5+ Can Soup - AKA Taco Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
6h 15m
Ready In

"My family loves this soup. Every time I make it, it comes out a little differently because I might add more cans depending what I have in the pantry. It can be made on the stove top or in the crock pot and it freezes well too."

Original is 4 servings
1272.7 Calories. More Nutrition

Soups and Stews With Ground Beef

If you love tacos then you will crave this Taco Soup Recipe inspired by Paula Deen. If cooking with a slow cooker is your thing than this Crock Pot Hamburger Stew will warm you up. For a quick and easy hamburger soup be sure to try this five star Gatlin Brothers Mexican Meatball Soup recipe.

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook ground beef, garlic and onion until tender. Drain fat.

Step 2

Put all ingredients in the crock pot. Mix well. Simmer on low for 6 to 10 hours.

Step 3

Serve with any or all of the condiments.

Step 4

Stove Top:

Step 5

Make as above and simmer for at least 1 hour. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (974.4 g), Calories 1272.7, Total Fat - 28.3 g, Saturated Fat - 8.6 g, Cholesterol - 122 mg, Sodium - 891 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 191.4 g, Dietary Fiber - 50 g, Sugars - 21.6 g, Protein - 73.6 g, Calcium - 309.7 mg, Iron - 17.4 mg, Vitamin C - 66.8 mg, Thiamin - 1.2 mg.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For a spicier soup, use Rotel tomatoes with green chilies.
  • If you don't have ranch-style beans, you can substitute with pinto beans.

  • Substitute ground turkey for ground beef - This substitution helps to reduce fat and calories while still providing a flavorful soup.
  • Substitute black beans for pinto beans - This substitution adds a different flavor and texture to the soup while still providing the same nutritional benefits.

Mexican Fiesta Add 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 clove of garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin to the recipe. Simmer for at least one hour or until all ingredients are cooked through.

Mexican Rice: Mexican Rice is the perfect accompaniment to 5+ Can Soup - AKA Taco Soup. It's easy to make, and the flavors of the rice pair nicely with the flavors of the soup. It adds a nice texture to the soup, and is a great way to round out the meal.

Cheesy Quesadillas: Cheesy Quesadillas are a great accompaniment to Mexican Rice and Taco Soup. They add a delicious cheesy flavor to the meal, and the crunchy texture of the tortillas pairs nicely with the softness of the rice. Plus, they're easy to make and can be customized with your favorite toppings.


Q: How long should I cook the soup on the stove top?

A: Simmer for at least 1 hour. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

Q: What ingredients do I need for the soup?

A: You will need carrots, celery, onions, garlic, potatoes, stock, and any other vegetables or seasonings of your choice.

3 Reviews


This reminds me of a chili version of Wapatoolie! We loved it - it was nice to be able to pick and choose what to throw in based on what I had on hand. I set the crock pot on High for about 3 hrs and then low until serving time. It worked out just fine!


review by:
(29 Feb 2024)


I've made several versions of this, and this version did not disappoint. I made it after I got off work and let it simmer for 2 hours on the stovetop. Perfect!! We will make this again! Made for your win in Football Tag game.


review by:
(23 Oct 2023)


We loved this thick soup...I threw in a poblano pepper only because I had one that needed to be used...I used pinto beans and kidney beans that's what I had available...and I used a can of corn instead of the cream corn...I love recipes that give you plenty of options and variations...it's like pick what you have in the pantry and frig... I topped hubbies with sour cream and cheese and gave him some chips on the side...and I have leftovers in the freezer...for another day...made for FYC tag game...


review by:
(8 May 2020)

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Fun facts:

The Rotel brand of tomatoes used in this recipe was invented in 1937 by a German immigrant named Carl Roettele. He and his family settled in Texas and developed this unique blend of tomatoes and green chilies.

The dry ranch dressing mix used in this recipe was first developed by Steve Henson in the 1950s. He and his wife Gayle opened the Hidden Valley Ranch in California, and the ranch dressing mix quickly became a popular condiment.