I make this soup often. Freezes well. Perfect for a quick healthy lunch or breakfast. Very filling and satisfying. Instead of ground beef I use 1/2cup Morning Stars Griller Crumbles which I mix with the Taco Seasoning and Ranch Mix, no one except the cook knows the difference. I am trying to cut down on red meat in my diet. I also use frozen corn, like the texture better. Have never used the onions. Just a delicious soup and so easy to prepare.