It’s everything you know and love about tacos….in soup form! This easy Taco Soup is made with beef, corn and beans. It’s thick, hearty, and a total crowd pleaser. Don’t skip the toppings. They seal the deal!
Monday was a salad and Friday will be a summer treat, so this midweek recipe is for all my readers suffering through the dark depths of winter. ❄️ I was prompted to post this because now I really do empathise as I’m currently in the snow fields of Japan at a delightful ski resort called Nozawa Onsen. Very quaint, very traditional Japanese village with – you guessed it – lots of onsens! Onsens are natural hot spring baths and there is absolutely no better way than to end a day on the slopes by sinking into an onsen. For fellow ski / snow boarders – add skiing in Japan to your bucket list! And feel free to go ask my mother for tips for where to go. ? She’s an avid skier, bordering on obsessive – the only reason why she goes to the gym is to stay in shape so she can ski – ba ha ha!!!.⛷??
I literally just arrived today so I’ll share some pics soon. How ridiculous will it look if I’m sharing photos of snow amongst a summer treat recipe on Friday???
Well, for today, this taco soup is totally on point!
I say this is an Easy Taco Soup and actually, I don’t know how to make a hard taco soup. Well, I personally don’t make fancy taco soup but I was watching a cooking show the other day and somehow, Bobby Flay managed to make taco soup to a whole new level of complexity.
Mine is not like his! Mine is really easy. Especially if you choose to make it with a packet of taco seasoning rather than using the homemade one I’ve provided in the recipe. Up to you!
So I have one rule about my easy Taco Soup. You cannot skip the toppings. Let me repeat – you cannot skip the toppings!!! You may omit one of the toppings. Leaving out two is really pushing my boundaries. ?
But let me explain! I’m not being difficult, it’s what this recipe is! The soup itself is lovely, don’t get me wrong. But the flavouring of it is not kapow so it stands alone on its own. Regular readers know I’m all about the big flavours. And the soup by itself doesn’t have intense flavours so you’ll taste it say “oh, it’s nice but nothing special” until you try a mouthful of the soup + toppings.
THEN you will say “OMG! Where has this been all my life!”
At least, that was my reaction the first time I tried it. ? Hope it’s your reaction too! – Nagi x
- 1 tsp EACH garlic powder , onion powder and cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp EACH dried oregano and paprika
- 2 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 onion , finely chopped
- 500 g / 1 lb ground beef (mince), lean
- 1 x 400g/14oz can black beans , drained and rinsed (Note 2)
- 1 x 400g/14oz can corn kernals , drained and rinsed
- 120 g / 4.5 oz canned green chilli (Note 3)
- 800 g / 28 oz canned crushed tomato
- 2 cups beef broth
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Corn chips
- Shallots/scallions , finely sliced
- Fresh coriander/cilantro leaves
- Other options: diced avocado , squeeze of lime juice
Heat oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook until softened (3 min).
Add beef and turn up the heat to high. Cook, breaking it up as you go, until it all changes from pink to brown.
Add remaining Soup ingredients and Taco Seasoning. Bring to a simmer then turn heat down to medium.
Simmer for 10 minutes to bring the flavours together. Adjust thickness with water if desired.
This is how I like to serve it: place a handful of corn chips in the bowl. Ladle in soup. Top with sour cream, cheese, coriander and a few crushed corn chips. For a healthier option, skip the corn chips in the bowl and/or serve more on the top / side of the soup.
1. Can be substituted with 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning.
2. Can be substituted with any other beans of choice.
3. Canned green chillis are widely available in the US but are not sold in Australia. I brought back loads the last time I was in the US! They aren't spicy, they just have chili flavour with some smokiness. If you are in Australia, just leave it out.
4. The amount of liquid that evaporates while cooking depends on how heavy the pot and lid are. I'm using a cast iron pot here so the lid is heavy = little liquid evaporation. So I didn't need to add any water - and also I like this soup thick! But feel free to make it less chunky by adding more water - or broth/stock.
5. Nutrition excludes toppings because I cannot be held responsible for how much you load it up! Nutrition is per serving (5 servings).
Easy Taco Soup recipe video!
LIFE OF DOZER
As usual when I travel, I send Dozer off on his own holiday to a Golden Retriever boarder. He stays in her house, knows his place in the pecking order (he is way down the bottom), and has an absolute blast. Despite hopeful questioning, I am told there is never any signs of pining for me (see below for evidence). ?