Taco Soup

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.

What do you think?