DIY Food Gift Idea – Taco Soup In A Basket

There are times when it’s nice to bless others with the gift of food. Maybe it’s a new mom, or perhaps someone who’s going through a difficult time. But too often it’s the case that even though we want to do this, it’s easy to let the busyness of our own lives stop us, or the thought that we don’t really know what to cook or make for someone else. So today I’m sharing a quick idea for a DIY food gift idea where you can cheat a little bit and simply give the recipient the components of a super easy meal that only requires them to open a few cans, but their result will be a tasty pot of “homemade” soup.

How to give taco soup as a gift

The recipe we’re going to use for this food gift is 7 Can Taco Soup, a recipe I’ve written about once before and a recipe that we continue to make at our house on a regular basis. Because preparing this meal only requires opening cans and dumping them into a pot to heat on the stove for a few minutes, it comes together very quickly and easily. You can give the ingredients as a gift and know that the person who will eventually make the soup can do it with very little effort whenever they might need it.

How To Give 7 Can Taco Soup As A Gift

To make this gift, you’ll need to just gather together the supplies needed. Here’s a quick list, with more specifics on the sizes in the printable recipe at the end of this post.

  • Black Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Chicken Broth
  • Canned Chicken
  • + a packet of Taco Seasoning
7 Can Taco Soup Ingredients

There’s also some flexibility with these ingredients too – let’s take a look:

The Seasoning:  The recipe calls for a packet of taco seasoning to be included for flavoring the soup. Sometimes I find the premade packets too salty, and I make my own seasoning blend packet instead. (A note about this is also included in the printable recipe tag below).

Can sizes:  There can be slight variances between the sizes of cans for these ingredients that you might find at the store. For instance sometimes a brand of beans will be in a 14 oz can. Other times it’s only a 15 oz can that you can find. As long as you are pretty close to the suggested size, it’ll work!

Vegetarian option:  If you would like to give a meatless version of this soup, simply omit the canned chicken, substitute cream of celery (or other vegetable cream soup) for the cream of chicken soup, and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. However you can’t usually find vegetable broth in the 14.5 oz can size, but you can include a larger carton with instructions to just use 1-¾ cups. (A note about this is also included in the printable recipe tag below).

And finally, you can include something for the recipient to eat with the soup once it’s made too such as a sleeve of crackers, a loaf of bread from the bakery, or a bag of tortilla chips.

Packaging Your 7 Can Soup Food Gift

Once you have all your supplies gathered together, you’ll discover that cans are kind of heavy! That’s why it’s helpful to have some kind of basket to hold your ingredients. Dollar stores or thrift stores can be great places to look for an inexpensive container to use for this purpose.

Taco soup in a basket for gift giving

For wrapping a basket, I usually buy the large plastic bags from the dollar store that are sold by the gift wrapping supplies and are intended for shrink wrapping around a basket (but I don’t bother to shrink wrap). Instead I just gather the bag around it and tie everything together at the top. Many times a bow comes included with the bags from the dollar store too!

Taco soup gift basket

It’s good to include the instructions when giving this food gift too. I’ve created a free printable recipe tag for you that can either be tucked inside the basket or used as a tag on the outside of any wrapping you decide to use around your basket.

You can print the tag here – – > 7 Can Taco Soup Recipe Tag

The next time you’re feeling too busy to make someone a meal, perhaps this can be an idea that can work instead. It’s easy for the Gift Giver to put together and it’s easy for the Gift Receiver to make for a meal. Winner-Winner, Soup’s for Dinner!

And here’s the printable recipe if you would just like to make this for yourself too. 🙂

7 Can Taco Soup

Make this quick and easy soup using canned items and spices from the pantry.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes


  • 1 can Black Beans 15.5 oz (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 1 can Corn 15.25 oz (drained)
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 10.5 oz
  • 1 can Green Enchilada Sauce 10 oz
  • 1 can Chicken Broth 14.5 oz
  • 1 can Chicken 12.5 oz (drained)
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning (or see notes for DIY)


  • Combine the contents of all the cans in a large saucepan.
  • Add the packet of taco seasoning or add your own pantry spices (see notes below).
  • Heat on the stove until warm and serve.


Instead of the packet of taco seasoning you can add:  2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp minced onion, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
To make a vegetarian option, omit the chicken, replace the cream of chicken soup with cream of celery (or other vegetable cream soup), and replace the chicken broth with 1-3/4 cups of vegetable broth.

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  1. So excited to have found this! Going to make these up as Easter baskets for my grown adult kids! Thank you!

  2. Great idea! I can see this bundle having a place in the pantry for a quick meal that does not rely on the freezer or refrigerator while the power is out.
    Do you have other shelf-stable meal plans?