It’s cold outside — so stay in and invite some friends over for a yummy meal that’s quick and affordable, and oh-so-tasty. Every Wednesday, ESSENCE.com will feature exclusive Hillshire Farm recipes for you to prepare for friends and family… Enjoy!

Think of it as eating tacos with a spoon, all that great taco taste without the mess. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage headlines this unorthodox but tasty meal the whole family can enjoy.

Recipe for Taco Soup

1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

1 onion, chopped

1 can (16 ounces) pinto beans, drained

1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained

1 can (15.25 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth

2 1/2 cups water

1 pkg. (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix

1.Cut sausage into 1/2″ cubes. Heat a 4-5 quart pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
2. Add sausage and onion; cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned.
3. Stir in all remaining ingredients except for optional toppings. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Top each serving with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips and sour cream if desired.