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Spicy Potato Soup Recipe

Spicy Potato Soup Recipe

This recipe originally came courtesy of my sister-in-law, who is from Mexico. But since she prefers her foods much spicier that we do, I've cut back on the "heat" by reducing the amount of hot pepper sauce.— Audrey Wall, Industry, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-in. cubes)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the potatoes, onion and tomato sauce. Stir in the water, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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Denise User ID: 8566794 264262
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

"My husband and I really like this soup with cornbread. I add a can of drained corn and cook it in the crockpot ALL day. (I make the potato cubes small so they will cook.) NO peeking or lifting the pot all day and it is perfect at dinner time! (I have to put it to cooking around 6:30 AM before leaving for work and get home around 5:00 PM so it does cook over 10 hours but PERFECT!)"

[email protected] User ID: 1080988 242810
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"So easy and delicious! This is a family favorite. I make this at least twice a month."

wf4kats User ID: 6717663 242273
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"So easy to make and absolutely delicious!"

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 228829
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I liked how easy the recipe was. I did end up adding additional spices to make the soup more flavorful. I will make again but with the additional seasonings I added."

1211lana User ID: 8204770 217332
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"This was okay, but nothing special. Had to add a lot of things to give it flavor. My throw together recipes are better than this. However, it's a good base recipe."

RHiland09 User ID: 6325610 45424
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Really good - a little too much hot sauce for us - will try 1/2 tsp of hot pepper sauce next time."

mrsboukie User ID: 7973430 26093
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"I've been making this since the recipe was originally published years ago. No changes needed unless the heat is too much or too little for your liking. If that's the case, adjust the hot sauce and black pepper a bit. This soup and a loaf of crusty bread is a wonderful winter meal. Few things this simple taste this good!!"

BradyBunch2 User ID: 198188 49021
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"I've made this a few times. It's an easy recipe to make and tastes good, especially the next day. Like any recipe, you can alter the ingredients to your personal preferences. After my first time making it, I added some fresh salsa from the produce section at the store. I liked the change this gave the soup. Don't drain the salsa. Add the juice too for an extra zip. A friend added some spinach when she made this soup. Make some cornbread to have on the side. Perfect for a winter meal."

mints98 User ID: 5585150 23005
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"This is absolutely amazing! We've made this once already this winter and we are making again tonight. We are doubling this recipe. The leftovers are great, and you can't just eat one bowl! We use Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce and when doubling will use the full 2 tsps. and the full 3 tsps. of pepper. Try it ... you won't be disappointed!"

aj anderson User ID: 5780055 52078
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"I was surprised something so simple to make could taste that good. I added a jalapeno and a little beef base...(Which basically are staples that I add to many things) I am sure it would have been just as tasty without those. Oh and I added a can of corn too come to think about it!...My husband Loved this soup! Some crusty rolls and dinner is on!"

barbsbasic User ID: 6382020 44910
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I've been making this for many years with both beef or pork sausage. Not only is it very, very simple & easy, it has so much flavor that you just can't get enough. Pairs well with crusty warm bread. I use a combination of canned tomato soup, canned diced tomatoes and fresh tomatoes. Definitely gives it more flavor. Tip: To make this faster, I steam the potatoes first in my microwave steamer (10 minutes). The hot sauce I use is all natural from the Caribbean ( and test it as it cooks. I may even add some Frank's hot sauce or Cholula sauce or a combination of the three. I'd be surprised if you made this and DIDN'T like it. It's that good."

KathyB_63_Mo User ID: 924997 26090
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"I have made this several times...I turned it into a vegetable soup by adding, celery, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, corn and peas...Just had some for lunch..."

hndougherty User ID: 7110119 25256
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"An extreemly easy recipe. I enjoyed the soup. Instead of putting the spicy stuff in there, I put in a chili seasoning packet. It was excellent!!"

vjoheyob User ID: 6296714 44908
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"I have made this soup for my family for years. I got it out of the 94 Taste of Home Magazine. I was very upset when it was left out of the Taste of Home Cookbook that was made for that year. Lucky I kept that magazine. My family loves this soup and I have passed it on to many others. It is great if you like spicy but don't want beans. A great substitute for chili we think. I usually double it as it is even better warmed up."

msdrew User ID: 7055767 16241
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"A friend of mine had an old tasteofhome mag i saw this recipe and tried it,my family love all my sunday dinners i tried from that mag....This is a great fav of my girls."

Sondra63 User ID: 6925593 50722
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I make this recipe all the time. I find it very easy and very comforting. Its my favorite soup."

bonita99 User ID: 6925500 23004
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"This is a great fall recipe. It tastes alot like chili with potatoes in it and could easily be jazzed up or creamed down. Great soup that my family will see on the table again."

1wilms User ID: 4676420 21222
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"My friend and I have been making this soup ever since it was first published in Taste of Home. The ingredients are usually on hand, and it is an excellent gift to take to a friend. Always welcomed, but include the recipe for them."

Luv2CookGoodies User ID: 6800474 16237
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"This was scrumptious on it's own, but my family likes things REALLY spicy. I added beef broth in place of the water, a can of tomato soup and 2 packs of taco seasoning plus a pinch of ground cayenne. Yum! Sooo good!"

Rshipman User ID: 6641747 78989
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"My picky daughter loved this. add corn and maybe more meat. I also used stock instead of water."

mpasquini User ID: 6237451 50718
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"We LOVE this recipe and it comes out of the cabinet every winter. I have the Taste of Home magazine from when this came out more than a couple of years ago. Am making it for the concession stand at the regional wrestling tournament. I'll follow the recipe for that venue, but for home, I use at least 2 tsp of the hot sauce. When we're counting points/calories, we've used non-meat crmble instead of the hamburger and it's still a great meal."

smbunge User ID: 5632899 25255
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"This is a great recipe! I used chicken broth instead of water and will try adding additional veggies next time. Great to freeze and reheat later! :)"

lizabake User ID: 4507604 47455
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"This is one of my "go to" cold weather soups and since we don't get very many cold days here in Texas that's saying something. I've made this for several years with a few changes--I use 6 cups of potaoes (I scrub them well and don't bother to peel them), 2 onions, a large (29oz) can of tomato sauce, 2 tsp of hot pepper sauce and I throw in 2 bay leaves if I have them--everything else stays the same. So good and easy!"

ssdellinger User ID: 2856155 16235
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"My family loves this recipe."

Lyngreen User ID: 6267491 47454
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"found this recipe in an old issue of Taste of Home - I have made this soup several times and have added shrimp & corn to it-sometimes greenbeans!! Awesome soup"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 23002
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"This was very good."

AMWmomofsix User ID: 4493382 49020
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"My family loves this soup. It is so cheap and easy to put together. I have been making it for a few years. I double the recipe for our family of 8."

BikiniJeanie User ID: 6183738 20697
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Theeeee best!! I've been making this one for over 10 years now. I've added my own touch to it. I use 2 cups of cubed potatoes, 4 cans of tomato sauce, about 6 cups of water, everything else but no hot sauce and at the end of the hour of simmering... I add a pound of cooked orzo. Makes for a nice hearty meal! Nice loaf of Italian bread and your good to go! yum..yum..yum!"

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 45421
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"I actually got this recipe many years ago from my Taste of Home magazine subscription. I have been making it ever since and have substituted part of the tomato sauce and hot pepper sauce with picante salsa and was still very good. Very good and satisfying recipe. I've made it numerous times over the years."

Pawpaw1950 User ID: 5917680 78986
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"We love this recipe. I've been making this since it first came out in 'Taste Of Home' several years ago. Sometimes I add a little cabbage to it but the basic recipe is great by itself (I add a little extra hot sauce to mine)."

eatyum User ID: 3239861 26074
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"This recipe rates as one of those family meals that everyone is excited about when they know this is being served. Our 29 year old still requests this for his BD dinner!!"

Iamfree2 User ID: 5762702 78985
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"This one is so good I made it a long time ago and it was a hit.It tastes like it is out of a can."

Oceanwave User ID: 714454 47452
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I have made this soup for many of my family and all have liked it. You can add more vegetables if youy like. It is so easy to put together and sooooo good!"

lsbritton User ID: 3681405 45419
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"It was simple and delicious. Even my picky son like it."

tabramtelico User ID: 5428897 21330
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"i have made this recipe several times,my husband loves it.i had it in a taste of home magazine,and lost it.i looked it up on your web site."

racyrhoads User ID: 2627658 50715
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"This is a great recipe. My daughter and I love this soup. I didn't change a thing."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 25229
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Sorry, but this was a disappointment. I guess I should have known it would taste like ground beef, potatoes and tomato sauce with hot pepper sauce for heat."

AMWmomofsix User ID: 4493382 23001
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"Everyone in my family loves this soup. It is very flavorful, even though I don't add the hot sauce, it still tastes great!"

Nana2Livi User ID: 4406324 202506
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2009

"Great, simple and fast! I find it to be not heavy and goes great with a grilled cheese or cornbread. I have shared this recipe with many people who loved it also."

JaniceGail User ID: 3897141 23000
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2009

"I have been making this for years, but now substitute a 24-oz jar of medium salsa instead of the tomato sauce and hot sauce. You can substitue all or part of the tomato sauce, depending upon your taste."

partot User ID: 1036604 202505
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2008

"This is a nice, chili-style soup to warm your belly during the winter months."

Susieq30 User ID: 22787 22998
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008

"This is our favorite soup. Sometimes I add corn and green beans for a change. It is so easy to make and even your pickiest eaters should enjoy this as there is nothing in it that most kids won't eat."

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