Love this totally family-friendly recipe: Taco Soup
My brother has always had quite a fond attachment to Fritos. As a kid he chose Fritos over any other type of chip-like snack, popping them into his chili and tucking them underneath the tuna in his tunafish sandwiches. I never understood the appeal of Fritos, really. A handful of them leaves you with a most unpleasant greasy-sheen on your fingers, and then there’s that corny aftertaste that leaves you wondering how the heck you’re going to get that flavor out of your mouth. They are, however, essential for this super easy, perfect-for-Game-Day Taco Soup recipe.
See how easy? Just set up a Taco Soup Bar and let your guests have at it. The “Soup” is really more the consistency of chili and the topping ideas are endless… chopped bell peppers, onions, guacamole, chopped lettuce… the Fritos (or any sort of corn chips) are not optional- they simply make this recipe what it is!
Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 large onions, diced
- 2 15.5-ounce cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 15.5-ounce can kidney beans
- 1 15.25-ounce can sweet white corn, drained
- 1 14.5-ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 14.5-ounce can tomatoes with chiles
- 2 4.5-ounce cans mild diced green chiles
- 1 4.6-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
- 1 1.25-ounce package taco seasoning mix
- 1 1-ounce package ranch salad dressing mix
- Fritos, sour cream, grated cheese & pickled jalapeños for serving
- Brown the beef and turkey with the onions in a large skillet. Drain fat, then transfer cooked meat & onions to a large slow cooker (or stockpot). Add beans, corn, tomatoes, chiles, olives and seasonings; cook in slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours (or simmer on low heat for about 1 hour if using a pot on the stove).
- To serve: sprinkle a few corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with desired garnishes.
- This really isn't technically a "soup." It's more like a thick chili-sort of dish and it's fabulous over the corn chips- don't leave those out!
- Consider other garnishes too: guacamole, chopped onions, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.