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Taco Soup – a quick meal on a rushed night

Hmmm – warm soup.   My girls and I love a good, warm soup on a chilly night.  My guys, not so much, but they’ll eat it. 

I’ve wanted to make a taco soup for a long time and just never got around to it.  So one night this week I didn’t have anything really planned for dinner except I knew I had hamburger and about 30 minutes before the crew would be saying, “I’m hungry.  What’s for dinner?”  And I would reply, “Good food!” Then the eyes would start to roll and they would quickly leave the room before I ask them to do a few chores.  It’s almost a ritual in our house every night around dinnertime. 

So I looked in my cupboards and found a few items that would make up a taco soup.  I pulled out a can of tomato juice.  I had taco seasoning.  Then I saw a can of corn and some white rice.  I knew I had shredded cheese and sour cream in the fridge and I was pleasantly surprised to see we had tortilla chips left from last weekend.

Now there are no prep pictures because when I make something up from scratch, I always doubt myself that it will actually turn out and I’d want to make it again.  This one is a keeper though.  At least for me and my girls.

FYI – It tastes just as good reheated for lunch or as a leftover dinner a few days later.  Love recipes like that!!!

Taco Soup

Quick, easy, one pot soup. Add whatever you like to the pot. Add more veggies, more beans, more spice. It’s up to you.

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 pound hamburger
1 packet taco seasoning
1 – 46 ounce can of tomato juice
3 cups water
1 can of corn, drained
1 cup instant white or brown rice
1 can of black beans – optional
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Tortilla chips


1. Brown hamburger in large stock pot. Drain off fat.
2. Add taco seasoning.
3. Add tomato juice and water.
4. Add corn and black beans.
5. Stir well.
6. Add rice.
7. Cook for 10 minutes to heat everything through and for rice to cook; stirring occasionally.
8. Serve hot with shredded cheese, crushed up tortillas and sour cream on top.


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