How To Make Taco Soup With Ground Beef

How to Make Simple Taco Soup

  • In a large pot, cook ground beef and chopped onion. Crumble and stir occasionally until the beef is browned. Add the garlic and jalapeño during the last few minutes of browning. Empty extra fat (I absorb it with paper towels and tongs).
  • Ranch dressing mix, tomatoes with chiles, beef broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste are added.
  • Cover pot with lid and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the corn, pinto beans, and black beans, and cook until thoroughly heated.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to thin soup if desired. If using cilantro and lime add it now.
  • Serve warm topped with desired toppings.

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

My family loves this easy taco soup recipe that I’ve perfected over the years, and it’s a big fall favorite. Because of all the vegetable upgrades, it is slightly lighter and healthier while still having all the comforting qualities of chili.

The versatility of this simple taco soup—which you can personalize with mouthwatering add-ins—is one of its many appealing aspects. Any combination of toppings, including avocado, corn, red onion, tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, and more, can be added to create a unique taco soup for each person. Experimenting with different combinations of taco soup toppings is always enjoyable! What your family puts in their taco soup would be fascinating to hear!

This is homestyle comfort food at its finest—nothing fancy, just perfect for curling up with on those chilly rainy and snowy days! This Simple Taco Soup is ideal for providing food for a large group. Try this for your next winter get-together, Halloween party, or football season.

  • Ground beef – use lean ground beef for best results. I go for 85% or 90% Angus.
  • Olive oil is used to aid in browning the beef.
  • Yellow onion and garlic – red onion can be substituted.
  • Jalapeño: I’ve also made it with 1/3 cup chopped bell pepper if you want it to be milder.
  • Canned diced tomatoes with green chilies – if you only have two cans on hand, you can also just use the tomatoes and add one (4 oz) can of diced green chilies.
  • Low-sodium beef broth – chicken broth will work fine too.
  • In a pinch, you can make your own tomato sauce by combining two thirds cup water and one third cup tomato paste. Although tomato sauce already contains seasonings like onion and garlic powder, you can add those as well.
  • Spices like chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper give tacos their signature flavor. For a hint of a deeper flavor, you can bloom them first by sautéing them with the garlic.
  • Although I don’t usually use dry ranch dressing mix, I didn’t want to change this old recipe because readers have loved it so much. If you want to prepare it the way I do, at the very end, add 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1/3 cup chopped cilantro in place of the dressing mix.
  • Frozen corn: Although I really enjoy using fresh corn in the summer, Add it in the final ten minutes of cooking if using fresh.
  • canned pinto and black beans; in the absence of pinto beans, I substitute great northern beans. Or you could just use 2 cans of black beans.
  • Add as many toppings as you like—this taco soup is similar to a taco. I usually top it with a generous amount of crumbled tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream. If I have avocado, I also add it.

Alright, while the list of ingredients may seem intimidating, a lot of them are common pantry items like spices and canned goods. When you start creating it, you’ll realize it’s not that difficult. It’s such an easy soup!.

What I love about this soup:

  • Is there anything better than a one-pot meal? It’s a simple recipe that requires minimal mess and even less cleanup.
  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe for the best taco soup only requires five minutes to prepare, and you probably already have everything on hand.
  • The recipe notes include instructions for using an Instant Pot and a Slow Cooker, which make this meal even easier.