Valley Food Storage

Beefy Taco Soup Recipe

Beefy Taco Soup RecipeBeefy Taco Soup Recipe made from your food storage products.

Beefy Taco Soup

Number of Servings: 4 to 8

Cook time: 20-30 minutes


  • 2 cups quick cook red beans (see UPDATE below)
  • 1 cup TVP or freeze dried beef
  • 1/2 cup dehydrated or freeze dried onions
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup freeze dried corn
  • 1/2 cup tomato powder
  • 1 T homemade taco seasoning (recipe below)

To prepare Taco Soup: place contents of jar in a gallon pot in a solar oven or on the stove. Add 2 quarts of water and simmer 20-30 minutes until veggies are tender. Serve with nacho chips, sour cream and salsa if desired.

Store in a Jar:

Layer all ingredients. When you get to the tomato powder, just shake the jar so it works its way into the cracks.

Add an oxygen packet. Seal.

Estimated shelf life: If stored in a cool, dry place, up to 5-7 years.

Source: The Meals In a Jar Handbook by Stephanie Peterson

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UPDATE: This was the first recipe I tried using all freeze dried foods. It calls for quick cook red beans which makes preparation quick. I purchased them from Honeyville Foods but, unfortunately, they no longer carry quick cook beans and I can't find them anywhere, so a can of beans would have to be substituted in the recipe, which defeats the idea of meals in a jar.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups dry mix.


  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Store in a covered container in a cool, dry place. Label with name and date.

Shelf life: 1 year (longer if vacuum packed with an oxygen absorber or a Food Saver vacuum sealer)

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