taco soup

A quick, tasty, and hearty meal that is super easy to make.  Seriously, just brown the meat and onion together, then dump the rest of the ingredients in and simmer.  Voila!  YOU CAN DO THIS.



1 lb lean ground beef (also works with turkey)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 (1 oz) package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 (1 oz) package taco seasoning mix
1 (15-16 oz) can pinto beans
1 (15-16 oz) can hominy or whole kernal corn
1 (10 oz) can diced mexican style tomatoes or Rotel tomatoes
half of 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes   (so ~5 ounces)
2-6 cups water (just depends how thick you like it, I use ~5 cups)
salt and pepper to taste

optional garnishes

shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
tortilla chips


  1. Brown the ground beef and onions in a large pot.  Only drain off some of the fat if there is lots.  (I use 90% lean ground beef and I don’t drain anything off.)
  2. Mix the ranch dressing mix and the taco seasoning mix into the meat.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients WITHOUT DRAINING.
  4. Simmer for one hour.
  5. Serve with any or all of the garnishes.




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