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Flavorful Taco Soup Recipe
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Flavorful Taco Soup Recipe

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You’ll get a kick out of this hearty, Southwest-inspired soup from Sandi Lee of Houston, Texas. Feel free to dunk your tortilla chips right into it!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-fat cheese; calculated without chips) equals 328 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 1751 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, corn, water, taco seasoning and salad dressing mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  2. Spoon into bowls; top with avocado, cheese and cilantro. Serve with chips. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Flavorful Taco Soup in Cooking for 2 Winter 2009, p15

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Reviewed May. 13, 2015


Reviewed Apr. 26, 2009

"Delicious recipe; I made it vegetarian! Eliminate the beef and add an extra can of beans (drained). I used black beans."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2009

"This soup is wonderful with Black Beans as well as Pinto Beans."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2009

"I add the corn, pinto beans and 2 cans of white hominy, I make it for my Doctor, and he loves the hominy.And I agree with one cook, it gets better the next day.The toppings in the recipe make this soup sooooo much better.

Thanks for the recipe.

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2008

"I double this recipe and use one whole packet of taco seasoning and one whole packet of ranch dressing mix. It's better the second day when the seasonings have blended well."

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