I love this totally family-friendly recipe for Taco Soup.
Watch the video showing you how to make this soup, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.
If you’re looking for an easy recipe to make for a lot of people, consider this one. It’s the perfect sort of recipe to make for a big Super Bowl party or a large gathering of friends. Everyone loves a good comfort food dish, and that’s what this is!
Although this Taco Soup recipe is titled a “soup,” it’s not really a soupy soup. It’s more like a thick chili that is adorned with some great toppings.
One of those toppings is Fritos corn chips. I have childhood memories related to Fritos. My brother has always had quite a fond attachment to Fritos. And he loved his tacos too. As a kid he chose Fritos over any other type of chip-like snack, popping them into his chili and tucking them underneath the tuna in his tunafish sandwiches. So Fritos were always around in our house!
I never understood the appeal of Fritos, really. A handful of them leaves you with a most unpleasant greasy-sheen on your fingers, and then there’s that corny aftertaste that leaves you wondering how the heck you’re going to get that flavor out of your mouth.
If you eat Fritos with bean dip, they’re wonderful. I have to admit that my brother had a great idea of adding them to tuna sandwiches (it’s good). My husband loves eating them on their own. And they happen to be a very good idea for this super easy, perfect-for-Game-Day Taco Soup recipe. Just pile this “soup” on top of a good handful of Fritos. It’s so good!
Naturally, my brother is pretty excited about this recipe. He’s got his tacos and Fritos all in one place! (Note: this post is not sponsored by Fritos. But you’ll want to buy them because they a nice added crunch to this Taco Soup!)
How to Make Taco Soup:
This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. And it’s nothing super gourmet or anything because you’re going to use some canned foods, so if you’re looking for a gourmet soup then I suggest you move along! The only cooking involved is browning some ground beef and ground turkey with onions. Then you’ll transfer that mixture to a slow cooker and add a bunch of things: pinto beans, kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, taco seasoning and Ranch dressing mix. Some people like to add sliced black olives too. Then you’ll let it slow cook for 6 to 8 hours.
How to Assemble Taco Soup:
You can certainly add any desired toppings and pairings with this soup- whatever you think you’ll like best. I’m going to share how I think this Taco Soup should be eaten!
First, put a handful of Fritos in a bowl. Top the Fritos with a generous scoop of the Taco Soup. Add sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. Dot some pickled jalapeños on top. My son would ask you to add some sliced avocado or guacamole too.
See how incredibly easy this whole thing is? Just set up a Taco Soup Bar and let your guests have at it. The “Soup” is really more the consistency of chili and the topping ideas are endless… chopped bell peppers, onions, guacamole, chopped lettuce. I consider the Fritos (or any sort of corn chips) as not optional- they simply make this recipe what it is!
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers program, make this recipe with ALL 99% lean ground turkey. WW Points are included at the top of this post. Toppings are extra, of course!
Here are a few more soup recipes you might enjoy:
- Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken and Corn Chowder
- Loaded Potato Soup
- Easy French Onion Soup
- Hamburger Soup
- Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup
- Lasagna Soup
- Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup
- 16 ounces lean ground beef
- 16 ounces lean ground turkey (use ALL ground turkey- no beef, if you're counting WW Points)
- 2 large onions, diced
- Two 15.5-ounce cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed
- One 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- One 15.25-ounce can sweet white corn, drained
- One 14.5-ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
- One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- One 14.5-ounce can tomatoes with chiles
- One 4.6-ounce can mild, diced green chiles
- One 1.25-ounce package taco seasoning mix
- One 1-ounce package Ranch salad dressing mix
- Fritos, sour cream, grated cheese, pickled jalapenos etc. (as desired, for serving)
- Brown the beef and turkey with the onions in a large skillet. Drain fat, then transfer cooked meat & onions to a large slow cooker (or stockpot). Add beans, corn, tomatoes, chiles, olives and seasonings; cook in slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours (or simmer on low heat for about 1 hour if using a pot on the stove).
- To serve: sprinkle a few corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with desired garnishes.
- If you are counting WW Points, use all lean ground turkey instead of beef & turkey.
- Fixings to serve with the soup (like corn chips) are not included in the nutritional information or WW Points.
- This really isn't technically a "soup." It's more like a thick chili-sort of dish and it's fabulous over the corn chips- don't leave those out!
- Add sliced, black olives if you'd like (optional).
- Consider other garnishes too: guacamole, chopped onions, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.