Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
45 Mins
Makes 6 servings

This classic soup features ground beef, taco seasoning, and traditional Southwestern vegetables like corn, cilantro, chiles, and jalapeños. It's the perfect supper solution on chilly weeknights. For more Southwest-inspired dishes, see our full collection of Mexican recipes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 to 12 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink and onion is softened; drain.

Step 2

Stir in kidney beans, next 8 ingredients, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Serve with desired toppings.

Ratings & Reviews

seaside725's Review

November 20, 2014
We like spicy food, but we all thought this was a bit too spicy. I used Delmonte diced tomatoes and hot taco seasoning mix. Not sure if I should have used mild seasoning mix. Will try this again with the mild mix.

stacey4808's Review

March 23, 2013
Great soup overall. Lots of substance and taste. I could not find the tomatoes with jalapeños so I used diced tomatoes and then added some diced jalapeños from a jar to make up for it. Corn muffins go great with this soup.

Edmond231's Review

August 20, 2012
This is a wonderful and fairly easy recipe. I left out the cilantro and added tortillas to make a great version of a tortilla soup. This great for winter days.

dwynko's Review

January 31, 2010
Love this soup! I printed it out on 11/11/09 and have already made it several times since then. My husband and I like it way better than chili and have not made chili since making this soup. I add a few jalapeno peppers and corn from our garden that I have in my freezer. I also make my own taco seasoning to cut down on the salt besides omitting the salt that is called for in the recipe. We garnish our soup w/sour cream, chopped green onion, cheddar cheese, and crushed whole grain tortilla chips.

Linda74's Review

November 16, 2009
Quick and easy to make. I used ground turkey instead of beef, also used beef and chicken boullion. I didnt have canned tomatoes with peppers so used 2 cans diced tomatoes and 1/4 cup Picante Sauce, Gave it a nice punch. Omitted the taco seasoning and used 1T chili powder..Served with cornbread of course!!

Bezzie 's Review

November 02, 2009
Pulled this recipe out when I needed to make something last-minute for game-day. Very easy but tastes like there were a lot of ingredients and time spent making it! The guys kept mumbling with their mouths full,"Mmm, dis's good." Then I heard the sound of spoons scraping the bottom of the bowl. Already planning to make it again this week and is on the Christmas menu.

lillymag's Review

March 16, 2009
Since I don't eat meat, I used Morningstar Farms Crumbles instead of ground meat and vegetable broth instead of beef broth. I also omitted cilantro since I don't care for it. My soup was great! Great with cornbread or served over brown rice.

Linda5's Review

March 14, 2009
Loved the flavor! Spicy but not too! I really liked the touch of cilantro and sour cream. I served a skillet of cornbread with the soup. This made a wonderful meal. I'm sharing the recipe with my Sister-In-Law in MI. I'm sure she'll love it too!

jehansen44's Review

February 25, 2009
My husband made this the other night, but he used ground turkey instead of the beef and added a bit more seasoning including some cayenne pepper. It was wonderful and perfect for a cold night. We are definitely making this again.

SheilaK's Review

February 05, 2009
I put a crock pot full of this soup in the teachers lounge at the school where I work. It was gone in less than 45 minutes. I didn't even get a bowl! Everybody loved it on a 30 degree day in sunny Florida. I omitted the cilantro (just because I don't like it.) Put a bag of tortilla chips next to the crock-pot and everybody is happy!