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: 328 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1751mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 8g fiber), 19g 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. 9, 2016

"Made this soup tonight for dinner. I also made my own taco seasoning which has less salt than those packets. It was delicious! Just enough spice and topped with tortilla strips -- great crunch, no need for cilantro or cheese. Did put a spoonful of sour cream on top. I will make again. Leftovers can go pver rice or whatever you like. Enjoy!"

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.

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