Outside of making eggs and toast for dinner, this is one of our easiest meals. AND it transitions beautifully to lunch leftovers. Per usual, the recipe comes first on this site because ain’t nobody got time to scroll for days!
Taco soup ingredients
For the soup
- 1-pound ground beef, the only item you won’t find in your pantry, because that would be gross 😉
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 2 large cans (28-ounce) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (6-ounce) tomato paste
- 1 can (8-ounce) tomato sauce
- 1 can (14-ounce) sweet whole kernel corn (not cream style)
- 1 can (14-ounce) black beans
To top the soup
- Shredded cheese, Mexican or cheddar
- Tortilla chips
- Green onion
- Plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
All of these are optional, I usually keep it simple and have shredded Mexican cheese and some chips for dipping.
Taco soup to-dos
- Brown ground beef
- While browning the ground beef, dump all cans into the crockpot
- Season the ground beef with taco seasoning
- Add the finished taco meat to the crockpot
- Cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
- Serve hot with your choice of toppings!
If you’re going in for taco soup leftovers, but you want to mix it up you’ve got options!
Another nice part about this soup is that it’s pretty versatile! Sometimes when I’m enjoying it as leftovers I like to mix it up. Here are a few things I’ve tried:
- Mix into your scrambled eggs
- Put on top of a baked potato (sweet or russet are both good!)
- Add rice
The story behind the soup
Ok, if you’re still interested in getting the deets about the soup — the recipe is a slight adaptation from the taco soup that my mom has been making us for years. I like mine a little more soupy and tomatoey.
I think it has pretty dang good flavor for just throwing in a bunch of cans! And there is something really homey and cozy about it, especially if it’s topped with a generous amount of shredded cheese and gets that gooey stringy spoonful. It’s the type of dish you want to eat on the couch on a cold day while you watch a movie, which is fitting for the snowy April day we just had, or outside on a cooler night.
Ok, ok, try it. Promise?