Easiest Soup Ever, Taco Soup

easy soup made with canned ingredients


This past week, I needed a dinner that would be ready in a jif, and I mean a New York minute jif. And if I couldn’t come up with something that was quick, I knew I’d find myself at our local Oriental takeout place $40 plus lighter.

Working late, God Daughter Stephanie scheduled for dinner, Monday night Footaball kickoff at 6:30….Good ol’ Taco Soup to the rescue. In my quest to stay off the processed food aisles, I bet it’s been fifteen years since I’ve made this soup. Dice an onion and a clove of garlic, brown some ground beef, open five cans, season and you’ve got dinner. An oldie but a goodie, and a very flavorful one at that.

In my whirlwind trip through the canned aisle at the market, I forgot to pick up tortilla chips. This soup is so easy that I even had time to make my own baked tortilla chips from some leftover corn tortillas from a weekend meal.

Taco Soup, Easiest Soup Ever
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 10
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 4 T. Taco Seasoning
  • 1½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ C. water
  1. Place a large colander in the sink. Open all cans of beans and corn, place in the colander all at once to drain. In the meantime, chop the onion and garlic. In a large heated fry pan, crumble the ground beef and cook until about half way done. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  2. Add in the drained beans and corn, the can of beef broth, the Ranch dressing, taco seasoning and stir well. Add water if the mixture is not soupy enough.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes or until flavors are blended. Sprinkle with some chopped raw onion and shredded cheese. Serve with corn chips.

For the baked tortilla chips: Take four soft corn tortillas and brush them with olive oil. With a knife quarter the tortillas and lay the pieces out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and Chamayo chili powder. Bake at 375 degrees for fifteen minutes. Done.

Taco Soup, Easiest Soup Ever…It’s what’s for Dinner.

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  1. says

    for a fast meal this sure looks a lot better than the balony sandwich I would have come up with – 1 slice of bread with mustard, 1 slice of bread with mayo, 1 slice bologna, 1 slice cheese – should you ever need the recipe.

    • says

      LOL, I love bologna sandwiches. However, yours is fancier. Mine is white bread, Miracle Whip and bologna. no mustard or cheese please. and always a leaf of Iceburg Lettuce.

  2. says

    When I was under the weather recently, we brought out a lot of these old favorites that we hadn’t made in 10 years or more. Easy and it brought back some memories.

    Love this taco soup and you can’t beat the prep times.

  3. says

    One of my closest friends who died almost 4 years ago, loved this soup. In fact this was one of the only things she ever cooked (she wasn’t exactly Martha Stewart). Shortly after she died I blogged about her and said in it I how I wished I would have gotten her favorite taco soup recipe. Somehow her sister saw it and sent me the recipe, which is like yours. Little did I know, all I had to do was ask you for it. One of these days I’ll make it.

  4. says

    You did well to pull such a good meal together when you were short on time– this doesn’t look like it was a last minute thought, looks like you planned all week to make it and enjoy it with football and friends!

  5. says

    Yum! This is the sort of thing Mom would make the night before Thanksgiving when everyone was showing up at odd hours. You could always count on a warm bowl of soup mo matter how late you got in.

  6. says

    my kind of soup! cant complain about food since this is one of the drawing cards of living in Lebanon but I sure miss Mex and TexMex goodies and that’s an easy one to reproduce at home any old time!

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