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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KatyH3 User ID: 7354323 235770
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."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 56202
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!"

mollymay4 User ID: 6481847 72377
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

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

Dragonheartintx User ID: 5769723 56201
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."

curlybiscuit1 User ID: 4025182 150571
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

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

mrslucky User ID: 143622 72376
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"I made this Excellent soup today. I used lean ground hamburger, andy my husband said "this is great, you can make this again." Indeed I will. Thanks for such a hardy, colorful healthy soup."

yellowrose77 User ID: 1514731 123201
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"This is a staple in my home. I prefer to use ground beef instead of steak but it doesn't affect the flavor. I also top it with shredded cheese and torilla chips before I serve."

patmarkham User ID: 3491693 56980
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"Don't forget the corn chips!"

patmarkham User ID: 3491693 144653
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Took a double batch to our church potluck last night and they cleaned up every drop. If you try it, print off extra copies of the recipe...they will be asking for it!"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 123192
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"This is a great, spicy alternative to regular chili! I put everything in the crock pot and cooked on low all day (didn't even brown the steak) - it turned out perfect and delicious!"

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