Chunky Taco Soup Recipe
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Chunky Taco Soup Recipe

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I've gotten great response at our church dinners and senior groups whenever I bring this thick easy-to-fix soup. I usually take home an empty pot and often get requests for the recipe. The flavor seems to improve with leftovers...if there are any! —Evelyn Buford, Belton, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef top sirloin or round steak, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 228 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 1017mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein


  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, brown beef and onion in oil. Add pinto beans, tomatoes, water, black beans, corn, salad dressing mix and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20-30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Chunky Taco Soup in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p32

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"This was delicious and very easy to make. I used lean ground beef and spicy taco seasoning. My husband loved it and thought it tasted more like chili than taco soup."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"This is a great recipe! I have used an inexpensive chuck-roast cubed. Also, used two envelopes of taco seasoning. omitting the ranch. I did take the suggestion of adding an extra can of whole corn, great addition. This is a great chili recipe that tastes and smells like tacos. A hit with the teenage crowd!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"A+ on this one!! We topped with cilantro,cheese and tortilla chips. Very satisfying and a wonderful flavor!!"

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Excellent, easy to make hearty soup, but not an inexpensive soup. I made the recipe first as written and have made the recipe several times adding a can of drained whole kernel corn and upping the meat to two pounds, cut in smaller size pieces. Lean coarse ground meat should work equally as well. I typically brown the meat and onion in a skillet then put all in a crock pot to serve hours later. As others have mentioned do not leave out the cilantro as it would definitely not be as good. We server with fresh flour tortillas."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"Very good; don't leave out the cilantro."

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