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Spice up Your Night w/ Southern-Style Taco Soup

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Southern-Style Taco Soup is something I discovered when I lived down South in Atlanta. My ex-boyfriend’s Mom (a great Southern cook from Alabama) made this for us everytime we came home to visit on a chilly winter night and it was completely delicious – similar to chili yet a warm flavorful soup with corn, black beans, kidney beans and green chilies and diced tomatoes. The key is the taco seasoning and ranch salad dressing mix – it gives it tons of flavor and a creamy consistency. Top it off with corn chips, sour cream, jalapenos and grated sharp cheddar and you’ve got a hearty soup that eats like a meal. Delish!

Southern Style Taco Soup


2 lbs ground beef
2 cups diced Sweet Vidalia onion
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can black beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can dark red kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can sweet white kernel baby corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles (Rotel)
1 (4 1/2-ounce) can diced green chiles
Dash of Tabasco or hot pepper sauce (optional)
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, for garnish
Sliced jalapenos, for garnish
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped, for garnish


Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, hot sauce, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove. Alternatively you can cook the soup in a slow cooker on low for about 6 hours which really makes the flavors meld together.

Serve with corn chips in the bowl and pour soup over the chips. Garnish each bowl with a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese, fresh cilantro and sliced jalapenos.

Serves 10-12.



  1. This looks delicious! I’m gonna make this for my husband, he loves tacos and this would be a good variation to regular tacos.

  2. I love taco soup especially when its really spicy.I should definitely make this soon.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this taco soup widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for taco soup,Thanks!

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