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I remember the first time I had taco soup. My sister dropped by my loft with a big pot of leftovers from the taco soup she had made. It was HEAVENLY! I immediately called her for the recipe, and I’ve made it countless times since. I’ve adapted the recipe over the years, mainly because I’m not a fan of corn, but I’m a sucker for all types of beans, and now I’m sharing it with the world so y’all can enjoy it too!

This recipe is ridiculously easy to make, whether you use a Dutch Oven or a Crockpot. If you’re using a dutch oven, you can brown your meat right in the pot and then add the rest of your ingredients and let it all simmer together for about 30 minutes. If you’re short on time and using a crockpot, you can dump everything in, including the raw meat, and let it cook all day while you work! Either way you go, you can’t lose with this Taco Soup!

Let’s talk toppings:

The topping possibilities are endless, but here are a few of my faves!

  • Sour cream
  • Chives
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortilla strips
  • Diced avocado
  • Guacamole 
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Splash of hot sauce
  • Fresh pico 
  • Pickled or fresh jalapeño 

Freeze:

Yes, you can absolutely freeze this soup! These are my favorite freezer safe food storage containers. They come in a pack of 24 and will keep your soups from getting freezer burnt. Totally off topic, but they are also the perfect size for making and storing Ranch Dressing! Just place your leftover soup in a freezer safe container with an airtight lid, and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in fridge for 24 hours and then reheat in crockpot on low heat or in dutch oven over medium-low heat.

Storing Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in fridge for 3-5 days. 

Meat:

This is one of those rare times that I think lean ground beef is warranted. I love ground turkey in so many recipes, but this taco soup recipe tastes best with lean beef. I like to use 92% lean ground beef to keep it low in fat but still full of flavor. 

Beans:

Are you aware that there are brands that use wheat in their canned beans? This is an often over-looked area of concern when it comes to hidden gluten in food. Bush’s beans are safe if you’re gluten free, so I always buy Bush’s!

Taco Seasoning:

Taco seasoning is another place gluten hides. McCormick Organics is gluten free, and it says so right on the packaging! But sometimes it can be difficult to find, so I use 2 tablespoons of this Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe.

Ranch Dip Mix:

Any brand of ranch dip mix will do! If you can’t find ranch dip mix, you can use this simple recipe!

1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley

3/4 teaspoon dried dill

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoons black pepper 

So here’s what you’ll need to make this Easy Taco Soup:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch dip mix 
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 10 oz can mild Rotel tomatoes and chiles
  • 4 oz can green chiles
  • 15.5 oz can mild chili beans
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed


Directions:

Brown beef in dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in taco seasoning, ranch dip mix, and 2 tablespoons water until combined

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered

Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced jalapeños, and tortilla chips!

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Easy Taco Soup

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning (see above)
  • 1 packet ranch dip mix
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 10 ounce can mild Rotel
  • 4 ounce can green chiles
  • 15.5 ounce can mild chili beans
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 16 ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed

Instructions
 

  • Brown beef in dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in taco seasoning, ranch dip mix, and 2 tablespoons water until combined
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered
  • Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced jalapeños, and tortilla chips!
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