Taco Soup ~ posted by Caia

Taco soup
I like to put this in the crockpot, but it can be put on the stove. Here is the original recipe. I use more or less ground beef depending upon personal preferences and cost factor. I also change out dried beans of our preference (we use black beans instead of kidney beans) and make a few other adjustments. But it goes over really well and can make up a very large batch.

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 can kidney beans with liquid
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside.
Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.

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Dh’s Chili ~ posted by momtolgd

DH’s chili

5 cans of varying kinds of beans, drained (chili hot beans, light and dark kidney beans)
2 cans of stewed or diced tomatoes
1 jar of salsa (we use medium)
1 onion chopped or quartered
Sometimes he uses ground beef (browned and drained first), sometimes he doesn’t…I prefer without meat
Add tomato paste or sauce if you need more liquid
Season with pepper, chopped onions, chili powder to taste (sometimes he also adds crushed red peppers)

Add all together, let simmer for an hour or longer if desired. DH likes to play a bit with ingredients, so it doesn’t turn out exactly the same every time, but this is the basic list of what he uses.

Spicy Potato Soup ~ posted by Krista in LA

Spicy Potato Soup


I love this soup because it is a complete meat and potatoes type meal. You can make it as spicy as you want too.

Spicy Potato Soup
1 lb hamburger
4 c cubed potatoes
1 small onion, chopped
3 8 oz cans tomato sauce
4 c water
2 tsp salt (I often leave this out)
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp hot pepper sauce (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)

Brown hamburger, drain. Add potatoes, onion, and tomato sauce. Stir in water, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened. 6-8 servings.

Cheeseburger Soup ~ posted by JudoMom

Cheeseburger Soup:

1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup carrot, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 tbsp butter, divided
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups potatoes, diced & peeled
1/4 cup flour
2 cups American cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

-In a 3 quart saucepan, saute onion, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley in 1 tbsp of butter until tender. (about 10 minutes)
-Add broth, potatoes, & ground beef; bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat, cover & simmer for about 12 minutes (until potatoes are soft).
-Melt 3 tbsp butter in a small skillet, add flour. Stir until bubbly.
-Add to soup, bring to a boil. Cook and stir for an additional 2 minutes.
-Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt & pepper. Cook & stir until cheese melts.
-Remove from heat, stir in sour cream.

Yield: Approx. 8 servings/2 1/4 quarts

Autumn Soup ~ posted by Cathy in IL

Autumn Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups hot water
1 cup each cut up carrots, celery, corn, and potatoes
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf crumpled
pinch of basil
1 can tomatoes (or 6 fresh)

Brown beef in saucepan. Add onions and cook 5 minutes. Add everything else. Mix well and boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or a little longer.

Friendship Soup Mix – Layered Soup Mix in a Jar ~ posted by KristineIN

We really like this one and I make it up in jars to keep on hand.

Friendship Soup Mix – Layered Soup Mix In A Jar

1/2 cup dry split peas
1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup dry lentils
1/4 cup dried minced onion
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup alphabet macaroni or other small macaroni (can be put in a plastic sandwich bag to make it easier for the recipient to get out of jar )

Additional Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
3 qts. water
1 (28-ozs.) can diced tomatoes, undrained

In a 1-1/2-pint jar, layer the first eight ingredients in the order listed. Seal tightly.

Yield: 1 batch.

Instructions to attach to jar:

Friendship Soup Mix:

To Prepare Soup: Carefully remove macaroni from top of jar and set aside. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown beef; drain. Add the water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add reserved macaroni; cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until macaroni, peas, lentils and barley are tender.

Yield: 16 servings (4 quarts)

Amy in VA’s Crockpot Taco Soup

Great Taco Soup

Into your crockpot pour the following ingredients:
2 lb. browned hamburger meat
2 cans ranch-style beans
2 cans whole kernel corn
2 cans diced stewed tomatoes
1 can rotel
1 pkg. Ranch Style Dressing Mix
1 Pkg. Taco Seasoning

cook in the crockpot for several hours. serve with grated cheese and sour cream on top and tortillas or cornbread. Very much like chili.