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Simple Taco Soup

We first tried this thick-as-chili soup at a church dinner. It’s a warm dish ideal for a cold day and easy to prepare with kitchen staples. So what are you waiting for? Dig in! —Glenda Taylor, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 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 chiles
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles, optional
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix


  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • You can make your own taco seasoning for this recipe, if you'd like. Try this blend out.
  • Same goes for the ranch mix! Here's our go-to.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 370 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1369mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein.


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    • roseannf
      Mar 27, 2020

      I have made this soup lots of times!! Everyone loves it---I make exactly as is except I add a large can of sliced black olives---try it, really makes a difference! Everyone always comments on the black olives and say they really love this addition!

    • Jennifer
      Mar 26, 2020

      Decided to make this tonight for our family and two friends. Went to grocery store to buy the ingredients, made this recipe and it was ready to serve, all within 25 minutes. Every person at the table LOVED this soup! I doubled the recipe except for the kidney and black beans .....I still only used one can of each of those. DELICIOUS! SO QUICK AND EASY!! This one’s a keeper!

    • Sonia
      Feb 22, 2020

      This is one of the best soups I've ever eaten.

    • Nancy
      Jan 19, 2020

      This is awesome and so easy, eating now with garlic bread. Will be a staple from now on.

    • Debra
      Jan 14, 2020

      Made this soup very good. We had a soup day 1year ago made this it was a hit at my church. Very easy to make Debbie

    • Ashley
      Dec 28, 2019

      Tasted amazing! I will be making this more often. I added shreded cheese and chilli fritos as a topping.

    • angela32
      Dec 18, 2019

      Very good and very simple

    • Heather
      Nov 15, 2019

      Delicious and super quick and easy!

    • kathyb1945
      Nov 14, 2019

      I made this soup and loved it, so did the neighbors.....however, i used the CROCK POT had it on high for about 4-5 hours and it was great. I always think longer cooking brings out more flavor.

    • grandmascooking22
      Nov 5, 2019

      I made this recipe when we went to visit our kids and grandkids. I browned the meat and took along with the other ingredients. I made this for our supper the night we arrived. So easy. Everything was open and add and the taste was incredible. Would totally prefer this over chili anyday. Add cornchips and sour cream and cheese. So good.