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Taco Soup

There are hundreds of versions of taco soup. Almost everyone I know has their own way to make it. In fact I have several versions that I make. I have a chicken version that we really like. I also have several different beef taco soups that I have been making for a long time.

This taco soup is based on a recipe that my sister has been making for years. I have changed a few things to make it more the way that my family likes it, but the basics are the same.

I like this soup because it is a little different than most taco soup recipes. The secret ingredient in the soup is V-8. I know that is a strange ingredient in a taco soup, but it gives this soup really good flavor. I don’t usually like V-8 juice, but I love it in this soup. The V-8 really gives this a unique flavor. You should give it a try.

This recipe can be made on the stove top or in your crockpot, both ways work great.

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  1. I found your blog about a week ago, and I am so glad I did. I appreciate your healthy, family-friendly recipes.

    Believe it or not, I have never made taco soup. Don’t know why. My family loves chili and tacos, so I am sure they would love this. I will have to give it a shot!
    .-= Tara Rison´s last blog ..Little Cooks with Books: If You Give a Pig a Pancake =-.

  2. Yum! This looks like perfect comfort food to me.

  3. Thanks for this recipe – I have seen so many different taco soup recipes and never one with V-8 juice. I can’t wait to try it.

  4. That looks great! I think I may try that next week. YUM!
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Taste Test Tuesday- Hazelnut (or fruit filled) Crescent Rolls =-.

  5. Your recipes look sooo good. I can’t wait to try them!

  6. I love V-8 juice, so this is the perfect recipe for me! Your soup looks delicious. I clicked over the the chicken version as well, and it sounds yummy too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi, Just found your blog today. Love it! I have used V-8 in my vegetable and beef soups. I have never used it in my taco soup. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a great blog with so many great recipes and tips. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Okay, so I’ve done some searching and such, but haven’t found an answer, so thought I’d ask here: what’s the difference between taco soup and chili? It looks to me like taco soup is basically just a thinner version of chili, but I’m wondering if I’m missing something… 🙂

    • @Chelsea, Yes I think taco soup is thinner and had more broth. It also has a little different seasoning than chili does. Taco soup in general also contains things like corn that you don’t usually find in chili.

      • @Lynn, thanks for the confirmation… I may still end up trying it sometime soon, but chili is such a favorite around here that I might have a hard time convincing the husband & daughter that it’s worth having something similar but not the same 😉

        • @Chelsea,

          You might have a better time convincing them if you serve with baked Tortilla chips on the side. I just spread the chips on a pan, spray Pam on them, cover with 1T salt, 1T chili powder, 1T ground cumin mixture. In the oven for 3-4 minutes at 350. Nice, hot, crisp and tasty.

  9. I love your blog! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I started a blog a couple of months ago – wish I knew how to make it look as nice as yours!
    My favorite chili recipe is a Cooking Light recipe that calls for a can of Spicy Hot V8. It has great flavor so I’ve used it when creating my own tomato basil soup and everyone in my family loved it. Looking forward to trying this taco soup recipe! Thank you!


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