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This recipe was given to me by my sister in law who got it from Stephanie O'Dea of Crockpot365 Blog.
This is also a crock pot recipe. I adore crock pot recipes because you can set it and forget it (like a terrible commercial), except you don't want to forget it forever, just for the cook time.
I didn't tweak the recipe much because it was already tasty, but I make it a little spicier than 'necessary' I suppose. Not much, just a wee bit.
Some like it hot. I like to feel my mouth. ... so my version of the recipe has just a wee bit of spice to it.
You also want at least a 6 quart crock pot for this recipe; it's pretty big.
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of corn (keep the juice!)
- 1 (26 (or 28) ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes
- 1 (10 ounce) can of diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 packet of ranch dressing mix
- 1 pound browned hamburger or ground turkey
- (Optional) 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
- (Optional) 1 teaspoon of dried cilantro OR a couple sprigs chopped up of fresh cilantro
- Cook meat to appropriate internal temperature to avoid food poisoning.
- Drain fat from the meat and add drained meat into the crock pot.
- Sprinkle both seasoning packets on top of the meat.
- Add both kidney and pinto beans (make sure their drained and rinsed first) to the crock pot.
- Add all tomatoes and corn (don't drain them!) to the crock pot.
- (Optional) Add cayenne pepper and cilantro to the crock pot.
- Stir very well; you don't want lingering chunks of seasonings left in there.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5.
You can eat it like soup (as pictured above) OR you could be fun and drain it a bit (once it's done cooking) and spreading it on tortilla shells. It also makes a great dip (if a little wet, although you could probably add a little corn starch to thicken it up a bit if you wanted the more realistic dip route).
It's a pretty easy recipe to tailor it to whatever situation you'd like to consume it.