Taco Soup!

This is one of our favorite soups and it's so quick and easy to throw together.  I usually cook it on the stove, but you can also brown your ground chuck and put everything in the slow cooker and let it go on low for 6 to 8 hours.   I like to serve this with various toppings in bowls for garnish and just let everyone fix theirs like they like it.  The toppings I use are usually things you would normally eat on a taco, but feel free to use whatever you and your family like.

I had a recipe for taco soup that I have always used, but one of our 'Sweet Tea and Cornbread' readers was sweet enough to send me her recipe and I thought I liked parts of it better, so this is her recipe with a little of mine combined and it turns out delicious.

 Here is what you'll need:

1 - 1 1/2 lb. ground chuck, browned
1 medium onion diced
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies
1  15 oz. can tomato sauce
2  15oz.  cans Ranch style beans (can use chili beans, pinto beans or black beans)
1  15oz. can yellow niblets corn, drained or 1 (12 oz.) bag of frozen corn
3 cups of water
dash of black pepper
dash of garlic powder

shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
sliced olives
Frito's or tortilla chips
green onions
fresh cilantro

Brown the ground beef along with the onion until the beef is browned.  Drain any excess grease.

Add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Stir and turn heat down to simmer and cook for about 30 to 45 minutes.  The flavor improves the longer it simmers.  If you want to  do this in the slow cooker, brown the beef and onion, drain and place along with all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker.  Reduce the water to 2 cups.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I like to serve this soup with various garnishes on the side so everyone can fix it the way they like!


  1. Am going to try this very soon, sounds great...

  2. I am going to try this very soon, sounds great....

  3. We love this soup. I also add black beans to mine. It never last long.

  4. I just made this for dinner and the family loved it! I used ground turkey instead of ground chuck. It was great and a lot less greasy than hamburger meat.

    1. I just drain the ground meat on paper towels before adding the other ingredients.

  5. I had a friend who's mom would make chicken in milk. It was fantastic but she had no recipe. Do you know of this and if so, can you please share it!!!
    Thankyou in advance.

    1. Here's a recipe I make that we all love...Parsley Cream Chicken
      2 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (I use boneless skinless thighs)
      3 T butter
      1/4 c parsley (I've used 2 T dried before)
      salt and pepper to taste
      1 cups heavy (whipping) cream (I use 2 cups to have more gravy sauce)
      Fresh sliced mushrooms if desired

      Fry chicken in butter till golden on both sides, about 20 minutes. Add parsley to drippings, season chicken with salt and pepper. Add fresh mushrooms if using. Poor cream over all. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve over rice if desired.

  6. We love this soup. I also add black beans to mine. I love to mix several types of beans for extra flavor and color. Good with cornbread muffins too! :)

  7. I do simular version of this that is very good.
    ground beef, 1 cup onions chopped, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can corn niblets, 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, 1- 8 ounce can tomato sauce, 1-2 cups of water, 1 pkg taco seasoning mix. Top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese before serving.
    You can add 1/2 tsp salt but I don't because I think the tomatoes, taco seasoning, and cheese are enough. The other garnishes that you show would be good with this version too, just your preference. The taco seasoning mix also adds a little "flame", so to speak, to it! I served mine with Taco flavored Doritos instead of crackers, but good with crackers also.

  8. I am looking for the southwestern stew recipe that you had and I cant find it. Could you post it again??

    Donna Nelson

  9. I use chicken stock instead of water. and only black beans.

  10. This is absolutely the best Taco Soup Recipe hands down. I don't change a thing, it is perfect as written. My entire family raves about it!

  11. This is also great "if" you have leftovers. Strain the soup and wrap up in tortillas with lettuce, tomato and cheese.

  12. Honey, let me tell you.....chopped avacado is a LOVELY topping to this soup!! :)

  13. I usually use shoe peg corn in this~ I've never done it in a crock pot, but it does sound less messy ;) thanks for sharing and I love to top mine with sour cream and shredded cheese....

  14. My friend shared this on FB and said she loved it so I asked if she did anything different and she said she used diced tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce. Well, I liked that idea but I liked your idea, I used both!

    I used pinto beans and added all liquids from each canned ingredient. (I wondered about that and am so happy it worked out! Whew!) I used only two cups of water and added garlic. Everything's better with garlic, right? =)

    I can't tell you how excited I was when my husband went back for seconds (and even thirds after a little rest)! We both LOVE IT and will make it again and again! Thank you, Kathy! <3



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