Texas Tamale Soup

Texas Tamale Soup

What You Need to Make Texas Tamale Soup

What you will need for this Texas Tamale Soup recipe: canned or precooked frozen tamales, ground beef, creamed corn, mild green chilies, chili powder, cumin, white hominy, poblano peppers, onion, pinto beans, beef broth, and stewed tomatoes. Optional items are tortilla chips, green onion, sour cream, masa harina, and grated cheddar cheese. Read more about Texas Foods here.

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You could make homemade tamales but if you do not have time then this is the next best thing. This Texas Tamale Soup recipe is gluten-free. *GF to make this recipe gluten-free, check the labels of the canned ingredients. I am always looking for easy gluten-free recipes and this one is both super tasty and gluten-free.

Texas Tamale Soup

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If you cannot find canned items with gluten-free designation, then fresh items are recommended and should be thoroughly rinsed before cooking. I recommend they be precooked and then added just like you would the canned versions.

Texas Tamale Soup

Growing up in Texas I am familiar with all these ingredients and spicy food is a favorite of mine. This easy tamale soup is tasty and nutritious. This no-fail recipe gives you all the taste without the hassle. It is great for feeding a crowd or an impromptu get-together when you need a quick easy meal. This Mexican soup will become one of your family’s favorite comfort foods.

What you will need for this recipe: canned or precooked frozen tamales, ground beef, creamed corn, mild green chilies, chili powder, cumin, poblano peppers, onion, pinto beans, and stewed tomatoes. Optional items are tortilla chips, green onion, sour cream, masa harina, and grated cheddar cheese.

Texas Tamale Soup ingredients

Having celiac disease has made cooking a challenge. However, I would much rather make my own than take a chance on restaurant fare. I have been cooking since I was ten years old and love the process of creating my own food. The challenge is simply the availability of gluten-free ingredients. With new FDA labeling laws, this process is becoming easier as food manufacturers begin to implement the new GF labels. Many companies have been doing this voluntarily, but regulation makes shopping and locating GF products much easier. Most larger grocery store chains are also posting the GF designation next to their GF products saving time for shoppers. I keep my cupboard stocked with GF canned vegetables buying them when they are available and on sale if possible.

Texas Tamale Soup
Gluten-Free Canned Goods

Sometimes you just want a hot bubbly soup. This soup is a classic Texas soup with a touch of southwestern flair. This Tex Mex soup is great for impromptu get-togethers and family dinners. This is also a great wintertime dish to keep the chill off (yes even in Texas).

Texas Tamale Soup Recipe
Texas Tamale Soup Recipe

I prefer the frozen precooked tamales which I defrost and then cut without any precooking on my part. They hold up better in the soup.

Onions for Texas tamale soup
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We know your family will love our Texas Tamale Soup recipe. Our homemade tamale soup is super easy. If you are looking for a top-notch tamale soup with ground beef then you will make this one of your favorite recipes.

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Texas Tamale Soup

Texas Tamale Soup

This no fail recipe is sure to be a winner! Our Texas Tamale Soup recipe is gluten-free. This easy tamale soup is tasty and nutritious. This recipe gives you all the taste without the hassle. It is great for feeding a crowd.
4.95 from 34 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 150 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 skillet
  • 1 dutch oven or stock pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans beef tamales in chili sauce or precooked thawed frozen beef tamales (GF)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 can creamed corn may substitute one cup plain corn or fresh corn (GF)
  • 4 ounces mild green chilies GF
  • 1 can white hominy GF
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans pinto beans GF
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes GF
  • 2 poblano peppers seeded rinsed well and chopped
  • 1 can beef broth GF

Toppings

  • 1/8 cup crushed tortillas chips
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 chopped green onion with top
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar or Mexican cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook the crumbled ground meat with the onion, poblano peppers, chili powder, and cumin and stir until beef is browned. Add to a large Dutch oven or soup pot.
  • Stir in hominy, tomatoes, beans, corn, and broth (including water and masa harina if using frozen tamales). Bring to an initial boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
  • Near the end of the cooking cycle, remove the paper from tamales and chop across (not lengthwise) into bite-sized pieces. Stir tamales gently into the soup pot and heat another 5 minutes.
  • Top with crushed tortilla chips (GF), chopped green onion, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese (GF), and a dollop of sour cream (GF) if desired. This is also good with cornbread, but I prefer the crushed tortilla chips.

Notes

**Tip – If using frozen tamales add a teaspoon of masa harina mixed with ¼ cup of water to the beef broth to make a saucier mixture. Shake well before adding.  
GF: More and more products are now showing the gluten-free designation on the label. If you have a gluten or wheat allergy, celiac or other medical condition that requires a gluten-free diet you should always choose prepackaged foods with gluten-free on the label. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed to prevent cross-contamination.
Toppings are optional. This soup is hearty and tasty no matter what you put on top of it. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 7gFat: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 9g
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What is tamale soup?

Tamale soup is a tasty and nutritious alternative to tamales. This no-fail recipe gives you all the taste without the hassle of preparing homemade tamales. It is great for feeding a crowd or an impromptu get-together when you need a quick easy meal. This Mexican soup will become one of your family’s favorite comfort foods.

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