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Best Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe: Easy Kid-Friendly Soups

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Two white ceramic bowls filled with beef enchilada soup recipe topped with green onions and fresh avocado alongside a quarter lime and dollop of queso cheese.

Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe! Soup season is my favorite! A soup simmering on the stovetop makes the coziest atmosphere in a home. This recipe is very similar to taco soup. Except I use my homemade enchilada sauce rather than broth and taco seasoning. My homemade enchilada sauce is made with simple pantry ingredients just like this soup.

This is a hearty soup perfect for a cozy night in. Feel free to play with the toppings and add spice like green chilies or a dollop of queso.

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HAPPY SOUP SEASON! 🙂

Turn your favorite Mexican Dish into a cozy soup. This soup recipe can be modified with chicken, venison, or additional vegetables. Perfect with sliced avocados, a spoon of queso cheese, tortilla strips, and diced jalapeños for spice.

A white ceramic bowl filled with beef enchilada soup recipe topped with green onions, fresh avocado and a dollop of queso cheese.

Simple Ingredients Breakdown for Kid-Friendly Beef Enchilada Sauce Recipe

  • Olive Oil. The amount of olive oil required may differ depending on the type of beef you use. If you using leaner meat, I recommend using more olive oil.
  • Ground Beef. This soup recipe can be modified with chicken, venison, or additional vegetables.
  • Onion and Garlic. This is the dynamic duo of superfoods. If it’s soup season, then you bet I am adding loads of garlic, onion, and homemade bone broth to our soups for the immunity benefits.
  • Diced Tomatoes. I prefer fire-roasted. My family loves hearty flavors. If you want a delicious soup, then each item needs to taste good on its own. 🙂
  • Black Beans. Don’t skip the black beans. Adding black beans is an excellent way to add more protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
  • Broth. I have used chicken broth and bone broth, but chicken stock or vegetable broth would work too. The beef broth in this recipe is used primarily to deglaze the pot to prevent pieces of meat from burning to the bottom and interfering with the pressure cooker function.
  • Corn. I prefer fire-roasted corn. If fire-roasted corn is not available, I would use whole corn but not sweet corn.
  • Taco seasoning. Taco seasoning packets are frequently packed with additional preservatives and unwanted chemicals. Taking the time to add homespun flavors with your homemade taco seasonings takes your taco nights to the next level. I keep a large bottle mixed and ready to go. Here is an easy recipe to get you started making your own.
  • Mild enchilada sauce. This soup recipe calls for a jar of your favorite enchilada sauce. I have a homemade enchilada sauce recipe that is made from simple pantry staples.
  • Green bell pepper. These are optional. Bell peppers are very expensive where I live. I added a few bell pepper plants to my garden to freeze and eat over the winter (just for soups and fajitas).
Kids helping in the kitchen and taking photos of homemade enchilada sauce with simple ingredients arranged on a serving board.
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How to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen?

Teaching your kiddos to cook is such an important life skill and provides a fun, productive bonding experience. Don’t feel that your child has to assist with every task. Begin by picking one or two steps. Making a roux, broth, and measuring spices are all great places to start. I do recommend measuring the spices in a small bowl and chopping the produce before adding heat. I find it helpful to take a few more minutes to prep and gather ingredients when my kids are helping.

Here is a list of tasks for kids in the kitchen while making this Easy Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe:

  • follow single step commands
  • read the written recipe or identity numbers
  • gather all ingredients
  • open cans*
  • measure and pour spices into a small bowl
  • brown beef in skillet or saute in instant pot*
  • add ingredients to instant pot
  • stir ingredients safely*
  • serve family and friends
  • learn to properly clean up the kitchen
  • learn to store leftovers and limit waste

* Supervise and consider age appropriateness for each task. Always supervise your kids in the kitchen. You know your children the best.

What is the biggest difference between Enchilada Soup and Taco Soup?

These soups are the ultimate comfort food but differ in soup taste and texture. Enchilada soup features mild enchilada sauce and gives a thicker soup. If you added more broth to this soup, you would have a taco soup with all the same delicious flavors.

Two white ceramic bowls filled with beef enchilada soup recipe topped with green onions and fresh avocado alongside a quarter lime, halved avocado with core, green and beige napkins, and a large wooden spoon.

How to Make Kid-Friendly Easy Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe?

Equipment

Instant Pot (pressure cooker)

Ingredient List

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can fire-roasted corn (drained)
  • 15 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (peeled and minced)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I prefer fire-roasted)
  • 1/4 cup broth (beef, bone, or chicken)

Step-by-Step Instructions for Homemade Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe

  1. First, gather all ingredients. Wash and chop produce.
  2. Next, press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot. Heat the olive oil in the insert pot. Once the Instant Pot reads “HOT,” brown the pound of ground beef, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces. Drain excess grease.
  3. Then, deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup broth and scrap the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck pieces. Press the CANCEL button on the Instant Pot. If you do not take the time to deglaze the pot, then bits of food will burn to the bottom, and the Instant Pot will read BURN and will not complete cooking.
  4. Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, place the lid on the Instant Pot, and lock it into place. Set the valve on the top to “seal.” Turn the pressure cooker function on HIGH and set the manual timer for 20 minutes. It will take the Instant Pot approximately 15 minutes to pressurize.
  5. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Then, following your Instant Pot manual, Quick Release the remaining pressure from the pot. I do not allow my kids to assist with this function. The steam too hot, and the risk too great.
  6. Lastly, serve hot with tortilla strips (or tortilla chips) and garnish soup with your favorite toppings such as sliced avocado, diced jalapeños, queso, or sour cream. ENJOY! Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes for Making Homemade Red Enchilada Soup Recipe

Don’t Skip the Deglaze part when Making Soups with Meat

Don’t skip the deglaze part. The broth is used to deglaze the pot and remove any pieces of meat from sticking to the bottom. If you skip this step, pieces could burn to the bottom, interfering with the pressure cooker function. The instant pot will read BURN.

You can always brown your meat in a skillet on medium heat and transfer beef to the insert pot when ready.

Troubleshooting “BURN”

If you forget to deglaze your pot, and the Instant Pot reads BURN. Pressure-release the Instant Pot by following the manual. Do not fret. You have two options. 1) remove the soup and simmer on the stovetop for 20 minutes. 2) if you are unable to attend the soup, scrap the bottom of the pot to remove burnt pieces and set the Instant Pot to Slow Cooker on high for 3 to 4 hours or low heat for 6-8 hours.

Storage

You can refrigerate the soup in a sealed container for up to 4 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Optional Toppings

Our favorite soup toppings include black olives, a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, tortilla strips, a dollop of queso, sliced avocados, and diced jalapenos.

Other Deliciously Easy Kid-Friendly Favorite Recipes

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Get the Simple Recipe HERE.

Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

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Creamy One Pot Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Get the delicious soup Recipe HERE to add to your recipe box.

Thanks for Stopping By!

Lastly, I want to thank you for stopping by! Please say Hi in the comment section and share your favorite southwestern meal filled with hearty flavors. We are loving all things enchiladas right now. If you make this flavorful enchilada soup, please leave a comment and give this recipe a star rating. I hope you make time to enjoy some good cooking with your friends and family today and maybe even add this cozy soup to your favorite homemade recipes.

– With Great Joy, Katie

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A white ceramic bowl filled with beef enchilada soup recipe topped with green onions and fresh avocado.

Instant Pot Homemade Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe

Turn your favorite Mexican Dish into a cozy soup. This soup recipe can be modified with chicken, venison, or additional vegetables. Perfect with sliced avocados, a spoon of queso cheese, tortilla strips, and diced jalapeños for spice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican, southwestern
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Instant Pot (pressure cooker)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can fire-roasted corn drained
  • 15 oz red enchilada sauce
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or 2 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes (I prefer fire-roasted)
  • 1/4 cup broth (bone, beef or chicken)

Instructions
 

  • First, gather all ingredients. Wash and chop produce.
  • Next, press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot. Heat the olive oil in the insert pot. Once the Instant Pot reads "HOT," brown the pound of ground beef, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces. Drain excess grease.
  • Then, deglaze the pot with a 1/4 cup broth, scrap the bottom of the pot, and remove any stuck pieces. Press the CANCEL button on the Instant Pot. (Please properly deglaze the pot to prevent burning.)
  • Next, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it into place. Make sure that the valve on the top is pushed to "seal." Turn the pressure cooker function on HIGH and set the manual timer for 20 minutes. It will take the Instant Pot approximately 15 minutes to pressurize.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Then, following your Instant Pot manual, Quick Release the remaining pressure from the pot. I do not allow my kids to assist with this function. The steam is too hot, and the risk too great.
  • Lastly, serve hot with tortilla strips (or chips). Optional toppings: Sliced avocado, diced jalapeños, queso, or sour cream. ENJOY! Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Storage: Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This recipe freezes well and keeps for up to 3 months. 
  • Heat: Add heat as desired. This recipe was created with the entire family in mind (I have toddlers).
Keyword Instant POt, Soup, Southwestern

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