Mexican Taco Soup and Tortilla Soup with Guest Chef Kathy

My family loves my Mexican Taco Soup.  About 5 years ago a friend of mine made this for me to try!  OH my gosh it was soooo tasty!  We both love our crockpot and that is how she would make her soups while at work all day.  You can make this soup on the stove top too!  Just cook until celery and onions are soft.

I'm going to give you my version of her recipe and then my Guest Chef recipe!  I met Kathy a few weeks ago on a Friday Blog Hop! I asked if I could share her vegetarian version of the soup!!!

Mexican-Taco Soup (mine) click to print

2 lbs cooked and shredded chicken (can use ground beef or turkey)
5 cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos (Ro-Tel tomatoes)
3 cans corn (I use frozen or fresh corn)
2 cans kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
3 pks taco seasoning
3 pks ranch dressing powder mix
1-2 large white onions, chopped
6 stalks of celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 quart chicken stock or water 
Cilantro, avacado, taco chips, shredded cheese, sour cream as toppers.

This recipe is as simple as dump,. mix and simmer!  Put it all in your crockpot.  Don't drain any of the can liquid.  It all goes into the soup. Cook on low for 4 hours or longer if needed.  Cook on high 2 hours. Serve with taco chips, shredded cheese, sour cream or guacamole.  Very tasty!  
 Thanks to Kathy, @geekypoet from her blog Healthy Slow Cooking for being my Guest Chef! Here is her Tortilla Soup recipe straight from her blog!   You much go check out her other yummy recipes!

I love tortilla soup and it’s hard to find a good vegetarian version when you’re out. So this is just another excuse to stay in and save some more money. Serve it with a salad topped with black beans, green chilies, and salsa to make a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Meatless Tortilla Soup (*gluten-free)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 – 8  hours
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 medium onions, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 28 oz. organic tomatoes (diced, crushed, or whole)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tb cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tequila
The night before: Chop onions and mince the garlic. How easy is that for prep work? Optional: Saute in olive oil then store in fridge until tomorrow.

In the morning: Add everything but the avocado and tequila. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. About a half hour or so before serving, stir in lime juice, tequila, and adjust . Puree with an immersion blender.
Chop avocado and toss with extra lime juice and a little chili powder.

Serve topped with fresh cilantro, avocado, and strips of *baked tortilla strips or *crushed chips.

* Make sure to get gluten-free tortillas or chips if you have a gluten allergy!

Click for other yummy recipes:

*Chicken Veggie Thai Soup
*French Onion Pork Loin Roast
*Easiest Chili Recipe Ever!


  1. both of these soups look delicious! we'll definitely be mixing this up soon. thanks!

  2. Susieq, I often make a taco soup like yours, just a little different. (I season myself instead of seasoning mixes) My kids really love it!
    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to more recipes

  3. Never had veg. taco soup! I want to try it! I can't believe you have to use tequila!!! Sounds fun!

  4. I'm on a big soup kick right now. Sounds tasty!

  5. I make a soup similar to this one and it is my sons favorite. He goes nuts when he sees the crockpot full of the yummy goodness. I make my own tortilla chips by cutting strips of tortillas and deep frying them. I then sprinkle some taco seasonings on them fresh out of the oil. So good.

  6. jessiev thanks for stopping in!!! I sure hope you make one! LMK if you do!

  7. Hey ejbrda I bet your soup is delish! I think of adding my own spices, which I normally do when cooking to cut down on the salt and other junk in the packages. I've made it this way since the beginning so I think if I changed out the seasonings it would alter the taste and we would like it. I honestly think that the Ranch powder makes this soup! lol Love to try yours! What seasonings do you add??

  8. Tricia P. I know! I can't believe it either on the tequila! Sounds like a fun soup!!! I do want to try it!

  9. Hi Lisa C. Thanks for stopping in! We love when the weather turns cold because it is soup time! That is the only reason I love cold weather!!!

  10. Cheryl the tortilla chip idea sounds great! I've thought of doing that but never have! Great tip on the sprinkling with taco seasoning! I would have never thought of that!!!

  11. The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese.
    "Pizza is more popular than ever," Slomon said.

  12. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

  13. I just got a slow cooker for Christmas and am bookmarking fun recipes like this one right and left. Looks delicious!


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