Taco Soup + Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

It’s soup season.

Wait?

When isn’t it soup season at our house? Ha!

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Of course, soups are thought to be a seasonal dish, but we eat soups ALL. YEAR. LONG.

Because I want to. And my kids want to. So the decision is easy.

With that said, when the weather creeps over 80 degrees we naturally crave grilled foods over soup, but Split Pea Soup and this Taco Soup are still regulars in our menu rotation.

BUT now that it’s fall…bring it on. Soups, stews, chilis, stoups (thicker than soups, thinner than stews- a cute Rachael Ray catchphrase). Let’s do this!

Simply the BEST Taco Soup - an easy, healthy, & gluten free stove top meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and pantry items like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This quick, skinny, and low carb recipe is simple to prepare and has been a family favorite of ours for years!

This particular soup recipe has been a popular dinner recipe in our home for almost 10 years now. My sweet friend, Ashlie, shared it with me when I was first married and I have been making it ever since. It has quickly become a favorite with my family and friends too which has led to my own sharing of this recipe.

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A few slight changes have been made over the years to “healthify” it like adding more vegetables and using my own homemade seasoning mixes.

You know me, it physically hurts to not throw in that lone zucchini on the counter. 😉

Related Recipe: Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

You can quickly throw this soup together when you return home from work in the evening or use your crock-pot like my friend, Ashlie. That way it is ready and waiting for you after a long day.

Call me crazy, but I feel like this needs to be said…

Don’t let the thought of homemade seasonings scare you off, store bought packets of ranch and taco seasoning are just fine. I made it like that for years and it was just as delicious!

But promise me you will give these homemade seasonings a chance sooner rather than later, okay?

Simply the BEST Taco Soup - an easy, healthy, & gluten free stove top meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and pantry items like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This quick, skinny, and low carb recipe is simple to prepare and has been a family favorite of ours for years!


Taco Seasoning

5 Tbsp chili powder

4 Tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayanne pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Place all spices in a small jar. Tightly seal with a lid and shake shake shake (I’m channeling my inner Taylor Swift 😉 ). Store this seasoning for months in your pantry or cupboard!


Simply the BEST Taco Soup - an easy, healthy, & gluten free stove top meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and pantry items like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This quick, skinny, and low carb recipe is simple to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite!

 

Taco Soup
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This is an easy, healthy, & gluten free stove top meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and pantry items like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This quick, skinny, and low carb recipe is simple to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite! To find more "healthified" recipes visit groundedandsurrounded.com!
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Taco Soup
Print Recipe
This is an easy, healthy, & gluten free stove top meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and pantry items like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This quick, skinny, and low carb recipe is simple to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite! To find more "healthified" recipes visit groundedandsurrounded.com!
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups frozen corn or 15 oz can
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz can of beans, undrained I used an organic Tri-Bean Blend (kidney, black, and pinto beans) from Wal-Mart
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet
  • 3 Tbsp homemade ranch seasoning or 1 packet (RECIPE HERE)
  • salt and pepper
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, brown the meat. Add in remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Taste. Add more seasoning such as chili or cayanne powder, salt, or pepper if needed. I've been known to stir in a generous drip of Frank's Hot Sauce to kick it up a notch!
  2. Top with plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, avocado, or lime wedges!
Recipe Notes

This soup is quite thick, feel free to add in more water or beef stock to "stretch" the meal further!

Crock-pot variation: Place all ingredients including browned meat in crock-pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

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58 thoughts on “Taco Soup + Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

  1. I’m with you, we enjoy soup all year long too! As I always say…. Soup is Good Food!! Taco Soup is a favorite at our home and I’m making some today. Yours looks delicious also, YUM! Visiting from Ilka’s Link party. Have a great day!

  2. Sammi
    This sounds great. I’ve been wanting to make some seasoning packets so this is just perfect! Thanks for linking at Family Joy Blog Link party this week!!

  3. Hi: I really enjoyed reading your home made taco season recipe. This is a beautiful thing. I have a severe allergy to food colours so alot of prepackaged products are off limits for me. I thank you for posting this. I will make this soup and use the spice mix with yogurt for dip and in various casseroles as well. Awesome.

    1. Hi Leanna! Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you have found a taco seasoning recipe that will provide so much usefulness to you! Great idea to add it to yogurt as a dip 🙂 Take care!

  4. This sounds and looks amazing! I love soup and I can’t wait to try this…Pinned 🙂

  5. I prefer my own taco seasoning to store bought, but my ranch dressing leaves something to be desired, I will have to check your recipe. Thanks for aprtying with us on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

    1. Hi Audrey! Well I hope you find my ranch seasoning recipe delicious. I tend to think I sometimes don’t love homemade seasonings at first because they lack the saltiness of pre-made mixes. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Yummy! I love the versatility of this recipe. You can add any vegetable or meat you want and vary the seasoning as well. Thanks for sharing this awesome and very seasonal recipe with us on #shinebloghop! So glad you were able to join us this week!

    1. You got it, Maria! This soup is incredibly versatile. There is no way to mess it up. Honest! It tastes amazing each and every time. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and your family love this soup too 🙂

  7. This looks great! I am especially excited about giving the homemade taco seasoning recipe a try and keeping it available. I usually just throw things in, and it will be nice to have an actual recipe. I haven’t used store-bought seasonings in FOREVER because of the chemicals and salt. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Heidi! That is exactly why it has taken me 2 years to put this recipe out on the blog. I never measure and do the same as you-throw in whatever I have available! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. I’m with you, Sammi — soup year round! And this looks like such a good and easy one. I’ve always made my own seasoning blends, partly because I’m allergic to garlic and there isn’t a blend on the market that doesn’t contain garlic powder.

    1. Oh goodness, I bet that is impossible to find any seasonings or other packaged food that does not contain garlic. Thanks for your kind words! I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do 🙂

  9. Holy Smokes @Sammi Ricke – this recipe(and killer photos) looks amazing! A great winter alternative to Taco Tuesdays.

    I’m working on a post for my own blog, TopStretch that focuses on new and fun ways to get some more fiber into your diet – and your kid’s diets too. Would you mind if I used one of the pictures you took and offer a direct link back to this article? I’m always looking for ways to get my readers to eat more beans!

  10. Just made this tonight with venison and LOVED it! If I made it with a greasier meet like beef, I would need to drain the grease before adding the other ingredients to the pot, right? Venison didn’t have enough grease to have to worry about that this time around. Thanks for your addition to our evening through this recipe!

    1. Hi Caroline! I am humbled by your words 🙂 Thank you for making my day! We are like you and typically make soup with our ground venison or buffalo meat so there is no need to drain off the excess fat because there is none. Ha! However, yes, if you used ground beef you would more than likely need to drain it before adding in the remaining ingredients. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your recipe experience and wish you happy and healthy cooking always. Blessings to you 🙂

    1. Hi Carol! Oh course, I will share the recipe with you (if you didn’t see it above 🙂 ) Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to ask your question! Blessings to you 🙂

      Taco Seasoning

      5 Tbsp chili powder

      4 Tbsp ground cumin

      1 tsp ground coriander

      1 tsp onion powder

      1 tsp garlic powder

      1 tsp salt

      1/2 tsp black pepper

      1/4 tsp cayanne pepper

      1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

      Place all spices in a small jar. Tightly seal with a lid and shake shake shake. Store this seasoning for months in your pantry or cupboard!

  11. My little guy is sick today. When I asked him to select a soup from the list of Pinterest ideas, he went through the list and selected this one. Looks and sounds super yummy. Can’t wait to make it today.

    1. Oh, poor little thing! I hope he feels better soon 🙂 Give him a big hug from me for picking my soup out of all the options! Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment it put a big smile on my face today! Blessings to you both!

    1. Hi again! If you are looking for calories I have 269 calories/serving with the soup serving 7 people…but who knows! All the calorie counting websites differ. Hope this helps!

  12. Thank you for the idea! I have everything except the ground beef right now, but I do have some top sirloin, I may mix this up this afternoon and see how it does in my pressure cooker (which I’m a little obsessed with at the moment), and serve it with cornbread!

    1. I bet it will turn out great! Love how you are swapping out ground meat with top sirloin. My husband would love that! Plus, with cornbread every meal is a winner. 😉 Yum! Enjoy, Jennifer!

  13. Thanks so much for the Taco soup recipe. I just made it and it is simply delicious and so easy to make. Looking to even more great soups.

    1. You are SO welcome, Clarice! Can I just tell you, you and my grandma share the same name so I already know we would be friends. It is not a common name, but a beautiful one for sure. 🙂 I hope you enjoy a few more soup recipes before the weather warms up!

      1. Thank you for the comments about my name. It’s somewhat of a family name. wanted to ask you if you have a calorie count for the taco soup?

        1. Hi Clarice, I have 270 calories/serving which is about 2 cups of soup. However, calorie calculators greatly differ so who really knows. Ha! I hope this helps a little bit though 🙂

  14. Made this for dinner last night. I’m not sure what I love best about this recipe, that the whole family thought it was delicious or that is was super easy and quick to make. Thank you for sharing. We will definitely be having this for dinner again.

    1. That is so great to hear! That is my goal here at G&S 🙂 I am so glad you loved this meal and will be having it again. Blessings to you and thank you so much for making my day with your sweet comment!

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