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My Family's Prize Taco Soup Recipe

Updated on October 10, 2018
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Audrey offers nutrition classes and enjoys sharing her healthy recipes. Here, she shares ideas and tips for dropping those extra pounds.

Hearty, Delicious Taco Soup

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Introduction - Taco Soup

Grab your soup spoon and get ready for your taste buds to shout "hurray!" This taco soup is both delicious and most satisfying meal. You can add or delete ingredients to suit your taste. I've been making this recipe for years and folks and family are always ready for more.

Although this particular recipe calls for meat, if you're a vegetarian (like me), simply leave out the meat and use soy products instead. Or just make the soup without any meat or soy. It will still be a mouth-watering meal that will leave your family begging for seconds.

There are endless variations for this taco soup recipe. It's fun to experiment and get creative with this filling and tasty treat. Once you have all your ingredients together, it takes no time at all to prepare. So get your cutting board ready and let's begin.

Corn Chips For Tennessee Taco Soup

Corn chips go well with this soup and are a decorative addition. Try to purchase low-salt.
Corn chips go well with this soup and are a decorative addition. Try to purchase low-salt. | Source

Ingredients For Tennessee Taco Soup

Tennessee Taco Soup - Serves 16

  • 2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 packages mild or original taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes (keep mild for this)
  • 2 16 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 8 cups water (I use filtered)
  • 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 2 7 oz. chopped green chilies (mild or hot - but I'd go mild if I were you)
  • 1 sliced avocado (optional)
  • Low-fat sour cream (optional)
  1. Brown the meat along with onions and garlic in about 2 tablespoons of oil. (I use olive oil, but any will do)
  2. Drain well.
  3. Add other ingredients in order given above.
  4. Simmer on low for 30 minutes or longer.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, tortillas, tortilla chips or corn chips.

This is one of my favorite dishes for parties and family gatherings. Guests can dish up the soup into a festive bowl and add the cheese and chips as desired. It's always a big hit!

Add a Variety of Nutritious Vegetables to Soup Recipes

When making soup try adding a variety of healthy vegetables in a variety of colors.
When making soup try adding a variety of healthy vegetables in a variety of colors. | Source

Prepare Soup Using Leftovers For Variety

A good healthy soup can be whipped up using just about anything in your refrigerator or pantry. Keep soup stock on hand.
A good healthy soup can be whipped up using just about anything in your refrigerator or pantry. Keep soup stock on hand. | Source

What's the Scoop on Soup?

Soup has been around for thousands of years. Its hard to imagine that our very early ancestors were robbed of the pleasure of eating certain plants just because boiling water was unheard of. They also were unable to eat the bones of animals or benefit from the nutritional value of these bones.

A good healthy soup can be whipped up using just about anything found in your refrigerator or pantry. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Leftovers. Don't toss small amounts of left-over food down the drain. These "extras" make a great addition to soup.
  • Spices. Need more flavor in your soup? Experiment with those bottles of spices that have been sitting on the kitchen shelf for so long.
  • Canned or frozen vegetables. If you have a can of green beans, corn, or any type of beans, add them to your soup. This can be a good way to get the kids to eat more vegetables and fiber.
  • If your celery is in the limp stage, just soak the stalks in ice water for a few minutes. It will be as good as new. Cut into bit size pieces and add to the soup for a terrific flavor.

Soup can be comforting and soul warming. There's just nothing like a nice hot cup of soup on a cold winters day. And if we catch a bug of some kind, home-made chicken soup tastes good when nothing else does.

6 Tips For Serving Soup

Soup just can't be served without the following rules:

  • Must be served hot or to individuals preference.
  • A napkin is a must or in my case, a bib.
  • Salt and pepper available but don't think you need it with taco soup. Be careful not to over-salt. Some folks must watch their sodium intake. Better to use less salt and let each person add to their liking. If you do find that you've over-salted, a potato will draw out some of the salt.
  • Ice water, upon request.
  • Serve with crackers or hot buttered rolls.
  • Serve with a big smile

Central Mexico - Where tortilla/taco soup originated.

Famous Soup Quotes

  • Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor .

Marge Kennedy

  • What does good in bed mean to me? When I'm sick and I stay home from school propped up with lots of pillows watching TV and my mom brings me soup - that's good in bed .

Brooke Shields

  • What's a soup kitchen ? - Paris Hilton
  • When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought it would pay off . - Vanna White
  • “Cold soup is a very tricky thing and it is the rare hostess who can carry it off. More often than not the dinner guest is left with the impression that had he only come a little earlier he could have gotten it while it was still hot.”

Fran Lebowitz, journalist

  • “Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.”

Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949)

  • “Soup is the song of the hearth... and the home.”

Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949)

And here's a commercial that will forever remain with me:

(Set to music)

Mmmmm good

Mmmmm good

That's what campbell soup is

Mmmmmmm...good.

Great Video For Chicken Tortilla Soup

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http://Source essentialhospitals.org

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Bookmarked this one, this is my kind of meal!! Looks delicious and not hard to make either.

      Shared, pinned, up, useful and awesome

    • BJC profile image

      BJC 

      6 years ago from Florida

      BIG YUMMY, even at this early hour!!

    • shalini sharan profile image

      shalini sharan 

      6 years ago from Delhi

      this seems an awesome combination

      really useful

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Combining two great foods ... what could be better! Not only is the idea good but the recipe is great! Bookmarking this recipe is almost as good an idea as the recipe itself. Definitely bookmarking.

      I like your quotes at the end, they add a little 'spice' to the soup!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      Your hub is mmmmm good! Love Tacos...will love this soup! Liked the quote..."What does good in bed mean to me? When I'm sick and I stay home from school propped up with lots of pillows watching TV and my mom brings me soup - that's good in bed . "

      Brooke Shields

      Loved this! Voted up!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      @maggie-may - It sousnds as though you like tacos as much as I do so I'm sure you'll enjoy this taco soup. Have fun with it and experiment with varieties of spices and such. And yes, you will most definitly need a bib! Thanks.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Deni - Now you knowdarn well you won't be satisfied with your tuna after the thought of taco soup - so get started. :-) Love your comments!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Heather Says - Glad that you like my taco soup recipe. I make it twice a month and each time I increase the recipe. Then I freeze part of it. So easy to go from freezer to stove top and heat up for a quick dinner. Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thank you, vocal coach!

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Currently, am learning how to cook. The next time I finally master the kitchen super basics, this would be the FIRST recipe that am going to try. Thanks vocalcoach! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Taco soup is one of my favorite soups.. this looks Delicious. thank you for sharing..I voted up..up. up..

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks delicious. I am always making soup at this time of year and will try your recipe for Taco Soup soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Deni Edwards 

      6 years ago from california

      Oh, no! Why did I just read this? My planned lunch, Tuna fish, doesn't sound so appetizing anymore.

      This is a recipe I'll definitely be trying within the next couple of weeks. It sounds perfect for a winter evening. Actually, it sounds perfect right about now...tuna?

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      mathair - I am certain he will thank you. And don't forget to have a nice bowl of this for yourself. :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Sunshine625 - So nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Will see you soon!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      ktrapp - Hi. There are probably a variety of recipies for taco soup. They are all appealing to me :) So glad you stopped by and commented. Happy eating, my friend. :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Moviemaster - This recipe really helps to warm up the body on a cold day. And here in Nashville, it is beginning to turn cold. As always, it is a joy to see you. Have a very good week!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I add about 1 cup. Sometimes I make the Couscous separate and serve it in a bowl to be added, along with the cheese, etc.

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      couscous sounds like a great idea! how much would you use in that recipe?

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      KaraokeGuy - I am also a vegetarian. I simply leave out the meat. I sometimes add couscous or even chopped eggplant instead of meat. Thanks.

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      Justin W Price 

      7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      This looks terrific. I love taco soup. My wife is a vegetarian. Do you have a recommendation on what to add instead of ground beef or turkey?

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Pras - I am glad you like this taco soup recipe. It is both delicious and easy to make. I hope your Mom likes this soup and you both enjoy it. Thank you, Pras!

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love taco soup and your recipes is the best. It sound delicious. I am glad to share this with my mom. I believe that she'll love this recipe. Rated up and useful!

      Prasetio

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      rorshak sobchak 

      7 years ago

      Yum, this made me hungry. This sounds like an easy recipe and would be great for parties. Thank you for the write up. Voted up! :O

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Well, Pollyannalana, you are ready to start cooking. That is fantastic. Am I invited for dinner? Thanks so much for the comments.

      vocalcoach~

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      Wow you know I have some left over chili and I think a very few added ingredients tomorrow is going to give me taco soup! I even have taco chips and shredded cheese. This is fantastic, thank you!

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      Nadine M AuCoin 

      7 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      My children and I absolutely love tacos! Your recipe and terrific manner and style here is greatly noted--I cannot wait to try this dish--saved to my recipe folder!!! Thanks heaps for sharing!!! I think I too will sport a bib for this one, lol!!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear b. Malin - I think you will enjoy this soup. It can be spiced up or spiced down. It even tasts better the day after. Let me know how you like it. Thanks, my friend.

      vocalcoach~

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Sounds like a good soup for a cool Autumn evening Vocalcoach...and Almost Calorie Free...I will try it too!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Jamie - I'm sure you will like this soup. It warms the bones and the heart when it's cold outside. Thanks for stopping by.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      SuzieQ - I love most mexican food, but limit myself as I like to keep an eye on the calories. :) That's one reason I like this soup - I can make it almost calorie free...without the chips or tortillas.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Alicia - Glad that you will be trying this recipe. And you can always freeze the leftovers for another time. Thanks for visiting.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe, it sounds so delicous and full of goodness, can't wait to try it on a cold winters day!

      Best wishes MM

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never tried making taco soup before but your recipe sounds delicious and filling! I'll be making the soup sometime in the near future.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Cloverleaf - This recipe is one of my favorites because it's so versatile. Oh, and it freezes well too. Thank you so much.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yum! I love soup and tacos! Perfect combo! Thank you :)

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I love taco salad and I may try your taco soup sometime. Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      This is real similar to a recipe that I have made that I know in total uses 8 cans of food in total. I have to say though, that your recipe looks much better with the meat, onion and garlic, as well. I am going to bookmark this. Voted up and useful.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dave - Thanks for bookmarking my recipe. Gives me my smile for the day!

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      mathair 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      This sounds yummy - I may try this for my Husbands soup flask on those cold winter days. Voted up!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This looks and sounds delicious. I will make it with texturized vegetable protein. And I just loved the soup quotes you included. What a great idea. The next cold snap that hits us will be a reason to make this filling and warming soup.

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh yeah I'm bookmarking this one for sure. I think it will be super yummy on a cold winter's evening. Thanks for sharing this, Audrey!

      Cloverleaf.

      Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      nenytridiana - If you serve this soup wearing a "sexy" little dress, I doubt that your husband will ever even taste it! :):)

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I can actually taste this soup and I want more!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      This sounds and looks so good that I know I will be making it on the first really cold, damp day. I can think of various ways to make it different for each presentation. There are big cornbread lovers in my family (I'm one) so some nice warm cornbread would be great. A little sour cream right in the middle on top ...oh, the possibilities. Thank you for this one. I know it will become a new family favorite.

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      jenubouka 

      7 years ago

      Not just another recipe, this gives me a sense of responsibility to respect the gift of cooking and eating.

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Winter is on its way... and this soup sounds awesome! Looks easy too. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try it :)

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      Dave Sibole 

      7 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      I'm bookmarking this. Sounds great. Thanks!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Yum! Sounds perfect for a fall camping trip.

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      Charlotte B Plum 

      7 years ago

      Taco Soup! Mexican food is something that I grew to love when I was in the US for exchange. It is something I always miss eating as it is uncommon to find Mexican food where I am. This hub has just stirred an intense longing for anything mexican! I think I should try your recipe when I clear this wave of deadlines at school. It's funny cause your recipe is for 16 people! Love this hub! So glad you wrote it, cause it brings back sweet memories for me. =)

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      Heather Rode 

      7 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      This looks delicious and easy. It's perfect weather for such a yummy soup and I can't wait to make it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      nenytridiana 

      7 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      That was really terrific. I will try it at home. Good work my coach. maybe I will make a little modification, "serve with a sexy dress" for my husband.

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