Love Your Leftovers! Shortcut Taco Soup

Prepare to fall in love with your leftovers 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!

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

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.

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

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

This concludes my most epic of rambles, let’s eat!

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

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Love Your Leftovers! Shortcut Taco Soup

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Yield 2 -4

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Pacific Organic Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
  • 2 cups black beans, rinsed [packaged or crock-pot]
  • 1-2 cups leftover taco meat
  • 1/2-1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • TOPPINGS:
  • fresh cilantro
  • shredded cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • greek yogurt or sour cream
  • red pepper flakes
  • fresh chopped avocado
  • EXTRAS:
  • Leftover salsa, tomatoes, chopped onions, jalapeños, and all your favorite taco toppings make great mix-ins for this soup. Prevent waste and clean out that crisper!

Instructions

  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!

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!

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

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!

So, what are you waiting for? Show those leftovers some love!

And while you’re at it, jump on instagram and tag your food-related photos with #NourishEveryBody and @PacificFoods to help feed a child in need. For every tagged photo you share, Pacific Foods will feed a hungry child. Read about it here.

What’s your favorite way to use up leftovers?

Love Your Leftovers - a tasty recipe series at www.peasandcrayons.com

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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Comments

Kathryn Doherty

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!

Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

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! 🙂

Lauren & Hall Nesting

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

    Jenn

    Yay! Thanks Lauren!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

This looks and sounds wonderful! The perfect comfort food!

    Jenn

    Thanks so much Kimberly! <3

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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!

Michelle @ blackberry babe

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 🙂

Sandra

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

    Sandra

    incredibly***

    Jenn

    Sooooo yummy! Thanks Sandra!

Julia (@Imagelicious)

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!

LindySez

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! 🙂

Dini @ The Flavor Bender

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!

Anna @ Sunny Side Ups

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

Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen

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!

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!

Richard

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

Thanks!!

Cathy Trochelman

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

Amanda {Striped Spatula}

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

    Jenn

    Thanks Amanda!

Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

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!

Kimberly

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

Darlene @ Dip Recipe Creations

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! 🙂

Tara

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!

Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners

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 🙂

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