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Starting off the new year with low inventory in the kitchen pantry? Recipe creations and different menus can be great fun when you’re trying to make ends meet or waiting until payday.

One of the menus I’ve come up with since January 1st is potato soup and Charro beans. You could eat either without the other, but I tried something different this time. Put the beans in a bowl first, then the potato soup over the beans, and top it all with grated cheddar cheese. I’ve added it to my comfort food list. SOOO good. Cornbread would make a great side for this new potato-bean soup, but I didn’t think of it in time.

Taco soup has been a favorite of mine for years. This past weekend I made it different than my previous recipes. That’s because I used my on-hand style of creating recipes. Whatever is on hand in the pantry determines how I make the recipe. For this taco soup on-hand version, I used the ingredients in the recipe below. It’s a first and worth skipping out-to-eat-after-Sunday-church lunch.

Taco Soup Made with Beef Broth
Taco Soup with Toppings

Serve this on-hand taco soup with baked potato toppings (chopped green onions, sour cream, and grated chees), and you will want a second helping. Try it with tortilla chips or Fritos (makes it taste like Frito Pie).

There are so many options to taco soup recipes – they’re all good!


Blog parties I’m visiting today:

Miz Helen’s Ful Plate Thursday



  1. I love the flavors in your Taco Soup. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Author

      Thank you, Miz Helen. The taco soup tasted really good and seconds even better. 🙂 I love participating in Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for organizing such a great blog party.

    1. Author

      It’s good. I love taco soup every way I’ve tried it. So delicious!!

    2. Author

      Adding the Hidden Valley Ranch reminds me of dipping my taco in ranch dressing – I love it.

  2. This sounds delicious. I love taco soup. Does the ranch dressing mix add a lot of flavor? I usually just add taco seasoning mix to mine.

    1. Author

      This time I didn’t notice as much of the ranch flavor as I have before. However, I had much more broth with this recipe. Maybe that’s why. I even thought next time I may add two of the ranch packets.

      1. I will have to try adding a ranch packet to my next batch of taco soup and see what my family thinks. Thanks for the tip.

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