Taco Soup

Taco soup is one of those recipes that I’ve seen in countless places over the years. Every recipe is always a little bit different than the last. To me, that just shows it’s a soup that can be played around with for endless possibilities.

I tend to like soups filled with lots of different stuff the best. So obviously when I make a soup for my family, I add as many things to the pot as I think I can get away with. This recipe is no different. I just kept adding things until every spoonful I lifted from the pot had a few different ingredients. And the whole time, I kept the thought of the classic taco soup in mind.

Basically, this is a fully-loaded taco soup. It is bursting with different textures, veggies and add-ins while still maintaining that traditional taco flavor. Sprinkled with some cheese on top and served with some homemade tortilla chips and we couldn’t get enough of it! Even better, I doubled it and have a big bag waiting in our freezer for after the baby is born.

Taco Soup

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T. + 1 t. chili powder
  • 2  t. cumin
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. oregano
  • 1/4 – 1/8 t. cayenne pepper
  • 4 c. beef stock or broth
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained (or 1 1/2 c. cooked dry beans)
  • 1 15 oz. can hominy, drained
  • 1 8 oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chilies, drained
  • Optional items for garnish: shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips or chips

1. In a large soup pan or stock pot, cook ground beef with onion, green pepper and garlic. Drain once browned.

2. Stir in all remaining ingredients except garnish items. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes. (The flavors will combine and it will taste great after 20 minutes, but simmer all day if you want the maximum flavor.)

7 thoughts on “Taco Soup

  1. First I want to let you know that I love your food blog! I only look at a couple of them but yours has yummy recipes using basic ingredients (usually.) I just made the Mexican Lasagne and it was good. So my question is this. What is hominy? Where do I find it in my grocery store? Is it some kind of American thing maybe? 🙂 Could I skip it quite easily if I can’t find it?


  2. Love your blog! 🙂 And this taco soup made my mouth water and it’s only 10am. So when you are you due?! It’s always fun to read from foodies and those who are expecting because my husband and I are welcoming our third in January 🙂 I might have to load my freezer with this!
    Have a happy weekend!

  3. I’m so happy to find a taco soup recipe without ranch soup mix – it seemed overprocessed. Thanks for posting this!

  4. I made this soup last night and doubled it for a freezer meal. It was so delicious and easy to throw together. My husband remarked at how amazing the house smelled when he came home and declared it a winner. We especially loved the hominy in it! Thanks so much. I’ve really enjoyed your freezer meal posts as I’m doing the same exact thing right now. Our 2nd little girl is due November 21st, so I’ve been doubling meals trying to fill our freezer for after she’s born. Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy!

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