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Easy Cheesy Taco Soup | The Recipe Critic

Cheesy Taco Soup is so simple to throw together and is loaded with taco inspired ingredients.  The cheesiness takes this soup to the next level of delicious and will be loved by the entire family! 

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

Those of you that follow along on Instagram stories saw that I was a part of an amazing blogger retreat in Malibu earlier this month. The weather was perfect, and we had amazing beach views. And one of the most magical parts of the retreat was welcoming McCormick as our sponsor!  As you all know, I’m lucky enough to have a long-standing relationship with McCormick, and they were kind enough to come and spend the day with us. Every meal that we had with them that day was so beautifully set up and we knew that we could count on the food to be delicious and packed with flavor. We are still talking about the AMAZING Berbere Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Citrus Broth that they made for us for dinner!

During the day, we had different sessions that taught us how to be Flavor Experts by showing us how to appreciate the flavor and quality of products! I have always loved and known the amazing quality of McCormick products, but it was so cool to put it to the test. (You guys wouldn’t believe the difference between McCormick and Competitor in cinnamon; the Saigon Cinnamon blew me away!)



We tested out all kinds of herbs and spices and really learned the ins and outs of each one from McCormick, including flavor substitutes and other helpful tips and tricks. One of my favorite parts was seeing the difference between McCormick products and other brands. You could see all of the physical differences between McCormick and the competitor. The size and vibrancy of the color was apparent in each test We all joked that we were going to quit our day jobs and just give out samples at the grocery store so that everyone could see the difference for themselves. After learning the care and details put into everything they produce, all I wanted to do was get cooking!  I’m super excited topartner with them to show you what I learned.

One of the clear takeaways from our time with McCormick is that great-tasting recipes start with pure, high-quality spices and extracts. McCormick has been a trusted authority on flavor for more than 125 years (wow!). One of my favorite seasoning blends to use in the kitchen is McCormick Taco Seasoning, so I was super excited to test it against competitors. McCormick Taco Seasoning is free from fillers and is made with simple flavors and high-quality spices (which you can see!). I’m telling you, now it is obvious why McCormick Taco Seasoning is my secret ingredient for Taco Tuesdays.

Knowing all of this, I was so inspired and I chose to make this amazing cheesy taco soup for you
today to show off the AMAZING flavors in McCormick Taco Seasoning. It is a family favorite and so
easy to make. You just dump in all of the ingredients and it is jam-packed with amazing cheesy,
delicious flavor.

How do you make cheesy taco soup?

  • In a large pot over medium high heat, add ground beef.  Cook and crumble the brown beef until no longer pink.  Drain the grease.

  • Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.

  • Add in the velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir together and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Four things you didn’t know about McCormick taco seasoning:

  • It is a zesty blend of authentic Mexican Seasonings, including onions and peppers.
  • It is a hearty flavor that is not too spicy but warm enough to compliment a variety of meats.
  • Contains no added MSG!
  • It is available in original, mild, hot, and gluten free.

Can I use cheddar cheese instead of velveeta cheese?

Of course!  We have no shame when it comes to velveeta cheese. ;). I like that it gives it a smoother creamier feel, but we also have made it with real shredded cheddar cheese.  Both are delicious!

Can I use turkey meat instead of ground beef?

Yes you can.  You can add ground turkey or even ground chicken as a substitute if you would like.

If you are looking for more delicious taco seasoning inspired recipes, look no further!




Easy Cheesy Taco Soup


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes (I like to use fire roasted)
  • 1 (15 ounce can) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced olives
  • 1 McCormick® taco seasoning package
  • 1 (14.5) ounce beef broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) velveeta cheese, cubed OR 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, cilantro, sliced avocado, tomatoes, tortilla strips
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat add the ground beef. Cook and crumble until no longer pink and drain the grease.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, corn, kidney beans, black beans, olives, taco seasoning packet, and beef broth.
  3. Add in the velveeta cheese OR the shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors blend and serve with desired toppings.


This post was sponsored by McCormick.  I love brands that I use in the kitchen for myself.  All opinions expressed are my own.  

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