strange, but you just have to trust the instructions. It’s basically like chili but less time-consuming, easier on your guts and has a few more veggies.


  • 1 to 1½ Lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small (15.25 oz.) can corn
  • 1 small (15.50 oz.) can kidney beans (or pinto, I prefer kidney)
  • 1 small (10 oz.) can Ro-tel
    A little information about Ro-tel: This is just a can of diced tomatoes, green chilies, and spices. If you have ever lived in the south, you know this always goes into queso. If you don’t recognize this, most stores are now carrying their own version of it and it will be near the canned diced tomatoes. It will be a very small can and it will say “diced tomatoes and green chilies”. Same thing.
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. Ranch dressing seasoning mix
    (I know! I know! Just trust me K?!)
  • 1 pkg Taco seasoning (whatever heat you like)
  • saltines

Brown and scramble meat in a skillet and meanwhile in a large pot, combine all cans WITH ALL THE WATER AND JUICES. Add both spice packets. Begin cooking on medium. Drain beef of grease and put it in the pot. Simmer 10 minutes.


*Disclaimer: “5 minute meals” is maybe a teeny, tiny bit of an exaggeration (unless you are a ninja who happens to be jacked up on coffee) but essentially these are very quick, easy, and affordable “home cooking” type recipes whose ingredients are in most average kitchens and are also ideal for those who have convinced themselves they can’t make good food because they are not “good cooks”.


January 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Recipes.

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