One of my kid’s favorite meals is this crock-pot taco soup. It’s been a crowd-pleaser for my daycare and family for years. They can’t get enough. It’s also a really healthy meatless meal for any time. For more soup recipe ideas to inspire you, check this out.
You can make this soup with canned ingredients and it’s even faster, but you will be amazed at how much better it tastes when you make it this way. Not having meat in this soup for kids makes it an inexpensive family meal to make.
You can give it in cans as a taco soup kit for a fun family gift, or even use dehydrated vegetables to make taco soup in a jar, a gorgeous mason jar gift. It’s liked by most people. They rave about it.
Crock-pot Taco Soup For Kids
The morning before I’m going to serve taco soup, I put a pound of beans in my crock-pot to soak. I use kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans. They are all delicious but our favorite is taco soup with black beans. You can also mix different 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!
But if you’re short on time, grab a bag of frozen corn, a can of Rotel, a couple of cans of beans, and taco seasoning, and ranch dip mix and the store and go home and dump it all in. You’ll have dinner in the crock-pot in an hour while you work on homework, or in a few minutes on the stove.
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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 crockpot on high.
I cook the beans all night, in the morning they are tender and flavorful and the house smells amazing. Remember, you can use a store-bought packet of taco seasoning mix if that’s what you have for this taco soup for kids.
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 homegrown rotel either, but canned works just fine for the soup for kids.
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 lunchtime!
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You can brown up some meat to add as well, but we usually don’t put meat in ours. This crockpot taco soup is one of the tastiest soups I make. Delicious!
Garnish it with some sour cream, shredded cheddar, and a few tortilla chips. I like mine crumbled up on top of the taco soup.
Taco Soup Recipe
Easy and inexpensive taco soup that kids love!
- 1 pound dried beans
- 1 can or bag frozen Rotel
- 1 bag frozen corn
- 1 pkg ranch seasoning mix
- 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
- 1 tsp. salt
Soak beans in water for 8 hours
Drain beans and rinse
Place soaked beans in crock pot and cover with water
Add 1 package of taco seasoning mix
Cook on high 6-8 hours until beans are super tender
Add salt, rotel, corn, and ranch seasoning mix
Cook on low 3-4 hours
Serve with garnish of sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips
Taco soup freezes great and holds up really well for several months in the freezer.
For inspiration for more homemade make-ahead daycare freezer meals for your daycare, check out this post.
More Soup Recipes:
If you are someone who can’t get enough soup like me, you’re going to love these recipes too:
- Sausage Spinach Tortellini Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Easy and Inexpensive Taco Soup
- Vegetable Beef Soup
Need more kid-friendly soups, here is another one of my kid’s favorites, vegetable beef soup they can even make themselves!
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What are your kid’s favorite meals?