Taco Soup Recipes

Family favorite, great for doubling and excellent for freezing!


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground meat
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning (Taco Bell is best)
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  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can RoTel
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 cans kidney beans


Saute onion with ground meat. Drain off the fat. Open all the cans and empty the entire content into the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

Serve with cheddar cheese. sour cream, tortilla chips, and/or crackers.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

By Mistie from Baton Rouge

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My grandson Jason gives me ingredient money to make him 3-4 crock pots of soup each month. He works for the state and it's perfect to just grab from the freezer and heat for lunch. I keep back two servings of each too... just for me!

bowl of soup

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This is an inexpensive "dump recipe" - throw it in the pot, stir, then it's done! I had it in my head until I was pressed for time one night. My husband offered to make it, but I couldn't tell him what the amounts were.

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Brown turkey with onion and green pepper in large saucepan, stirring until crumbly. Add garlic powder; drain. Combine turkey mixture and remaining ingredients in kettle; mix well.

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Pour all of the cans into the crockpot, don't drain anything! Add in the seasoning, water and onion; stir. Submerge the chicken breast into the mix and cook on low for 8 hours/high for 4 hours.

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December 20, 2010

Saute beef in a stock pan with minced onion and clove of garlic, add salt and pepper to taste, drain fat. Add water, start with 4 and add more later if needed.

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This is a modification of a standard recipe that reduces the salt and eliminates packaged seasonings so you can vary the amount of seasonings to suit your taste for a fresher, healthier dish.

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DH likes for me to throw stuff in a pot and make impromptu soup. Today I decided to brown some ground beef as I would for chili or spaghetti.

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I love Mexican foods but dislike soup using chicken. The weather got cold here so I decided to make tacos in soup form.

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October 29, 2005

Combine all in large slow cooker and stir. If you like it hot add 1 chopped jalapeno pepper. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

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Years ago I used to make a taco soup that contained hamburger, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and Velveeta. I can't remember the rest of the ingredients, or the directions. I do know it contained "no" Ranch dressing. I can't stand Ranch dressing! All of the recipes I have found on-line contain Ranch dressing. If anyone has the recipe or something similar I would appreciate it. Thanks.

By Margaret from Denton, TX


August 12, 20100 found this helpful

Paula Deen has an excellent Taco Soup recipe you can try and just ditch the ranch dressing mix if you must. Personally, I think you should try using the dressing mix because the soup is not going to taste like ranch dressing at all because of the other ingredients in the recipe and the ranch dressing packet is used for the herbs and spices it contains as a flavor enhancement for the soup (like parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, dill weed, etc).

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

Here is one that I got off the internet but don't know where.

1 large can refried beans
1 can black beans, drained
1 can rotell tomatoes
1 small can green chilies
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 Tablespoon lime juice
4 cups chicken broth
1 small can of corn
spices to taste

Garnish with sour cream, grated cheddar chees, chips and black olives. You can add either cooked beef or chicken.

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August 12, 20100 found this helpful

I have a great soup that is similar but made with chicken:
2 chicken skinless (deboned) breast (you can use leftover chicken 2 cups shredded)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
8 oz. Velveeta process cheese food - cubed (I use more)
10 oz. can Ro*Tel® tomatoes and chilies
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
flour tortillas, as needed, about 4 - 6
butter flavored cooking spray
shredded Colby Jack cheese OR Mexican blend cheese
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if you are making tortilla strips)
*In a pot, cook chicken breast with olive oil. Remove from pot when cooked then shred (if you are not using leftovers)
In (same) pot (do not wash), melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
Slowly whisk in small amounts of chicken broth at a time, then whisk in milk.
Reduce heat to low and stir in Velveeta cubes; stir until melted.
Stir in Ro*Tel, chicken, and spices.
Once soup is heated through, it is ready to serve at this point. However, if you wish to make tortilla strips, it can sit over low heat while they are made. Stir the soup occasionally.
Spoon a ladleful of soup into a bowl, add a handful of shredded cheese, then spoon another ladleful of soup over cheese. Sprinkle tortilla strips over top.
For tortilla strips, cut tortillas into strips
Cut flour tortillas into thin strips and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray.
Sprinkle with desired amount of salt
Spray again with cooking spray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
If you want to save a lot of time, use crumbled tortilla chips instead of tortilla strips.
As a substitute for Ro*Tel, you can use 1 1/2 cups of salsa.
Spiciness can be easily adjusted by using spicy Ro*Tel or salsa and/or adding cayenne pepper to the soup.

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I need recipe for Weight Watchers taco soup.

Trisha from Alabama


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November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I think it's:
1 lb lean ground beef (or any other lean meat)
3 cans beans (any variety)
3 cans petite cut tomatoes (garlic and jalapenio is good but too spicey for some folks)
1 can corn
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg hiddenvalley ranch seasoning

brown meat, drain off any fat.
Do not drain beans or corn. Their liquid forms the soup stock.

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November 15, 20060 found this helpful

W.w. Taco Soup
Recipe #140563
This taco soup has very few ingredients and is very good. I got this from a weight watchers cookbook. It is a little different then the other taco soups but just as good. Takes very little time to put together. Serving size is 1 1/2 cup= 4pts
by Chef 167408

4 servings 15 min 5 min prep
Change to: servings US Metric
Pam cooking spray (spray 1-2 sprays)
3/4 lb ground round
1 (1 1/2 ounce) package mild taco seasoning mix
1 (15 ounce) beans (i like pinto)
1 cup frozen corn
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes
2 cups water (I add 2 cubes beef boullion)
1 tablespoon sugar

brown beef.
add everything else. Bring to a boil,reduce,cover, and simmer 10 minute.
salsa 2T.= 0 pts.
sour creme 2T= 2 pts.
baked tortilla chips 1 oz= 2 pts.

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By Phyllis, from Clovis, CA (Guest Post)
November 15, 20060 found this helpful

here is the WW Taco Soup Recipe

2 cans fat free chicken broth
1 can diced ortega chiles
1 can each: (drained)
red, black, pinto beans
1 can fat free chili
1 can mexican style crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp taco seasoning
veggies to taste

simmer for 30 minutes

1 cup = 1 pt

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By Sarah (Guest Post)
December 2, 20060 found this helpful

I made the recipe posted by Patybaby and it was soo good. Hard to believe it was so low in fat. Boy was it spicy. Hello Tums!

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February 10, 2019

When you have leftovers from a taco dinner, try making a yummy soup using the remaining foods. This page has leftover taco soup.

A pot of taco soup cooking on the stove.

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December 3, 2016

This page contains an 8 can chicken taco soup recipe. Eight cans of ingredients, including beans and corn join with spices, sour cream, and cheese join together to make this simple yet yummy soup.

upclose of soup

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August 25, 2010

This is so easy and so yummy! It is made of healthy ingredients, makes a lot in a short amount of time, and is very satisfying and filling.

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May 20, 2010

This is very simple, tastes great, inexpensive, and everyone loves it.

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