Summer Cooking: Crock Pot Taco Soup

I don’t turn on my oven during the summer at all if I can help it.

Luckily with a grill in the backyard and a handy crock pot in my kitchen, I don’t need to.

One of my favorite summer time recipes is Taco Soup.  It’s actually great year round, but I love it during the summer because it’s easy to make, doesn’t heat up my kitchen, and the cook time is flexible so it’s ready to eat when we are.   Plus, it’s quite hearty, so after a long day of swimming and expending energy it really hits the spot.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 lb. of cooked and seasoned to taste ground beef
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (my kids like the petite diced tomatoes the best for this recipe)
  • 1 can of rinsed and drained kidney beans
  • 1 can of rinsed and drained pinto beans
  • 1 or 2 cans of corn (I only use one can, but if you are a corn lover, definitely use 2)
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning

Combine in Crock Pot and heat on low all day or on high for a few hours.

To SERVE, garnish with:

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • Fritos by Frito Lay (Frito-Lay Variety Pack, Selected Varieties $10.99 this week at Smart & Final){this is KEY!  No other chips taste as good in this recipe.  Trust me.  I’ve tried.}


{Watch out world! I’m enjoying posting my favorite recipes so much I just might become a part time “foodie”!  ha ha}

Disclosure:  I got to share this recipe/shop for the products on sale at Smart & Final as part of a compensated social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and recipe variations are my own.


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    It looks delish, but I have hard time doing soup in the summer… it just seems too hot. I’ll put this one in the ‘cold day’ file–thanks.

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    Looks delicious! And easy! I, too, hate using my oven in the summer but I rarely use the crock pot this time of year either. I don’t know why that is, though! I will have to try this!

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    I’m going to have to give this a try! The crock pot makes my life SO much easier! And yes, those Fritos sound like the perfect topping!

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      Marie Czarnecki says

      I am too, and it makes life lot easier for anytime of the year, especially if you are a busy person, and does not get the house hot..

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    Marie Czarnecki says

    Love Mexican food, and love crock/slow cooker cooking anytime, always try to make life easier for me..Love SMART&FINAL!!!!!

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    YUM!!! I was just wondering what to make with the ground turkey in my fridge today and I think I’ve found the answer 🙂 I’m all about easy and I love crock pot recipes!

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    I made this yesterday and it was so yummy! I made it vegetarian with extra corn.
    My kids do not like tomato chunks, so I used tomato puree.
    I like mine spicy and added a little Sriracha.
    What a great, easy and tasty recipe. Thanks for saving dinner last night!!


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