Frugal Food: Taco Soup

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is continuing her Frugal Food series. This week’s feature is ground beef.

Taco Soup |

The following is a FishBoy favorite. They absolutely love it! And even though it’s summer time and hot and humid and buggy and sticky, I keep getting requests for this meal. Go figure.

I’ve tweaked this from the original to suit my family’s tastes and budget. The original called for several packaged mixes; I’ve just subbed my own spices. What’s SO wonderful about this is that it cooks in the crockpot and a 5 year old can put it together for you. I open the cans, and he does the rest. How easy is that?!

Taco Soup |

We eat cornbread and butter with this.

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  1. Life on 7th Avenue says:

    Sounds yummy!

  2. Briana Almengor says:

    I have been making my own version of taco soup, but think I’d like to try this one. I have a can of enchilada sauce in my pantry that I need to use up. This will be perfect for it.

  3. That sounds sooo good! I love to get recipes that I couldn’t potentially burn (and fill the house with that awful burnt oven smell along with the fire alarms beeping your eardrums off!)–with 3kids 5 and under, I seem to doing a lot of that lately! :) Crock pots just rock.

  4. This sounds really good! I have one that my family loves that uses Ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning – and it’s also quick, but I just might try your version! The enchilada sauce sounds intriguing!

  5. FishMama says:

    Suzof7, the original that I tweaked had ranch dressing and taco seasoning. Those are too rich for my budget, so I substituted the other spices. FishPapa likes food with a kick, so I added the enchilada sauce – Las Palmas is our favorite.

  6. Love this! I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to get mine away from the packets of spices. I will be adding this to next week’s menu plan. Thanks!

  7. This looks so delicious! We like taco soup, but this looks like it’d be better. My 11-year old daughter helped me analyze the cost of packaged taco seasoning versus making our own and so now she is my taco seasoning maker! Healthier and frugal!

  8. Hi!
    I just made this soup last week. It’s sooo delicious. I even put some in a blender for my 9 mon old baby. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  9. I make taco soup as well. In fact, it’s our go-to meal for busy nights. I use taco seasoning that I buy at Sam’s Club – huge bottle – that’s MSG free. I use dried beans that I cook and freezer, corn, and I also stopped using ranch seasoning packet and instead just add the individual spices – parsley, onion powder, salt, whatever I have on hand. It’s easy and delicious. Here’s my recipe:

  10. I love that you add your own spices, no doubt this helps with the sodium content. I cannot wait to try your recipe. thank you!

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