This easy Taco Soup recipe is one of my favorite meals when I want something healthy, quick, and tasty.  This one-pot meal can also be made in the Crock Pot or Instant Pot!

Looking for more soup recipes? Try my Vegetable Tortellini, Creamy Zuppa Toscana, or Spicy Chili!

Taco soup in a bowl with a spoon, garnished with avocado, sour cream and chips.

What I love about this soup:

  • One-Pot Meal: Is there anything better? No mess, just an easy recipe with an even easier clean-up!
  • Simple Ingredients: You probably already have everything on hand, and only need 5 minutes to prep this original taco soup!
  • Instant Pot and Slow Cooker cooking methods are included in the recipe notes, making this meal even easier!

How to Make Taco Soup:

Brown the beef. In a large pot, brown the beef, breaking it into small pieces as it browns.

Add remaining ingredients. Add beans, diced green chilies, crushed tomatoes, corn, chicken broth, and spices.

Ground beef cooked in a soup, then beans, tomato and spices added for taco soup.

Simmer. Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and let it cook for about 20 minutes.

Serve with desired toppings like avocado, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, or tortilla chips.

A cast iron pan full of taco soup.

Storage and Freezing Instructions:

To Store: Store taco soup in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after making.  Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

To Freeze: Allow soup to cool completely. Place in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.  To reheat, thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight and simmer on the stove until warm, or warm in the microwave.

Recipe Variations:

  • Instant Pot Taco Soup: Brown ground beef on sauté setting until cooked.  Remove grease. Add remaining ingredients and add one extra cup of broth.  Cook on manual/high pressure for 3 minutes, then allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes before carefully removing the lid.
  • Crock Pot Taco Soup: Brown ground beef on the stove. Add the cooked ground beef and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with your favorite toppings.
  • Vegetarian Taco Soup: Leave the meat out and add extra beans.
  • Chicken Taco Soup: Substitute shredded chicken for the ground beef.
  • Spices: you could also substitute a packet of taco seasoning.

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Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced (or substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes undrained
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 17 ounce can corn , drained
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth

Topping Suggestions:

  • Tortilla chips or fritos
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • green onion , chopped
  • avocado , chopped
  • hot sauce
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Brown the meat and remove any grease, if needed. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with desired toppings.

Notes

To Store: Store taco soup in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after making.  Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
To Freeze: Allow soup to cool completely. Place in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.  To reheat, thaw soup in the refrigerator overnight and simmer on the stove until warm, or warm in the microwave.
Instant Pot Taco Soup: Brown ground beef on sauté setting until cooked.  Remove grease. Add remaining ingredients and add one extra cup of broth.  Cook on manual/high pressure for 3 minutes, then allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes before carefully removing the lid.
Crock Pot Taco Soup: Brown ground beef on the stove. Add the cooked ground beef and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Vegetarian Taco Soup: Leave the meat out and add extra beans.
Chicken Taco Soup: Substitute shredded chicken for the ground beef.
Spices: you could also substitute a packet of taco seasoning.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 14gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 356mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 3.3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1.8mg

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(Nutritional label does not include toppings)

I originally shared this recipe September 2017. Updated November 2019 and September 2021. with process photos and clearer instructions.

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  1. It looks really good. Cook on low for 6-8 hours in the slow cooker (under instructions) or 4 hours (under notes)? Thanks.

  2. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to soon. I LOVE that it doesn’t call for the pkg of taco seasoning. I am trying to get away from packaged seasonings and processed food. This is going in the right direction! I’m sure it will be delicious!!!

  3. Can I use 2 cans of kidney beans, 1 can of sweet corn, and diced tomatoes instead, if those are what I have on hand?

  4. 5 stars
    This has become my family’s favorite soup! The seasonings are spot on! Easy to make, healthy and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    We had 10 happy bellies around our table tonight. Excellent Soup! I made hot dogs for the kids just in case they didn’t like it. The Soup pot is EMPTY, and we have almost all of the hot dogs left over. I have already shared this recipe with 4 people. Love how quick & easy it is to make!

  6. Hi, Lauren.
    I don’t give much feedback, but I’d like you to know I think what you’re doing is just great!
    Thank you for all your marvelous work!
    -Don. Western Australia Down Under!!!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this dish using your recipe and it was easy to make and absolutely delicious. My whole family loved it and I even shared the recipe with my best friend. Thanks!

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