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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.

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Ashley User ID: 9234689 271801
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"Thought it was not bad, but not amazing either. Followed the recipe to a T"

Fred User ID: 9233228 271552
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2017

"Have not tried it yet, but will tonight. Recheck your nutritional information, it looks off compared to what I found."

Hannah User ID: 9232680 271453
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2017

"Love it! Added a can of diced tomato and 2 packets of taco seasoning mix!"

Lisa User ID: 9230093 270218
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

"I love this recipe. I double the batch and add an onion (house full of boys). That way we have leftovers for lunch! Add some tortilla chips and you are good to go!"

mikeingpor User ID: 4835141 267937
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"I love this recipe!! I have tweaked the recipe a little I dont add the ranch dressing mix, and I do it without beans taste good on corn chips or tortilla chips, I had some on elbow macaroni and it was good!! My husband loves it too!!"

Jamie User ID: 9164219 265753
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"The taco seasoning & ranch make this recipe. I use veggie broth instead of water, I add green beans, I use diced flat iron steak not ground beef. I also use black beans instead of chili beans. I drain everything except tomatoes. Adding ur favorite salsa is awesome too."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 263342
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2017

"We loved this soup tonight. It has been a dreary, overcast day and this soup was perfect comfort food. I followed the recipe exactly and we have some left over for lunch tomorrow. I highly recommend this recipe.

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KathiMocha User ID: 8407105 261720
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"I make this often and, as with many recipes, I make changes such as adding an onion and not draining the corn before adding it. Sometimes I pour it over rice or pasta and top it with shredded cheese. It's even better the next day and kids like to use tortilla chips as edible spoons."

Cottle85 User ID: 8130015 260221
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"Absolutely loved; quick, very easy will make again!!!"

badkittyknits User ID: 7360751 259648
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

" here is a link to make your own dried ranch mix and a homemade taco seasoning mix....eliminate the salt in both and add salt to taste if you are worried about salt consumption"

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 259641
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2017

"I have made this soup many times over the years. My husband likes mixing pasta with it and calls it Mexican goulash. The kids like topping it with shredded cheese and sour cream. To fab411, the additional of the packet of ranch salad dressing is included with "Stir in the remaining ingredients." To Woolyhobbies, it's obvious you haven't made the soup and are only injecting your personal opinion about salt consumption. Why don't you create your own low sodium version and post it to be reviewed? I appreciate the reviews and comments from those who actually made the dish and gave an honest opinion. There are some great suggestions given for variations that make this a very versatile recipe."

Woolyhobbies User ID: 7651962 259628
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017

"Honey Moley...that's a boat load of salt in only 1 cup of soup. What hungry adult is going to eat only 1 cup? A doctor at the Mayo Clinic is quoted as telling us (who are NOT on a low salt diet) to consume 2000 mg of salt for the WHOLE day so with a cup and a half you will be eating more than is healthy. It may be delicious but I'll have to pass."

fab411 User ID: 7324870 259627
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017

"An envelope of ranch salad dressing mix is included in the list of ingredients but is not referred to in the directions. Please clarify."

soupersally User ID: 4529962 259612
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017

"I made this soup 2 days ago with only a couple changes: 1 lb each gr. beef & Italian sausage, with some onion and garlic powder cook with the meat. I only added less than 1 cup additional water than called for in the recipe and the soup is delicious! We don't like a watery soup but prefer substance and this worked out well. Unlike some posts we liked the pinto beans in the soup!"

watsonl1 User ID: 3481416 259409
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"This is a really good soup for the whole family to enjoy. After reading the reviews I did make a few minor adjustments - I used black beans instead of pinto beans, large (28 oz) canned diced tomatoes in place of stewed and diced w/ green chiles cans, and more water (2 1/2 to 3 cups) because I wanted a true soup. I did add the can of green chiles and there was plenty of flavor. I will definitely make this again."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 256992
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"easy to make and very flavorable. Did not add the pinto beans. Will make again.."

angmclanc User ID: 3282588 254801
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"One of my favorite cold-weather soups. The only change I made was using ground turkey instead of the beef. Other than that, it's perfect."

Maskatear User ID: 8932647 254045
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"This soup is really yummy. I have had several requests for the recipe after having tasted the soup when I've made it. This definitely does not happen with most of the recipes I've tried. This one is a keeper. I will be making it again and again."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 254012
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"Very good and simple. I did add a chopped onion with the beef and added an extra cup of water. I like it with more juice."

mumsay User ID: 7742579 247166
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."

Motleigh User ID: 8798992 245184
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."

Smorger User ID: 8790264 244773
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

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

Maryann448 User ID: 8790052 244759
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!!!"

kedens User ID: 4759807 244541
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."

lksiebe User ID: 3796719 244083
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."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 241091
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

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

mcgraw51 User ID: 8015191 235872
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!!!"

Ecfrazier22 User ID: 8549869 233475
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!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 232228
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."

rossmom229 User ID: 1666677 231278
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!"

panama1954 User ID: 8461650 230212
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!

[email protected] User ID: 6987802 219940
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."

Airhostess User ID: 8235257 219151
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

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

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 218757
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!"

tnclerk User ID: 8084144 21912
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

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

rsegalini User ID: 7813614 50173
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."

prairieprincess13 User ID: 6785531 202605
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."

carolgarris User ID: 7217076 50171
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!"

v-d-k92 User ID: 7254300 23515
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"it taste so good"

tarzanandjane User ID: 7199159 202604
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."

Chels34 User ID: 7155048 202603
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

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

athenianldr User ID: 7087882 55915
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

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

daabbott User ID: 5730142 21586
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!!"

plainpatty User ID: 5986130 23509
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."

HolyTara User ID: 3787060 16914
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

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

ruthiek1816 User ID: 3453962 51749
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!"

mamaswift User ID: 4764992 51626
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."

jsheets User ID: 4625767 22467
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!"

BREN14224 User ID: 2412888 16913
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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