Shortcut Taco Soup

Prepare to fall in love with this deliciously speedy shortcut taco soup!

Prepare to fall in love with your leftovers with this deliciously speedy taco soup!

Today I’m partnering with Pacific Foods to turn one of their uber healthy soups into a hearty and nourishing meal, all while clearing the fridge of leftovers and kicking food waste in the face! BAM!

Can you tell I’m excited? I’m SO excited!

I’m a huge fan of revamping tasty leftovers into even tastier new dishes. It saves time, saves money, and makes crazy busy days just a little bit easier. There’s really only one rule: No boring leftovers!

Of course this soup couldn’t be boring if it tried, especially since it’s a glorified fiesta in a bowl! In fact, it’s the fiesta that never ends!

It all starts with taco night. As inevitable as breaking my tacos into a million pieces within the first bite, is the fact that we’re going to have some serious leftovers. I know how much I should cook for two, but honestly if I’m in the kitchen anyways, I might as well make enough for two or three meals, right? It’s a total lifesaver when lunch rolls around the next day and I’m still in stretchy pants and covered in neon pink paint, stickers, and copious amounts of peanut butter. Leftovers to the rescue!

Leftovers AND Pacific Foods to the rescue!

Fall in love with your leftovers with this Shortcut Taco Soup!

I’ve been a Pacific Foods junkie for years and seek out their handy little Tetra Pak cartons whenever I’m stocking the pantry. I love that they don’t have the metallic taste of canned soups and the packaging is gloriously sketch and BPA free! Their soups starters, veggie broth, and refried beans have always snagged top billing as my favorite pantry staples. Until now. A few weeks ago I picked up a carton of their Creamy Tomato Soup and basically died of yum. Hello new favorite! It was everything I wanted in a tomato soup and I didn’t have to break out the food processor to get it! Huzzah! Then of course the planets aligned and I got the most exciting offer to partner with the brand.

Yes! Yes! 100ox Yes!

So a mere few weeks after declaring the Creamy Tomato Soup my new favorite, the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup comes into my life and changes everything. It’s a tomato love triangle guys, I’m obsessed with them both and I don’t care who knows it! Well, maybe don’t tell the soup… That could get awkward.

In all seriousness, these soups are flipping amazing. While great all on their own, they’re also the most brilliant base for a fridge full of leftovers. Have you ever saved leftover rice, pasta, meat, or veggies with zero clue what to even do with them? Or maybe you panic and toss them, knowing very well that the back of the fridge is where leftovers go to grow legs and googly eyes… Well I’m totally here to change that!

I hereby dub this leftover-rescuing superhero of a soup Taco Night 2.0 and it’s officially what I’ll be doing with all my taco night leftovers from here on out! Nachos were the old go-to (because YUM!) but this soup is a waaaaay healthier option plus I still get to let a few tortilla chips in on the action. Done deal!

Shortcut Taco Soup Recipe

Shortcut Taco Soup

Fall in love with your leftovers with this Shortcut Taco Soup!
4.6 from 5 votes

Shortcut Taco Soup

Prepare to fall in love with this deliciously speedy shortcut taco soup!

Course Soup
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Shortcut Taco Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons



  • fresh cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • greek yogurt or sour cream
  • red pepper flakes
  • fresh chopped avocado
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • chopped onions
  • jalapeños


  1. Bring a pot to medium heat with a quart of red pepper and tomato soup.
  2. Add black beans, taco meat, bell peppers, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes or so until peppers have softened and the flavors have had a chance to mingle.
  3. Give it a taste and add any additional seasoning as desired. I added a little extra cayenne pepper for a kick! The amounts of cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder can all be amped up as desired, the above measurements were my idea of perfecto!
  4. Top with all your favorite taco toppings and dig in! It's great right away and fabulous the next day too!

Recipe Notes

Since we're going the super-speedy route for this recipe, the bell peppers will still be firm in this soup. Not a fan of the texture? No worries! You can sauté them in the pot first before adding the soup base for tender bell peppers, skip them, or simmer a little longer to soften the peppers. I love them any which way so you're good to go no matter which approach you take!Recipe yields 4 small servings or 2 big bowls if you're hungry!


Much like it’s crunchy hand-held counterpart, taco soup is one of those super simple, easily customizable meals that can be made a million and one ways and taste great every time. When there’s a slew of leftovers in the fridge, or we can’t figure out what on earth to eat, this default dish has our back! With so many combinations possible, every night can be taco night! Or in this case, taco soup night!

Love Your Leftovers - a tasty recipe series at

This delicousness is part of my Love Your Leftovers blog series.

past installments include:

Biggest thanks ever to Pacific Foods for sponsoring this recipe and helping me prevent food waste with some leftover love! As always, all opinions and shenanigans are my own doing.

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  • Lateefa

    I noticed you use a lot of ready-made type of ingredients (like the Pacific soup), can you start maybe posting recipes to REPLACE those because they are filled with sodium and I am trying to cut down on the salt in recipes. Just a consideration for future references. My favorite recipe is the Lentil soup. My coworkers also absolutely LOVE it!

    • Hi Lateefa! So glad you’re loving the lentil soup! Most of my recipes are from scratch with only a small percentage being convenience items that I’m really picky about choosing (I love this brand of broths and soups and they have lots of low-sodium varieties available too!) – Let me know if there’s a particular recipe you’re looking for! xoxo

  • 5 stars
    I am crushing on this recipe, Jenn! I know it would be a big hit over the holidays and I love that you can use up leftovers. Brilliant idea! Fabulous photos, too 🙂

  • Tara

    4 stars
    three words… Delicious. Delicious. Delicious! They didn’t have to be different words did they? Please keep ‘Love your leftovers’ coming!

    • Jenn

      Bahaha thank you Tara! I’ll take a trio of deliciouses any day! 😉 I’m glad you’re loving the series because I have another installment on the way! Woot!

  • This looks fabulous! I really love soups especially this time of year and especially easy ones. Awesome photos too!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Darlene!!! Soup is totally a must around here right now – total comfort food! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness … I never thought to use our taco leftovers to make soup! Totally trying this after our next Taco Tuesday night!

    • Jenn

      Super excited you’ll be making it! Hope you looooove it Kimberly! <3

  • I LOVE having a couple of boxed soups lying around to make quick dinners. This shortcut taco soup looks like just what I need for weeknight dinners!

    • Jenn

      It’s so ridiculously satisfying too! I usually need a side dish with soups but this one stole the show all on it’s own!

  • Beautiful soup! Looks bright and full of flavor. Sounds great for busy schedules!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Amanda!

  • I love the idea of starting this soup with Pacific Red Pepper & Tomato Soup – my favorite! Sounds delicious!

  • Richard

    5 stars
    Printed, bookmarked, screen shot, and wife forwarded. If it’s easy and cheesy we’re all about it.


  • Maria

    Looks so yummy and easy to boot! I love taking shortcuts wherever I can and soups are perfect for them. I’m going to bookmark this!

  • We always use our taco leftovers for taco salad or nachos, but now you’ve inspired me to make this taco soup!

    • Jenn

      Yay! Thanks Michelle!

  • You are my hero with this amazing soup!! I have to admit, a lot of leftovers go uneaten at my house, but if I can repurpose them into a whole new delicious meal, it’s a huge win! I’ve got that same box of Red Pepper and Tomato Soup in my pantry now, so I foresee your yummy recipe happening SOON! 🙂 Can’t wait!

    • Jenn

      Ahhh so excited! Hope you adore it Anna! The red pepper tomato base totally MADE this soup! <3

  • I love revamping leftovers! This soup looks delicious 🙂 So good that maybe I might skip taco night and just have a bowl of this instead!!

    • Jenn

      Haha thanks Dini! I’ll join you!

  • 4 stars
    Waste not, want not…right? I love the idea of this soup, and using the Tomato Red Pepper soup as the base is really a kick-start great idea. I’ll bet this would also be yummy with left-over rotisserie chicken because like you we are only two anymore and always have left-over chicken. Cheers ~Lindy

    • Jenn

      Yes! Thanks so much Lindy! I think it’ll be marvelous with leftover chicken! Let me know if you get a chance to try it! 🙂

  • Delicious soup and I love that it has a shortcut for a quick after work dinner

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much Julia! I always need a few shortcuts on crazy nights!

  • Sandra

    5 stars
    Taco anything…I’m in! Looks incredible yummy and creamy. 🙂

    • Sandra


    • Jenn

      Sooooo yummy! Thanks Sandra!

  • Genius use of packaged soup! Taco soup is always a hit and this makes it so easy!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Michelle! I already want another bowl 🙂

  • Oh hello! This is my kind of leftovers dinner idea! And Pacific’s red pepper soup is my fave!!

    • Jenn

      It’s totally my new favorite from them – SO GOOD!!! <3 Thanks Anna!

  • This looks and sounds wonderful! The perfect comfort food!

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much Kimberly! <3

  • I love using leftovers to make new meals! And we always have these ingredients to make this!!

    • Jenn

      Yay! Thanks Lauren!

  • I love a good hearty soup and this Taco Soup is totally calling my name!! Yum!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Cyndi! <3 Hope you get your hands on a bowl soon! 🙂

  • Oh hello, my new favorite soup! Seriously, taco goodness and soup comfort all rolled into one? AND easy and fast? Do you think my family will notice if I serve this every 4th night? Hmmm… Great recipe! XO

    • Jenn

      We’re already clamoring to have it again – Hope y’all love it as much as we do!

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