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Taco Soup

October 29, 2013Danita

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The last few days have been very BUSY!  Lots of exciting things are happening here and both sets of grandparents have come to share the fun! 

One thing we girls like to do when the grandmas come is GO SHOPPING.  Is anyone really surprised that four ladies who only get together a few times a year want to go shopping? Probably not.  And when we go, we make a day of it…really, the WHOLE day.  We left around 9:30 am and returned home around 9:30 pm.  Of course, we ate at the mall…but what about the grandpas, grandson and dad that choose to stay home…what do they eat?

Easy answer…Taco Soup!

This is a very hardy soup that feeds a crowd, but can easily be cut in half if needed.  I call this a very “forgiving” recipe, which means exact ingredients can be substituted easily and it still tastes great.  

It can be made on the stove and eaten the same day, made ahead and reheated, or dumped in the crock pot and cooked all day.  This recipe should be the “poster child” for Quick & Easy…not to mention inexpensive, for the amount of people it feeds.  It can be made with all “generic” ingredients which makes it even less expensive.  It can be served with sandwiches but is hardy enough to stand alone.  I serve it with tortilla chips but it’s great with bread or crackers.  In January, my mother-in-law and I are preparing dinner for two hundred people, and we are strongly considering this soup….It’s that easy and that good.

Here’s the Recipe:

Ingredients listed in printable recipe at bottom

Taco Soup ingredients

This is most of the ingredients…I forgot to put the hamburger

taco soup onion

Brown hamburger with diced onions until meat is no longer pink. 

When meat is done drain excess fat.

taco soup hamburger

We don’t like “crunchy” onions so I start my onions first.  After cooking for about 3-4 minutes I add the meat.

taco soup in pot

Dump all ingredients into a large stock pot or crock pot

If cooking in stock pot:  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about two hours

If using crock pot:  Cook on low all day or on high 3-4 hours

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Top with cheese, sour cream or jalapeno peppers

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We love it with homemade tortilla chips (or store bought ones too)

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Ok, one more picture because I couldn’t decide which one I liked.

O Taste And See… 

A fun filled day of shopping with three generations of ladies…..

A home-cooked meal for three generations of men!

Taco Soup
Serves 12
Hardy soup that serves a crowd
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 2 lbs hamburger
  2. 1/2 onion - diced
  3. The first 5 ingredients should be added undrained
  4. 1 can chili beans
  5. 1 can pinto beans
  6. 1 can kidney beans
  7. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  8. 2 cans Rotel tomatoes (10 oz each)
  9. 2 cans Mexicorn - DRAINED
  10. 2 packages dry ranch dressing mix
  11. 2 packages taco seasoning (1 if less spice is desired)
  12. 2 cups water
  1. Brown onions and hamburger until meat is no longer pink
  2. Drain
  3. Combine everything in a large stock pot or large crock pot, being careful to only drain Mexicorn
  4. In Stock Pot: Bring to a boil, cover and simmer about 2 hrs
  5. Crock Pot: Cook on low all day or high 3-4 hrs
  6. Serve with Tortilla Chips, crackers, French bread or corn bread
  7. Optional Toppings: sour cream, cheese, jalapeno peppers
  1. A Very Forgiving Recipe...
  2. I often substitute or add black beans. Any of the beans (except chili) could be substituted for something your family likes better
  3. Mexicorn is sometimes hard to find. I have used frozen or canned corn with a small can of diced green chilis
  4. The recipe calls for "Rotel" tomatoes but I used the generic tomatoes with chilis...it's the same
  5. Chicken could also be substituted for beef.
  6. If you wanted to go "meatless" just leave out the beef and add a couple more cans of your favorite beans.
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  • Georgine

    March 13, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    My favourite soup!! (followed by Chicken Wild Rice). Thanks for the recipe and instructions!

  • hinessightblog

    January 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    This looks fabulous, Danita.

  • Renee

    January 9, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    This taco soup looks ah-mazing, can’t wait to try it:-)

  • eat good 4 life

    March 4, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    I have seen this soup so many times but never made it. Your version looks very comforting!

  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    March 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I love making Taco Soup in the crock pot – such an easy and delicious meal!

  • Christine from Cook the Story

    March 3, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    I wouldn’t have thought to add ranch dressing. Great idea!

  • KC @ Average: More or Less

    October 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Looks like a good thick and hearty soup that even my non-soup-eating family would like. Thanks!

  • Jessica Fasano

    January 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Love it! Pinned!

  • Katie @ AMotherThing

    January 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Oh man, I have to try this! Looks GREAT!

  • Sara

    January 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM


  • Kim

    January 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    It is so cold here today and this looks so good…even at 9:30 in the morning! 🙂

    1. Danita

      January 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      It’s one of my favorites on a cold day…which is somewhat rare here in Texas. Thanks for stopping by!

  • MCM Mama (@mcmmama)

    January 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Looks yummy! Off to pin it so I don’t lose it…

  • Becky Gargan

    January 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    OOOh, that looks good. I”ll have to give it a shot 🙂

  • Lucy

    January 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    I love taco soup! love it! Hope you are planning to link this one up this week at Saturday Dishes, the theme is soup this week. Anyhoo, that’s not why I’m stopping by, stopping by from the sits Facebook thread and thought I’d click on a familiar face! Pinning.

  • The Dose of Reality (@TheDoseTweets)

    January 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    My hubby would LOVE this! I think I know what we are having on Sunday for the football games! :)-Ashley

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    January 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    This looks like such a hearty, delicious meal, Danita! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at Saturday Night Fever!

  • lydiaf1963

    January 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Looks delicious! I love the colors from all the different beans. Thanks for linking to Tapas Tuesday Social Happy Hour 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • tumbleweedcontessa

    January 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Mmmm! Sounds good. The shopping sounds fun! Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.

    Happy New Year!

  • Marla

    December 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Boy this make me hungry. Great ingredients. Hope you had a fun time time with your grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies

    November 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    This looks amazing. A great winter recipe. I’ll have to try it soon. Pinning!

  • Alicia

    November 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I love soups and I especially love that you included the portion about it being a “very forgiving recipe”. We live overseas so I can’t always find the ingredients that are needed for certain recipes. This looks like one I can do 🙂 A few of my friends and I are hosting a Christmas-themed link-up party for 5 weeks leading up to Christmas (starting November 22nd). I hope you’ll stop by next week and the weeks to follow and share more of your winter/Christmas inspired ideas like this one!

    1. Danita

      November 14, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      Thanks for stopping by Alicia. We have friends living in Africa that took this recipe back with them because it can work with what they have there. The key is the ranch dressing and taco seasoning. Thanks for inviting me to your link party. See you there! Have a great weekend.

  • mommyondemand

    November 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This is favorite soup! So easy to throw together and always tastes great! Hope to have you come back tomorrow to Creat it or Bake it!

  • Sarah

    November 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Taco soup sounds so good! I guess I should probably start thinking about dinner for my crew tonight, huh? Thanks for sharing at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

  • Lauren

    November 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Sounds delicious! Especially on a chilly, grey day like it is in Seattle today!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up on This Momma’s Meandering Mondays!

    1. Danita

      November 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      We love it on cold winter days, even though we don’t get that many of them. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

  • Gosia

    November 8, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    It is getting cold in here, so it comes just in time for me to try it:) Looks really delicious, pinning to make it this weekend.
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  • Elena Ferdinand

    November 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Hey there Danita!

    This recipe looks absolutely fantastic! Taco soup just happens to be one of my favorites :o) In fact, we loved your post so much, one of our co-hosts at The PINcentive Blog Hop chose you as a winner! CONGRATS!

    As a winner, your post will be featured at our next hop and pinned a minimum of 31 times by my team of pinners. You are also entitle to priority seating and we’d love to have you co-host our next hop which goes live on Monday night at 11:00PM EST. You’ll also get to choose our winner! It’s a great opportunity for you to meet new people, make some friends, and increase your following. If you are interested in co-hosting, please contact me at your earliest convenience as I am working under a rather tight deadline.

    I would need your 3 preferred methods for blog hop participants to follow you and the URL of the post you’d like to link up this week so that I can enter it manually for you 😮 )

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    Happy Friday and I look forward to hearing back from you ;o)

  • Tanya

    November 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    200 people!! Wow! This must be fantastic if it’s good enough for that kind of crowd! I like how easy it is! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever Party!

  • Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way

    November 7, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    What an amazing looking comfort food! Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  • Marlys @Thisand That

    November 6, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    This looks so good… love Taco Soup but not sure hubby would eat it.. but maybe I can make it for myself. coming by from Tasty Tuesday. pinning

  • Mary Ellen

    November 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Talking Tuesday!!!

  • Kayla @ Home Coming

    November 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    This sounds delish! I’m hosting a giveaway for 2 pillow covers that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/11/pillow-covers-giveaway.html

    1. Danita

      November 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Thanks Kayla..headed over now!

  • Deb @ Kneaded Creations

    November 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Oh, wow, easy and delicious! Glad you posted at the Buttercream Bakehouse link party. I’ve pinned, liked, twittered and G+-ed your post. I’d love it if you dropped by for a visit at http://www.kneadedcreations.com . I look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  • AnnMarie

    November 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I am making this this week! Sounds so good and we all love tacos at my house. Pinned! Visiting from It’s Fall Y’all Link Party.

    1. Danita

      November 5, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      Thanks AnnaMarie! I love pins! I’d love to hear how your family likes the soup. Same here with tacos…anyway we can have “Mexican” we do! Have a great week!

  • Cheryl King

    November 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Looks like a simple yummy dinner. Thanks for sharing on Saturday NIght Fever!

  • This Ole mom

    November 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Looks so delicious! I am pinning this to my board! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at this Weekends Show Off party.
    Kim This Ole Mom

    1. Danita

      November 3, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      Thanks for pinning Kim! It’s always encouraging when someone pins and comments. Have a great week.

  • Turnips 2 Tangerines

    November 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    What a wonderful soup!! Looks delicious~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    1. Danita

      November 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Thanks for stopping by Lynn. Love your blog name by the way! Have a great week.

  • Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum)

    November 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    This has made me extremely hungry x

  • Chene Atkins- Whittington

    November 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    I love a good soup, this is one of my favorites! Thanks for linking up to That’s Fresh Friday and sharing–pinning!

  • Meghan Early Swint

    October 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    This looks sooo good!! I had taco soup for the first time last year. I need to make it again! Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays! Recipe is pinned!

    1. Danita

      October 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Thanks Meghan!

  • estesfamilyblog

    October 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I can not wait to try this. If there is one thing I love it’s a cheap but delicious meal. Hubby hates soup, but I think this may be thick enough for him. Pinning this for a very near cold fall evening meal!

    1. Danita

      October 31, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      I’d love to know how he likes it if you get a chance to try it. It’s great on a cold fall day…not that we have those..but I can dream. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Trinity

    October 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    This looks delicious!

  • LindaI

    October 30, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    This looks great. PINNING. Linda

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Thanks for stopping by and Pinning Linda. Hope you have a great day!

  • Britni Newton Vigil

    October 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I’ve always wanted to make a taco soup but never really knew what it entailed, now I do. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Danita

      October 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Glad you stopped by Britni. I’d love to hear how it goes if you have a chance to try it.

  • Mel

    October 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Oh yum, I know the males in my house would go nuts for this and they usually aren’t happy with soup 😉 pinning!

    1. Danita

      October 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Thanks for stopping by and pinning! Hope your men enjoy it as much as mine.

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