Recipes for Writers (& Other Busy Folk) | Taco Soup

A while back, I put a recipe up here for Shredded Pork Tacos. I shared the recipe because it is a delicious meal that doesn’t take much work. And when you are busy writing or working or whatever, you may need such a quick meal up your sleeve. Today, I’m sharing another one of my favorite quick meals: Taco Soup.

My wife and I got the recipe for this from a Kraft Foods magazine, but we’ve altered it to fit our tastes a bit better. And in addition to being tasty and quick, this recipe make a good amount of leftovers that warm up well on cold autumn days. Enjoy!

Photo by: Kraft

Photo by: Kraft

Taco Soup


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans of mild chili beans
  • 2 – 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 15 oz. can of corn
  • 2 – 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 package of taco seasoning (my family likes the Hot & Spicy seasoning)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • shredded cheese to top

Recipe Yield – 8-10 Servings  |  Prep Time – 5 minutes  |  Total Time – 25 minutes


Brown the ground beef with the chopped onions. Drain it. Add all remaining ingredients except the shredded cheese. Bring to a boil. Simmer on medium/low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put it in bowls, top it with cheese, eat it.

Recipes for Writers (& Other Busy Folk) | Shredded Pork Soft Tacos

If you are looking for a meal that will taste great AND require almost no prep time, try this. It is honestly the best taco meat recipe I’ve ever tasted.

PrintMy wife and I eat this meal fairly regularly as we both work full-time and have two kids who require attention (not to mention our other interests). It comes from Don’t Panic–Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell & Bonnie Garcia, published by Revell Books, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group.

Shredded Pork Soft Tacos


  • 3 lbs. country-style pork ribs
  • 1 T. oregano
  • 1 T. coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 t. kosher salt


  • flour or corn tortillas, warmed
  • tomatillo salsa (a green salsa that goes great with pork)
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • cheese
  • sliced avocado (optional)

Recipe Yield – 8-10 Servings  |  Prep Time – 5 minutes  |  Total Time – 6-8 Hours


Place ribs in crockpot. Sprinkle seasonings over meat. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until meat is tender and can be shredded with two forks. Remove bones and extra fat from meat.

Assemble soft tacos using tortillas, salsa, and favorite toppings.

Hint – No extra liquid is needed when cooking these ribs!

Nutritional Information (per serving of meat): Calories 406.0; Total Fat 29.3g: Cholesterol 118.3mg; Sodium 545.7mg; Total Carbohydrates 0.7g (Dietary Fiber 0.4g); Protein 32.6g