This recipe for easy Taco Soup recipe is one of my all-star hits, and I’ll bet you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry! Besides being delicious, Taco Soup is easy no matter where you make it: On the stove, in the crockpot, or in the Instant Pot. I’ve included the instructions for all the ways!
And best of all, Taco Soup ingredients aren’t necessarily hard and fast rules—you can improvise based on your favorite Tex-Mex stuff; no matter what you add, the results are always amazing.
So grab some ground beef and get cooking because it’s gotta be taco-thirty somewhere!
How do you make Taco Soup?
First, gather your ingredients: Some ground beef, an onion, a couple cans of beans, canned tomatoes, green chiles, and corn. You’ll also need some ranch dressing seasoning and taco seasoning, which you can make in advance or purchase.
After browning ground beef and onions in a large Dutch oven, you open all the cans you’re planning to use and dump them in the pot. Go ahead, do it: beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, liquid and all, then add some water and the seasonings and let it all simmer away until everything looks too good to resist.
Come dinnertime, serve it bowls over corn chips or with flour tortillas on the side. Dress it up with toppings, as many as your bowl will hold. It’s a taco, after all.
How do you make 8 can Taco Soup?
Looking for 8 can Taco Soup? Add a can of black beans and a can of Ro*tel to the pot and you’re ready to go. Or throw in a can of whatever ingredient you can’t get enough of: Hatch chiles, black beans, pinto beans, extra corn…it’s your rodeo!
How do you make Taco Soup with ranch dressing mix?
Truly, in my opinion, ranch seasoning is the secret ingredient in this soup, which makes the soup more taco than chili. Go ahead, try it, even if you’re not a ranch dressing fan. I promise you you’ll like it.
How to make Taco Soup on the stove:
- In a large Dutch oven or large stock pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
- Add water, beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, and all juices from cans. Stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
How to make Taco Soup in an Instant Pot:
- Set the Instant Pot to “Saute.”
- Once hot, add the ground beef and onions, cook until meat is browned.
- Turn off Instant Pot and drain meat.
- Return the meat back into the Instant Pot.
- Add corn, beans, diced tomatoes, chiles, ranch seasoning and taco seasoning.
- Add water.
- Place the lid on and set the valve to “Sealed”.
- Press the “Soup” button and set timer for 20 minutes.
- Once the soup is done, turn valve to “Quick Release”.
How to make Taco Soup in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot:
- Combine the browned beef with everything else in your crockpot.
- Cover, and then cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours, or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
Other fun variations on the Taco Soup Theme:
You don’t always have to make taco soup with beef! You don’t even need to add beans if that’s not your thing. Read on to get some inspiration for making the best taco soup ever.
- Vegetarian Taco Soup: Skip the meat and add extra beans, extra tomatoes, and the vegetable protein of your choice.
- Taco Soup with chicken: If you have some cooked shredded chicken or grilled chicken breasts, it’s a snap to cube the chicken up and add it to the soup at the last minute. (Double cooking chicken can make the meat tough, so I wait until the end to throw it in.)
- Taco Soup with ground turkey: Of course! Ground turkey or ground chicken, all of it works in this versatile recipe.
- Taco soup with black beans: if you want to make this taco soup recipe with black beans, or pintos, or vaquero beans, that is entirely up to you.
- Taco soup without corn: If corn is something you’d rather do without, then leave it out and add more chiles or tomatoes. No big deal.
- Taco soup without beans: Good for your heart, but, well… leave them out if you’d rather. Add more peppers, tomatoes, or meat.
What goes with Taco Soup?
- Try my delicious recipe for Mexican Rice to serve alongside big bowls of soup.
- Chopped cilantro to scatter on top, or chopped green onion and hot sauce.
- Slices of ripe avocado, to make things super healthy.
- Instead of corn chips, serve grilled flour tortillas on the side, or Frito chips.
Just promise me you’ll have fun with it!
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion diced (about 2 cups)
- 3 cups water
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans undrained
- 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 (14 ounce) can whole kernel corn undrained
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies undrained
- 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet store bought
- 1/4 cup homemade ranch dressing mix or 1 packet store bought
- shredded cheese for serving
- sour cream for serving
- tortilla chips for serving
- avocado diced, for serving
- minced fresh cilantro for serving
- Lime wedges for serving
- In a Dutch Oven or large stock pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
- Add water, beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, and all juices from cans. Stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, minced cilantro, lime wedges, and tortilla chips.
- Ground beef: I suggest an 85% lean, 15% fat ground beef blend. If desired, swap in ground turkey, chicken, pork, or ground sausage. For a vegetarian Taco Soup, add an extra can or two of beans.
- Canned diced tomatoes: Use fire-roasted for a hint more smoky flavor.
- Taco seasoning: For Homemade Taco Seasoning, in a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup chili powder, 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and salt to taste (I like 2 teaspoons). Whisk in 1 tablespoon cornstarch if desired. Swap in a packet of store-bought seasoning if you like.
- Ranch dressing mix: For Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, in a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk, 2 ½ teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried minced onion, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon dill weed, and salt (I like ¼ teaspoon). Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator. If desired, start with a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (or your other favorite supermarket brand).
- Tortilla chips: Again, purchased or Homemade Tortilla Chips, choose your adventure. You could also fry tortillas whole to serve with Taco Soup.