I'm not a busy mom. But, if I was, I would use a crockpot every day. Why? Because you can set it and forget it. Or am I getting a crockpot confused with something from Ron Popeil? Nonetheless, I love coming home and having a meal ready and waiting for me. And, one of the recipes I would make is Taco Soup.
One thing I neglected to notice about this is that it makes 16 cups. That's alot of soup. My crockpot was filled to the top. I froze some, but have yet to see how well it will reheat. Next time I would definitely only make half the recipe.
Also, while the book boasts "Kids Love It!", there is one can of beer in it, which you can definitely taste. I doubt your little one will be slurring his words after a bowl of this, but you could always omit it or use non-alcoholic beer. But, what fun is that?
Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook
makes 16 cups
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped red onion
1 package of taco seasoning
1 envelope of Ranch-style dressing mix
2 cans of whole kernal corn, undrained
1 can of pinto beans, undrained
1 can of black beans, undrained
2 cans of chili-style diced tomatoes with green chilis (I used Rotel)
1 can of light beer
1 1/2 cups of water
Toppings: cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro
1. Cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink.
2. Combine meat mixture and all other ingredients (except toppings) in a 5 1/2 quart slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.