A cross between a good old-fashioned chili and a zesty taco soup, this creamy black bean taco soup is so fast, so easy, and SO delicious!
Easy, quick, absolutely-crazy-delicious dinners are kind of my jam right now. Even though it’s only mid-February, our mild winter (well, up until the last week or so) has spring soccer coaches already mapping out practice schedules to start this next week. #toosoon
The alternate title would be “meals fit for two kids in soccer, two kids in piano, one kid in cello, one kid working after school but too young to drive himself, one kid in gymnastics, and one mom in danger of losing her sanity.” I know I’m not alone in this.
This one pot creamy black bean taco soup has been a family favorite for years. And it isalwaysa hit. It’s so down home hearty and comforting that we all kind of take it for granted until someone outside the fam is eating with us and shows a little gratitude at the tastiness.
It’s not quite a chili. And not quite a taco or tortilla soup. It’s the best of all those worlds loaded with black beans and tomatoes, green chiles and tender ground beef. What makes it extra special and really unique is the creaminess that comes from a super simple roux (melted butter + flour + milk).
As with other soups in this similar category, the best part is piling on any and all “taco-type” toppings laying around. Fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, squeezes of fresh lime.
All are acceptable and welcomed.
If getting dinner on the table fast makes you as happy as it makes me, my gift to you today is this creamy black bean taco soup. It’s been living on my site for a while now, but deserved a fresh pop back into the spotlight. I’ve even adapted the recipe just slightly to make it even easier than it was before.
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- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups milk, divided (meaning you'll use 1 cup first and the other cup later)
- 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
- Chopped, fresh cilantro and taco toppings for serving (optional)
- In a 4- or 5-quart pot, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium to medium-high heat with the salt and pepper, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Once it is cooked through, drain any excess grease.
- Add the onion powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and oregano to the meat and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the butter, scraping up any browned bits from the meat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or so, whisking constantly, letting the mixture brown and bubble. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of the milk. Continue stirring while heating the mixture to a gentle simmer. Moderate the heat on the stove so the soup just bubbles but doesn't boil vigorously. Cook for 1-2 minutes to let it thicken slightly.
- Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and remaining 1 cup milk. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
Recipe originally published in March 2015; updated with new photos, recipe updates, and commentary.