Loaded Taco Soup

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Loaded Taco Soup | Gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

UPDATED WITH INSTANT POT & SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL STOVE TOP RECIPE!

You know what rocks? Legit broth. You know what doesn’t rock? Anything pretending to be legit broth.

The other day I was wandering the aisles at a local grocery store and stopped near the section of boxed broth. Curiosity got me and I grabbed a box of beef broth to read the ingredients. This only left me asking why companies add sugar and caramel coloring to their broth. I literally couldn’t find a box without it. Seriously, whyyy?

Whenever I was admitted to the hospital for my Crohn’s as a kid, I was immediately taken off of all solid food and placed on a clear liquid diet for weeks at a time. I was also placed on high doses of prednisone, which made me crazy starving. As a 12 year old, it was all completely confusing, as I couldn’t fully understand what was happening to me.

Even though I was on a clear liquid diet, I was still served “broth” three times a day, everydayyy. I couldn’t stand the sight or smell of broth for years after that. That broth, along with brightly colored Jello that I could bounce a knife off of, and tasteless tea were considered my “meals.” Yum, right?

I’m doubtful the broth I was served in the hospital could hardly be called broth at all, as I’m 99% positive it was just a bouillon cube that had dissolved in hot water. Ever checked the ingredients in bouillon cubes? If you haven’t, go Google that shiz and be prepared to get grossed out. MSG and mechanically separated chicken anyone? Mmmmm…

I was so hungry during those times that food consumed my thoughts, night and day. Feeling like you’re starving all the time and not being able to eat is not the most fun combination, and it made me obsessed with food. Literally OBSESSED. I also developed a strange fascination with hospital food, but we’ll talk about that another day 😉

Loaded Taco Soup | Gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

When I wasn’t able to eat I would spend my days watching shows on Food Network, drooling over fast food commercials, writing lists and lists of all the food I wanted to eat, sculpting food out of clay, creating multiple drawings of all the meals I dreamt about, and creating recipes for all the food that I was going to make once I could eat again. See, I was obsessed! I’ve heard it’s quite common to watch food shows and create things that involve pretend food when you’re not able to eat. I have no idea why that is, but it’s pretty fascinating when you really think about it.

Going through the experience of not being able to eat for long periods at a time throughout my life has made me incredibly grateful that I’m now able to enjoy such healthy meals everyday. Not everyone gets that opportunity, and it’s easy to forget what a great blessing eating a meal really is.

I’ll be sharing more and more of my journey in each new blog post, and what led me to where I am today. I love reading other peoples stories and what makes them who they are, so I hope you enjoy reading mine!

With it looking more like winter in California this week, I’ve had nothing but this soup on my mind! I’ve already made it twice and it is deeeeelicious! It’s also a really awesome way to get healing bone broth in! I recently received a box of grass-fed beef and soup bones from Yellowstone Grassfed Beef, which is what I used to make this soup! Their beef is awesome and has such a great flavor. The best part is that they ship their delicious beef right to your doorstep, and their high standards are something to be incredibly proud of!

This loaded taco soup recipe is so easy and quick to make and it’s packed with flavor! Plus, it’s totally customizable, so everyone in your family can add the toppings of their choice. I used all of the toppings listed below in the ingredients, but feel free to use anything you’d like! I highly recommend using one of the dairy-free sour cream recipes from my eBook, along with a squeeze of fresh lime. SO GOOD!

Enjoy this easy recipe for my loaded taco soup!

Happy cooking, and most importantly, happy eating!

Loaded Taco Soup | Gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

 

Loaded Taco Soup

Ingredients

Instructions

    Stovetop Directions:
  1. Melt the ghee/coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef and sauté until cooked through. Drain any fat/liquid from the pan.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne to the pot. Stir well to combine. Next add the chiles, tomatoes and beef broth and stir once more. Bring the soup to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with any or all of the toppings listed above! Enjoy!
    Instant Pot Directions:
  1. Turn your Instant Pot on and select the "Sauté" mode. Add the ghee/coconut oil to the pot, and once melted, add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef and sauté until cooked through. Drain any fat/liquid from the pot.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne to the pot. Stir well to combine. Next add the chiles, tomatoes and beef broth and stir once more. Seal the Instant Pot lid and set it to "Soup" mode. Press the "-" (minus) button to reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes.
  3. When the soup is finished cooking, manually release the pressure from your Instant Pot. Serve with any or all of the toppings listed above! Enjoy!
    Slow Cooker Directions:
  1. Melt the ghee/coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef and sauté until cooked through. Drain any fat/liquid from the pan.
  2. Add the meat/onion/bell pepper mixture to your slow cooker. Add the chili powder, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne to the slow cooker and stir well to combine. Next add the chiles, tomatoes and beef broth and stir once more. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with any or all of the toppings listed above! Enjoy!
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Loaded Taco Soup | Gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Loaded Taco Soup | Gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

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28 Responses

  1. MendyG
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    Like want to bathe in it good!!!! So good and so easy. I cut the recipe in half for my smaller family, but kept the 4 oz. broth and it was fine that way. I offered all the toppings as well and added blue corn chips to the list. This was so good! Also, I mentioned that to my husband it maybe good with tortillas to sop in the broth. He said corn, but I think flour, so those will be included next time. Did I mention, this soup is Good? Thank you, for putting it out here.

    • MendyG
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      *oops! I meant 4 CUPS of broth.

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Love that, Mendy! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Julie
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    Is their a store bought version of beef broth you recommend? I have no bones of any kind?

  3. Julie
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    Is there a store bought broth that you recommend? I do not have any bones to make any type of broth.

  4. Vania
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    How many does this serve?

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      This serves approximately 6-8 people, depending on how hungry everyone is 🙂

  5. Caitlyn
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    Is there a way to make this in the crockpot?

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Of course! I’d just cook the ground beef beforehand, drain the fat, then add everything to the slow cooker and cook on low 🙂

  6. Emily
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    Oh my goodness – this was absolutely delicious!! Just made it tonight and WOW! Nicely spiced with a good medium heat (the way I like it). I garnished with cilantro, a lime wedge, and plantain chips (no ripe avocados sadly). Thank you so much!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      I’m so happy you liked it, Emily! Love the toppings you used!

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  8. Page Gamel
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    How long will you cook on low in the slow cooker? Thanks :>)

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      I’d say approximately 4-6 hours 🙂

  9. Jessica Jackson
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    Hi there! My boyfriend is allergic to tomatoes, do you have any suggestions for what would be a good replacement for the 18oz can of diced tomatoes?
    I’m SO excited to try this recipe btw…and quite a few of your others (umm…loaded potatoes anyone?!=)

    Thank you!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Hey Jessica! If it were me, I’d probably add an additional diced bell pepper, or even some diced carrots, for the texture, and then add a little more broth as needed, so it doesn’t end up like a chili. It may have a slightly different taste but I think it’ll still turn out great! 🙂

      • Jessica Jackson
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        Awesome. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try this =)

      • livinglovingpaleo
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        No problem at all Jessica, happy to help!

  10. Farah
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    This is my absolute favorite soup recipe. It is sooooo good!!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      So happy to hear that! 🙂

  11. Heather
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    So delicious! My kiddos loved it (though claimed it a bit to spicy). We added some fresh chopped spinach at the end, and it was amazing! Definitely making again

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      I’m so happy you liked it, Heather! You could definitely leave out the cayenne and lower the amount of chili pepper that you use in the next batch, that will help to make it much more mild 🙂

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  13. Molly
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    This recipe made about 10 (1) cup servings for me. It was too much for me to eat in a week, so I froze the servings in portion control (1 quart) freezer bags. Happy to say- the recipe reheats well and tastes just as good as the day I made it! I eat mine with a scoop of guacamole or sliced avocado to stay whole 30 compliant. For the weekend football games, I also spooned some over corn chips to make nachos and they came out great! It makes for a good option to use this recipe in other ways as well – and for members in your household who are not following the whole 30.

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Perfect, Molly! This is one of my favorite soups to freeze as well!

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