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The Big Chill

Michelle Lane

Well, The Farmers Almanac got it right when it predicted the winter of 2019 would bring "teeth-chattering cold"!  The Almanac even almost got the date right for Zone 5's (that's us) first winter apocalypse of 2019 - the almanac predicted January 12-15.  Luckily our friends to the west caught the brunt of that over in Zone 4 and the winter front didn't quite push over. 

Now, I'm by no means "cold natured" but even I am not looking forward to Saturday's forecasted low of 18! (01.19.2019) SO, before I hunker down in my long johns I figured it was a good time to stock up on some comfort food.

Taco Soup is one of my favorite alternatives to chili when the mercury starts to fall.  It's a pretty popular Augusta dish and everyone has their own version.  Here is my version!  Feel free to share yours or your favorite cold weather "goto" recipe!



• 1 lb Ground Beef

• 1 Large Onion Finely Diced (or amount suited for your family's taste)

• 1 Packet Taco Seasoning

• 1 Can Nacho Cheese Soup

• 1 (15oz) Can Diced Tomatoes

• 1 (15oz) Can Tomato Sauce

• 1 (15oz) Can Whole Kernel Corn

• 1 (15oz) Can Kidney Beans (Light or Dark) - drained

• 1 (15oz) Can Chili Beans

• 1 Can Green Chilies


• Crock-pot liners

• Worcestershire Sauce

• Beef Broth

• Red Wine

• Garnishes

◦ Sour Cream

◦ Shredded Cheddar Cheese

◦ Picante Sauce or Salsa

◦ Nacho Cheese Doritos

◦ Corn Chips


  1. Brown beef & onions on stove top. Add taco seasoning mix following package directions – OR, substitute a mix of beef broth, red wine, and Worcestershire for recommended water.

  2. This is the great part! Dump everything else in the crock-pot or large stock pot. *pro tip: use a disposable crockpot liner to save yourself the cleanup!

  3. Drain beef & onion mixture then add to crock-pot or stock-pot.

  4. If using a crock-pot cook on low 8 hours or high 5 hours. If using the stove-top cook until warmed thru.

  5. Serve nice and hot with garnish of your choice! I personally like mine with Doritos!

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