Taco soup has all the flavors of a taco but in a warm & comforting soup. Simple ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need. One pot and no chopping!
TACO SOUP RECIPE
Taco soup just happens to be one of my favorites! I’ve tried lots of different recipes but I always come back to this one. There is NO CHOPPING involved, uses simple and inexpensive ingredients, can be on the dinner table in just 30 minutes, and only needs one pot!
I love the addition of the ranch seasoning mix. It seriously makes this soup so yummy. You can’t taste the ranch seasoning but you can taste the difference it makes in this soup.
So many recipes say ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ but this one is actually simple and easy. I usually judge a recipe as easy when there is no chopping involved, because who really wants to get out a cutting board and chop a bunch of stuff, and it has to involve one pot which means less dishes.
How to make taco soup
Use a soup pot, or large stock pot, and brown some lean ground beef. Once it’s cooked and crumbled, drain it, and add a packet of taco seasoning.
Add in all the other ingredients:
- chili beans
- pinto beans
- canned corn
- petite diced tomatoes
- ranch seasoning packet
- stewed tomatoes
There may be a few ingredients that sound interesting to say the least… like water?! You normally see broth in taco soup. But trust me, and use it, cause with all the flavor and salt from the packets, stewed tomatoes, and chili beans, you won’t want the added salt from the broth. I have tried it and it makes the soup too salty.
Stewed tomatoes are so incredibly flavorful. Blend those up in a blender and it adds so much delicious flavor that you will love.
Tips for making taco soup
Don’t forget all the toppings. Sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado slices, guacamole, cilantro, Fritos corn chips, and tortilla chips. Anything goes so use your favorites.
I highly recommend blending up the stewed tomatoes so the soup does not have large chunks of tomato in it. Dump the can of stewed tomatoes and blend those up. If you need more liquid in your blender, then add some of the water called for in the soup, which will make it easier to blend up the stewed tomatoes.
Let this taco soup simmer for at least 15 minutes for best flavor. It’s still a 30 minute taco soup even with the simmer time.
Recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef but I have also used 1 lb with great results too. Some stores only sell ground beef in 1 pound packages, while others stores do weighted packages of ground beef. So anywhere from 1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds will work just fine.
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Taco soup has all the flavors of a taco but in a warm & comforting soup. Simple ingredients and 30 minutes is all you need for the best taco soup. One pot and no chopping!
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 can (15 oz) stewed tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1 can chili beans (do not drain)
- 1 can pinto beans (drained & rinsed)
- 1 can corn (drained)
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- tortilla chips or Fritos corn chips
In a soup pot, over medium-high heat, cook and crumble ground beef until no longer pink. Drain. Add the packet of taco seasoning and mix together.
In a blender, add the can of undrained stewed tomatoes and all of the water or some of it (if needed). Blend together and add into the soup.
Add in the chili beans, pinto beans, corn, petite diced tomatoes, and packet of ranch seasoning mix. Stir together and bring to a low boil.
Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Can cover with a lid or not. Either way works.
Serve with all your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
The cans are the standard size 15 ounce cans.
Use anywhere from 1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef. Some stores only sell 1 pound packages (which will work fine), while other stores sell the weighted packages.
Blending up the stewed tomatoes can be optional if wanted, but I would highly recommend it because then you get all that flavor without the big chunks of tomato.
This recipe was originally published in 2016 and it has been updated with new pictures and republished in October 2018. Recipe is the same.
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