Easy, Inexpensive Taco Soup that Kids LOVE!

One of my kid’s FAVORITE meals is taco soup.  They love it!  I love it too, but it’s also very economical to make.  It’s an easy make ahead that uses your crock pot for convenience and doesn’t heat the house up. 

You can make this soup with canned ingredients, but you will be amazed at how much better it tastes when you make it this way. 

The morning before I’m going to serve the soup, I put a pound of beans in my crockpot to soak.  I use kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans.  They are all delicious but our favorite is black beans.  You can also mix your beans.  Use whatever you like.  The difference between cooking your own beans or using canned make a great flavor difference and a huge difference in your wallet! 


In the evening, after the beans have soaked for about 8 hours, I rinse them well and refill the crock pot with water.  I add a packet of homemade taco seasoning mix, and turn the crock pot on high.  I cook the beans all night, in the morning they are tender and flavorful and the house smells amazing.

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At this point, I add a bag of frozen homemade rotel, and a bag of frozen corn that I shucked and cut off the cob earlier in the summer.  Frozen corn, even if it’s store bought is much better tasting than canned in this recipe as well.  You certainly can’t go wrong with home grown rotel either, but canned works. 

homemade rotel for the freezer

Add about a teaspoon of salt (no salt has been added to the beans yet), and a package of ranch dip mix.  I make mine homemade as well so I can avoid chemicals found in store bought seasonings.  Cook on high until lunch time! 

You can brown up some meat to add as well, but we usually don’t put meat in ours.  This is one of the tastiest soups I make.  Delicious! 

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Garnish it with some sour cream, shredded cheddar and a few chips.  I like mine crumbled up. 

What are your kid’s favorite meals?

6 comments

  1. Angela Bergeron says:

    Great thanks! I literally just made a taco soup the other day, but it called for all packaged products so I’m sure this will be much better! I’d also love to get your rotel and ranch dressing recipes.

    • Thank you so much for reading! The link to the rotel is in the post, if you click on it, it will take you to the post with the recipe and the ranch dip mix recipe will be added soon. 🙂

  2. We have a tradition in our house with the kids .. .taco Tuesdays … now we can put it in soup form! Thanks Christina!

  3. Sherry Mustain says:

    Love your posts and recipes Christina, would you consider giving your homemade mix recipes? I find different ones online but I know yours would be the best 🙂

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