Beefy Taco Soup

Beefy Taco Soup

This was the first recipe I tried using all freeze dried foods. It was easy to put together and even easier to prepare. I like the fact that the red beans are a quick cook variety. I purchased them from Honeyville; they also have quick cook black beans.

Beefy Taco Soup

Number of Servings: 4 to 8

Cook time: 20-30 minutes


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:

Taco Soup Mix

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.

Recipe by

Source: The Meals In a Jar Handbook by Stephanie Peterson

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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