Mexican Bean Soup Recipe
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Mexican Bean Soup Recipe

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For our family's fall birthday bash, I make a big pot of this soup and serve it with plenty of oven-fresh corn bread.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) hominy, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 1 envelope (1 ounce) original ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 219 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 16g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with cheese and sour cream if desired. Yield: 14-16 servings (4 quarts).
Originally published as Mexican Bean Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p12

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Ive been making this for a while now and the family LOVES it. The taco seasoning makes it perfect..... great job."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"I have already used this recipe many times. However, I halve the ingredients as it makes a lot. This recipe is quick and simple."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"The soup was very good. It kind of tasted like the chili we make though. It's good with chips crushed into it; you just have to eat it before the chips get soggy. :)"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"prett yyummy i didnt add the cayenne because it was already pretty spicy for my little boys to handle. I also used ground turkey and loved the blend of flavors. id call it mexican chili - thats pretty much what it is :)"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"The whole family loved it. I am making it again but kicking up the spice factor a little bit with hot taco seasoning."

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