I’m going to start this post off by saying that this soup can be made from start to finish in about 20 minutes, but it actually only takes about 5 minutes of effort on your part, so you can be even happier about this Taco Soup than you were when you first saw the title.
The Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick recipe I shared a couple weeks ago has been such a hit that I decided to try the same idea, subbing hamburger meat for the chicken. You know me. I love me some beef.
You guys, adding beef to this soup was a very, very good idea. The soup came together very quickly and my family loved it like crazy. I served it with homemade applesauce (because applesauce is what October is made of) and carrot sticks (because I needed to quickly throw out a veggie to compliment this meal before we left for a soccer game).
The very next day, I made this soup again because at the last minute it was decided that our oldest son, Asa, and a couple of his college buddies were going to come have dinner with us. I quickly thawed some hamburger in hot water like this (best trick ever!), made the soup, sliced some peaches and strawberries, cut up some sweet peppers, and set out a buffet.
Everyone who has tried this Taco Soup loves it, and seeing as it only takes a few minutes to make, I see myself falling back on this recipe often this winter!
Why shouldn’t you make this soup in the crock pot like the chicken version? Because it’s not necessary and will not save you time. The chicken soup does best in a crock pot because you can dump the chicken in while frozen and the crock pot will thaw and cook it and after a few hours you’ll have soup. For this hamburger version, you simply need to brown the meat, stir in the other ingredients, let the cheese melt, and serve it right away.
This soup and the Chicken Version are about to become your frequent dinner guests.
20-Minute Taco Soup
- 1 pound ground beef
- 16-ounces salsa (more or less is fine; mild to hot is fine - your preference)
- 32-ounces (1 quart) chicken or beef broth
- 8-ounces cheese (Colby jack or cheddar)
- In a medium to large sized pot, brown the hamburger meat until no longer pink.
- Stir in salsa and broth and heat with the meat.
- Cut cheese into small chunks and stir into the soup, whisking until melted.
What to serve with this 20-Minute Taco Soup:
- Tossed salad
- Fresh fruit
- Raw veggies
Consider adding to your bowl of 20-Minute Taco Soup:
- Crushed tortilla chips
- Sour Cream
- Sliced Olives
- Black Beans
Don’t miss our other Simple Recipe ideas shared here so far:
- Simple Baked Salmon and Asparagus
- Simple Crock Pot Chicken Soup with a Kick
- Simple Skillet Taco Pasta
- Simple Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken Legs
This series has been so much fun so far and I’m excited about more new simple recipes I’ve been playing with to share. More to come!