Taco Soup

Until maybe a year ago I don’t think I had even heard of taco soup. Then one of my friends mentioned that another friend of hers made a really good taco soup. I love tacos! There are so many different ways you can make them, from regular ground beef, to chicken ( I make a really good crock pot salsa chicken for this, but the recipe is unfortunately not my idea.), to fish, veggie, breakfast….I could go on forever! But, taco soup? This is a brand new world!

Taco Soup


Okay, to be honest it’s not a brand new world, I’ve made it at least 5 times since I discovered it. I haven’t searched for every recipe ever for taco soup, but I have to say the version I make is a bit different from any I’ve seen so far. Of course, I could be wrong.

I had every intention of my next post being a review of an eggplant parmesan recipe I used to love to make, and has quite an interesting story about it. Only this time I didn’t love making it, it was good but not as good as I remember, and I got distracted by just not having enough time to write it, babysitting, and just life. Then yesterday our cat had to be put to sleep :( . I was miserable. She was my husband’s cat long before I meet him, and his baby. She was the runt of a litter from a stray, born under his front porch, and he had to bottle fed her. She hated me when we first started dating, but before long I was her Mommy and she wanted me more than him.

After all of this I wanted to make something I love for dinner tonight, something warm and comforting. We didn’t really eat yesterday, just some frozen chicken patty sandwiches (well, ok I microwaved them first). So, on to tonight’s dinner, taco soup! Want the recipe?


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Taco Soup ( and a few things)
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Tacos in soup form! Filled with ground beef, salsa, black beans, a hearty and warming soup!
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican/American
Serves: 6
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped red onion ( I usually use yellow but we had some red that grew in our garden over the winter after not growing last summer. I don’t know, don’t ask me!)
  • 16 oz jar salsa ( I used Newman’s Own Medium)
  • 2 15.5 oz cans black beans, undrained
  • 32 oz carton beef broth
  • 2 1.25 oz packets taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried cilantro
  • Toppings (optional):
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • scallions
  • diced avocado
  1. Brown ground beef with the chopped onion over medium high heat, drain. Mix in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Normally after browning the beef I put it in a crock pot, add the remaining ingredients, and cook on high for 4 hours. It comes out great either way!
  3. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar, Mexican or taco shredded cheese, scallions, and diced avocado
Cook time depends on cooking method used.


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Taco Soup


  1. says

    We had a mostly-Beagle-looking dogie that completely stole my heart! They are the sweetest dogs! Give her a hug for me! (We have a cat named Bella.) You have made me consider posting my recipe for Doggie Biscotti!

  2. says

    This is fantastic. It was simple to make yet bursting with flavor. It was great when I made it in the crock pot yesterday and even better today. My husband loved it and so did my three year old who usually turns up his nose at new foods. Amazing find! Thank you for sharing.

    • Bernadette says

      Thanks Laurie! My daughter is 4 1/2 and used to like it, but now she turns her nose up at everything.

  3. Bill6271 says

    Just enjoyed your taco soup. Yum yum!!! Don brought me in a bowl today. Good coworkers are the best thing about work. That and the paychecks. lol Thanks for the soup, Bill


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