1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey (optional)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups water
1 (16 ounce) can chopped stewed tomatoes, with juice
2/3 cup dry beans (I used pinto & small red beans)
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (except when I make the recipe, I half the chili powder to make it easier on the toddler's tastebuds)
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
1. Soak the beans in water overnight. Drain, rinse and put in crockpot on low with everything but the ground beef.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook ground beef until meat is evenly brown; drain excess fat. Throw in the crockpot with everything else and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
3. Ladle hot soup into serving bowls and stir in the avocado. Top with cheese like Daiya if you're so inclined.
I doubled this recipe. It fit nicely in my crockpot, and it was very good.