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Taco Soup | Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

It’s going to be a little chilly for the first weekend in April, so you’ll need to warm up with this delicious soup.  If you like tacos (who doesn’t?), your tastebuds will love this soup.  You can thank me later. 🙂
You probably have most of these ingredients on hand.

Here's what you'll need:

Taco Soup Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (not pictured)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • One med. green bell pepper, diced
  • One med. yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • salt and pepper (not pictured)
  • 16 oz jar of medium picante sauce (mild if you don’t like much heat)
  • 32 oz box of beef broth (I choose lower sodium, and if you only have chicken broth around, that works, too!)
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 cup of dried pasta mini wheels (Small shells or elbows also do the trick.)
  • Optional: any kind of shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  • Optional: sour cream for topping
  • Optional: tortilla chips for topping (I love Tostitos scoops!)

Let's get cooking!

Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add diced peppers and onions and sauté on med. heat for a few minutes, being careful not to burn them.

Onion and Pepper
All ready to meet the beef!
  • Add beef to pan and brown, adding garlic and any salt and pepper halfway through browning.Beef Pepper Onion Garlic Taco Soup
  • Stir in picante sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, parsley, chill powder, and dried pasta.Pouring in Ingredients Taco Soup
  • Turn heat to high and bring to boil.

    Taco Soup Boil
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring periodically.

    Taco Soup Simmer
    Don’t forget the lid!
  • Scoop into bowls and top with cheese, sour cream, chips, and anything else you like.
  • ENJOY!Taco Soup Bowl
  • That’s what’s up and what’s keeping you warm and happy on the upcoming chilly spring weekend.  Mmmmm… read more


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