‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s Shortcut Taco Soup Recipe Is Ready in Minutes

Ree Drummond can have a homemade soup on the table in less than 30 minutes with an easy trick she uses to speed the process along. The Pioneer Woman star shared how to make her shortcut taco soup recipe and, once the meat is browned, the soup only takes 10 minutes to finish.

Ree Drummond prepares food on the set of 'Today' while Maria Shriver and Hoda Kotb watch
Ree Drummond, Maria Shriver, and Hoda Kotb on ‘Today’ | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Ree Drummond’s taco soup recipe is full of flavor but short on cooking time

Drummond demonstrated how to make her quick taco soup recipe on an episode of The Pioneer Woman and it all came together pretty fast, thanks to easy ingredients and a pro-tip.

She started by browning ground beef with onion and garlic and added tomato paste, which Drummond noted, “adds such richness in a pretty short amount of time.” She turned the heat up while incorporating it well into the meat, to “release the magic of the tomato paste,” then seasoned the ingredients with salt, pepper, and taco seasoning.

“So this is a shortcut taco soup, which means we don’t stop and let things cook a million times,” she explained as she added the next ingredients. Drummond poured in cans of tomatoes with green chiles, fire-roasted corn, and black beans, as well as vegetable stock and hot sauce.

Then The Pioneer Woman star shared the trick to finishing the soup in just 10 minutes. “Honestly, talk about a one-pot wonder right here,” she said. “Now all I need to do is bring this to a boil and let it cook really fast for about 10 minutes.”

She pointed out how “violently” the contents of the pot were boiling. “And that’s the secret when you’re making a quick shortcut soup — you want to just really bring it to a boil and let it just violently cook for 10 -15 minutes.”

‘The Pioneer Woman’ adds delicious toppings to her taco soup

When it was done boiling, Drummond noted that the soup can certainly be eaten as-is, but she had some additional toppings to take it to another level.

“Believe it or not, this soup is ready to serve,” she explained. “And the thing is this soup is perfect as it is so you could just serve it without any adornments. But as you know, I like fixins so I’m going to go ahead and show you how to finish this.”

Drummond ladled the soup into a bowl and offered up some of the topping possibilities. “It has such great texture, it’s just a triumph basically,” she said as she added shredded cheddar cheese to the soup. She also scooped on sour cream, crumbled corn chips over it, and added a sprinkle of cilantro.

Whatever you put on tacos, you can put on taco soup,” she explained. “I mean, that took approximately 45 seconds to make that whole soup — at least it seemed that fast!”

The full taco soup recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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