Julie's Taco Soup

“A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.”  
~ Charles Kingsley

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, it's wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.”
~ Louis P. De Gouy

My dear friend, Julie, fed my kids several times over the past few months, while my dad and Larry were recuperating. Julie is a great cook, and the kids really enjoy getting to visit with her! While they love everything she makes, I do believe this is their favorite. MC even asked me one day – “Can you eat Taco Soup for breakfast?”
I know there are tons of recipes out there for Taco Soup. The first time I heard of Taco Soup was more than twenty years ago, when my friend Mrs. Frances got the recipe from a relative out in Texas. She passed it on to her daughter-in-law, Judy, who passed it on to me! That is my favorite thing about recipes! I think a recipe is the best gift you can give or receive! And, it’s free!!
This recipe is one Julie created. It is a great choice for those who aren’t crazy about chunks of tomatoes in their soup. This would include my kids – and Julie! Using tomato juice is the perfect solution – all the flavor, without the chunks!

Julie’s Taco Soup

Julie’s Taco Soup

I have included Julie’s tips! I love cooking notes!

1 quart of tomato juice
1 package taco seasoning
1 package ranch dip mix
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can white shoe peg corn
1 can other corn (Sometimes I use Mexicorn, and sometimes I get this new kind called chipolte corn.)
1 pound browned ground beef ( I probably don't always use a whole pound, just kind of put in till it looks right.)

It doesn't have to be cooked long, but it does seem to have more flavor if it simmers  several hours.

When I serve it, I usually serve it over corn chips and put a spoon of sour cream and shredded cheese on top.


  1. Hi Connie,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments about our new grandbaby girl ! I know I wished we lived close enough to have coffee, maybe one day we can meet somewhere in between.
    " I love taco soup, make it all the time " one of my favorites for cool days. It is very cold here today and they are calling for snow again, I am ready for some warm sun.
    Praying for you and your family, take care dear sweet friend :)

  2. Same here...Barbara fixed Taco soup several nights ago, using a recipe similar to Julie's. Very cold weather and soups go well with us at our house, too. I made chili for lunch,today, not knowing Barbara plans to serve chili dogs to the Habitat volunteers on Saturday. Now, I'm in for a double dose of chili. Your tamale soup sounds like something we'll be trying. Keep posting good recipes.


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