Mexican Beef Chili Soup

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A comforting beef soup that is ready in just 20 minutes. Packed with beef, beans and corn, this soup is hearty enough to serve for dinner, but it would also make a nice lunch. Feel free to add more or less chili depending on your heat preference.

recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    x 1 (about 150g)
  • Red onion icon
    Red onion
    x 1 (about 135g)
  • Fresh chili icon
    Fresh chili
    x 1 (about 20g)
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    2 tbsp (about 30ml)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    1½ tsp (about 3g)
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    2 tbsp (about 33g)
  • Beef stock icon
    Beef stock
    4⅛ cups (about 1000ml)
  • Canned black beans icon
    Canned black beans
    x 1 (about 400g)
  • Canned corn icon
    Canned corn
    ¾ cup (about 125g)
  • Steak icon
    x 1¾ (about 300g)
  • Lime juice icon
    Lime juice
    2 tbsp (about 2)
  • Cilantro icon
    1 pinch
  • Tortilla chips icon
    Tortilla chips
    as needed
  • Cheddar cheese icon
    Cheddar cheese
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Medium bowl
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  • kCook icon Frying pan

Step preview

  1. Heat a clean saucepan - medium-high heat
  2. Add vegetable oil, red bell pepper and red onion to the saucepan
  3. Cook until lightly browned - approx 5 min
  4. Reduce - low heat
  5. Add fresh chili, ground cumin and tomato paste to the saucepan
  6. Stir - approx 1 min
  7. Add beef stock, canned black beans and canned corn to the saucepan
  8. Simmer until fragrant - approx 5 min
  9. Heat a clean frying pan
  10. Add vegetable oil to the frying pan
  11. Sear steak the frying pan each side
  12. Transfer beef to plate
  13. Let rest - approx 2 min
  14. Slice and reserve liquid
  15. Transfer content of saucepan to 4 medium bowls
  16. Transfer content of plate to 4 medium bowls
  17. Add lime juice to the medium bowls
  18. Garnish with cilantro
  19. Add tortilla chips and cheddar cheese to the medium bowls
  20. Serve immediately
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