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Taco soup is one of my favorite dinner recipes. I have tried so many different recipes and I always come back to this simple recipe that requires just one pot and no chopping!
The “secret ingredient” that I think makes this the best is the stewed tomatoes. So much flavor and they provide the tomato base for this soup. They do get blended up in the blender so there will not be any large chunks of tomatoes.
A packet of ranch seasoning is also another taco soup essential.
So many recipes say ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ but this one is actually both those. I judge a recipe as easy & simple when there is no chopping involved. Because who really wants to get out a cutting board and chop a bunch of stuff for an easy recipe?! Not me.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THIS TACO SOUP RECIPE
Ground Beef – Recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs but I know some grocery stores only sell ground beef in one pound packages. I have used just one pound before and it’s fine. But if you can find the 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef then be sure and get that.
Taco Seasoning – Going with the easy theme here and using a packet of taco seasoning. You can of course use a homemade taco seasoning if that’s what you prefer.
Water – Normally taco soup recipes call for broth but trust me on this one. The stewed tomatoes + the taco seasoned meat + ranch seasoning give this soup more than enough flavor.
Stewed Tomatoes – These are canned tomatoes that have been roasted with seasoning like onion and garlic. So much flavor but they also come in big chunks of tomato. Which is why it’s important to blend them up. It provides the tomato base for the soup combined with the water.
Chili Beans – These are pinto beans in a mild chili sauce. Do not drain them. You want that chili sauce that comes in the can.
Pinto Beans – You do want to drain and rinse the pinto beans.
Petite Diced Tomatoes – I prefer the smaller size of the petite tomatoes but a can of regular diced tomatoes will also work just fine.
Ranch Seasoning Packet
TRY THESE OTHER SOUP RECIPES
- tomato hamburger soup
- 7 can chicken taco soup
- vegetable soup
- minestrone soup
- creamy chicken wild rice soup
- pasta fagioli soup
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes do not drain
- 1 can (15 oz) chili beans do not drain
- 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans drained & rinsed
- 1 can (15 oz) corn drained
- 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes do not drain
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
- 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 boil.
- Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15-25 minutes.
- Serve with all your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
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Thank you for the nice recipe.
You’re very welcome Liz 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. Have a great Sunday.
Made this for dinner tonight. Tastes great and very easy.
Thank you for sharing.
So happy to hear you enjoyed this! Thanks for coming by 🙂
The best recipe for taco soup I’ve found. I make this 2 or 3 times a month, and there’s never any left. A++
Yes! This makes me happy to hear. I just made this soup for my family last night and I am always reminded how delicious it is. Thanks for coming back to your comment.
Made this soup for the first time a few weeks ago and it was a hit and so easy! My daughter-in-law is coming home wth a newborn tomorrow and I am taking the entire pot to her family of five, though the baby won’t be eating any yet. Thanks for sharing.
Congrats on her new baby! So exciting. So happy you love this taco soup. I hope they loved it too.
What size can of corn, pinto beans, chili beans, diced tomatoes? I see the stewed tomatoes is 15 oz but nothing reference for the other canned goods. Thank you
I will double check that I clarified this in the notes of the recipe but it is the standard 15 oz sized cans for all the cans.
Loved this soup. I did make a couple tweaks, I didn’t have stewed tomato’s so i left them out and just added water and chicken broth, I used fire roasted diced tomatoes. I topped with avocado and low fat Greek yogurt. I wanted to eat the entire batch in one sitting!
I’ve made your recipe several times, and it is amazing!
My kids hate soup but they love this taco soup! They even eat the beans which is amazing! This has become a staple in our house
So funny because the only time I can get my kids to eat beans is in taco soup! So happy to hear they loved it. Thanks for your comment and rating.