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Beefy Taco Soup

Beefy Taco Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #taco #Mexican #soup #recipe

Last week I had an unusually strong craving for red meat. I wanted a burger badly, and tacos, and anything else that contained some form of red meat. This is totally atypical for me, the lady who uses meat so rarely that people sometimes ask me, “are you a vegetarian?” No, I’m not. I am really more of an intuitive eater … I like to listen to what my body tells me it wants. Most usually, it wants lots of vegetables, but on this occasion, it was calling for MEAT.

So anyway, I got home on this strange occasion of a terribly strong meat craving and remembered that I had leftover taco meat in the freezer. I knew my lettuce supply was in a sad state and could not bear the thought of a taco without lettuce, and besides it was quite wintry outside and when it’s winter, it’s time to make soup.

So my taco meat became a great base for a hearty taco soup. I like to eat this soup with the chips and cheese on the side, so I can add a few at a time and the chips don’t get too soggy in the soup. The cheese gets delightfully melty and the crunch from the chips with the meaty soup makes you feel almost like you’re eating a taco.

If you don’t have leftover taco meat on hand, go ahead and make some. Use your favorite taco seasoning mix or you can go totally DIY and make the taco seasoning yourself too. Here are a couple recipes for taco seasoning mix: one with no salt from my sister, one from my friend Ann at the Fountain Avenue Kitchen.

Beefy Taco Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Over 1 quart of soup

Beefy Taco Soup


  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 2 - 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 - 3 small sweet peppers, tops cut off & seeded
  • 1 pint canned fire-roasted tomatoes or a 15-oz. can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb. taco meat
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons finely chopped hot chile pepper (such as jalapeno or cowhorn peppers, use more or less to taste)
  • 1 pint beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Robin Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • To serve:
  • Corn tortilla chips & shredded Mexican blend of cheeses


  1. Put the onion, garlic and sweet peppers into a handi chopper or food processor and pulse several times to chop it well. Remove from the chopper and add the tomatoes and give them a quick whir.
  2. If you are preparing your taco meat from scratch, stir the onion, garlic and sweet peppers into the beef once it has started to brown, then add your taco seasoning according to instructions for your taco seasoning mix.
  3. If you are using leftover taco meat, saute the onion and garlic in a teaspoon or so of olive oil until the onion starts to get soft, then add the sweet pepper and continue cooking for a couple minutes longer. Stir in the prepared taco meat and stir until hot.
  4. Put the onion/meat mixture into a large saucepan and add the hot pepper, tomatoes, beef broth, bay leaf and other seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve hot, topped with crushed tortilla chips and shredded Mexican cheeses.


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Beefy Taco Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beef #taco #Mexican #soup #recipe

This recipe was shared at Munching MondayTreasure Box TuesdaySimple Supper Tuesday, Tuesday’s Table, Thursday Favorite Things, Let’s Get Real, Foodie Fridays, Foodie Friends FridayFreedom Fridays, PureBlogLoveThe Gathering Spot, Weekend PotluckWhat to Do Weekends, The Weekend Social and Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

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12 Responses

  1. Ann

    This looks positively delicious and satisfying, Ann! Thanks for mentioning my taco seasoning. I will have to use some for your soup!

    January 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm

  2. Carole

    Hi Ann, just stopped by to let you know you’ve been featured today over at Carole’s Chatter. Cheers

    January 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  3. That is delicious bowl of beef taco soup,wish I can get to taste a bowl. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning

    January 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

  4. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    This is my kind of soup, Ann! Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays – pinned and sharing on Facebook! 🙂

    January 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  5. Teresa

    What is Red Robin Seasoning, I’ve never seen this before?

    January 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  6. What an amazing looking soup! My kids would love this recipe. Thank you for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you again next week!

    January 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

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  8. PINNED. Shared on Google+ also. Thanks so much for linking your delicious recipes each week. Best wishes, Linda

    January 15, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much, Linda!

      January 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

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