Let’s try something a little different this Taco Tuesday. Don’t worry—it’ll still be Taco Tuesday—but with a twist.
While tacos are scrumptious, filling, and comforting, they’re not the healthiest of dinners. All those refined carbohydrates and fatty cheese? We could do better.
We’re taking all those awesome flavors, and bringing the taco to soup form. This soup from Parenting Pod is hearty. It has depth. And it’s packed with vegetables and beans in a rich tomato base.
One of the greatest things about this soup is that it can be adapted to many different dietary needs. Vegetarian? Skip the beef, and add more beans. Dairy-free? Just don’t add any cheese or sour cream! Gluten-free? Well, this recipe is gluten free. Vegan? This recipe is heavy on vegetables and legumes, no beef or cheese necessary.
I know what you’re thinking. What makes this recipe a Taco Soup recipe if it’s basically just tomato-based vegetable soup?
Two words. Taco seasoning. Also, the beans and the corn (and of course, the ground beef if you’re into that).
Pretty pretty please do NOT go out and buy taco seasoning packets. That stuff contains ingredients like “partially hydrogenated soybean oil,” “maltodextrin,” “silicon dioxide,” and “ethoxyquin” (look them up!) which are truly toxic and SO unnecessary.
On the other hand, if you do find a store-bought taco seasoning with only spices listed in the ingredients, go for it.
Taco seasoning is easy to make at home. Using spices you probably already have, you can whip up your very own taco seasoning in about three minutes.
This recipe makes more than you’ll need for one Taco Soup, so store the leftovers in an airtight container to use next Taco Tuesday.
Homemade Taco Seasoning:
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp coarse salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix it all together and store in a cool, dry place.
Now that the taco seasoning is put together, let’s get started on the soup!
Easy Taco Soup