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Overhead image of two white shallow bowls filled with homemade taco soup and topped with sliced avocado, tortilla chips, green onions, and lime wedges.
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Taco Soup Recipe (How to Make Taco Soup)

Taco Soup Recipe made with simple pantry essentials including ground beef, ground turkey, tomatoes, beans, and a combination of seasonings and spices.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 314.95kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 pounds ground meat (I used 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground turkey)
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes plus juices
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans drained
  • 2 limes juiced, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • 1 (3.8 ounce) can sliced black olives

Toppings

  • Tortilla chips, sliced avocado, green onion, shredded cheese

Instructions

Stove Top

  • Saute the onions and bell pepper. Add the olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 4-6 minutes or until the onions soften and turn translucent. Add the bell pepper and mix well to combine with the onion. Continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Cook the ground meat. Add the ground meat to the onions, breaking apart the ground beef and turkey into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks.
  • Add the aromatics and spices. Once the ground meat is browned and cooked, reduce heat to medium and add the minced garlic to the pot. Cook, stirring continuously, for approximately 1 minute. Add the chili powder, onion powder, dried oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and sugar, mixing well to combine.
  • Add the tomatoes. Stir in the tomato paste first, mixing well to thoroughly combine with the onions and ground meat. Cook, stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes before adding the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and broth to the pot. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the beans and olives and cook. Add the drained beans and black olives, mix well to combine. Return to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally (add additional broth or water to thin soup if needed).
  • Stir in the lime juice and fresh cilantro. Add the fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro, if desired. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve. Serve with all of your favorite toppings including crumbled tortilla chips, sliced avocado, green onion, and shredded cheese.

Slow-Cooker

  • Saute the onions and bell pepper in a large pot or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, for 4-6 minutes or until the onions soften and turn translucent. Add the bell pepper and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the ground beef and ground turkey to the onions, breaking it apart into smaller bits and pieces as it cooks. Cook until the meat has browned. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat.
  • Transfer onion and meat mixture to the slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients except for the fresh lime juice and cilantro.
  • Cook - Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Stir in the lime juice and fresh cilantro. Add the fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro, if desired. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 314.95kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.6g | Protein: 31.72g | Fat: 7.87g | Saturated Fat: 2.87g | Cholesterol: 70.31mg | Sodium: 421.08mg | Potassium: 575.94mg | Fiber: 7.69g | Sugar: 5.37g | Vitamin A: 1153.87IU | Vitamin C: 27.64mg | Calcium: 40.5mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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