Calico Main Dish Soup Recipe

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Serve this hearty soup with a pan of corn bread on a cold winter's night—it'll warm you right down to your toes!—Josie Pritchard, Atkinson, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 to 2 cups tomato juice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 279 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1193mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the green pepper, onion, chili powder, salt and cumin. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the soup, water, corn, tomatoes, beans and rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Thin with tomato juice if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Calico Main Dish Soup in Country Ground Beef 1993, p16

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