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Not sure what to make for dinner? Our friends at Taste of Home have just the ticket: their most popular recipe of 2022. This Simple Taco Soup is easy, tasty and takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

Made with ground beef, taco seasoning and a handful of nonperishable staples, trust us, it won’t disappoint. When you’re in the mood for something cozy and easy, this is sure to become your new go-to. Plus, here’s the difference between soup, stew and chili.

Simple Taco Soup

Prep/Total time: 25 min. | Makes: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomato with green chiles
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles, optional
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition facts

1 cup: 370 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1,369mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein

Taco soup recipe tips

What goes well with taco soup?

Of course, taco toppings such as tortilla chips, cheese, avocado and sour cream pair well with taco soup. For a side dish, try this Guacamole Tossed Salad.

How long is taco soup good for?

You can keep taco soup in the refrigerator for three to five days if it’s in an airtight container. You can also freeze soup after it has cooled. (Here’s more on how to freeze basically everything.) When you’re ready to eat it again, partially thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight. Then reheat it in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding broth if necessary.

How do you thicken taco soup?

You shouldn’t need to thicken this taco soup—the meat and vegetables make it pretty chunky. If desired, you can add refried beans, other mashed beans or rice to thicken it up.

Can I use homemade taco seasoning?

Absolutely! Homemade taco seasoning works great in place of store-bought seasoning.

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Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor.

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