Spicy Healthy Taco Bean Soup

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a great, healthy recipe that I originally got from a weight watchers meeting, but that I didn't actually try myself until a coworker made it for a faculty lunch. It's amazing how the refried beans thicken the soup and give it more body than the broth alone. It's super tasty, but quite spicy. I cut the spice by topping individual servings with fat free sour cream and shredded cheese. You could also replace the spicy diced tomatoes with an additional can of regular tomatoes if you don't like so much heat. Another way to reduce the heat would be to add an additional can of chicken broth and more beans, either more black beans or a can of kidney beans. Don't like it meatless? Stir in some browned ground beef or turkey, or add some cubed or shredded cooked chicken. Note: After reorganizing my pantry, I realized I have two similar types of tomatoes, and that I have used Mexican style diced tomatoes the last couple of times I made this, which likely made this more spicy than the rotel style tomatoes would have.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice or dice the onion and sauté in a stock pot until soft (in cooking spray, a tablespoon of olive oil, or a little of the chicken broth).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes.
  3. Serve with fat free sour cream and low-fat shredded cheese, if desired. If you like cilantro, chop a little and throw some on top of the soup. Also tasty (though not as healthy) topped with a handful of Fritos.
  4. Great with a piece of hearty corn bread and fresh fruit.
  5. This recipe can also be made in a crock pot. Sauté onions first, combine everything in a crockpot, and cook on low 5-6 hours.
  6. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

This is one of my favourite recipes since I discovered it here more than a year ago. It's so simple and quick to make; I always have a few servings stored in the freezer for lunches. Sometimes I can't find Great Northern Beans but Black Beans or even Kidney Beans work well too. I always add a whole 900 ml container of Chicken Broth and the consistancy still comes out great. We don't have Rotel where I live so I usually throw in some green chillis or a jalapeno, depending what I have on hand. Great recipe!

OoAMYoO July 21, 2010

This tastes great and is so easy to throw together with stuff that I always have in my pantry! When I made this I only got 8, 1 cup servings, and I followed the directions exactly except I did not drain the corn. But, you can't go wrong with a delicious and filling soup that is only 3 WW points per serving! I will definitely be making this again!

landlocked #2 February 27, 2009

Great recipe! I only made a few of changes. I omitted the onion, since my family doesn’t care for onions, and I reduced the taco seasoning to ½ a pack to cut down on the sodium and the heat. Also, I used dark red kidney beans instead of great northern beans and added ½ pound of ground turkey. I cooked the turkey the night before, then dumped everything in my crock pot on Sunday morning and let it cook on low for about 4 hours. When we got home from church it was perfect. We topped it with fat free sour cream and a little reduced-fat shredded cheese and ate it with low fat tortilla chips. Everyone in the family (including husband and three teens) thought it was delicious. It was just zesty enough with out being too spicy. I mentioned maybe adding an extra can of beans next time, but my teenage daughter said that she thought it was perfect just the way it was. I love when I find a new, easy recipe that everyone likes. I will definately be making this again.

Judy M. March 17, 2008