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Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal: Cilantro Lime Taco Soup

Taco Soup is a delicious way to get dinner on the table without too much fuss!

Taco Soup is a delicious way to get dinner on the table without too much fuss!

Well, I may be “Grill Girl” but I still use my stove top from time to time just to make sure I remember how. This week we got hit by a tropical depression so the grilling conditions were less than ideal. However, it was the perfect time to be cozy inside and make this hearty soup.

Here’s a little secret you don’t have to tell your family so they will unsuspectingly enjoy this dish to the fullest: it is actually low fat, loaded in fiber and meat-free! I didn’t tell Scott that this dish was vegetarian until AFTER he had eaten 2 bowls with lots of moaning in the process. After he enjoyed it so much, he couldn’t complain about it being vegetarian!


  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans (navy beans)
  • 1 (16 oz) can fat-free refried beans
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes (I used the chili-lime version)
  • 1 (15 0z) can diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 can lime beer
  • 1 small container of fat free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Grated mexican cheese- (cheddar, pepper jack, etc) for garnish
  • Fritos


Saute onions in a large pot. Add chopped garlic, let it soften but not burn. Next, add both cans of tomatoes and the refried beans and stir together. Then add all the other canned ingredients- do not drain the beans but please make sure to drain the corn if used from a can.

Add the taco mix, half the can of beer and lime juice. Add 2 of the three tablespoons of cilantro. Cover and simmer for an hour.

For the garnish- mix 1/3 cup of sour cream with one tablespoon cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice and a dash or sea salt. When serving, add on top with cheese and fritos. Your family will love it and they will have seconds!

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5 Responses to Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal: Cilantro Lime Taco Soup

  1. Chris October 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Love this one, especially with the lime rotel. Filing this one to try in a few weeks.

  2. Robyn October 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I’ve had this now three times already and haven’t gotten tired of it yet! It’s even better the second and third day!!

  3. Eddie Medlin October 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Great looking recipe. Hope to try it soon!!!!

  4. The BBQ Grail October 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    Considering you actually used a stove this looks fantastic. You ROCK!

  5. Rodger Eidemiller November 13, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Thank you , I enjoy reading about other vegetarians and vegans as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but I’m sure another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipes here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

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