World’s Easiest Supper: Taco Soup


Welcome Tipnut readers! You sure have come from one of the handiest sites on the web! I do hope you’ll enjoy Southern Plate. It is great to have you here!

Y’all said you wanted quick and easy meals and I’ve been listening! I am going to try to post one quick meal idea each week.

This week that has come in handy for me as well as I work on creating a better index for Southern Plate and Slideshows for each category. I’ve finally figured out how to get it all done but its just taking some time. I’ll have a slideshow for every category on the sidebars and when you click on the title of that category, it will take you to a page which lists every dish in that category (Each name will be clickable to take you directly to that page and even though clickable is not technically a word in the real world, it certainly is on Southern Plate though, because I said so).

Whew! Now that I’m done with my rambling, let me show you the world’s easiest supper. This supper is also awfully darn tasty! My son ate three bowls!
I first made this soup about ten years ago (oh lord, that makes me feel so old!). We instantly fell in love with it. Even if it weren’t so incredibly quick and easy, the flavor would have won me over on its own. You’re just not going to believe how great this tastes!

You’ll need: 2 cans kidney beans, corn, Ro-Tel, tomato sauce, 1 package Ranch dressing mix, 1 package taco seasoning mix, and about a pound of beef (more if you’d like). I cook my beef ahead of time and freeze it in individual meal sized portions so I just grabbed a bag from the freezer, which makes this even easier!

You ready for the instructions? Dump it all in a pot. Don’t even drain your cans, just dump it all. Add a cup and a half of water and stir. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. Serve!

I like to eat mine with sour cream and cheese. You can use your favorite add ins or just eat it on its own.
This soup is delicious!!!

Taco Soup
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Lg chopped onion, cooked with beef
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1- 15oz can Ro-Tel
  • 1- 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1½ cups water
  1. Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil and then simmer for fifteen minutes.


*Just dump in cans, liquid and all!

Fall TV is underway, have you found any shows that you particularly like? If so, I’d love to hear about them! In the comments section, tell me what shows you like, what networks they come on, and what day and time!

So far, all I am watching is Army Wives on Lifetime and True Blood on HBO (I just love Sookie!). Those both come on Sunday nights and I’d love to know of something good that came on another night but I never actually watch network TV during the day (It’s all Noggin or Disney Channel here!) so I don’t get to see previews or commercials about anything to know!

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  1. Julie Edwin says

    A good tip would be to drain & rinse the beans (that thick water they’re packed in has an odd almost slimey texture) & I personally would drain the corn as well. (not a fan of can water!) You could easily add chicken stock if more liquid is needed. I just have issues with the liquid in canned vegetables, & it wouldn’t add even 2 minutes of time, well worth it for a better flavor & texture!

        • says

          I would estimate a regular batch to feed about 5 people. Keep in mind that out of the 50, about 10% will opt out (that is what I always figure when cooking for a crowd) and you can most likely sit down with a pencil and paper and convert this to large size cans like you get at Sam’s to save time and money. You can get a huge #10 can of corn there for a little over $3. Same for tomatoes, tomato sauce, etc. Also, if cooking for a crowd, you can help your budget by using less meat and adding in two or thee cans of rinsed black beans.
          I hope this is helpful :)

  2. Josey Schaub says

    Good stuff! I’ve never made Taco Soup before because my kids don’t like spicy but I think the ranch mix makes this perfect. My non-spicy kids loved it and my nursling didn’t get indigestion either. I will make it over and over!

  3. Barbara says

    My Hubs hates beans, so I made his w/o the beans and added mine as I put it in a bowl! I used the lime and cilantro Rotel-Oh, yummmmm! this is a fantastic soup for our snowy days in Michigan!!

  4. Stephanie B says

    Love the original recipe, just tried something a little diff…taco seasoning, tomato sauce, 1/2 can corn and Rotel,…used italian dressing mix instead of ranch, a little less water, and ground chicken, and half can of seasoned black beans. I actually forgot the onion, but it tasted good without it. I’m sure it would kick it up a notch if used! Topped it with blue corn tortilla chops and sour cream.

  5. Peggy says

    OMG, just made this soup for ” my son ” but I had to taste it,
    it was fantastic I ended up having a bowl of it myself.
    This comes from a person that does not like anything Taco.
    Thanks so much for this recipe.

  6. sockii says

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know someone is posting around your photo of this recipe on Facebook, I wasn’t sure if you’d given them permission to do so (there’s no link back to your recipe and it’s now been “shared” over 60000 times). There’s a lot of recipe and food photography theft going on these days on FB…

  7. Dianne says

    Hi ya Christy,I made this Taco soup and it’s the greatest thing I have ever tasted!! I made a double batch the next day and froze it in 2 cup containers. All the men in my house love this soup and they are picky eaters. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  8. Brenda S says

    We watch Blue Bloods, Rizzoli and Isles, King and Maxwell, Major Crimes, Duck Dynasty. I love Love It or List It on HGTV and my granddaughter loves Pioneer Woman.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. JOHN KLINE says

    Ate my last carton of Taco Soup from the freezer at lunch. TIme to make more. So easy and freezes well. I use 1 can pinto beans, 1 can garbanzos, and 1 can yellow hominy. But rarely make it the same way each time. Have used chicken and pork roast. Both worked well.

  10. Patti Moss says

    Christy, I love the taco soup (as well as your hamburger stew-I get RAVES over that!). The greatest tip I’ve gotten from you is boiling the large quantities of hamburger and freezing them. I’m not well organized, and this helps me so much. I AM a soup maker, for us and for others, and the meat is almost always there! Thanks for everything. Patti

    p.s. I love my Come Home to Supper, too.

  11. Rita Bashor says

    Christy,I received your latest cookbook for Christmas and made this taco soup tonight! It was delish and soooooo easy! My kind of recipe! I was so surprised to see my cookbook was a signed addition since it was in a Myrtle beach “Books a million” so far from Alabama!! Now I have both your books and I’m a happy lady!! Rita

  12. Cheryl Bone says

    Several comments left me thinking… college nutrition instructor and now an extension agent said not to drain cans since that is where the nutrition is. She said if you didn’t like canned food, use fresh fverozen veggies (I use steamables) with good homemade chicken or beef stock. Also, I always use venison when available. Lower fat content! Or, if I get a good food ministry special on loin pork chops, grind them up for the soup where they are not so dry like in other uses. I don’t like Rotel so I just use bell peppers in place and it is still delicious.

  13. Cindy Bennett says

    This sounds so good! My husband will NOT eat beans. What could I use instead? I could split it and put the beans in mine, but it would be kind of thin with out a substitute for the beans in hubbys. Any suggestions are welcome!

  14. Esther says

    I love this! Quick easy and hearty! I have a dear friend that made this for me before and I am so glad I found the recipe! I served it like she always did with shredded cheese and fritos on top. Yummy! I am so glad I found your website, so many fantastic recipes for good food on a tight budget!Thank you for sharing

  15. Samantha says

    Christie, I finally made this soup last night and it was delicious! It made a ton and we love it so much. I will be making it again and again. It’s my new favorite soup. Thank you!

      • Samantha says

        Ah! Christy, so sorry I spelled your name wrong in my last comment. I typed it from my phone, so that must have been an auto-correct fail.

        By the way, the reason I’ve had to visit your site from my phone lately is that I’m having terrible problems with it ever since the Yum button was added. I’ve been on your site nearly every day ever since I first found it about a year and a half ago. I never had any problems until last week.

        I use Firefox as my browser on my laptop and once the Yum button was added Firefox kept locking up on me every time I came here. I’ve tried everything over the last week, including updating Firefox, checking and updating all my plug-ins, and making sure Windows was up to date.

        I keep testing it by having several tabs open for different sites while surfing the web, and then as soon as I come here Firefox locks up and all I can do is close it and restart it. My husband is an IT guy and he thinks there must be some code on all the pages now and it’s interfering with Firefox.

        I’m not complaining at all; I just wanted to let you know in case others might be experiencing the same issues. I’m still hoping I can figure it out because I’d prefer to visit your site from my laptop, not my phone. But, hey, it might just be the excuse I need to get that iPad I’ve been thinking about.

  16. Joyce Smythe says

    Oh my gosh, I just made this wonderful pot full of heaven! I love it! Actually, I made it the consistency of chili, little thicker without all of the water called for, probably used about a half cup. Since I didn’t have any canned corn, I used a small 16 oz. bag from freezer and cooked it, then added the whole bag to the pot. (I love love corn!)..Now, to finish supper, I have a big cast iron skillet full of golden cornbread to go with! <3


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