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Taco Soup

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Taco Soup

Taco soup is the best for getting cozy. It has protein, veggies, and spices mixed in. It’s perfect when it’s cold, with the taste of chili and tacos together.

This soup beats other soups for how easy it is and how flexible. It’s great for game days, Halloween, or just to keep warm. It has ground beef, olive oil, and lots of spices and veggies to make it tasty.

It’s a meal that fills you up and you can change to fit what you like.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Crafting the perfect bowl of taco soup starts with high-quality ingredients. Lean ground beef, 85% or 90% Angus, gives it great flavor. For those looking for ground beef substitutes, ground turkey or chicken is a good choice. A vegetarian taco soup can be made by using lentils or an extra can of beans instead of meat.

Start with olive oil for the beef, and you can add yellow or red onions. Garlic and jalapeños make it tasty. Bell peppers give a mild flavor. Use canned diced tomatoes with green chilies, low-sodium beef broth, and tomato sauce. In a hurry, mix tomato paste with seasonings as a substitute.

To make it really taste like tacos, use chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. You can skip the dry ranch mix. Try cutting fresh cilantro and adding lime juice for a zesty flavor.

Corn, fresh or frozen, along with black and pinto beans, make the soup hearty and full of fiber. For a change, use great northern beans.

What makes your bowl special are the customizable soup toppings. Add cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. Or, try avocado, scallions, or a bit of fresh lime juice.


Starting taco soup is easy and fits any kitchen. First, cook the ground beef and onions in a big pot. Add the jalapenos and garlic for a tasty base.

Drain any fat after browning to make it healthier. Then, mix in tomatoes, broth, sauce, and spices. Let everything simmer so the flavors mix well.

Add corn and beans next, stirring until warm. If it’s too thick, add water until it’s right. For a crockpot, put everything in after browning and let it cook on low. To use an Instant Pot, set it to high pressure and let it naturally release.

This dish is great because you can change it a lot. Freeze extras or use turkey instead of beef if you like. You can also adjust the spice and salt. This makes your taco soup perfect and easy every time.

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