Easy Tamale Taco Soup

The last couple weeks have been pretty been busy with work projects.   We spent the majority of the days at our work space creating, animating and rendering files on a job we are working on.  On top of that we are preparing for another project we are shooting in a few days.   Before we even leave our house to go to our work space I always have big dreams of dinner plans.  Oh I will just come home, and whip up a great gourmet dinner full of homemade rolls and delicate meats.  And then as soon I was get home Matthew looks at me and knows I’m in no mood to put a apron on.  In fact about 5 minutes I have on rainbow pajama pants, a flannel cat shirt and I’m making a cup of tea (while eating multiple bars of chocolate because I’m starving).   No meal will be made that takes more than 15 minutes, no homemade dough will be kneaded from scratch, it’s straight to the pantry to look for a quick dinner.

Are you like us and are extremely indecisive when it comes to dinner when there are no plans?  “What’s for dinner?” is the worst question in the world when the response is “I don’t know, what do you want?”  That leaves Matthew and I both opening the freezer, looking in the vegetable drawer, browsing the pasta selection and usually ends up with me on the ground crying “Just eat without me! I can’t decide!”.   That’s what hungry bellies do, they make you irritable.    

So enter this Easy Tamale Taco Soup.  I’m really big on quick meals when we’re on deadline for projects.  Slow cookers rule, but sometimes I don’t have time in the morning to get it started so I need something super quick.  That’s why canned goods and frozen vegetables rule.   This Taco Soup is made in 20 minutes. You use up all your energy opening up the cans, dump them into a pot, boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Then you sit at your dinner table and eat it about 2 minutes because you are that hungry.

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Do you guys know about Homel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce?  I recently came across them in my travels at the grocery store.   They are basically Tamales in a can.  They scream out “lazy”.  I love it.  And the ingredients aren’t frightening at all for Tamales in a can: Water, Beef, Tomatoes (Water, Tomato Paste), Corn Meal, Corn Flour, Masa Harina, Salt, Chili Powder (Chili Peppers, Flavoring), Lime, Cornstarch, Paprika, Spice.” No additives, no preservatives, no words I can’t pronounce.  Pretty cool right? And even better the entire can is 340 calories.    Throw this in a pot with just a full lineup of beans and corn and you got a pretty healthy extra quick meal.

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Enjoy this delicious Tamale Taco Soup!

Easy Tamale Taco Soup


  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Tomatoes With Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 can Hormel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Handful of shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • Handful of fresh cilantro optional

Recipe Notes

Remove paper wrappers on tamales and cut Beef Tamales up into quarters.
Mix all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil, simmer for 20 minutes.
Serve in bowls, add shredded cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro on top.


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