Witch’s Hat Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings (2 quarts)

Updated: Dec. 20, 2022
Get into the Halloween theme with this cute soup created by our Test Kitchen. With a mix of vegetables, beans and seasonings, it's a thick and hearty broth with a kick of spice that heats up Halloween menus.


  • 4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Canned pasteurized cheddar cheese snack


  1. Spritz tortillas with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning. With a 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter, cut out 4 circles from each tortilla (discard scraps). Cut a slit into the center of 8 circles; shape each into a cone and secure with toothpicks.
  2. Place circles and cones on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, vegetables, beans, tomatoes, sugar and remaining taco seasoning. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  4. Discard toothpicks. To assemble hats, place cones on circles; pipe a band of cheese around base of cones. Ladle soup into bowls and top with hats.