Pronto Taco Soup Recipe
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Pronto Taco Soup Recipe

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When out-of-state friends dropped by, I invited them to stay for dinner, knowing that I could put together this mild, chili-flavored soup in a jiffy. I served it with cornmeal muffins and a crisp salad for a filling meal everyone loved. My guests even asked for the recipe before leaving! -Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups picante sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked spiral or small shell pasta
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 172 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onion and garlic until meat is not longer pink; drain. Add the broth, tomatoes, picante sauce, pasta, green pepper, chili powder and parsley. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Garnish with cheese and tortilla chips. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Pronto Taco Soup in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p27

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 221733
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"This soup is delicious and the aroma while it simmers will make your mouth water. I added some frozen SW vegetables to this soup. Before I served it I also added a dollop of sour cream to each bowl then the crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese. I will definitely make this again."

Homenfood3 User ID: 7818043 69788
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"I love this recipe..I add 21/2 cups of pasta for a goulash -like dish instead of soup..I have to make for family members per their request."

emkolsky User ID: 2380230 31815
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Supper Yummy! So easy to make. I often double for bigger groups. I like throwing black beans in--gives more color and nutrition. This is my son's favorite soup."

Becky Ewing User ID: 5045886 19384
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"This is my husband and my favorite soup. It is delicious!! As a matter of fact, we are having that tonight. We break up the bite size tortilla chips and top it with them and cheese. The tortilla chips really add a special flavor to it. Love this soup!!!"

emkolsky User ID: 2380230 24944
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"My husband and son love this soup. It's great because you can make it as spicy as you like. To add some nutrition to my son's diet, I also throw in a can of beans. He doesn't even realize they're in there."

misswengerd User ID: 2359927 31813
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"Very good soup. Add some Tabasco and sour cream to really top it off."

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