This is a really hearty and filling soup.
1 lb. ground meat, browned and drained *
1 medium onion copped fine, sauteed with meat
1 pkg. taco seasoning**
1 oz. pkg dry ranch dressing mix
*Because this soup is loaded with beans I only use 1/2 pound of ground meat. Save the other 1/2 pound for another meal.
**if you don't have taco seasoning don't run to the store just for that, you can use some chili powder and cumin and salt and come up with a close substitute
Add to the meat mixture in a crockpot:
1 can kidney beans or 2 cups cooked dry
1 can whole kernel corn or 2 cups frozen
2 cans pinto beans or 4 cups cooked dry
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel brand tomatoes *
* my children don't like things too spicy and the Rotel can add a kick when combined with the taco seasoning. So I only use 1/2 a can and save the other 1/2 for something else. If you won't be using it for awhile you can place it in a small jar and stick it in the freezer, just remember to label it so you know what it is.
Don't drain your cans of beans and if you are using beans that you cooked from dry beans then you will need to add about 1 cup of water to the stew. Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for about 6 hours. Serve over fritos with grated cheese and sour cream on top. Add some cornbread on the side and some celery sticks and you have a good wholesome meal cheap and easy.