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Leftover Taco Night Soup

Updated on August 4, 2012

Leftover Taco Night Soup

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What to do with Leftovers??

When we have taco night at our house, when there are leftovers, sometimes there are just a few scraps. Not enough for another full meal, but enough for someone to take a lunch the next day.

Once, at a restaurant, I had a fantastic Taco Soup. I was in love after the first spoonful. When we had a bunch of tact leftovers one night, I decided to try my hand at recreating that Taco Soup. I didn't think it would be hard. I scanned the internet to see what was out there. There are a million variations, but I was looking for SIMPLE.

Here is what I came up with.

Any ingredients in your pantry will do.
Any ingredients in your pantry will do.
Drain and rinse beans in cold water.
Drain and rinse beans in cold water.
Mixing beans always makes the soup better.  This is a mix of black beans and white beans.
Mixing beans always makes the soup better. This is a mix of black beans and white beans.
Leftover ground beef.
Leftover ground beef.
Chop up some onions and add to the soup.
Chop up some onions and add to the soup.
Put the salsa in a pot.
Put the salsa in a pot.
Add the the other ingredients: corn, green peppers, onions, beans, meat, etc...
Add the the other ingredients: corn, green peppers, onions, beans, meat, etc...
Mix it all up.
Mix it all up.
Cook til boiling hot.
Cook til boiling hot.
Cut up flour tortillas to add to the soup when serving.
Cut up flour tortillas to add to the soup when serving.
Shredded cheese to add on top of the soup when serving.  This is a pepper jack cheese - yummy!
Shredded cheese to add on top of the soup when serving. This is a pepper jack cheese - yummy!
Sour cream on top makes it creamy and reduces some of the heat if it is too spicy.
Sour cream on top makes it creamy and reduces some of the heat if it is too spicy.
Serve with any toppings you want:  shredded cheese, cut up  flour tortillas, tortilla chips, sour cream, etc....
Serve with any toppings you want: shredded cheese, cut up flour tortillas, tortilla chips, sour cream, etc....

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken, taco meat, pork, (any meat is usable)
  • 1 cup beans, (black, red, kidney, northern, etc..)
  • 24 oz jar salsa, green and/or red; any heat
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of each: onions, geen peppers, tomatoes, corn
  • 1-2 torillas, cut up
  • 1-2 TBSP sour cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, any type
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1-2 cubes chicken boullion, (optional)

Directions:

  1. Chop up anything that needs to be chopped up: leftover chicken, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, etc...
  2. Pour jar of salsa in a pot.
  3. Add beans, meats, and vegetables.
  4. Add 1-2 chicken boullion cubes.
  5. Simmer until hot and vegetables are tender.

Some notes:

This is such a garbage can soup, which is what I love about it. Pretty much you throw whatever you have leftover into a pot and cook. I love experimenting with this soup. It never really tastes the same twice.

We usually have chicken or beef tacos, so that is what ends up in our soup. We have a lot of beans on hand, so that usually ends up in there as well. The rest, is usually a mix of whatever I want to get rid of from the fridge.

I usually mix green and red salsas together. That makes this soup so much better. The mix of the two salsas creates a sweet/sour taste.

Also, I love throwing in some fresh tomatoes and other veggies (onions, green peppers, corn, etc...). I've even used mushrooms, squash, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Not truly mexican, but still yummy.

Some Topping Variations:

I usually serve this soup with tortilla chips, but you can also cut up flour tortillas and sprinkle on top. They get all soft in the soup.

Shredded cheese (any type) can also be added as well as sour cream to make it a creamy soup. The sour cream also cuts down on the heat if it is too spicy.

If you want more of a stew type soup, serve it over rice or noodles. If you want a more broth type, add more water or chicken broth. This will thin it out.

Enjoy!

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    • Marie-Renee profile image

      Renee 5 years ago

      I guess I never really thought about that...good idea. Thanks and it looks really delicious as well as healthy, need to try minus the chicken since I'm allergic to it. Voted up and across.

    • lilyofthevalley17 profile image
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      lilyofthevalley17 5 years ago from USA

      Yup. I took them as I made the soup this week.

    • Rui Carreira profile image

      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Are those all your pictures? If so, it sure looks tasty

    • JenPaxton profile image

      Jen Paxton 5 years ago from Missouri

      Yummy! Looks great and makes me want tacos again. Voted up.

    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh my goodness, I think this is a recipe even I can manage to cook! Great idea and voted up.

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