Easy Taco Soup Recipe

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!

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!

Need Taco Soup for Game Night or a team of hungry football players? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

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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.

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!

Is Taco Soup healthy?

When you make your own meals at home, you get to control the ingredients you cook with and avoid hidden calories from sugars, fats, and preservatives, which is half the battle. Make this recipe with lean ground beef, then garnish with lots of onion, avocado, and cilantro. Instead of cheese or sour cream, try a spoonful of plain yogurt. I challenge you to find a healthier dinner!

Is Taco Soup gluten-free?

Taco soup is inherently gluten-free, as long as there isn’t any cross contamination from other ingredients. Just to be on the safe side, read your labels carefully!

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!

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!

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.

I have recipes for Homemade Ranch Seasoning and Taco Seasoning, too; you know exactly what you’re getting when you make your own.

How to make Taco Soup on the stove:

  1. 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.
  2. Add water, beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, and all juices from cans. Stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

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!

How to make Taco Soup in an Instant Pot:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute.”
  2. Once hot, add the ground beef and onions, cook until meat is browned.
  3. Turn off Instant Pot and drain meat.
  4. Return the meat back into the Instant Pot.
  5. Add corn, beans, diced tomatoes, chiles, ranch seasoning and taco seasoning.
  6. Add water.
  7. Place the lid on and set the valve to “Sealed”.
  8. Press the “Soup” button and set timer for 20 minutes.
  9. Once the soup is done, turn valve to “Quick Release”.

How to make Taco Soup in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot:

  1. Combine the browned beef with everything else in your crockpot.
  2. Cover, and then cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours, or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

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!

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 vacqueras 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?

Almost anything!

  • 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!

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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!
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Easy Taco Soup Recipe

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!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 304 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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 recipe recipe homemade ranch dressing mix or 1 packet store bought
  • tortilla chips and toppings for serving

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch Oven or large stock pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Add water, beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, and all juices from cans. Stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Or, transfer to a slow cooker, cover, and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. To serve, place tortilla chips in the bottom of a bowl and ladle soup over the chips. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, or other toppings as desired.

Recipe Notes

How to make Taco Soup in an Instant Pot:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute.”
  2. Once hot, add the ground beef and onions, cook until meat is browned.
  3. Turn off Instant Pot and drain meat.
  4. Return the meat back into the Instant Pot.
  5. Add corn, beans, diced tomatoes, chiles, ranch seasoning and taco seasoning.
  6. Add water.
  7. Place the lid on and set the valve to “Sealed”.
  8. Press the “Soup” button and set timer for 20 minutes.
  9. Once the soup is done, turn valve to “Quick Release”.

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6 comments

  1. Adding the chips first sounds delicious! Sounds like a great and quick meal for a busy weeknight!

  2. I’ve never had a taco soup before – why not??

    Now I have no excuse not to try it! Looks and sounds amazing, Meggan!

  3. Just got done making this recipe, and it’s AMAZING! I substituted a few things, and added some things:
    2 lbs ground beef
    3 cups water
    1 4oz can green chilies
    2 cans diced tomatoes
    2 cans corn
    1 can pinto beans
    1 can black beans
    1 diced onion
    1tsp onion powder
    2 packets taco seasoning
    2 packets ranch seasoning
    Dash of ground red pepper
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Prepared as directed. Delicious!!

  4. This was my first time making taco soup, it was awesome!! Will definitely be making this regularly!

  5. Made this for the first time this past weekend and it turned out great! We just finished the last of it off! 

  6. It says 12 servings, but what is the actual serving size?

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