Bored Cook In The Kitchen

Tried and true recipes, new twists on old favorites, and new dishes to expand my family's palate.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

This is one of those simple meals I throw together for a night when I know I’m not going to have time to cook.  Tuesday is the day of the week this works best for me since it’s always a busy day at our house. 

You can just as easily make this on the stove, but I like the ease of the slow cooker for this because I start it early in the day and don’t need to stir or do another thing to it.  Dinner is ready and I can just serve it up.  It’s also a favorite in our house since all of my children love taco anything.  Well, everyone except my daughter.  She will eat tacos and nachos but won’t eat this soup. 

There are several different ways I make this and the options to change it up are unlimited.  I’ll give you the basic recipe I’ve followed for years, and one you can find almost anywhere, and then the options you can choose from to change it up.


Serves 6 (with leftovers since it’s always better the next day!)

  • 2 lbs. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 28 oz. Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 Can of Corn, drained
  • 1 Can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1 Packet Goya Sazon (in the orange box) *optional
  • 1 1/2 cans Water (use the empty tomato can to measure) 
  • Top with some shredded cheddar, sour cream and broken up tortilla chips.

Preheat your slow cooker. 

On the stove, brown the ground beef or turkey along with the onion.  When done, drain with a slotted spoon and add to the slow cooker.

Then add all the other ingredients, stir well and cover.  Set to cook on high for 4 or 5 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.  Once the soup begins to bubble in the slow cooker it’s done.

You can of course eat this just as is.  But it’s even better if you add some shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and a few crushed up tortilla chips.  Stir it all together and enjoy!

Option #2:

Replace the beef or turkey with leftover shredded chicken.  You can also throw in a can of green chiles if you want a little spice, or leave them out.

Option #3: 

Replace the same amount of regular petite cut tomatoes with Fire Roasted Tomatoes instead.  This adds a delicious smokey flavor to the soup.

Option #4:

Replace the 28 oz. can of tomatoes with 1 15 oz. can of Rotel and 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes.

There are probably a million on variations you could make to call this your own.  Start out with the basic recipe, which is good just as it is, and go from there.  Enjoy!

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5 responses to “Slow Cooker Taco Soup

  1. Miz Helen October 21, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Just stopping by to say hello and I am so glad I did. I can just about smell your wonderful Taco Soup. Thank you so very much for sharing your great recipe.

  2. Julie ~ jbulie's blog October 24, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    I can make this! I know I can. Yum. I love looking at your dinners. What a good mom you are. I read the recipe and the only thing I don’t have is the seasoning sauce. I’m certain I could make shift something out the fresh spices we have in our garden. I bet a little bit of ground Italian chili pepper would have been an extra something for the adults.

    My delicious Italian husband made us a soup out of a mix of beans and vegetables then used a blender. We dipped with crackers and bread and I tell you, we all loved it. You can dab some olive oil across the top or a bit of grated cheese too.

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Tricia @{every}nothing wonderful October 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Mmmmm! I’ve been craving taco soup lately!

  4. polwig November 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I am making this soon.. .I would say today but I need to blog about Thanksgiving and I am officially eating Thanksgiving foods 😦 But this looks amazing plus I am so intriqued by the packet of hidden valley ranch in there… Can’t wait to try it… Maybe this weekend… at the latest next week since it is slow cooker I can do it at anytime…

  5. Martha (MM) May 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Don’t know how I missed this one before – Yummy! Thanks for linking up to my slow cooker recipe round up! 🙂

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