Easy Taco Stew

"This is so easy to make. Very flavorful. This recipe can easily be doubled."
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  • Brown the beef and onion in a dutch oven, then drain.
  • Add all ingredients to the beef/onion mixture, except for the tortilla chips and cheese.
  • Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  • TO SERVE: Crumble a handful of either tortilla chips or Doritos in individual serving bowls and cover with a generous helping of stew.
  • Sprinkle with cheese.
  • HINT: You can reduce the heat by substituting the pinto beans in chili sauce with either red kidney beans, plain pinto beans, etc.

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  1. JRiggs
    This stew was fast and easy to make and it tasted great! I actually used some leftover chicken I had on hand instead of hamburger. I loved the chicken in it and can't wait to try the hamburger. It was a little spicy for us so when I served it I added a spoonful of sour cream.
  2. Miss Annie
    Great! We loved this Stew! It was so easy to put together because I had all of the ingredients in my pantry. I loved the taste, just like tacos', only no chopping!! It was a good hot soup to serve at lunch, and it was hearty enough that I didn't serve anything else. I used tortilla chips, warmed in the microwave. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.
  3. Linda R
    This is a wonderful stew! Hearty and flavorful. I made it exactly as stated except I didn't use the pinto beans in chili sauce. Just used plain pintos and it was just right for us. I am so glad to have found this recipe!
  4. Enobmah
    This is EXCELLENT!! What a quick and easy way to wip up a very flavorful and hearty stew. Perfect for a cold and wintery day. I substituted a can of red kidney beans for the beans in chili sauce because I don't care for spicy food. It turned out perfect for my tastes.
  5. Charmie777
    Really good and easy! It was eaten up!


  1. EricaLeigh777
    Amazingly good and so simple! I couldn't believe how good this turned out. I didn't want to stop eating even when I was full! lol Thanks for the delicious recipe! We used Dark Red Kidney Beans instead of Pinto beans with chili sauce and it was fantastic. I think if it would have been any spicier it wouldn't have been enjoyable for a meal more for a snack. And I LOVE spicy food so that is telling you something. It is fine without the chili sauce. :D Also used 1.5 pounds of meat and 1 and 1/2 packets of taco seasoning. Mmm Mmmm!
  2. EmptyO
    Loved it. I used yellow hominy instead of corn just to give it that authentic Mexican touch. I reduced the water to 3/4 cup. A keeper for sure. Thanks, Merlot.
  3. Sooz Cooks
    I keep trying Merlot's recipes and they keep being 5 Star gems. This one is no different. It was SO easy to throw together after work but tasted like I had been cooking for a long time. Onion powder instead of onions was the only change I made. I served it with crushed tortilla rounds, sour cream, shredded cheese and flour tortillas and it was DELICIOUS! This will be on our menu on a monthly rotation for sure but next time I will double the recipe as there was not a drop left!
  4. Alicia K Nuess
    YUM! This was awesome! My husband got seconds, and my grandfather went back for thirds! The only things I did different were that I used tomato sauce instead of soup, and no beans. I'll be making this again soon! Thanks for the recipe!
  5. Tornado Ali
    INCREDIBLE! I used petite diced tomatoes and two cans of diced chilies in place of the Rotel, and a can of black beans in place of pinto (personal preference) and homemade taco spice. Threw it all together in the crockpot. Added a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar and had me some heaven in a bowl! This pairs wonderfully with Yeast Corn Rolls Recipe #101266.


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