A few weeks ago, I (Shannon) was writing our Instagram post about Nana’s Homemade Italian Meatballs, and I texted Jenna to ask her what her “must-have” meal was when she visits Nana. Without hesitation, she responded with, “taco soup!” Funny enough, that is one of my husband’s top requests when we visit as well, and we make it often at home because it’s not only delicious, but it’s also a super easy weeknight dinner recipe or perfect for a dinner party! So, if Taco Tuesday is a regular thing in your house, and you’re looking to switch things up a bit, be sure to give this easy taco soup recipe a try! You will not be disappointed.
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Nana’s Easy Taco Soup
The Secret to Serving This Soup
The secret to this easy recipe isn’t so much that it’s halfway homemade, but that it can be as simple or as fancy as you like. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, you can just include the essentials like the ground beef, taco seasoning, salsa and V8 juice. However, if you want to get a little fancier with it, you can add in complementary ingredients to make this recipe look and taste even more like it was made from scratch!
How to Serve Taco Soup
While there isn’t a right or wrong way to serve Nana’s taco soup, our favorite way to serve it is in mini dutch ovens! And now with the cooler months approaching, we love them even more because they encourage loved ones to cozy up with a warm bowl of soup whether they’re curled up near the coffee table or gathered around the dining table.
The Perfect Pairings
Want to complete your taco night with the perfect pairings? Here are some of our favorites to serve alongside Nana’s Easy Taco Soup Recipe.
- Chips and salsa
- Mexican rice
- Mexican salad
- Corn salad
- Cabbage slaw
- Stuffed potato skins
How to Make Nana’s Easy Taco Soup
What You Need:
To create this simple recipe, you will need the following:
How to Prepare:
In a deep pan or dutch oven, saute ground beef over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, then drain. Add the taco seasoning, jar of chunky salsa and V8 juice to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally. Top with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!
#HostfulHack: If you want to include chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes in your taco soup, use a jar of chunky salsa to save on total cost and preparation time.
First, prepare your ingredients by chopping the onions and peppers. In a deep pan or dutch oven, saute ground beef, chopped onions and peppers over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, then drain. Add the taco seasoning, jar of restaurant-style salsa and V8 juice to the pan and mix well. Add diced tomatoes, corn and sliced olives and cook for about 10 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally. Top with shredded cheese, sliced avocado, tortilla strips and sliced limes and enjoy!
Easy Taco Soup
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 qt V8 juice, original
- 1 jar restaurant-style salsa (use chunky salsa to replace chopped onions, green peppers and diced tomatoes)
- 2 cans diced tomatoes, fire roasted
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 (4 oz) can sliced olives, drained
- shredded cheese
- avocados, chopped or sliced
- tortilla strips
- limes, sliced
- Roughly chop the onions and peppers.
- In a deep pan or large dutch oven, saute ground beef, chopped onions and peppers over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, then drain.
- Add the taco seasoning, jar of restaurant-style salsa and V8 juice to the pan and mix well.
- Add diced tomatoes, corn and sliced olives and cook for about 10 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally.
- Spoon into soup bowls or mini dutch ovens and top with shredded cheese, sliced avocado and tortilla strips.
- Garnish with sliced limes and enjoy!