Dinner Tonight: Taco Chili

  It’s not a chili…it’s not a taco soup…it’s a hybrid.  In fact, that’s what my husband’s been calling it for years, “the hybrid”.  It’s thick like a chili but with the flavors of a taco soup.  My sweet friend Bree shared her version of Taco Winter Soup with me and I tweaked it just a touch to create this thicker, chili like version.  A one pot meal on a cold winter day…that’s perfection.
Shopping List
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 packet Ranch dressing mix (you know…the powder kind in the packet)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can Rotel
1 can chopped green chiles
1 can Ranch style beans
1 small can tomato sauce
Chips, cheese, sour cream to garnish
In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown ground beef.  Add in onion and saute 5-6 minutes.  Add in both seasoning packets and stir until combined with meat/onion mixture.  Add in Rotel, chiles, beans and tomato sauce.  Reduce heat to low and simmer at least 10 minutes but honestly, you could let this baby simmer away for hours if you like (stirring occasionally).  I’ve even transferred it to the crock pot to cook on low 6 hours or so. 
So simple and satisfying.  Your crew is going to love it tonight.
Speaking of crews…here’s what went on when I made this dinner…
My sweet girl is really trying to learn how to spell her name.  She asks me to help her all the time and is pretty much constantly doing this puzzle.  Bless her little Ten Letter Name self.  On this particular night, she worked and re-worked her puzzle over and over while I cooked.  She had two questions…1. why is her brother’s name so much shorter than her name and 2. why are there so many “n”s in her name.
Both good questions.  šŸ™‚

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  • Angela Ellingson February 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Where can I get a puzzle like this for my little girl? šŸ™‚

  • Mix and Match Mama February 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I bought my puzzles at Graham Crafts. It's a little mom and pop operation in North Texas.

  • Angela Ellingson February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks! Looks like they have a website. šŸ™‚

  • MBee January 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I don't think we have Rotel in Canada. What is it?

  • Mix and Match Mama January 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Just use a can of diced tomatoes (don't drain) and either a small can of chopped green chiles or chop up a little jalapeno pepper!

  • Noelle January 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hey I am currently making this soup and am confused where the "broth" of the soup comes in at? I might just be reading it wrong too or misunderstanding.

  • Mix and Match Mama January 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    It's chili, so there is no broth. Between the tomatoes, tomato sauce and beans, that creates your liquid. Enjoy!

  • Jessi February 2, 2014 at 3:33 am

    I'm going to try making this for a Super Bowl party tomorrow, but when I was at the store I couldn't find "ranch style beans." Are they just a Texas thing? I got kidney beans and also have a can of black beans in the pantry already. Which would you recommend using?? Thanks!!

  • Mix and Match Mama February 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Ranch Style Beans are a particular brand that's pretty common. However, if you can't find it, you can really substitute with whatever bean you love. I would probably pick black beans because I'm a black bean kind of girl :).

  • Carrie October 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I am going to try your taco chili! I tried a taco soup recipe last week and it was just ho hum. I love that your recipe has a ranch packet in it (how yummy is that?!) and rotel. Anything is good if it has rotel in it, IMHO. Maybe it is a Missouri thing. šŸ™‚ Happy Monday! And, P.S. I have loved every single one of your recipes I have tried!

  • Stacey Burkhardt October 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight. It is SO good! This will be my new go-to chili recipe šŸ™‚

  • arika January 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Do you drain the beans or just dump the whole can in?

  • Angela Ellingson October 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    We made this for supper tonight (from your cookbook Eats) and oh my goodness! My hubby and I can’t stop raving about it. So so delicious!