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Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Mexican food is one of my favorite types of foods so when I found this recipe, I knew I had to try it. It’s been about 2 years since I first made this soup and it’s become a household favorite. The boyfriend loves it; I love it. It’s a simple meal that’s rather cheap to make and it goes a long way. To me, it has a similar taste to chili but I think it tastes much better. There’s something about taco seasoning that makes my taste-buds happy. I hope this recipe will make your taste-buds happy as well.

Easy Taco Soup Recipe - This Gal Cooks. The flavor is kicked up a notch with the addition of your favorite beer!

 Easy Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1.25lb of ground turkey (or ground beef, if you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp of taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning mix, such as Hidden Valley
  • 2 14.5 cans of spicy red pepper diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of frozen corn kernels
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 4oz can of diced green chilis
  • 1/2 cup of beer (I suggest dark beer - I used Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA)
  • 3 tbsp of chopped cilantro
  • Shredded cheese and sour cream for garnishment


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add the ground turkey, onion, jalapeno and garlic and brown the meat.
  2. Add the beans, diced chilis, diced tomatoes and beer and mix well.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and ranch packet. Mix well.
  4. Add the cilantro and frozen corn and mix well.
  5. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
  6. Serve with sour cream, cheese and garnish with extra cilantro, if you love cilantro as I do.


Adapted from Budget Bytes




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20 comments on “Easy Taco Soup Recipe”

  1. Oh yum!! Love fall for soups and chili!

  2. i love love love taco soup! this looks great! good idea to use turkey

  3. I have always had this kind of soup on my list to try … but haven't yet! I know my family would love this … pinning to try, hopefully soon.

  4. Love these flavors! This would make a perfect fall meal!

  5. Delicious! I want a big bowl of this right now!

  6. Yum! I love soup! This one looks amazing. I just pinned it to make when the weather cools down a bit more ;-)Thanks for stopping by Posed Perfection this week and leaving me a sweet note about the kitchen island. I am really enjoying it. Hope you have a great week!

  7. Hey Julie this is my first time here for some stupid reason! Nice to meet you! Happy to have found you this soup looks perfect YUMMY!

  8. Julie,
    This looks delicious. I love soup and don't care how hot it is, I can eat it all year long. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  9. Yum! Taco soup is one of my favorites!!!

  10. I can't wait for a cool fall day to give this recipe a try! Sounds delicious :o)
    Thanks for linking up @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week!

  11. Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Pinned it.

  12. I love taco soup!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  13. This look so good, Julie! I've never had taco soup, can you believe it?? :)

  14. We are trying this soup on Wednesday …. Can't wait to try it :) Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

  15. My taco soup lately has seemed too intense…really strong. I notice that you only use a few tsps of taco seasoning, where my recipe used nearly an entire packet. I'm thinking that's my problem and am going to try yours. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Tried yours and LOVE it!! :-) So glad you shared.

  17. Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday's Sweet Confessions over at mommy's sweet confessions! Have a great day!

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  20. Beer is not gluten free. You can buy special beer made without gluten, however, I don’t think the kind in this recipe is.