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Cheesy Taco Soup

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I thoroughly enjoyed the winter Olympics…almost as much as I enjoy the summer Olympics. Or college (Illini) sports. Yes, even when they lose in basketball to Michigan by, like, 30 points. Gaaah. But as a side note on the Olympics, I really do not understand curling. Atallwhatsoever.

By the middle of week 2 of the Olympics, I was missing my favorite TV shows. Big time.

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Two Broke Girls makes me laugh hysterically. Parenthood makes me cry…and smile. I love drooling over Taylor Kinney in Chicago Fire. Subsequently, I’m also now hooked on Chicago PD. Grey’s Anatomy is like a train wreck you just can’t turn away from. Mike and Molly is cute and Molly’s mom and sister crack me up with their giant wine glasses and constant inappropriateness.

The Bachelorette that continued on through the Olympics was not engaging enough to satisfy my little TV habit (not so shocking, I hope…). Plus, it’s hard for me to hop on the treadmill or elliptical without something good to watch on the DVR. Yes, my exercise habits struggle when my DVR is lacking. Ironic, I know.

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As the never ending winter of 2014 rages on, the comfort food ensues. There continues to be no end in sight for this dreadful Midwest winter.

This soup is not a looker, but the taste was great. Hearty, warm, and it seemed sinfully cheesy and rich. A bowl of hearty, warm soup next to a toasty fireplace is the only thing getting me from one day to the next.

Who has another great soup recipe to share? ….Or 50 degree weather? I’m flexible.

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Cheesy Taco Soup
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Serves: 5
  • 1 lb 96% lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups skim milk, divided
  • 1 cup (4 oz) 2% cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  1. Brown ground beef in a large soup pot over medium-high heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat then whisk in flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat then stir in shredded cheese until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Add taco seasoning, Rotel, black beans, and remaining 1½ cups milk into cooked ground beef then stir well to combine. Bring to a heavy simmer then turn heat down to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.
Recipe seen on Iowa Girl Eats and The Recipe Critic and originally, Pillsbury
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~ 1½ cups Calories: 368 Fat: 13.6 Carbohydrates: 25.8 Sugar: 8.4 Sodium: 954 Fiber: 6.4 Protein: 34.2 Cholesterol: 79

 Busy day ahead! Oh, and more snow ahead, too. ::sob::

Be well,


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  1. Regan @ Cabot
    March 5, 2014 / 6:24 am

    This looks like the perfect comfort food! I think I have all the ingredients to make ASAP ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
    March 5, 2014 / 7:54 am

    OH my goodness, this is the type of comfort food I need today to warm my bones. I also adore that bowl. So pretty!

  4. Betsy | JavaCupcake.com
    March 5, 2014 / 8:15 am

    Who cares if it’s not a looker…. I’m sure it smelled amazing and tasted even better!! I’m pinning this… my kids will LOVE IT!

  5. Paula - bell'alimento
    March 5, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Grabbing a spoon and diving right in!

  6. Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic
    March 5, 2014 / 10:09 am

    I guess in lieu of spring, I’ll settle for a big bowl of your taco soup. Would it be too much to ask for double digit temperatures to go with it?

  7. Anastasia
    March 5, 2014 / 10:18 am


    • Nicole, RD
      March 5, 2014 / 11:30 am

      Hi Anastasia! Rotel is just diced tomatoes with chiles – you can find it right by all the canned tomatoes. Hope that helps!

  8. Ginny
    March 5, 2014 / 11:01 am

    This looks so delicious and easy too. That makes me very happy.

  9. Charbel
    March 5, 2014 / 11:21 am

    This sounds so incredibly delicious. I am going to have to give it a try. My husband will love it, I am sure.

  10. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    March 5, 2014 / 11:48 am

    i need to watch the season premiere of Greys..and yes two broke girls, its too funny…and this soup – i will take anything to keep me warm.

  11. Renee'sKitchenAdventures
    March 5, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    I think this soup looks warm and comforting. It has been the winter from Hell, hasn’t it? Kind of sad when 35 degrees sound “warm”. lol I made a great tomato tortellini soup not that long ago that was yummy! and we had Gumbo last night…but enough with the soups! Bring on the grilling weather!

  12. Joanne
    March 6, 2014 / 8:06 am

    I love that we watch so many of the same shows! And both went into tv withdrawal during the Olympics. Although now that the winter olympics are over, I vote I’m ready for spring. But until then this soup sounds like the perfect comfort food to warm me up!

  13. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    March 9, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    This cheesy taco soup sounds amazing!! Perfect for this winter season that just won’t. give. up!!

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  15. walkfit
    March 17, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    It looks good to me. I guess it does not look like one of those moist dark chocolate cake slices, but I am sure this would make you feel great on one of those cold winter days.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Brittany
    February 25, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    It says to set the cheese sauce aside. When do u add that to th ground beef?

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