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Mexican Bean Soup

For our family's fall birthday bash, I make a big pot of this soup and serve it with plenty of oven-fresh corn bread.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings (4 quarts)


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) hominy, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 1 envelope (1 ounce) original ranch dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with cheese and sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 219 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 1251mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • lolohiser
    Nov 2, 2017


  • AshleyNicole1990
    Nov 21, 2014

    Ive been making this for a while now and the family LOVES it. The taco seasoning makes it perfect..... great job.

  • SFerguson07
    Nov 26, 2012

    I have already used this recipe many times. However, I halve the ingredients as it makes a lot. This recipe is quick and simple.

  • watermelonmuffin
    Nov 13, 2012

    The soup was very good. It kind of tasted like the chili we make though. It's good with chips crushed into it; you just have to eat it before the chips get soggy. :)

  • darowan07
    Jan 1, 2012

    prett yyummy i didnt add the cayenne because it was already pretty spicy for my little boys to handle. I also used ground turkey and loved the blend of flavors. id call it mexican chili - thats pretty much what it is :)

  • Whichy
    Oct 16, 2011

    The whole family loved it. I am making it again but kicking up the spice factor a little bit with hot taco seasoning.

  • Lizzard Belly
    Apr 7, 2011

    Awesome Recipe, I make this for my Customers at Work everynow and then, they love it and it is requested. We add Black beans, Pinto Beans and Regular corn. I am going to try it with Black olives at Home. Love IT.

  • pi2578
    Oct 12, 2010

    I also used corn instead of hominy, red beans instead of kidney beans, and homemade taco seasoning. It was wonderful.

  • kellyannm
    Apr 11, 2010

    Very tastey. I used low sodium tomatoes, and reduced sodium taco seasoning and the taste was still very good.

  • CatherineBennet
    Jul 10, 2009

    This is the best bean soup recipe I have ever had. I use it for filling burritos as well. I have substituted corn for hominy and used different kinds of beans. Still a hit. It is a main staple around here.