Unknownchef86's Empty-the-pantry Taco Soup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

The first time I had this, I knew it was a winner. We like to crush the tortillas on top of the soup, like crackers, eat them out of the soup...and repeat! Other than the hamburger/chicken and the cheese, all of these ingredients can be stored in your pantry, making it a good "emergency" dish in case of sudden, unexpected guests or foul weather. A bag containing all the canned goods and the tortilla chips (with the meat and cheese separate), along with this recipe, makes a nice gift for someone that is housebound or unable to spend a lot of time cooking.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat thoroughly.
  2. Top each bowl with grated cheese and lightly crushed tortilla chips, if desired.
Most Helpful

Believe it or not, I'd never even tasted taco soup, much less made it. I was a little bit unsure about it, but this was a HUGE hit with my family! The hardest part was finding the ingredients at our (awful) local grocery stores. Unable to locate the types of tomatoes called for, I used plain and added a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, a little cumin and oregano, and about a tablespoon of green chilies to make up for the missing flavors. Buttermilk ranch dressing mix was not to be found, so I used H.V. Fiesta. The only substitution I made of my own free will was corn (which we love) for hominy (which we don't). :) Everyone went back for seconds -- and some for thirds!!

highcotton November 29, 2004