An easy recipe for taco soup is featured on the food site Allrecipes.com, and it uses eight simple ingredients. Two pounds of ground beef are browned in a medium-sized pot along with onions. Other ingredients such as corn, pinto beans and tomatoes are added after the meat is browned.
Traditional Mexican seasonings are what gives taco soup its spicy flavor. Taste of Home features a taco soup recipe that uses chili beans and pinto beans in its mixture of ingredients. This recipe also includes green chilies and ranch salad dressing mix for extra zing. Cooks who have a busy schedule can choose to make the slow cooker version, which requires a two-step preparation process. Ground beef is browned in a skillet, and then added to the slow cooker along with beans, corn and taco seasoning.
Taco soup is usually garnished with grated cheddar cheese, and sometimes a dollop of sour cream. Taco chips can also be served as a side item. To save time, most easy taco soup recipes use canned beans, but dried beans can also be used, if cooked ahead of time. Dried beans are soaked for hours, and then simmered for up to two hours, depending on their size. Salt must be added to the beans in the latter stages of the cooking process to give them flavor.