15 Minute Warm and Hearty Taco Soup

Good Sunday afternoon everyone. What a crazy weekend it’s been around here. On top of getting ready for our big move to CA, we had 2 separate family Christmas parties on my husband’s side. We played 2 intense games of white elephant and ate until we all busted. It was awesome! I posted some pics of our festivities at the end of this post.

My cooking time has been pretty much shot down right now, but I did manage to make a big pot of good ol’ Taco Soup that the family loves. It is hearty, warm and delicious. Our favorite way to enjoy it is with a handful of greasy Frito’s tossed right on top. The best part is, dinner is done in a whopping 15 minutes! Sweet, now that’s my kind of dinner these days.

Take a peek and enjoy!

15 Minute Warm and Hearty Taco Soup

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 15 oz cans chicken broth

1 oz pkg Lawry’s taco seasoning (or 2Tablespoons of your own taco seasoning mix)

1 oz pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix

2 10 oz cans rotel mild tomatoes

4 oz can diced green chilies

1lb can or frozen corn, drained

15 oz can black beans, drained

15 oz can red kidney beans, drained

15 oz can white beans, drained

Garnish With:

Sour Cream


Cilantro leaves

1. Place oil into a large 5 qt dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add beef, salt and pepper; cook until brown and crumbled. Add remaining ingredients until well combined. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Top with sour cream,Frito’s and cilantro leaves if desired.

8 large servings


Christmas Party Weekend

We had a fun white elephant game with the kids then the adults. I think my little guy was happy with his Pirate set!

My other little guy got some cool holiday scratch and sniff books. They were adorable.

Did I mention he liked his pirate set?

The highlight of the party for the kids was definitely the homemade root beer.

Here’s the crew we partied with Saturday night. I really married into an awesome family. We always have a great time. I’m the one to the right in the white dress, with the two little boys by my side and hubby is right above me wishing I didn’t wear my “hot” boots! I have to give him a hard time because he’s not a boot fan. Unfortunately I am!

Have a great week everyone. I actually had some time to cook and bake last week, so more new posts to come soon!

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48 Responses
  1. Sylvia

    I found you on Pinterest and the recipe was for the hershey’s kisses and pie crust, Kiss Pies. I went on to your site and it was fabulous!!!! You are fabulous and a beautiful girl. Thank you for all you recipes, you wonderful website and all your creativitity. Merry Christmas and keep up the good work. I have some very picky palates and you saved me. Sylvia Clark

  2. Monica

    I love, love, love this soup. I made it tonight for the second time and it was a hit. My 3 1/2 yr old ate his whole bowl with out having to be told, eat your food, eat your food, eat your food.
    I love your site. I have used several recipes and they all turned out good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The Bahens

    I made your taco soup for dinner last night, and it was indeed quick and delicious! I left out the green bell pepper (because I hate it!) and used regular diced tomatoes instead of ro-tel. Other than that, I followed your recipe exactly. We’re adding it to our weekly rotation! Thanks!

  4. Mags

    hope this isn’t too odd, but i have searched EVERYWHERE for a great pair of boots, and love yours! can i ask where you got them?

  5. The Nielsens

    I actually had all of these ingredients in my kitchen, so I whipped it up last night for dinner and LOVED it. My husband is not a soup-lover and he went back for more. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Luke & Shawnie

    ok I am a daily blog stalker…I LOVE your recipes. I was just looking at your christmas party pictures and saw Bup& Bridget in your pictures! I love them! I grew up with Bups family and now am related through marraige. Small world!

  7. Elra

    What a great party! Everybody look very happy and enjoying the party.
    Soup sounds very delicious as well, especially it only takes 15 minutes to make it.
    Good luck with the move to CA, hope you’ll like our state!

  8. Jaime

    thanks for another awesome recipe. i can’t wait to try this one out. Love the pics of your family get together, looks like so much fun.

  9. Katie's blog

    That is so funny about the boots! My husband doens’t like my new boots. Love the soup – sounds like you are busy, but happy!

  10. Steph

    My husband gives me all kinds of trouble when I where my boots, but I still wear them proudly! Love em! The soup looks amazing and so perfect for our freezing weather here!

  11. Deborah

    Delicious soup!! And I’m a boot fan, and luckily my husband is too. Although I can’t fit my big, fat pregnant feet into any of them right now…

  12. Live.Love.Eat

    Soup looks awesome!!! There’s something about the Fritos on top that’s making me salivate. And you look awesome – I love that look a whole bunch. That would be my look if I could get my butt to the store to actually shop for myself. Love the boots!!!!! Good luck with all that you have going on.

  13. priscilla

    mm, what yummy looking soup. your little guys are so cute Jenny. i think they look identical to your husband. and i LOVE your boots and your dress…so cute!

  14. Little Ken

    Even though you caught someone yawning in a couple pictures, it really was fun! 😉

    I love taco soup and can’t wait to try it with ranch seasoning in it.

  15. Allie

    You’re super woman in my eyes! I thought I didn’t have time, but you’re trying to move and you have 2 kids to keep up with so I admire you for finding time! I love a quick soup so this is gonna get added to my favorites.

  16. Jenna

    we had soup last night too. i had extra quinoa, so tossed that in with fresh herbs and one carrot, some celery and a can of diced tomatoes, served it with cheesy toast. your boys are adorable! mine are a little younger, but i LOVE being mama to two boys.

  17. Libby

    That looks so yummy! I’ll have to make that this week.

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the family picture was, “Cute boots!” You look fabulous! Good luck on your move.

  18. Dawn

    You know there are nights when I need a 15 minute creation, and it has to be something a fussy hubby can eat. This is something I will hold on to for just one of those nights. And who doesn’t love greasy Fritos? I love them

  19. Mary

    I love the pictures of your boys and a recipe for a quick soup is always nice to have. It’s hard to beat a 15 minute dinner.

  20. Katherine Aucoin

    I like that you used corn chips. Your soup looks so yummy; a perfect cold weather treat. I’m looking forward to your baking posts.

  21. Sew Infertile

    I love your blog. I have stolen so many recipes! 🙂 I am not being sarcastic as I ask you this question, I promise, but do you eat the food you make? I am wondering how you stay so skinny. 🙂

  22. The Snell Family

    Looks like you guys had an awesome weekend!! Totally loving the “hot” boots!! Where did you get your dress…I can never seem to find something thats adorable and to cover my garments :):)

  23. Sharon

    How can hubby not be a boot fan?! Your legs look great! 🙂

    15 minutes for dinner sounds wonderful to me. We all need those quick meals every now and again (to keep our sanity!)

  24. Bob

    That soup looks wicked good, I bet the Fritos give it some great texture!

    Heh, I also love boots, but in a dude way. I wear either combat boots or Dr Martens all the time. I actually haven’t worn sneakers since I was in jr high.

  25. Bunny

    Any dinner that only takes 15 minutes to cook and is fantastic is a good recipe to me! It looks like you had a great time at the party!

  26. carol

    Jenny, you must be up to your eyeballs in chaos with the move and all….the 15 minute soup looks YUMMY! It’s definitely soup weather here in New England so I’m always looking for new recipes-we love Mexican so yours will be a must try!
    It looks like a fun time was had by all at the family Christmas party too!!!

  27. Mary Ann

    What a fun party- it looks like you really did marry into a great bunch! I love taco soup and so do my kids. I would love to see what all those great seasonings do for this soup. Great take on a family favorite. I hope you have a great week, Jenny!
    p.s. your boots are totally cute!

  28. Emily

    I love boots, too! I’ve been wearing them everywhere I go. I found some on sale the other day for $20, and I bought them. Unfortunately they are a size 6. Heh. So my feet are crammed in there.

    The gift exchange looks like fun. I didn’t know it was called white elephant. My friend was talking about white elephant the other day, and I didn’t know what he was talking out.

    The soup looks delicious! I love greasy Fritos.

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