Emily’s Southwest Taco Soup

Emily's Southwest Taco Soup from favfamilyrecipes.com - A Fall Favorite!This is by far my favorite taco soup recipe, it has so much flavor! My husband loves to eat it by dipping in one chip at a time, I like to crunch a bunch in at once. We eat this constantly at our house. I make up a big batch in the crock pot and freeze the leftovers in individual containers – it reheats really well.

Emily’s Southwest Taco Soup

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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • Valentina hot sauce
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 3 cans italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 bunch cilantro, with the stems removed
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans sweet corn, drained and rinsed


  • Stick the chicken breasts in a crock pot and smother with Valentina hot sauce. Cook on high for three hours or until you can shred up the chicken with a fork. Add the chicken broth. Blend the stewed tomatoes until smooth then add the cilantro and pulse a few times.
  • Add the tomato mixture to the crock pot, then the corn and black beans and salt. I also like to add some more hot sauce here because I like it spicy, but this part is optional. Let cook for about 1 more hour. Serve in individual bowls. Top with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.


  1. Heidi says:

    This sounds delish!

  2. Corinna Marie says:

    This looks wonderful; and so easy to make. I love that combination.

  3. The Crunkletons says:

    Where do I find valentina hot sauce or is there another brand that works just as well? Oh, and smothering the chicken in it ='s how much sauce?

  4. Rachelle says:

    i am going to make this today, just wondering what size of cans for the tomatoes and black beans??
    thanks it looks so yummy!!

  5. Emily says:

    1. Usually you can find Valentina hot sauce by mexican food in the grocery store. Most grocery stores carry it. 2. By smothering the chicken I would say that I use close to a cup- you can use more or less to taste.
    3. I use standard sized cans for everything (about a 14 to 15 oz. can)
    I hope that helps!

    • Kelly says:

      Does it need to be Valentina? Is there something specific to that brand or can I substitute? I have Tapatio Hot Sauce already.

      • Emily says:

        The Valentina just has a very specific flavor, its different than regular hot sauces. I havent used Tapatio but you could always try it, you just may not want to use as much. I think the Valentina is more mild than most hot sauces.

  6. Steve, Crystal, Cohen & Carson says:

    Emily this website is so fun and I seriously am writing menus that is going to include several recipes! This is cute that you do this with your sisters! And I didn't realize you were such a great cook!

  7. Steve, Crystal, Cohen & Carson says:

    Emily this website is so fun and I seriously am writing menus that is going to include several recipes! This is cute that you do this with your sisters! And I didn't realize you were such a great cook!

  8. Sylvia says:

    I made this soup tonight and it was amazing! I did make a few changes. I had a roitissiere chicken so I used that- just let it simmer in the Valentina sauce. I also used mexican style stewed tomatoes. This soup was sooo fast to make and was spicy and very satisifying. One question, I wondered if I used the right sauce. The label said hot sauce in small print, but the larger print said it was Salsa Picante. Couldn't find Valentina that just said hot sauce. Let me know! Thanks for a great blog 🙂

  9. Emily says:

    As long as it was the Valentina brand, it was probably the right stuff. I think they only make the one kind of sauce. I am so glad you liked it!

  10. The Crunkletons says:

    I found the Valentina hot sauce and made this recipe for my family. They loved it! It's now my go to recipe for Taco Soup.

  11. Lovers says:

    I couldn't find Valentina hot sauce at my grocery store so I used Frank's Hot Sauce instead. It was pretty darn tasty. I'm going to look at a different store next time to see if they carry it, or buy it online.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  12. The Quinn Family says:

    I used Mexican style corn in mine and then also used 1/2 of the tomatoes regular diced tomatoes (didn't have any stewed) and 1/2 of the tomatoes of fire roasted tomatoes which I had never tried before and they were really good in it too! delicious recipe, thank you for sharing!

  13. Sandy Z says:

    I can’t sleep and my kiddos absolutely love Taco Soup. So, here I am making this delicious & easy recipe at 1:30 in the morning. Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad to have found your website via Pinterest and look forward to trying more of your recipes in the near future.

  14. Alana says:

    Just made this and it was delicious!!! I added some fire roasted green peppers and some cumin. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Carolyne says:

    Made for dinner tonight. DELICIOUS and so easy!!!

  16. Cheryl says:

    I tried the soup last night and it was amazing! I didn’t start on it until later so ended up baking the chicken in the oven, and cooking the remaining ingredients on the stove. But the flavors were great and it was SO easy! Thank you!

  17. Jennifer Goslee says:

    I just wanted to say that this is my favorite recipe from this website, we’ve made it 4 times in the last year. Our grocery store didn’t carry Valentina’s but we made it with Lawry’s Santa Fe Chili Marinade (with lime and garlic) and I loved it so much that we’ve used half a bottle each time we make it. It might be less spicy this way but it sure is good! I’m two hours into this recipe right now and enjoying the savory smells. I’m going to try using the tube cilantro this time, because I’m currently very sick of the fresh cilantro from my grocery store being too gritty. I’ll try to post back if that turns out to be a mistake.

  18. Chris Popp says:

    OMG this is amazingly good! I had some pulled chicken in bbq sauce left over so that was my starting point. Everything else was the same except I added 1 tsp each of cumin and chili powder and I also add about 5 or 6 jalapeno pepper slices (chopped of course). I can’t stop eating it! I just made a new batch today. My husband took last weeks left over to work. He obviously liked it too. Thanks Emil 🙂

    • Emily says:

      We make this all the time. It is a definite favorite around here. So glad you liked it!

  19. Jeannette says:

    Since I can’t sleep when I should, I’m making good use of my time gathering tried and true recipes. Thank you!!

    • Erica says:

      good call! You can’t go wrong with gathering good recipes!

  20. Sandra Toews says:

    Do you have the nutritional info for this taco soup recipe?

    • Echo says:

      I’m sorry we don’t. There are several websites that offer nutrition information for recipes. I really like caloriecount.com and myfitnesspal.com. Thank you for asking!

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