This started off to be a favorite crock pot/Weight Watcher recipe. It is now simply a favorite. Friends along the way have helped us perfect it. The chicken variation at the bottom is perfection!
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 c. chopped onion
1 16 oz. can pinto beans, not drained
1 16 oz. can dark kidney beans
1 16 oz. can corn, not drained
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. ranch dressing dry mix
1/2-1 cup water
Brown beef with onions in a skillet. In a dutch oven, combine the beef and onion mixture, then the rest of the ingredients. Simmer 20 minutes.
Additionally, you can add a can of hominy or a variety of beans. Also, chopped peppers can be added for more spice.
Variation: Instead of browned ground turkey/ground beef, you can simmer chicken with the taco seasoning for a few hours in the crockpot and after chicken is done, shred with a fork. Add the chicken back in the crockpot and add the remaining ingredients and heat until hot.
This can be frozen. If it thickens too much, add water.