Monday, January 16, 2012

Taco Soup - Made by My Boys

Taco Soup - Made by My Boys recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I wonder if there is anyone left who has not yet made Taco Soup? My oldest son adores this soup. He's been wanting to make a meal for the blog, so I told him he could make his favorite soup to share with you all this week. The recipe is quite simple and it comes together in just minutes. I've made it without the beef in the past and it is just as delicious that way.

The secret to the unique flavor of taco soup is a packet of ranch dip mix. It provides an almost tanginess that balances the spice and it adds a great flavor to what might otherwise be a simple chili recipe. I no longer buy packaged ranch mix, so I haven't made this soup in quite a while. After numerous requests to make his soup, I decided to attempt a version using the spices from my Homemade Ranch Dip. It turned out great. It wasn't quite as tangy as the original, but both of my boys still declared it a success.

Taco Soup
(printable recipe)

1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped small
1.5 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
1.5 cups cooked pinto beans or 1 can
1.5 cups cooked great northern beans or 1 can
16 oz frozen corn
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced or stewed tomatoes
1.5 cups water
1/4 - 1/2 cup of diced green chiles or 1 small can
3 tablespoons taco seasoning, I used this Homemade Taco Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper

In a large soup pot, brown the beef with the onion. Drain any grease, if necessary. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

FREEZER MEAL: Let the soup cool completely before transferring to freeze safe containers. Soup can be reheated in the microwave or it can be thawed first and then reheated on the stove-top.


  1. I had taco soup over the holidays at a restaurant and it was so comforting - this looks like the exact same recipe.

    I have wondered the same thing about not using the packets for recipes. I wonder if you could get that tanginess with some citric acid? I bought some for a lemonade drink I made over the summer and now I see it in ingredient lists...I wonder if the packets of ranch use that to get that tanginess. I really have no idea...your post just made me think about that:-).

  2. I've actually...never made taco soup. For real. Isn't that a shame?

    This version sounds super delicious and if your boys approve of it then I'm sure I will too!

  3. Now this is my kind of soup!! Looks so delicious.

  4. This sounds fabulous, great blog.

  5. Always a warm delish dish during this time of year.

  6. I know you can't see it, but I have my hand raised. Yes it is true. I am the one person that hasn't made Taco soup nor have I ever tasted it! I'm so ashamed :( But hey, it looks good and I love tacos. Does that count?

  7. This is one of my favorite soups! SO good and you are right, the ranch packet is key!

  8. Your boys made some great looking taco soup. I have never made taco soup before, I think I will have to try it.

  9. Looks like they follow in your footsteps, great job!

  10. This soup looks great. A delicious soup to try with my little guys -
    Great blog -