This Santa Fe Soup, brimming with diverse flavors and textures, offers a delectable and robust experience. Its most remarkable feature? It can generously feed a whole community with its heartwarming goodness.
Finding a recipe that will feed a large group can be a tough task, but with this Santa Fe Soup, it has never been easier! One ingredient that really makes this a Santa Fe Soup compared to other similar soups is the Shoepeg Corn used in the dish! Before this recipe, I had not known about Shoepeg Corn. It has this sweet crisp flavor and is the perfect addition to this dish!
I love a good soup that is full of flavor like this one and you will too! If you are looking for other hearty soups, I recommend my Creamy Enchilada Crockpot Vegetarian Chili, or Easy Tuscan Bean Soup.
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Why We Love This Recipe
- Santa Fe Soup bursts with a blend of spices, vegetables, and proteins.
- Its rich, hearty texture makes it a comforting meal, perfect for chilly days.
- This soup is incredibly simple to prepare, making it a go-to choice for busy weeknights or effortless meal prepping.
- It’s highly adaptable to dietary preferences.
- Santa Fe Soup tastes even better the next day, as the flavors deepen and meld.
- Ground Beef: It provides a rich, meaty base that adds depth and protein to the soup.
- Beans (Pinto, Black, and Kidney Beans): These are key for texture and heartiness.
- Corn (Shoepeg or Sweet White Corn): Adds a sweet crunch and balances the savory elements.
- Rotel (Canned Tomatoes with Green Chilies): Offers a blend of acidity and mild heat.
- Taco Seasoning and Ranch Dressing Mix: These seasoning packets create a unique flavor combination.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
- Vegetarian Twist: Replace ground beef with quinoa or extra beans for a protein-rich, meat-free version.
- Poultry Variation: Swap the ground beef for ground turkey or diced chicken breasts or thighs for a lighter, poultry-based soup.
- Spicy Kick: Add jalapeños or increase the green chilis for those who prefer a spicier flavor profile.
- Creamy Texture: Stir in some cream or sour cream towards the end of cooking for a richer, creamier soup.
- Hearty Grain Addition: Mix in cooked rice to add a wholesome, grainy texture, making the soup even more filling.
How to Make Santa Fe Soup
Step #1: In a large skillet, add the ground beef, onion, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned. Then, remove the grease.
Step #2: Move the beef mixture to a large pot on the stove and add in the beans, chilis, Rotel, corn, seasonings, and water.
Step #3: Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Step #4: After simmering, serve and garnish each serving as desired with lime juice, cheese, and avocado slices. Enjoy!
- Brown Beef Thoroughly: Ensure the ground beef is well-browned for a richer flavor. This also helps render out more fat, allowing you to drain it for a less greasy soup.
- Simmer Slowly: Let the soup simmer gently. Rushing this process can affect the texture and flavor integration of the ingredients.
- Fresh Garnishes: Use fresh lime, cheese, and avocado for garnishes. They add a fresh contrast to the rich, simmered flavors of the soup. Consider adding some crumbled tortilla chips on top as a crunchy garnish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it’s perfect for slow cooking. Start by browning the beef in a pan on the stovetop and remove the grease. Afterward, combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
It has a mild to moderate spice level, but you can adjust the heat by varying the amount of chilis and spices.
Simmer it uncovered to reduce the liquid, or mash some of the beans to thicken the broth.
Skip the meat and add more beans or vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini.
Yes, you should brown the beef first and then remove the grease. Then combine all the ingredients. Afterward, use the sauté function for browning meat, add the rest, and cook on high pressure for about 10 minutes.
To store Santa Fe Soup, cool it to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. In the fridge, it stays fresh for 3-4 days. For longer storage, freeze it in bags or containers, leaving space for expansion, for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge or reheat from frozen. For reheating, warm it on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally, or use the microwave, heating in intervals and stirring. Ensure it reaches 165°F (74°C) when reheated. If it is too thick, add water or broth to adjust consistency. Avoid frequent reheating to maintain flavor and quality.
Santa Fe Soup Recipe
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 yellow onion - chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 can Pinto Beans
- 1 can Black Beans
- 1 can Kidney Beans
- 1 can chopped green chilis
- 2 cans shoepeg corn - or sweet white corn
- 1 can rotel
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1 package ranch dressing mix
- 2 cups of water
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Shredded cheese for garnish
- Avocado sliced for garnish
- In a large skillet, add the ground beef, onion, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is browned. Then, remove the grease.
- Move the beef mixture to a large pot on the stove and add in the beans, chilis, Rotel, corn, seasonings, and water.
- Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- After simmering, serve and garnish each serving as desired with lime juice, cheese, and avocado slices. Enjoy!