Taco soup makes a quick Mexican meal! You don’t need to get takeout, you can make this soup faster than you can get in your car and go to the drive-through. You can make this soup in about the time it will take you to leave the house and come back home.
Soup is good food, and when a bowl of it tastes as great as this taco soup with ground beef does, you’re going to want to cook it often. Thankfully, this recipe is quick and easy and uses common ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. If you know how to use a can opener and brown ground beef (and if you don’t know how to cook ground beef, see below), you can do this.
Enjoy this extremely hearty beef taco soup as a light meal, or pair it with a sandwich or salad when you are really hungry. It’s a snap to customize, simple to cook in bulk, and stores wonderfully. Give this simple taco soup a try.
How to Cook Ground Beef
Cooking ground beef is a frequent kitchen task that is a little more complicated than it may seem at first. Sure, you can just plop a bunch of ground beef in the middle of a hot pan and stir it now, but that’s not going to give you the best results. If you want great taste and texture, try these tricks.
- Start with room temperature ground beef. Avoid using frozen ground beef or thawing the meat quickly in the microwave. Instead, allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge slowly. Doing this allows the meat to reabsorb some of the juices and give it a much better flavor.
- Cook the ground beef in a large saute pan with a thick bottom to better distribute the heat. You don’t have to add additional oil to the pan unless the ground beef is ultra-lean. Try to crumble the meat evenly across the entire surface of the pan. Each clump of meat should be approximately the same size to cook evenly. Use low heat to prevent the ground beef from drying out and shrinking excessively.
- Use a wooden spatula to turn the meat over every few minutes. Cook slowly until the ground beef is no longer pink. If you notice liquid collecting in the pan, drain it to keep your beef from simmering.
- When done, drain the meat in a colander. If you want to reduce the fat and calories drastically, you can briefly rinse the ground beef.
What’s in Taco Seasoning?
There isn’t one recipe when it comes to taco seasoning. Typically, it is a mixture of paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion and garlic powders, salt perhaps even a pinch of sugar. You can use store-bought taco seasoning, but they are usually expensive, and who knows what’s is in it? If you have a stocked spice cabinet, you can make your own. There are many taco seasoning recipes on the web, but this one is pretty simple and adds excellent flavor to taco soup with ground beef.
Remember, you can use taco seasoning for much more than just tacos. Try it on burgers, eggs, or as a dry rub for red meat.
Tips For Serving This Quick and Easy Taco Soup
- Make a day before. This soup actually tastes better the second day after cooking, so plan ahead.
- This soup is made for topping. Be creative and add what you love, but you can try corn chips, sliced avocado, sour cream, chopped chives, shredded cheese, or your favorite hot sauce.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Canned corn
- Canned kidney beans
- Canned stewed tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
How to Make Taco Soup
- Brown ground beef and drain.
- Dump all ingredients in a large pot or skillet.
- Simmer approximately 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
This easy Taco Soup tastes great when reheated the next day, in fact, this is one of those dishes that tastes better on day two. I love to bring this soup to work for lunch.
Serve this soup with crispy corn chips and garnish it with sour cream and grated cheddar cheese.
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Easy Taco Soup
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 ounce taco seasoning
- 15 ounces corn 1 can, do not drain
- 15 ounces kidney beans 1 can, do not drain
- 29 ounces stewed tomatoes
- 15 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- Brown ground beef and drain.
- Dump all ingredients in a large pot and simmer approximately 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.