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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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    • Jennifer
      Oct 6, 2020

      Great basic recipe, can use as is, or adjust. Our family does like a little extra flavour in our food, so we usually add more spices than a recipe calls for. And I did add a few extras to make more soup to last longer with portions to freeze for later. Apart from the basic recipe: I added 1 can black beans, 1 diced green pepper, 1 diced white onion, 1/2 can leftover tomato soup (just to avoid wasting it.) Some cumin, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, parsley, adobo seasoning, chipotle chile powder, and about 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, and some more water. I added black olives to mine but not the entire pot, because a lot of people hate olives. I love them though and they are a great addition! Then we topped as desired with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and crushed tortilla chips when serving. It worked out great. This recipe is versatile in how you can add to it or adjust it to make it work for you / stretch it for extra servings. I would have never thought about using the ranch dressing packet but that was a good idea.

    • joni
      Oct 6, 2020

      Homerun! I threw all of this (plus a jalapeno) into my slow cooker 4-5 hours. Perfect soup with jalapeno cheese cornbread with very little clean up!

    • Linda
      Sep 22, 2020

      This soup is one of my favorites! I added the black olives as was suggested by a reviewer and that was a WIN. This will stay in the rotation of favorite meals. We also topped it with cheese and sliced avocado.

    • 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