The first time I every had or heard of taco soup was during a foods class that I took in high school. It quickly became one of my favorite meals to make, but the recipe that I had was a little more time consuming than I liked and it didn't involve the crock-pot. I took to Pinterest and looked at what felt like a million different recipes to see what people were putting in their taco soup and came up with my quick and easy "throw it all in the crock-pot" version.
On nights when I have class or after a long day at work, I love coming home to the smell of taco soup cooking in the crock-pot. To make my life easier, I cook a huge batch of ground turkey (or beef if you prefer) and keep it in the freezer. You can just throw a small ziploc bag or two of the meat into the crock-pot frozen or thawed. I've also put all of the ingredients into the crock-pot the night before so all I need to do in the morning before I leave for work or class is pull the crock-pot insert out of the fridge and turn it on. My favorite ingredient in this version of the recipe would probably be the tomato juice because for forever, my soup always ended up being too dry until I added the juice, that was the game changer. This recipe also makes enough to leave you with leftovers that you can freeze and pull out for quick dinner on another night.
I'm also excited to announce that the Life in the Kitchen series is no more. I will still be sharing recipes like this one, but as part of a new and improved series, Around the Kitchen Table. I felt like this name change would better fit the new blog name and the way that I've chosen to refocus the blog. I'll be sharing more about the new series direction a little bit later!
What is your favorite winter weather recipe?