TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (10 ounces) chili without beans
  • 1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 333 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, tomatoes, chili, cheese and seasonings. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in 1 cup sour cream; heat through (do not boil). Garnish with remaining sour cream. Yield: 3-1/4 quarts.
Originally published as Taco Soup in Country Extra January 2003, p51

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grace75 User ID: 4361556 38102
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Fantastic! Decided to make the soup the very night I read the recipe as we had 9" of snow on ground and it sounded delicious. I used what I had on hand, 1 lb ground meat, black beans instead of pintos, cheddar soup with milk, 8oz. Jack cheese and chili with beans. It was so- o good. Thank you for the recipe, I will be making it often."

rhonder User ID: 2078910 113267
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"The first time I made this recipe, I was looking for something different to take to the church potluck. It was a GREAT hit and I gave the recipe to at least 5 other women. My family loves it as well & it's SUPER EASY to make!! TWO thumbs up!!!!"

RoxannaJohnson User ID: 4149162 89415
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"I have made this several times. It is a wonderful and filling soup!"

bellasmommy10 User ID: 6645126 54233
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Loved it!! So easy which makes it even better even the hubby loved it I will certainly be making this again and soon."

campgirl34 User ID: 5321403 83250
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"This was an easy recipe and tasty too. My family really liked it. I added a little cumin for extra flavor. I may even add a packet of taco seasoning to the beef next time."

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