Recipe: Anna's Taco Soup

by Robin

One of the perks of my work as a Community Dietitian is to work alongside some fabulous home cooks.  Together we create delicious meals for our programs. 

The English School Lunch Program is one that I started several years ago to provide a hot, healthy lunch to a group of moms and kids who are New Canadians.  The lunch program extends their English-as-a-Second-Language learning day, which would otherwise be just a very short morning. 

Another side benefits is working in the kitchen with neat women; learning and laughing together as we better understand our cultures and our lives.

I was fortunate to find a great cook and friend when I hired Anna to lead the kitchen.  That girl has skills!  The women coming to learn are thrilled with Anna's cooking - and so am I - I get to take her great recipes home!

Recently, when we had family visiting, I made Anna's Taco Soup alongside our Mexican Lasagne.  It was a hit!  And the best part: there was enough left over that Ed and I ate some delicious lunches for the rest of the week. 

Here's the recipe...

Anna's Taco Soup
Serves a big crowd!


1lb Chicken thighs (breasts work fine, but thighs have the best texture)
2 large Onions
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
2 tsp Garlic Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
3 to 4L (12 to 16 cups) Water (to taste)
1 jar Salsa, hot (of course, we use our homemade salsa)
1 bag Corn, frozen
5 stems Cilantro, fresh
1 bag Corn Chips (to garnish)

** We also like to add a Tbsp of our Taco Seasoning Mix though the original recipe didn't call for it.

  1. Chop chicken and onions into small cubes.
  2. In a soup pot, heat canola oil over medium heat.  Add chicken, onions, garlic salt, black pepper.  Cook until the chicken is done.
  3. Add the water, salsa, corn and cilantro.
  4. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add a small handful of corn chips to each bowl.
  6. Enjoy!

Here's a free printable of this delicious Taco Soup Recipe:

This soup is quick and easy and hearty.  And less face it, any recipe that adds chips to it will be a crowd pleaser!


  1. This looks great. So great I just called Cane to pick up some cilantro and corn and we're having this for dinner tonight!

    1. You won't regret it, Rita! It's fabulous - even just as a way to justify chips for supper. ;)

    2. We liked it! By "we," I mean Cane and me. The girls with us last night generally don't like soup. We fed them mac 'n cheese and are glad there was plenty left over for lunches. Thanks so much for the recipe. Pinning this one to our family-friendly food board.


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