Chip Mom’s Kitchen #8: Taco Soup

- Posted January 31st, 2014 by

You may not have noticed, but the general geographic area of NORTH AMERICA has been a tit bit nippy lately.

Taco Soup

Difficulty level:
Newb          |         Apprentice         |         Journeyman         |         Master

If you try hard – I mean REALLY hard – you might be able to mess this up……. maybe.

Quest Items:

Lean Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
Can of Black Beans
Can of Pinto Beans
Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans
Can of Whole Kernel Corn
Can of Diced Tomatoes
Large Pot
Wooden Spoon/Spatula

Optional: Salsa, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Fritos, Tostitos

Musical Accompaniment:

Illustrated Guide:

Yes, seriously, this is all you need:

Get the goods.

Put your pan over medium high heat.  When it is nice and roasty-toasty warm, put your ground meat of choice into the pan and poke, prod, and crumble until fully browned.

While your meat is browning, open your plethora of cans.  Here’s where you have some choices to make!  If you’d like your meal to be more soupy, do not drain any of the cans.  If you like a thicker, chili-like consistancy, drain some or all of your canned beans and veggies.


Personally, I like to drain and rinse my beans only.  That gets rid of A LOT of excess salt that you really don’t need in the meal as well as making the Taco Soup not-quite-so-soupy.




Add the undrained cans of diced tomatoes and whole kernel corn. Open up your packages of dry ranch mix and taco seasoning and dump those in too!  Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.


Stir in the drained and rinsed beans.  Once everything is in the pot, turn the heat down to medium and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes!

Scoop into a bowl and fancy it up as you like!  I’m a fan of sour cream and shredded cheese.  President Hoodie style involves a heaping pile of Fritos. YOU can make a style all your own!  Let me know how your flavor experiments come out over at the Chip Mom facebook page.


One last thing:  This is a meal that gets better in the fridge, so enjoy all those leftovers!

As always, Mama loves ya! <3


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