Sam’s Amazing Taco Soup

Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 30 minutes

A favorite standby in our home is Sam's amazing taco soup. It is an inexpensive complete meal. He made this recipe with ground venison but it would be great with ground beef, turkey, or chicken. You can replace fresh ingredients with shelf-stable alternatives such as dried onion flakes. We like it served over chips but it is also great served over rice which makes it even more frugal-friendly.

Looking for a delicious, inexpensive meal that is certain to please a crowd? Sam Jones created it! This taco soup recipe can be made with shelf-stable ingredients and tweaked to your personal preferences.


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno (diced)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans corn (undrained)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (drained)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans (drained)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown ground meat and onions over medium heat with salt and pepper.
  2. Add chopped garlic and jalapeno a minute or two before the meat is cooked and sauté.
  3. Stir stock and canned tomatoes to meat mixture.
  4. Add spices and stir.
  5. Add cans of corn with juice and drained beans. Stir.
  6. Simmer 30 minutes over medium low heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add cilantro and lime juice. Simmer two minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot over chips or steamed rice. Top with shredded cheese, green onions, jalapenos, or sour cream.


Kylene Jones is a blogger, content creator, published author, motivational speaker, homesteader, prepper, mother, and grandmother. She practices self-reliance, provident living, and emergency preparedness in her everyday life. She loves working with her husband, Jonathan, and is committed to helping our community be prepared to thrive during the challenges that lie in our future.

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