Taco Soup

Taco soup is a fabulous frugal and easy meal that will please your family.

Taco soup is one of those recipes almost everyone I know has their own twist on. I’ve had very thick, almost stew like, taco soup and very thin taco soup and in-between taco soups.  What beans are in it vary widely as well. This is the version I make most often. Hearty with black and pinto beans, olives, onions and garlic served with corn chips and topped with sour cream and shredded Monterey Jack cheese this is one recipe that always pleases my family.

I am going to share both stove top and slow cooker preparations.

Taco Soup

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles (Ro*tel) undrained
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes. Plain or fire roasted undrained
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning or a mixture of 1-1.5 tbsp paprika , 1-1.5 tbsp chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix or 2 tablespoons of the homemade mix found at Home-Ec 101
  • 1 to 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 15 ounce can of black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 28 ounce can of pinto beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of sliced black olives
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • Toppings such as corn or tortilla chips , shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, lime wedges


  1. In a large skillet brown the ground chuck with the onions and garlic. Drain off fat and add to a 6 quart stock pot or 6 quart slow cooker. Combine the rest of the ingredients except for toppings. If cooking on stove top bring pot to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. If using slow cooker, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6.
  2. Ladle into bowls and serve with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Cook time depends on whether you do a stove top or slow cooker preparation.



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  1. Hello there! This looks awesome. Can I ask what plug-in you are using for the “print the recipe” feature? I’ve been meaning to add something like that to my site and would love any advice you have. Thanks!

  2. One of my favorites too, yummy 🙂

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