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Simple Taco Soup Recipe

Simple Taco Soup Recipe

We first sampled this chili-like soup at a church dinner. It's a warming dish on a cold day. And since it uses packaged seasonings and several cans of vegetables, it's a snap to prepare. —Glenda Taylor, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomato with green chilies
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, optional
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6-8 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 370 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1369mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein

Reviews for Simple Taco Soup

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"Really good recipe. My whole family liked it. I added a little more water to make it more soupy and left out the can of pinto beans. Will make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"really good quick recipe . I used diced tomatoes instead of the stewed, and substituted salsa for the ranch seasoning. I served it with crispy tortilla strips and shredded cheese."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Excellent recipe not only easy to make its quick and DELICIOUS!!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"This is a great recipe. I tweaked it by changing to 1 lb sweet Italian sausage and 1 lb ground beef. I also added 2 add'l cans of the stewed tomatoes and 2 more cans of kidney beans along with 1/2 can tomato paste, 1/2 cup sugar, couple teasp. crushed red pepper, pinch of salt and pepper and finally some chopped garlic in oil and passed it off as chili at our work chili cook-off. I won the contest so thank you for sharing!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"Really Yummy. I cut the recipe in half and ended up using the full amount of liquid and it still was not very soupy so that is the only thing I would change about it in the future."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"For those who need low sodium, I make my own mixes and just leave out the salt. They work very well in most recipes."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Simple, easy and very good tasting. The only change I made was to use diced tomatos instead of stewed tomatoes,"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Taco Chilli is one of my favorites except I make mine with Black beans, ground turkey and no stewing tomotoes....AWESOME!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"Has anyone ever made this in a crockpot? Just putting it all together and slow cooking for a few hours? Wanting to do that today on this rainy day!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"It was a good recipe, but wasn't a WOW recipe. (We also added sour cream, shredded cheddar, crushed chips.) It was an easy recipe to throw together on a weeknight, but not one I would choose over my normal chili dish or even our chicken enchilada soup staple."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"My whole family and my Girl Scout Troop all love this soup. You can control how spicy it is and the girls especially love adding cheese, chips, tomatoes, some even like to put lettuce on top. It's a staple in my house and on Girl Scout overnights!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Haven't made this yet, but as I'm raising 3 grandchildren and ALWAYS on the hunt for good, simple AND easy...I will be happy to try it!

Adding garlic and onions seems logical to me..come to think about..adding garlic and onions to ANYTHING containing ground meat sounds like it should be etched in granite!

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I added chopped onion and garlic when browning the ground beef. Drained it. I added 1 can of northern white chili beans instead of Pinto beans. I didn't add the can of chiles. The diced tomatoes and chiles where plenty hot enough. I added 1 cup of rice and 4 cups water. Put a dash of red pepper and sugar and salsa. Then added colby/monteray jack cheese to cut the spice down."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"My husband loved it! I'll serve it at our next Small Group from Church in 2weeks!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"This was easy and tasty! I had hamburger and chorizo already cooked from a previous meal so it came together fast! I did add some chopped onion and beef base for a richer flavor. I will make this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This is a delicious recipe!! I especially love it because it's quick!"

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"I love this soup but I use 2 packets of the spicy taco seasoning, a cup of rice and add 4 cups of water instead of 1 1/2 due to the rice soaking up the water. Also sprinkle taco cheese on top and sliced black olives when served."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"This is my Dads favorite soup and we all like even the picky eaters in the family . I found this recipe recently and he has requested it 3 times so far. I did make some adjustments I melted some cheese and half and half in to it but it tastes just fine with out it."

Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"Very simple and delicious! My mom is on a low sodium diet so we used Old el Paso 30% less sodium taco seasoning. I also used reduced sodium pinto beans and no salt canned corn and stewed tomatoes. Didn't compromise on taste at all! Served it with sour cream, sliced black olives and reduced fat shreaded cheddar cheese as toppings. Family loved it, my picky eaters. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It's a winner!"

Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"it taste so good"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I had to moderate the recipe a little. I added some elbow macaroni and left out the diced tomatoes with chiles. My husband and I both have acid reflux. I still enjoyed the Taco mix without all the extra hot ingredients. It is yummy."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"Very easy and tasty! Freezes well, too."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"great soup, all family members love it from young to the very old"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"LOVE this recipe! I make it at least once every couple of weeks during the cold fall and winter months. It's quick to prepare and the leftovers are just as good, if not better. My family also likes to add shredded cheese and tortilla chips on top. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"This recipe was given to me by a friend. I first made it for a soup and salad day at work. It was such a hit I make it frequently at home as well."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"So easy, very healthy & extremely tasty!! Definitely a winner with my family!!"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011 Edited Feb. 19, 2016

"This is truly a simple, delicious soup! My pickiest eater says it's her favorite food ever!"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"I first made this a few years ago when it first came out in the magazine- carried it to work and they ask for it so much that it's unbelievable."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"We LOVE this soup! It is so very easy and so delicious on a cold night. All of the ingredients can be kept on hand for quick meal. I have a friend who has made this with chicken with delicious results. I have passed this recipe along to many!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"normally, I can't eat anything spicy and even though this does have a kick to it if you add the 4 oz of green chilies, it's not too bad. however, you can just leave that out if you choose."

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